There's a Reason I'm a Teacher 2016


Friday April 1, 2016 brings the 15th annual There’s A Reason I’m a Teacher Conference to NAU’s College of Education.

This year's theme is "Teaching on the Front Line:  Interrupting the Crisis"

This conference provides a professional development opportunity for our teacher candidates as they interact with recognized outstanding teachers through keynote addresses and breakout sessions.  Our teacher candidates will take away best practices used daily in the classrooms they will soon be overseeing as they enter the teaching profession.  The College of Education is grateful and proud to present this conference in partnership with the  Arizona K-12 Center, Council of Chief State School Officers, Arizona Educational Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

Featuring Top Educators

2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year


Newly named 2016 Arizona Teacher of the Year, Christine Marsh is in her 24th year of teaching at Chaparral High School. Much of her success as a teacher can be attributed to her belief in helping students feel valued in and out of the classroom. She believes that outstanding teaching is more a factor of a teacher’s relationships with students than his or her knowledge of a subject matter.

2016 Ambassadors for Excellence


Jennifer Anglin, Eighth Grade English Teacher at Flowing Wells Junior High School of Flowing Wells Unified School District.


Angelia Ebner, Fifth Grade Teacher at Maricopa Elementary School of Maricopa Unified School District.


Beth Snyder, Sixth Grade Science Teacher at Akimel A-al Middle School of Kyrene School District.


Mike Vargas, Freshman Physics Teacher at Pinnacle High School of Paradise Valley Unified School District.