Arizona Teacher of the Year 2018

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What makes a good teacher great? Arizona PBS salutes Arizona teachers with its Arizona Teacher of the Year 2018 broadcast Friday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. This Arizona PBS 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.

Arizona Educational Foundation logoThe 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.

2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Josh Meibos

Josh Meibos

K-6 Physical Education Teacher
David Crockett Elementary School, Phoenix
Balsz Elementary School District

2018 Ambassadors for Excellence

Amy Ball

Amy Ball

Kindergarten Teacher
Madison Traditional Academy, Phoenix
Madison Elementary School District

Allison Davis

Allison Davis

Kindergarten Teacher
Knox Gifted Academy, Chandler
Chandler Unified School District

Erica Davis

Erica Davis

12th grade English Teacher – AP Literature and Composition
Basha High School, Chandler
Chandler Unified School District

Justean Palmer

Justean Palmer

5th Grade Math Teacher
Canyon Ridge School, Surprise
Dysart Unified School District

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