Champions of Education Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce School Connect’s Champions of Education Award Winners for 2023!

Education Awards

Changemaker Award

Dr. Perry Berry

Queen Creek Unified School District


Hero Maker Award

Elizabeth Cranford

Altar Valley Elementary School District


Catalyst for Education Award

Dr. Marianne Lescher

Kyrene Elementary School District


Collaborative Leadership Award

Dr. Paul Guy, Jr.

Chinle Unified School District

School Board Member

Student Champion of the Year (K-6)

Sophia Ketring

Pendergast Elementary School District


Student Champion of the Year (7-12)

Nathaniel George

Brophy College Preparatory


Because It Takes A Village Award

Valencia Newcomer School

Alhambra Elementary School District


School Champion of the Year Award

Beth Lake

Amphitheater Public Schools

School Champion

Community Awards

Hope Builders Award / Faith Community

Jerome Parker

Community Spotlight Award / Local Nonprofit

Dick Foreman

Community Impact Award / Local Business

Nadine & Jimmy Alauria

National Spotlight Award / National Nonprofit

Julie Phillips

Bridge Builders Award / National Business

Antonya Williams

Civil Impact Award / Government

Battalion Chief Dave Wagner

Civil Impact Award / Government

Chief Larry Rooney

Founder's Heart Award / Courageous Leadership

Dr. Joe Roselle

Elizabeth Cranford Wins The Hero Maker Award

“I know that I’m not the only teacher who is doing everything that I can with the time that I have here. I know that there are so many teachers who are working hard and giving it everything that they have – sacrificing selfcare, sometimes sacrificing family time? And so I don’t want to think that I am doing something different than the teacher in the next room, in the next school, in the next city, in the next state, in the next country!”

Dr. Joe Roselle Wins The Founder’s Heart Award

This very special award honors a leader with a courageous heart who sees the genius, passion, and love in other people, gathers those people together, and works to unleash their collective power for positive change in the world around them. Dr. Roselle is a visionary leader who honors the leadership of others around him, finds a way to move forward in the most challenging of circumstances, and celebrates the successes of his students and community.

    “Join me in celebrating these shining stars of the education community!”

    Danielle Lerner, Journalist

    “I appreciate School Connect’s dedication to public education and its willingness to recognize individuals who believe that every student must be engaged in meaningful real-life learning that meets their strengths and needs. It takes a village to do this work. Schools cannot do it alone. Thank you for taking the time to recognize the efforts of so many in our communities who make it happen for our kids.”

    Marcie Hutchinson, President, Mesa Public Schools Governing Board

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