Scottsdale teacher named 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Christine Marsh (photo by SUSD)

Christine Marsh (photo by SUSD)

Christine Marsh, an Advanced Placement English teacher at Chaparral High School was named 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Ms. Marsh is in her 24th year of teaching and believes it is important for students to feel valued both inside and outside the classroom.

“I believe that outstanding teaching is more a factor of a teacher’s relationships with students than his or her knowledge of a subject matter,” stated Ms. Marsh in a press release. “The more the students know a teacher cares, the more effort they will put into the class.”

In addition to teaching 11th and 12th grade students at Chaparral, Ms. Marsh mentors new teachers, writes curriculum, and is a strong advocate for education.

Ms. Marsh received the recognition at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore, the release stated. It was the 33rd consecutive year that the award was presented. More than 600 attendees including business leaders, Arizona educators, and elected officials attended the event.

Over the next year, she will have the opportunity to advocate for students and the education profession at government, education, and other professional meetings throughout Arizona. Additionally, as the AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year, Ms. Marsh will have the opportunity to compete for National Teacher of the Year, meet President Barack Obama and attend international space camp in Huntsville, Ala.

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