Eight's Be More Awards

Eight celebrates excellence in teaching!

What makes a good teacher great? Eight, Arizona PBS salutes Arizona teachers with its Arizona Teacher of the Year 2015 broadcast Friday, January 23 at 9:00 p.m. This Eight original production features insights from students and colleagues who explain what makes each of the five award finalists so remarkable.

An Eight original production made possible by the Friends of Eight.

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Arizona Educational FoundationThe Arizona Teacher of the Year program is a program of the Arizona Educational Foundation and the only statewide program that spotlights the contributions of Arizona's teachers. The program annually recognizes five exceptionally skilled and dedicated pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public school teachers. Nominees are those individuals who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers. They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as their schools, often distinguishing themselves as leaders. They have a superior ability to help all students achieve.

2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year

David Bowman

John-David Bowman
11th and 12th grade IB Theory of Knowledge/AP US History
Westwood High School
Mesa Public School District

2015 Ambassadors for Excellence

Kaci Henis

Kaci Heins
6th grade Science Teacher
Northland Preparatory Academy (Public Charter School)

Kevin Kehl

Kevin Kehl
9th – 12th grade Bioscience/Biology
Andrada Polytechnic High School, Tucson
Vail Unified School District


Margie Looney
5th – 12th grade Orchestra
Willcox Middle and High Schools
Willcox Unified School District

Jeffery Taylor

Jeffrey Taylor
10th – 12th grade AP Environmental Science/AP Chemistry
Flagstaff High School,
Flagstaff Unified School District


-Learn more about education resources specially geared towards K-12 classrooms at azpbs.org/asset.

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