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Arizona educators share their reasons for teaching

Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible. Educators at all levels strive to enrich and enlighten children; to encourage and inspire them in ways that will shape their future for the better. And whether or not you have children in school now, you probably had at least one teacher who made a difference in your life.

Teachers from around Arizona share what teaching means to them and why they chose to be teachers.



Ms. Maria Plata

First Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher
Kyrene del Norte Elementary School
Kyrene School District


Mr. Byron Hastings

French/German Teacher
Poston Butte High School
Florence Unified School District


Ms. Tracey Dodrill

7th Grade Science Teacher
Cocopah Middle School
Scottsdale Unified School District

Mr. Nathan Brady

Navajo Language Teacher
Winslow High School
Winslow Unified School District


Ms. Roseanna Gonzalez

Special Education Teacher
Desert View High School
Sunnyside Unified School District


Mr. Richard Paun

Art Teacher
Douglas High School
Douglas Unified School District


Ms. Kathy Hoover

CTE Sports Medicine Teacher
Kofa High School
 Yuma Union High School District


Ms. Karen   Hurley

Fifth Grade ELL Teacher
Bret R. Tarver Elementary School
Cartwright Elementary School District


Ms. Carrie Larson

Fourth Grade Teacher
Phoenix Collegiate Academy