Arizona Teacher of the Year 2016

What makes a good teacher great? Arizona PBS salutes Arizona teachers with its Arizona Teacher of the Year 2016 broadcast Friday, January 20 at 9:00 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.

2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Christine Marsh
11th & 12th Grade Advanced Placement English Teacher
Chaparral High School
Scottsdale Unified School District

2016 Ambassadors for Excellence

Jennifer Anglin
8th Grade English Teacher
Flowing Wells Jr. High School
Flowing Wells Unified School District


Angelia Ebner, NBCT
5th Grade Teacher
Maricopa Elementary School
Maricopa Unified School District


Beth Snyder
6th Grade Science Teacher
Akimel A-Al Middle School
Kyrene School District


Mike Vargas
9th Grade Physics Teacher
Pinnacle High School
Paradise Valley Unified School District


Congratulations!

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