The 28th annual Yuma County Teacher of the Year
award banquet honored Northern Arizona University graduate Ana Amaya as overall
Teacher of the Year. Three other NAU graduates were also honored in various
Put on by the Education Foundation of Yuma, these
prestigious awards honor educators in Yuma that go above and beyond to give the
best instruction and care to their students.
Ana Amaya – Teacher of the Year
Ana Amaya is a first grade English Language Learner (ELL)
teacher at McGraw Elementary School and graduated from NAU–Yuma with her
bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Currently, she is participating in the Culturally Responsive ESL Special-education
Training (CREST) Project as a part of her Master of Education degree through
NAU–Yuma. CREST is an initiative to help teachers in southern Arizona improve
instruction for English Learners and English Learners with disabilities.
Ana was an English
Learner herself growing up, and reflected on how this experience has impacted her
teaching in her acceptance speech. “I know many of the struggles that my
students have and go through because I’ve gone through many of them myself,”
says Ana. “But they’ve made me be stronger, a better person, and a better
Prust, Director of the CREST grant project and Education Department Chair at NAU–Yuma, congratulated Ana on her win. “The federally
funded CREST grant has allowed 50 Yuma teachers like Ana to complete a master’s
degree in Bilingual Multicultural Education (BME) with a Culturally and
Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) emphasis,” says Dr. Prust. “We’re so
proud of Ana’s accomplishment and look forward to seeing what she does in the
Liana Goldsboro –
Special Area/ Special Education K-6th Grade
Liana is an interventionist at Ronald Reagan Elementary
School. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and her
master’s degree in Elementary Education from NAU.
Cathy Duffy – Primary
Cathy is a kindergarten teacher at Mesquite Elementary
School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her
master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from NAU–Yuma.
Jason Swain – Middle
School/ Junior High 6th-8th Grade
Jason is an 8th grade math teacher at Gila Vista
Junior High School. He was a student in NAU's Elementary Education bachelor's degree program in 2002.
Carolyn Hoffmeyer – Yuma Educational Hall Of Fame Professional Educator Award
Carolyn has been teaching and counseling students for over
40 years. She graduated from NAU in 1965 when it was known as the Arizona State
Congratulations to all of the winners!
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