Champions of Education Awards

Because every child deserves a champion, we honor those who have courageously made a difference for Arizona youth

Honoring Arizona Champions of Education

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth. Every year School Connect presents awards in 13 categories, including individuals ranging from kindergarten all the way to CEO! Watch our Student Champion of the Year for the K-6 Category, Matthew Simek, to learn how he is a champion for education!

Who is a champion of education?

We believe that champions of education are those who not only have vision for a better world but take action on behalf of our kids. Champions of education include educators and community members who take the time to build relationships, establish trust, and know that what they invest in students travels home with them, and in turn strengthens their families, and ultimately the communities around all of us. Every courageous leader who helps to create a safe space for students, who gathers networks of people to work toward positive change in the world around them, every one of you is helping to start a movement that creates a brighter future for Arizona youth. Join us to honor our champions of education!

Education Awards

Changemaker Award

Superintendent

This Superintendent has taken a stand as a leader – bringing innovative solutions to their entire district; building networks of support across multiple sectors to create diverse and powerful growth in their district. They have cast a clear and compelling vision for their school district and work with diverse community partners to support the initiatives of individual schools as well as district wide strategies of support.

Hero Maker Award

Teacher

This Teacher has built trust, modeled resilience, and cultivated leadership in others to influence not only their classroom, but parents, other teachers, and even outside community members, thus stimulating hope and inspiring courageous leadership for the future. They are also in tune with the needs of students and parents with a clear understanding of how community partnerships can support wraparound services and academic achievement for students and greater parent engagement.

Catalyst for Education Award

Principal

This Principal has sparked collaboration toward a specific change, leading the way as a catalyst that ignites hope and rallies others to champion their school community. They have identified strategic ways community partners can impact their school and built community partners into a village of strategic partnerships that are founded on relationships of trust and win/win collaboration.

Collaborative Leadership Award

School Board Member

This School Board Member has partnered with other leaders to bring unified community engagement and support to their district, building synergy and empowering their board to exceed expected outcomes for their district. They have also cast a compelling vision of the goals and needs of their school district while building strategic partnerships that can drive outcomes in their schools district wide.

Student Champion of the Year

Student (K-6)

This Student exemplifies great-hearted leadership – cheering others on, leading by example, and inspiring his or her fellow student to generosity, perseverance, and the bold leadership required to empower the next generation. They have been fully engaged in their education by bringing their unique gifts and talents to every aspect of learning and are also interested and concerned in the welfare of their peers.

Student Champion of the Year

Student (7-12)

This Student exemplifies great-hearted leadership – cheering others on, leading by example, and inspiring his or her fellow student to generosity, perseverance, and the bold leadership required to empower the next generation. They have been fully engaged in their education by bringing their unique gifts and talents to every aspect of learning and are also interested and concerned in the welfare of their peers.

Because It Takes A Village Award

School

This school has built a diverse network of community partners to support the school, students, and families in its community. Leadership has worked strategically to celebrate community engagement and the school actively tracks progress toward their goals, celebrating every step towards victory!

School Champion of the Year Award

School Champion

This person has become a trusted partner of the school principal and the community. By listening to the strategic goals of the school and needs of the community, they have facilitated collaboration amongst parties, tracked and communicated progress, and celebrated the entire team’s efforts toward student success!

EVENT DETAILS

Event Location
TBD

Event Date & Time
April 27, 2023 | Time TBA

NOMINATIONS OPEN FEBRUARY 2023

Who attends the Awards?
Attendees include award finalists, co-workers and families, and leaders in the community supporting K-12 education

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Andrea Worth Wins Founder’s Heart Award 2022

As her award was announced, Dan Steffen, Co-Founder of School Connect, commented that this award mattered so much because you just can’t make people care. But when you see people who do care like Andrea Worth, those who are rising to help close the learning gap, resolve digital equity issues, and make sure every child has access to the education and future they deserve, these people should be celebrated for they inspire the heroes in each of us.

Principal Abraham Gonzalez Wins Catalyst for Education Award

Cheers erupted in the room as Principal Abraham Gonzalez was announced the winner of the Catalyst for Education Award! As a principal of Villa De Paz in the Pendergast Elementary School District, Abraham strives to help his school be the gem of the community for his students!

Coming April 2023!

Community Awards

CIVIC IMPACT AWARD

Local Government

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT AWARD

Local Nonprofit

COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD

Local Business

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT AWARD

National Nonprofit

BRIDGE BUILDERS AWARD

National Business

HOPE BUILDERS AWARD

Local Faith

FOUNDER’S HEART AWARD

Courageous Leadership

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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School Connect Champions of Education Awards 2023

The School Connect Champions of Education Awards event honors those who lead with heart and help us to build a brighter future for Arizona youth.

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