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Surprise educator named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year
Courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation

Second DUSD teacher to win award in three years

SCOTTSDALE – A fifth-grade teacher at Sunset Hills Elementary School in Surprise has been named the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2014 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year, the organization announced during its annual Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore.

Beth Maloney, in her ninth year at the school, qualifies to be considered for the title of National Teacher of the Year early next year.

The annual Teacher of the Year program is the premier event of the Arizona Educational Foundation, a statewide organization that promotes and awards the exceptional efforts being made in Arizona’s public schools.

In her 15th year of teaching overall, Ms. Maloney was hailed by the organization for exemplifying excellence in the classroom with her students while serving as a teacher leader in her school and the Dysart Unified School District.

“Ms. Maloney constantly uses the latest research to achieve success in her classroom. She attributes much of her students’ success to the integration of literacy into all content areas,” stated the AEF Executive Director Bobbie O’Boyle in a prepared release.

“Beth is a prime example of an educator who puts her heart and soul into working with all students. It is an honor to work with Beth as she leads by example first,” added Karen Winterstein, Ms. Maloney’s principal at Sunset Hills Elementary School, 17825 W. Sierra Montana Loop.

Ms. Maloney earned both her bachelor of elementary education and master of educational leadership degrees from National Louis University in Chicago. She is a national board-certified teacher.

As AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year, Ms. Maloney also will have the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama and attend international space camp in Huntsville, Ala. She will receive a host of awards and recognitions, including a $15,000 cash award, professional speech training, $7,000-plus worth of equipment from SMART Technologies and a full scholarship toward an advanced degree at Argosy University.

“Ms. Maloney exemplifies excellence. Not only does she do an outstanding job with the students in her classroom, but she is poised and articulate. She will be a great spokesperson for all teachers in Arizona and an excellent advocate for education,” stated Ms. O’Boyle.

Ms. Maloney is the second Dysart Unified School District educator to win the award in three years. Kristie Martorelli, a reading interventionist at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, was the AEF's 2012 winner.

This is the 31st consecutive year AEF has handed out the award. Recipients serve as spokespersons for the profession, and make presentations statewide to education, civic, government and professional organizations.

Four Teacher of the Year finalists will serve with Ms. Maloney in that capacity. They are:

• Dayna Burke, 1st grade teacher at Sahuarita Primary School, Sahuarita in the Sahuarita Unified School District;

• Tara Dale, 7th grade General Science teacher at Akimel A-al Middle School, Phoenix in the Kyrene Elementary School District;

• Tabetha Finchum, 4th grade teacher at Centennial Elementary School, Tucson in the Flowing Wells Unified School District;

• Jonathan Parker, 11th grade AP U.S. History teacher at Thunderbird High School, Phoenix in the Glendale Union High School District.

The AEF is supported by a network of sponsors and donors including: Argosy University, APS, the Arizona Education Association, The Arizona Republic/12News/AZCentral, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Intel Corporation, University of Phoenix and Wells Fargo.

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