Arizona Teacher of the Year 2012

What makes a good teacher great? Arizona PBS salutes Arizona teachers with its Arizona Teacher of the Year 2012 broadcast Friday, January 27 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.

2012 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Kristie Martorelli
K3 Reading Interventionist
Thompson Ranch Elementary School
El Mirage, Arizona

2012 Ambassadors for Excellence

Tara Bernier
4th Grade Teacher
Queen Creek Elementary School
Queen Creek, Arizona


Sofia Gamez
Kindergarten Teacher
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School
Nogales, Arizona


Cindy Pino
9th Grade Honors & 11th Grade AP English Teacher
Perry High School
Gilbert, Arizona


Debbie Young, NBCT
3rd Grade Teacher
Richardson Elementary School
Tucson, Arizona


Congratulations!

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