Champions of Education Awards Finalists

We are pleased to celebrate our top three Education Award Finalists in the following categories for the Champions of Education Awards 2024!

Because It Takes a Village Award

Category: School

Litchfield Elementary School

Litchfield Elementary District

Principal Sabine Hopper

Jack Barnes Elementary School

Queen Creek Unified School District

Principal Dawn Kennaugh

Sweetwater Elementary School

Washington Elementary School District

Principal Susan Smith

Catalyst for Education Award

Category: Principal

Courtney Frazier

Belen Soto Elementary School

Litchfield Elementary School District

John Mospan

Desert View Elementary School

Washington Elementary School District

Loy Guzman

Apache Elementary School

Apache Elementary School District 42

Changemaker Award

Category: Superintendent

Dr. Roger Freeman

Littleton Elementary School District

Dr. Scott Menzel

Scottsdale Unified School District

Dr. Jennifer Cruz

Pendergast Elementary School District

Collaborative Leadership Award

Category: School Board Member

Gina DeCoste

Agua Fria Union High School

Hilda Ortega-Rosales

Pendergast Elementary School District

Samantha Davis

Queen Creek Unified School District

School Champion of the Year Award

Category: School Champion

Taylor Perkins

Chasse Building Team

Alexa Ruona

Arizona State University

Sarvanan Bala

Orcutt | Wilson

Hero Maker Award

Category: Teacher

Rebecca Bhasme

Wilcox Unifed School District

Monica Landaiche

Liberty Elementary School District

Cindy Thompson

Queen Creek Unified School District

Student Champion of the Year

Category: K-6 Student

Samuel Granado

5th Grade Student, Villa De Paz Elementary

Aquilla Ricks

2nd Grade Student, Las Brisas Academy

Makayla Reid

5th Grade Student, Lakin Prep Elementary

Student Champion of the Year

Category: 7-12 Student

Fatimah Amer

Basis School, Scottsdale

Ethan Lemka

Centennial High School/ MET Professional Academy

Austin Stasik

Cactus Shadows High School

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