We announced the winner of the 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year title on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at our Annual Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon: Christine Marsh, an 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement (AP) English teacher at Chaparral High School of the Scottsdale Unified School District.
This exciting announcement was made before more than 600 attendees including Arizona educators, elected officials and business leaders.
Our newly named 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Christine Marsh is in her 24th year of teaching at Chaparral High School. Much of her success as a teacher can be attributed to her belief in helping students feel valued in and out of the classroom. She believes that outstanding teaching is more a factor of a teacher’s relationships with students than his or her knowledge of a subject matter.
As AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year, Marsh will have the opportunity to meet President Obama, compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year and attend international space camp in Huntsville, Ala. She will also receive a host of awards and recognition including a $15,000 cash award, professional speech training, $6,000+ worth of equipment from SMART Technologies and a full scholarship toward an advanced degree at Argosy University.
Additionally, four Teacher of the Year finalists were named “Ambassadors for Excellence.” They will serve along with Marsh as spokespersons for their profession, advocating for excellence in the classroom by making presentations statewide to education, civic, government and professional organizations.
The four 2016 Ambassadors for Excellence are:
Jennifer Anglin, Eighth Grade English Teacher at Flowing Wells Junior High School of Flowing Wells Unified School District.
Angelia Ebner, Fifth Grade Teacher at Maricopa Elementary School of Maricopa Unified School District.
Beth Snyder, Sixth Grade Science Teacher at Akimel A-al Middle School of Kyrene School District.
Mike Vargas, Freshman Physics Teacher at Pinnacle High School of Paradise Valley Unified School District.
The AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year program is the only statewide program that spotlights the contributions of Arizona’s public school teachers. To learn more about the program, click here.