Seattle teacher Zelko headed to All-Star Game

SEATTLE -- Kevin Zelko, a teacher at Kimball Elementary School in south Seattle, has been selected by fans to represent the Mariners at the All-Star Game as part of the "Target Presents People All-Star Teachers" campaign.

Zelko has taught special education for elementary students for more than 11 years and is a long-time Mariners fan who once worked as a beer vendor at Safeco Field. In 2001, Zelko received the Symetra "Heroes in the Classroom" award for his dedication to the field of special education.

Zelko will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Thursday night's game against the Twins at Safeco Field and will then join the 29 other winners representing each of the Major League clubs at All-Star Week activities in Minneapolis next week.

The 30 finalists will be recognized at the pre-game All-Star ceremonies beginning Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at to select the 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.