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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