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.
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:
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- 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
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