Michelle Doherty is a first grade dual language teacher and mentor coach at Encanto Elementary School in the Osborn School District in Phoenix. She was born and raised in Arizona, is a first generation college graduate, and is in her 23rd year of teaching. She has led professional development for the Standards-Based Change Process in her district, run the 21st Century after school program at two schools in her district, was the lead instructor for her district’s new teacher program, and is the lead consultant for a summer learning collaboration program to prevent summer reading loss for a local non-profit organization.
The Arizona Educational Foundation’s Teacher of the Year program annually recognizes 10 exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers. Honorees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. The Arizona Teacher of the Year becomes Arizona’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year.