The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced the winner of its coveted 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year title Thursday: Christine Marsh, an 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement (AP) English teacher at Chaparral High School of the Scottsdale Unified School District. The announcement was made at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon held at The Arizona Biltmore before more than 600 attendees, including Arizona educators, elected officials and business leaders.
The annual Teacher of the Year program is the premier event of the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF), a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes and awards the exceptional efforts being made in Arizona public schools.
Marsh is in her 23rd 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 can be measured almost more by 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 Barack 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.
“It is an honor to celebrate great teachers in our state with my colleagues and the community. Ms. Marsh and the Ambassadors are incredible examples of the tireless work done by teachers day in and day out in classrooms across Arizona,” said Executive Director of AEF, Bobbie O’Boyle.
“Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, the Arizona Educational Foundation continues to be able to provide this distinguished award for the 33rd consecutive year.”
Additionally, AEF named its four Teacher of the Year finalists, called “Ambassadors for Excellence,” who will serve 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;
- Michael 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.
Video: Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh