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

James Green went into teaching many years ago and he enjoyed it, he says. Read more

Michelle Sotelo has taught for 20 years. After teaching kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grade, she has spent the last six years at Apollo Middle School where she teaches Language Arts.

“I love it. I’ve found my niche,” says Sotelo. “I love teaching 7th grade because I can act like a silly 12-... Read more

Kandice Baker has been teaching fourth grade at Butterfield Elementary for a decade. When did she realize that she wanted to become a teacher?
“I had always known as far as I can remember,” Baker says. 

When she was in school her favorite subject was reading, Baker says. She still... Read more