Maggie Moriarity named Preschool Teacher of the Year

Maggie Moriarity, preschool teacher at Camelback Desert School. (submitted photo)

Camelback Desert School in Scottsdale has announced that educator Maggie Moriarity has been named Preschool Teacher of the Year by the school’s parent organization, Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

Ms. Moriarity was nominated for the award by the school’s principal, fellow teachers and parents, according to a press release.

The award was formally presented to Ms. Moriarity at NLCI’s national principal conference in Las Vegas last month.

As Preschool Teacher of the Year, Ms. Moriarity is recognized for her natural ability to connect with young children and invoke positivity throughout the greater school community. In her classroom, she encourages students to bring learning to life by participating in engaging activities, the press release stated.

Her students learn through hands-on exploration projects, such as inspecting seeds when learning about plants and viewing animal X-rays during lessons about pets. In addition, Ms. Moriarity’s cheerful energy has been instrumental in facilitating positive relationships between teachers, parents and students.

Ms. Moriarity is the second Camelback Desert School teacher to receive the Teacher of the Year honor in recent years, following art teacher Jo Schloss’s award in 2015.

“Every child deserves to experience a teacher like Ms. Maggie,” said Victoria Sully, principal of Camelback Desert School, in a prepared statement.

“Her genuine smile makes children feel at home while in the classroom, and her positive energy is contagious among her coworkers. Not only do students feel safe and loved, they also feel excited about learning. Having her on our team has contributed greatly to the positive atmosphere in our school.”

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 Preschool Teacher of the Year and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national conference in Las Vegas, Ms. Moriarity received a cash award and round-trip airline ticket to anywhere in the U.S.

“I am so humbled to be selected as Preschool Teacher of the Year,” said Ms. Moriarity in a prepared statement.

“It’s an honor to be so warmly recognized for something that has come naturally to me as a teacher. My whole purpose is to care for the children and create a nurturing environment. Much is expected of teachers every day, but to be effective, love has to be at the heart of it all.”

Ms. Moriarity has taught at Camelback Desert School for four years, serving children who are 2-3 years old in the beginners program. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

Camelback Desert School is located at 9606 E. Kalil Drive in Scottsdale. The school offers preschool through first grade, before and after care, and summer camp for families living in the Scottsdale area.

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