Mindy Pomatto arrived at what she thought was a field day meeting at Brigantine Community School in New Jersey.
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Instead, some 400 students were joined by the Brigantine police and fire departments, former Phillie Mickey Morandini and the Phillie Phanatic to honor her as the team's new All-Star Teacher.
"I am so overwhelmed. I love everybody so much. You guys are my team!" she said as 400 students cheered her on.
She was nominated by her friend, retired officer Brian Feehan.
"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.
Mrs. Pomatto was selected from more than 500 nominees.
The 19-year veteran teacher will now get to join nine other All-Star teachers for a game in their honor on May 3rd.