2016 Arizona English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher of the Year

‘It is an honor to recognize Victoria Gonzales as such an outstanding teacher,’ said Superintendent Douglas. ‘Her passion and commitment as an educator of Arizona English language learners was clear when her students and colleagues shared how proud and excited they were to see her selected for this honor.’

When asked to describe her educational philosophy as is relates to teaching ELL students, Gonzales responded, ‘My philosophy is that students learn best when they feel and know that I care and believe in their ability for success. I believe an educator must cultivate a classroom environment that encourages students to take chances, think independently, and respect other individuals. This environment opens pathways for language development, which directly impacts academic growth. As an ELL teacher I understand the importance of adjusting my instructional strategies to meet the individual language levels and needs of all students. Keeping in mind that student participation, discussion and discourse have a direct correlation to the internalization of new learning.’”