Scottsdale educator named K-12 teacher of the year

Jo Schloss (submitted photo)

Jo Schloss (submitted photo)

Camelback Desert School in Scottsdale announces that educator Jo Schloss has been named K-12 Teacher of the year by Camelback Desert School’s parent organization, Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

Ms. Schloss was nominated for the national award by parents, the school’s principal and fellow teachers, according to a press release. The award was formally presented to Schloss at NLCI’s national principal conference in Las Vegas in November.

As K-12 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Schloss was honored for her superb creativity, dedication and expertise in teaching a quality art curriculum. Ms. Schloss instills her love for art among her students through lessons and projects that teach form, technique and color. Her work with students in the classroom has resulted in the regular display of their art within Camelback Desert School’s art studio, classroom and Artsonia, an online gallery for children’s artwork.

Her students’ work has also been presented at the school’s Cultural Fair and Taste of the Arts events.

“She is an amazing, master teacher. I have had multiple opportunities to observe her excellence in the classroom,” stated Linda Horner, principal of Camelback Desert School, in the release. “She works collaboratively with grade level teachers to enrich the learning environment by providing exceptional projects and activities that include the NLCI framework.”

NLCI’s Teacher of the Year program recognizes teachers who stand out by demonstrating a strong commitment to inspire, motivate and educate students and staff. Along with the title, K-12 Teacher of the Year and the all-expenses-paid trip to the national conference in Las Vegas, Ms. Schloss received a cash award and a round-trip airline ticket to anywhere in the U.S.

“It is a great honor to receive the Teacher of the Year award and a very humbling experience to be acknowledged,” stated Ms. Schloss in the release. “It validates my passion for inspiring children to appreciate visual arts and to recognize how art impacts their daily lives. It is definitely a feel good moment in my teaching career.”

Ms. Schloss has been an art teacher at Camelback Desert School since 2002. She currently serves as an art teacher for all elementary school students.

Camelback Desert School is located at 9606 East Kalil Drive in Scottsdale and can be contacted at 480-451-3130. The school offers preschool, elementary school, before and after care and summer camp for families living in the Scottsdale area.

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