Excellence of Education Awards Honor Students and Teachers
The 25th Annual Excellence in Education award ceremony recognized a number of teachers, students and faculty members from schools in the Ahwatukee community. Held at the Tempe Center for the Arts, the event was hosted by the Tempe Diablos honoring individuals from Kyrene, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts.
About 600 locals came together at the enter to help support the winners of the award. 24 various teachers, administrators and staff members took the stage to be honored for their work in education. According to Ahwatukee Foothills News, Dr. David Schauer, superintendent of Kyrene felt rewarded to be there. “It’s truly an honor to be part of this. It’s exceptional that we have a community that values education as much as Tempe does,” he said in the article.
There were eight categories for the nominees including: Class Act Award, Outstanding New Teacher Award, Inspiration Award, Above and Beyond Award, Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Teacher of the Year Award.
Anne Sccoman, the student services secretary from Kyrene Altadeña Middle School, received the Class Act Award. “It’s wonderful, but it’s a reflection on everybody who has passed my life. It’s representation of everyone who has crossed my path,” Sccoman said in the article.
In addition, students from Tempe Union High School District were recognized for receiving Tempe Diablo Scholarship awards. The 28 seniors crossed the stage that night with smiles on their faces, knowing that the money would be going directly toward their future educational choices. Over 120 applied for the scholarship, 60 were interviewed and these 28 individuals were chosen.
Ahwatukee prides itself in making education an important aspect of the community. Rewarding all these individuals for their achievements is a way of showing them how important it is to continue growing in every area of life.