The Phillies met up with Brigantine Community School students on Thursday to surprise a cherished teacher.
Mindy Pomatto, who has taught physically education at the New Jersey school for the last 19 years thought she was arriving at the track for a field day. Little did she know, she would be welcomed by Phillies ambassador Scott Palmer, the Phillies Ballgirls and 400 of her students. They were all there to recognize Pomatto on being chosen as a Phillies All-Star Teacher.
The former Phillies All-Star Mickey was also in attendance as well as the Brigantine Police and Fire Department. The Phillies Phanatic got the celebration going by leading an All-Star workout for everyone.
“It’s like a dream, this isn’t even real,” Pomatto said according to Phillies.com. “I can’t get over this. Everyone I love, all in the same spot. It’s great.”
Brian Feehan, a retired police officer nominated Pomatto for the honor and she was picked out of more than 500 teachers. Each nominee was shown appreciation by parents, students, and colleagues in the Philadelphia area for all of their hard work in the classroom.
“She is a very passionate teacher. There are some great teachers in these schools – she always raises the bar, motivates teachers, students and community members to be better people,” he said about his friend according to 6ABC.
Pomatto is one of ten teachers who will be recognized on the 21st Teacher Appreciation Night tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
“I’ve never felt under appreciated here. We are one team on this island, everyone here works together so well,” she said. “I’m happy every day coming into work. This is just amazing.”