Bosa Donuts Teacher of the Month Molly Sanborn
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Molly Sanborn teaches second grade at Carlson Elementary. Sanborn has been a teacher for over two decades—this is her 23rd year of teaching. She has taught at the college level and worked as a reading specialist for K–3. 

Sanborn is a native of Mesa and says she knew she wanted to teach... Read more

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Kathy Roy teaches second grade at Finley Farms Elementary. She also taught third grade at Finley Farms for many years, but moved to second grade during the pandemic. 

Roy had a degree in fashion merchandising and traveled a lot, but she didn’t want to travel for work after she had kids,... Read more

Group shot of 12 teachers that were recognized as Teacher of the Month.
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Congratulations to the Valley teachers recognized during the 2021–22 school year. Thank you to all the students, parents and others who nominated an outstanding teacher. Your teacher could be recognized during the upcoming school year! Read more

Trayce De Leon from West Valley Christian School is Teacher of the Month
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Trayce De Leon teaches fifth grade at West Valley Christian School. She has been teaching for 28 years. De Leon was born in Miami. Her family moved to South Carolina when she was 10 and she went to college there, so she says she considers South Carolina home. She moved to Arizona when her... Read more

Rebecca Thuer from Jack Barnes Elementary
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Rebecca Thuer teaches fourth grade at Jack Barnes Elementary. She has been teaching for 29 years and has been in Arizona for 23 years.

Thuer says she came to Arizona from Chicago to visit her favorite brother. She went to a job fair and was hired on the spot, so she moved here! 

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Teacher of the Month Tyler McKinzie from Sonoma Ranch Elementary
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Tyler McKinzie teaches sixth grade at Sonoma Ranch Elementary. “Sonoma Ranch is a wonderful school and there is a reason I have been there 16 years,” he says. “The kids, staff, and families make it the best place in the world to be every day.”

McKinzie says he loves teaching sixth grade... Read more

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Lindsey Matykiewicz, or Mrs. Maty to her students, teaches third grade at Curry Elementary. 

Matykiewicz has been teaching for over 20 years—16 of those in the Tempe Elementary School District.

Matykiewicz was a CARES Act teacher during the pandemic, but she took over a third grade... Read more

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Anne Mattison has been a teacher for over 30 years. She teaches second grade at Madison Heights Elementary. 

Mattison taught first grade for more than 20 years, but she says she absolutely loves second grade. One thing she enjoys is the candor of her young students.

One instance of... Read more

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James Benitez sees his future, and it is in teaching. This student teacher is in his last semester at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and he is currently doing his student teaching in a 4th–6th combo classroom at Whittier Elementary in Mesa. 

Benitez is an Arizona native who went... Read more

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Clarice Garcia has been teaching second grade at Greenfield Elementary for eight years. She has been a teacher for 12 years. She began teaching in her hometown of El Paso, Texas.

“I began my teaching career in the school district where my parents, myself and my children went to school,”... Read more