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Arizona's Teacher of the Year

By November 15, 2012

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Each year the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) spotlights the contributions of Arizona's teachers. The Teacher of the Year program promotes and rewards exceptional efforts being made in Arizona's public schools.
Teacher of the Year
Nancie Lindblom
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One winner and four finalists are recognized. The four Teacher of the Year finalists, called "Ambassadors for Excellence," will, along with the winner, serve as spokespersons for teachers, promoting excellence in the classroom by making presentations statewide to education, civic, government and professional organizations. Each Ambassador receives a $5,000 cash award, professional speech training and a scholarship from Argosy University for 50 percent of the cost of tuition toward a master's or doctoral degree in education. The four Ambassadors for Excellence will march in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl Parade. They are:
  • Becky Cavazos, 4th grade teacher at Borton Magnet School, Tucson
  • Lindsey Connor, 7th grade mathematics teacher at San Tan Elementary School, Gilbert
  • Katrina Herrera, 6th through 8th grade special education math teacher at Sierra Middle School, Tucson
  • Jose "Chach" Snook, 7th and 8th grade choir and drama teacher at Flowing Wells Jr. High School, Tucson
The winner of the 2013 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year receives several awards and recognitions including a $15,000 cash prize, professional speech training, a SMART®board and a full scholarship toward an advanced degree at Argosy University. She also will get to meet President Obama, compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year and attend International Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. The Arizona teacher selected as the winner for 2013 is Nancie Lindblom, an 11th grade AP U.S. History teacher at Skyline High School in the Mesa Public Schools district. Ms. Lindblom has been teaching for 17 years. She attended Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor's degree in social studies education. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in American history and government from Ashland University. Ms. Lindblom was selected as a James Madison fellow in 2011. In support of her nomination, a student wrote, "... her knowledge of history is infectious, making us all into history addicts..."

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