Ahwatukee Teacher Wins Emmy Award for Writing Work on PBS Series
A 15-year Kyrene de los Cerritos teacher recently earned an Emmy award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work on a PBS series.
According to the Ahwatukee Foothills News, Kiirsten Makela auditioned among a score of other teachers for her chance to appear on the new 24/7 Arizona PBS Kids channel. She was selected, of course, but she not only appeared in a series, but also wrote many of the segments.
“As early as I can remember, ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ and ‘Sesame Street’ were on the television in our 1980s home growing up in Gurnee, Illinois. My parents always valued educational and wholesome television for myself and my two other brothers,” she told the newspaper in reference to her experience and love of PBS.
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