2017 Arizona Teacher of the Year says strong connections boost students’ learning

| December 14, 2016

By the Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

A teacher who advocated for a student with a different learning style. One who advocated for a pregnant high school senior. Another who taught her school was a priority. And another who was the first teacher she’d ever had like her – Hispanic. Michelle Dougherty, who was named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year last month by the Arizona Education Foundation, said without these caring teachers, her life story might have been different.

Today Doherty, a first-grade dual language teacher at Encanto School in central Phoenix’s Osborn Elementary School District, operates from a belief that connecting with students is the key to their learning.

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