A Detroit-area transplant, Julie Groce came to Arizona six years ago and is in her third year at Tanque Verde and is this month's Dr Jaws and Bear Essential News Teacher of the Month! Read more

BASIS Primary teacher is this October's Bear Essential News and Dr Jaw Orthodontists teacher of the month! Read more

Heather Walker from Acacia Elementary is Dr Jaw and Bear Essential News September Teacher of the Month! Read more

Dr. JAW Orthodontists and Bear Essential News congratulate the outstanding educators recognized this past school year. Keep the nominations coming! Read more

Katie Patoka works as a teacher aide in the morning, and teaches history and English in the afternoons at Redeemer Lutheran School. Read more

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Ocotillo Ridge Elementary's Kristin Thomas is Dr. Jaw's May Teacher of the month. Read more


Samantha Kunk "fell in love" with teaching despite not wanting to follow her mother into the career. Read more


Fifth grade teacher spent nearly a decade in front of a Phoenix class before moving to Tucson. Read more


Alba Burke guides students into the world of academia and the English language. Read more

Alisa Fenstermacher teaches at St. Michael’s School. She is new to the school and new to the fourth grade (after teaching eighth grade), but she is not new to teaching.  Read more