• Celebrate Excellence

    Arizona Charter Awards

    The Arizona Charter Schools Association is proud to annually spotlight the contributions of outstanding public charter teachers, leaders and schools throughout Arizona. Nominations for the 2017 charter awards opens in April.

2016 Charter Award Winners

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Charter School

Academy of Math and Science – Prince is a K-8 charter school serving 420 students in Tucson. This STEM-focused school has high academic rigor for students while providing a well-rounded college-prep education.

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Transformational Leader

Valerie Merrill is the principal at Legacy Traditional School – Gilbert, a K-8 charter school serving 1,200 students in Gilbert. Valerie is an inspirational leader and a quintessential role model for everyone involved with the school.

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Business Leader

Betsy Rosenmiller is the finance director at Metropolitan Arts Institute, a charter high school serving 250 students in Phoenix. Although Betsy has a background in business administration, her passion is art.

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Charter Teacher

Richelle Lewis is a third-grade teacher at American Leadership Academy – Queen Creek, a K-6 charter school serving 760 students. Richelle understands and embraces that all students learn differently.

Past Award Winners

2015

Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education — Greg and Pam Miller, Challenge Charter School
School of the Year — Mission Montessori
Transformational Leader of the Year — Arlahee Ruiz, NFL YET College Prep Academy
Business Leader of the Year — Melissa Holdaway, Arizona Charter Academy
Teacher of the Year — Katelyn Toci, Imagine Camelback

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2014

Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education — Harry Kressler, Pima Prevention Partnership
School of the Year — Villa Montessori
Transformational Leader of the Year — Heather Henderson, Arizona Charter Academy
Business Leader of the Year — Damon Norris, Legacy Traditional Schools
Teacher of the Year — Patricia Pearson, BASIS Chandler

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2013

School of the Year — Champion Schools
Leader of the Year — Susan Chan, Kingman Academy
Business Leader of the Year — Becki Krueger, Leading Edge
Teacher of the Year — Christina Harguess, Self Development Charter School

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2012

School of the Year — Phoenix Collegiate Academy
Leader of the Year — Keri Milliken, Tri-City College Prep
Teacher of the Year — Sheri Jordan, BASIS Flagstaff

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2011

School of the Year — Valley Academy
Leader of the Year — Hugh Hallman, Tempe Preparatory Academies
Teacher of the Year — Carrie Wypiszynski, Phoenix Collegiate Academy
Lifetime Achievement Award — Richard Cooper, Tucson Country Day School

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2010

School of the Year — Self Development Charter School
Leader of the Year — Dr. Lynn Robershotte, Edu-Prize
Business Leader of the Year — Heidi Mitchell, Reid Traditional Schools
Teacher of the Year — Michele Hudak, Candeo Schools

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2009

School of the Year — Sonoran Science Academy – Tucson
Leader of the Year — Larry Pieratt, University Public Schools Initiative
Teacher of the Year — Sally Datria, Pinnacle Pointe Academy
Lifetime Achievement Award — Dr. Reginald Barr, AmeriSchools

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2008

School of the Year — AmeriSchools College Preparatory Academy
Leader of the Year — Greg and Pam Miller, Challenge Charter School
Teacher of the Year — William Hayo, Valley Academy

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