There's a Reason I'm a Teacher

March 27, 2014 brings the 13th annual There’s A Reason I’m a Teacher Conference to NAU’s College of Education.  This conference provides a professional development opportunity for our teacher candidates as they interact with recognized outstanding teachers through keynote addresses and breakout sessions.  Our teacher candidates will take away best practices used daily in the classrooms they will soon be overseeing as they enter the teaching profession.  The College of Education is grateful and proud to present this conference in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Arizona Educational Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. 

Featuring Keynote Speakers

2013 National Teacher of the Year

 Charbonneau   Jeffrey Charbonneau

Jeffrey Charbonneau is a Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher at Zillah High School, Zillah, Washington

2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Maloney  Beth Maloney

Beth Maloney is a 5th grade teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary School, Surprise, Arizona

2014 Arizona Rural Teacher of the Year

Ellison  Torie Ellison

Torie Ellison is a special education teacher for Arizona City Elementary School, Toltec Elementary School District

Also Featuring

Arizona Educational Foundation Ambassadors for Excellence

  • Dayna Burke, 1st grade teacher Sahuarita Primary School, Sahuarita
  • Tara Dale, 7th grade general science teacher at Akimet A-al Middle School, Phoenix
  • Tabetha Finchum – 4th grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School, Tucson
  • Jonathan Parker, 11th grade AP US History teacher at Thunderbird High School, Phoenix

Other Presenters:

Christine Sapio, physics teacher at Coconino High School – Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Arizona Teacher of the Year finalist

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