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Sossaman teacher selected as Queen Creek Chamber Educator of the Year

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Nancy Foote, A Science Teacher At Higley’s Sossaman Middle School, Pictured Here Working With Students Was Named Teacher Of The Year By The Queen Creek Chamber Of Commerce. Photo Courtesy Of Carlos Espinosa/Higley Unified School District

Sossaman Middle School teacher Nancy Foote was selected as the 2016 Educator of the Year by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce during a dinner ceremony Sept. 15.

Mrs. Foote teaches conceptual physics at the school, where she has worked since it opened.

Sossaman teacher selected as Queen Creek Chamber Educator of the Year NancyFooteWithStudentsInside

Nancy Foote, a science teacher at Higley’s Sossaman Middle School, pictured here working with students was named Teacher of the Year by the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Carlos Espinosa/Higley Unified School District

An educator since 1989, she has been recognized in the past few years by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, the Higley Unified School District (as the Sossaman teacher of the year in 2015), the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and East Valley Tribune.

“Our students are blessed by her ability to be innovative. Our staff enjoys her willingness to share ideas,” Principal John Dolan said.

Foote’s creative lessons allow students to grasp difficult topics in fun ways, they said.
“We learn it, but then we get to do it at our own pace when we have homework. We get to watch a video of what we learned in class,” said Laci Simmons. “She lets us struggle. If we don’t understand, she lets us struggle through it to help us understand.”

One recent lesson involved a “matching” game with distance/time graphs. Students may be found using dominoes, iPads, classroom objects or even Disney characters in their lessons.

“It’s really fun,” Simmons said.

“She is a very humble person, so she won’t bring up (the award,)” said assistant principal Brandon Keeling. “We’re very proud of her and very happy she is part of our crew.”