Scottsdale schools, teachers among STEM educators honored by Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

STEM teacher Monica Crowder receives award from Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Freeport McMoRan.

It was an exceptional night out for STEM teachers like Monica Crowder of Tempe, who were recognized recently in an Oscar-style awards ceremony at Arizona Science Center.

The long-time Kyrene School District educator was celebrated, along with STEM colleagues, students and schools, for her dedicated service from the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Freeport-McMoRan as they honored 49 STEM Superhero finalists and six award recipient.

“It’s exciting to recognize teachers like Mrs. Crowder who have spent two decades in the classroom as passionate educators,” said Jay Parry, president and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

“They truly are the unsung superheroes who are training our future leaders in crucial areas such as science, technology, engineering and math.”

Forty-nine STEM teachers, schools and clubs throughout Arizona — including several from Scottsdale — were recognized for devotion, exemplary teaching methods and innovation in three STEM categories: Most Dedicated STEM Teacher, Most Innovative STEM Club and Best STEM School.

Out of the 49 finalists, six awards were handed out in rural and urban school classifications. The winners received a commemorative Super Bowl XLIX helmet signed by ASU football legend and NFL alum Jake Plummer, a framed photo depicting themselves as a superhero and a $500 STEM teaching grant.

“The STEM Superhero Awards are an opportunity to highlight and applaud some of the great work that teachers and schools across the state are doing to motivate student interests and achievements in STEM subjects,” said Tracy Bame, president of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.

“We hope that the extraordinary efforts of these everyday heroes will inspire additional efforts that help students master science and math content which will allow them a successful path to higher education and careers in the 21st century workplace.”

The Host Committee selected 49 finalists out of more than 200 nominees over a six-week nomination period. Additionally, 15 schools were selected to create STEM centerpieces, which were prominently on display at the ceremony and gave STEM clubs a unique opportunity to showcase their teachings.


The six Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Superhero Award winners:

Most Dedicated STEM Teacher:

Monica Crowder, Kyrene School District, Urban

Pradip Misra, Bagdad High School, Rural

Most Innovative STEM Club:

CocoNuts, Coconino High School, Rural

Team 842, Cary Hayden Community High School, Urban

Best STEM School:

Cradleboard Elementary, Rural

Sierra Verde, Urban

The Host Committee’s 49 STEM Superhero Award finalists:

Most Dedicated STEM Teacher:

Allison Davis, Knox Gifted Academy, Chandler

Barb Gosney, Imagine Schools, Avondale

Barbara Cushing, Legacy Traditional Schools, Tucson

Brent Kellis, Red Mountain High School, Mesa

Catherine Wyman, Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

Christine Sapio, Coconino High School, Flagstaff

Dan Zavaleta, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix

Dave Thompson, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

Deb Moore, Raymond S. Kellis High School, Glendale

Diana L. Roberts, Whispering Wind Academy, Phoenix

Erik Hertwig, Globe High School, Globe

Fatima Mu, Smoketree Elementary, Lake Havasu

Heidi Jacobson, Cooley Middle School, Gilbert

Jake Henningsen, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Rose Lane Branch, Scottsdale

Jennifer Cheesman, Zuni Hills Elementary, Peoria

Jenny Frank, Copper Creek Elementary, Glendale

Jim Clark, Hamilton High School, Chandler

Kaci Heins, Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff

Krisha Leyva, Marana Middle School, Marana

Luis Bleuze, Genesis City, Phoenix

Marilyn Miracle Williams, Tavan Elementary School, Phoenix

Mary Ann P. Cawley, Somerton Middle School, Somerton

Micah Yorke, Sierra Verde STEM Academy, Glendale

Monica Crowder, Kyrene School District, Tempe

Nancy Foote, Sossaman Middle School, Queen Creek

Nancy Parra-Quinlan, Kino Junior High, Mesa

Phillip Howardell, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix

Pradip Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad

Shawn Hardina, Campo Verde High School, Gilbert

Stefanie Lump, Canyon Ridge, Surprise

Ted Komada, Killip Elementary, Flagstaff

Most Innovative STEM Club:

Carl Hayden Community High School, Phoenix

Coconino High School, Flagstaff

Congress Elementary School, Congress

Cradleboard Elementary, Whiteriver

HeatSync Labs, Mesa

Orangewood Elementary School, Phoenix

Saguaro High School, Scottsdale

Best STEM School:

Arizona State University Preparatory Academy, Phoenix

BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale

Cradleboard Elementary, Whiteriver

East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa

Gowan Science Academy, Yuma

Higley High School, Gilbert

Maie Bartlett Heard Elementary, Phoenix

Navajo Elementary School, Scottsdale

Perry High School, Chandler Unified School District

Sierra Verde STEM Academy, Glendale

Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

About Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee AZSBHC is a private, nonprofit Arizona corporation that drives Arizona’s plan for Super Bowl XLIX and is responsible for the $30 million fundraising goal. The Host Committee plans and stages Super Bowl XLIX and all of its associated events in partnership with the NFL.

In addition, the Host Committee is the catalyst to galvanize the local stakeholders in a united approach to maximize the positive media exposure, the game’s positive economic impact for the region and leave a lasting legacy long after Super Bowl XLIX. For more information visit

About Super Bowl XLIX: The Super Bowl is America’s number one watched television program and culminates the NFL football season. Arizona will host its third Super Bowl in 19 years on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. For more information, visit

About Pro Bowl: The Pro Bowl is held every year to showcase the best players throughout the NFL, as voted by the players, coaches and fans. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, January 25th. It will mark the third time in history that the Pro Bowl will be held in the same city as the Super Bowl. The game will be played the Sunday before Super Bowl XLIX. For more information, visit

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