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 2023!

Student Champion of the Year

Student Grades 7-12

Nathaniel George
Student
Brophy College Preparatory

James Gold
Student
Paradise Valley Unified School District

Ruth Ochoa
Student
Tolleson Union High School District

Collaborative Leadership Award

School Board Member

Michelle Campuzano
Governing Board Member
Roosevelt School District

Dr. Paul Guy, Jr.
Governing Board Member
Chinle Unified School District

Marcie Hutchinson
Governing Board Member
Mesa Public Schools

Changemaker Award

Superintendent Category

Dr. Perry Berry
Superintendent
Queen Creek Unified School District

Dr. Jason Reynolds
Superintendent
Peoria Unified School District

Dr. Jeff Sprout
Superintendent
Laveen Elementary School District

Catalyst for Education Award

Principal Category

Tarrah Bernabé
Principal
Glendale Elementary School District

Dr. Marianne Lescher
Principal
Kyrene Elementary School District

Jennifer Tassin
Principal
Litchfield Elementary School District

Hero Maker Award

Teacher Category

Elizabeth Cranford
Teacher
Altar Valley Elementary School District

Dr. Tristan Palmer
Teacher
Peoria Unified School District

Sandra Thomas
Teacher
Deer Valley Unified District

School Champion of the Year Award

School Champion Category
Christina Carter
School Champion
Quartzsite Elementary School District
Beth Lake
School Champion
Amphitheater Public Schools
Chris Lemka
School Champion
Peoria Unified School District

Because It Takes A Village Award

School Category

Garden Lakes Elementary School
School
Pendergast Elementary School District

Marshall Ranch Elementary School
School
Peoria Unified School District

Valencia Newcomer School
School
Alhambra Elementary School District

Student Champion of the Year

Student Grades K-6

Cooper DeWitt
Student
Queen Creek Unified School District

Owen Fuhriman
Student
Queen Creek Unified School District

Sophia Ketring
Student
Pendergast Elementary School District

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