Sacramento, CA – ABC10, in partnership with SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union and Sacramento State’s College of Education, is proud to announce Mario Sebastian, Director of Music for Elk Grove High School, as Teacher of the Month for June 2023. In place for 20+ years, Teacher of the Month is one of ABC10’s signature community enrichment initiatives designed to highlight local teachers making a difference in the lives of their students and families. After being interviewed recently by ABC10’s Mark S. Allen, a seven-time Emmy Award winning member of the news team, an uplifting story about Mr. Sebastian will air multiple times during the month of June. The first time the story will air is on Tuesday, June 13* during ABC10’s morning news between 5-7 a.m. and again that same evening during ABC10 News at 5 p.m.
With more than 20 years of experience and known as a “mentor in music” with a passion that is contagious, Mr. Sebastian teaches jazz band, guitar, music ensemble, marching band, concert, and symphonic band. He also serves as the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coordinator for Elk Grove High School.
When asked what he loves most about teaching, Mr. Sebastian said: “I love seeing the END production product. It is amazing to see my students perform collegiate level music.” His favorite student success stories include watching his talented students perform at Carnegie Hall in New York (in 2015 and 2023), and when students have the opportunity to perform on Main Street Disneyland.
As part of being recognized as Teacher of the Month, Mr. Sebastian will receive $1,000 from SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union plus will be eligible for the title of Esquire IMAX ABC10’s Teacher of the Year award – that includes a $5,000 prize – which will be announced at a special awards program next year.
To nominate a local teacher in the greater Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto area for an upcoming Teacher of the Month, please visit www.abc10.com/teacherofthemonth.