Executive Director of Tucson Values Teachers, Jacquelyn Jackson (right), and Board Member of Tucson Values Teachers of Amphitheater School District, Rebecca Hughes (left), discuss the \\u0022Teacher Day\\u0022 event at the U of A.

The University of Arizona Mall, normally packed with college students, will be transformed Saturday for the 2nd annual Teachers Day at the UA, as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week celebrations.

Last year, the event brought more than 2,000 teachers and their families to the all-day event, and this year the Teachers Day host, Tucson Values Teachers, hopes to double the number.

"We have more than 80 vendors and exhibitors, and there are 46 different programs at the University of Arizona, and it is a lot to spotlight all that there is in every subject imaginable available for area classrooms and their teachers," says Tucson Values Teachers Executive Director Jacquelyn Jackson.

The day will include seminars, arts and crafts and free goodies, and teachers will have nine professional development opportunities at which to earn development credits.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m., with registration at the Flandrau Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd., and at the Arizona State Museum, 1013 E. University. Registration, parking and all events will be free to registered teachers and their families.

"It is just a great day to be able to feel honored as a teacher and celebrated and recognized for all the hard work that teachers do," says Tucson Values Teachers board member Rebecca Hughes.