Champions of Education Awards Winners

We are pleased to announce School Connect’s Champions of Education Award Winners for 2024!

Education Awards

Because It Takes a Village Award

Catalyst for Education Award

Changemaker Award

Collaborative Leadership Award

School Champion of the Year Award

Hero Maker Award

Student Champion of the Year (K-6)

Student Champion of the Year (7-12)

Community Awards

Community Impact Award

Bridge Builders Award

Community Spotlight Award

National Spotlight Award

Hope Builders Award

Civic Impact Award

Founder's Heart Award

Rebecca Bhasme Wins 2024 Hero Maker Award

School Connect celebrates Rebecca Bhasme, STEM teacher from Willcox Middle School in the Willcox Unified School District for winning the 2024 Hero Maker Award. A self-proclaimed “science geek,” Rebecca Bhasme shares her love for learning in the classroom as she teaches and tutors students in all things STEM. Her vision is to help students see the need in the community and fulfill it, because Mrs. Bhasme believes that her students can learn and discover anything they can dream. They just need to have the desire to go out there to find it!

Deb Lupnacca Wins 2024 Founder’s Heart Award

Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District, is honored for her work as a teacher and school champion who believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. She inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.

“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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Celebrate the Champions of Education who have made a significant impact on Arizona's youth!

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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Today and every day, we celebrate freedom, equality, and the strength of the human spirit. Juneteenth is a powerful reminder of the progress we’ve made and the work still to be done. Let’s honor the resilience of our ancestors and the struggles they overcame. 
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Watch how Sophia’s dad helped shape her approach to school and leadership! School Connect programs are designed to connect parents to their children’s school, to honor their voice and galvanize their support for every child in the community. 
Join us for Love Our Schools Day to discover more ways you can get involved as a parent or champion for Arizona youth!

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Want to grin like the winner in this reel? Join School Connect’s exciting Brewery Tour Fundraiser, Thursday, July 25th!   

Tour 3 incredible local breweries while you play to win and make valuable connections. Plus, by supporting School Connect, you’re helping Arizona youth find community and support! Together we can foster vital connections between our local schools and the surrounding community. Why not lend a hand while indulging in delicious craft beers? 

But that’s not all – you can also participate in our thrilling Poker Experience, where you’ll have a chance to win 50% of the prize pool. It’s a win-win situation: you get to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon while contributing to a worthy cause. 

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Get a jump start on creating impact for next year! School Connect invites you to submit your Love Our School Day project now. 

Help make those significant community connections for your school by submitting your projects early, allowing local organizations to put it on their calendar. 

Cultivating community takes time and getting a head start will only help in inviting student leaders, parents, and other community members to join in! 

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