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NAU Graduates Honored At Yuma County Teacher Of The Year Awards

by Margaret Hurst
Marketing Specialist

April 24, 2015

The 28th annual Yuma County Teacher of the Year award banquet honored Northern Arizona University graduate Ana Amaya as overall Teacher of the Year. Three other NAU graduates were also honored in various categories.

Put on by the Education Foundation of Yuma, these prestigious awards honor educators in Yuma that go above and beyond to give the best instruction and care to their students.

 

Ana Amaya – Teacher of the Year 

Ana Amaya is a first grade English Language Learner (ELL) teacher at McGraw Elementary School and graduated from NAU–Yuma with her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Currently, she is participating in the  Culturally Responsive ESL Special-education Training (CREST) Project as a part of her Master of Education degree through NAU–Yuma. CREST is an initiative to help teachers in southern Arizona improve instruction for English Learners and English Learners with disabilities.

 Ana was an English Learner herself growing up, and reflected on how this experience has impacted her teaching in her acceptance speech. “I know many of the struggles that my students have and go through because I’ve gone through many of them myself,” says Ana. “But they’ve made me be stronger, a better person, and a better teacher.”

Dr. Russell Prust, Director of the CREST grant project and Education Department Chair at NAU–Yuma, congratulated Ana on her win. “The federally funded CREST grant has allowed 50 Yuma teachers like Ana to complete a master’s degree in Bilingual Multicultural Education (BME) with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) emphasis,” says Dr. Prust. “We’re so proud of Ana’s accomplishment and look forward to seeing what she does in the future.”

 

Liana Goldsboro – Special Area/ Special Education K-6th Grade

Liana is an interventionist at Ronald Reagan Elementary School. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from NAU.

 

Cathy Duffy – Primary K-3rd Grade

Cathy is a kindergarten teacher at Mesquite Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from NAU–Yuma.

 

Jason Swain – Middle School/ Junior High 6th-8th Grade

Jason is an 8th grade math teacher at Gila Vista Junior High School. He was a student in NAU's Elementary Education bachelor's degree program in 2002.

 

Carolyn Hoffmeyer – Yuma Educational Hall Of Fame Professional Educator Award

Carolyn has been teaching and counseling students for over 40 years. She graduated from NAU in 1965 when it was known as the Arizona State Teacher’s College.

 

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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