Arizona Teacher of the Year 2011

What makes a good teacher great? Arizona PBS salutes Arizona teachers with its Arizona Teacher of the Year 2011 broadcast Friday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 p.m. This Arizona original production features insights from students and colleagues who explain what makes each of the five award finalists so remarkable.

An Arizona PBS original production made possible by the Friends of Arizona PBS.

The Arizona Teacher of the Year program is a program of the Arizona Educational Foundation and the only statewide program that spotlights the contributions of Arizona’s teachers. The program annually recognizes five exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers. Nominees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. They have a superior ability to help all students achieve.

2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Amanda McAdams
10th Grade English
Apollo High School, Glendale
Glendale Union High School District

2011 Ambassadors for Excellence

Pam Barrier
12th Grade Economics & Free Enterprise
Boulder Creek High School, Anthem
Deer Valley Unified School District


Brandi Dignum
Kindergarten – 6th Grade Music
Richardson Elementary School, Tucson
Flowing Wells School District


Josh Tabor
9th – 12th Grade Mathematics
Canyon del Oro High School
Oro Valley Amphitheater District


Andy Townsend
5th Grade
Elvira Elementary School, Tucson
Sunnyside Unified School District


Congratulations!

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