Amanda McAdams Named 2011 AZ Teacher of the Year

Amanda McAdams Named 2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year
November 2010 - Congratulations to Amanda McAdams, who has just been named the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2011 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. McAdams was one of five finalists for this award, all of whom were honored as Ambassadors for Excellence at the Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards luncheon on November 18. This event is the Arizona Educational Foundation’s premier event that spotlights the contributions of Arizona’s teachers.

Mrs. McAdams began the journey to Teacher of the Year in August when she was nominated by Apollo principal, Sue Maland.  Ten semi-finalists were notified by early October and were then asked to prepare a 15 minute videotape. The panel of judges-- consisting of educators, students, and business community members-- made their final decisions based on a written application, videotape, interview, and impromptu speech by each of the ten finalists.

Mrs. McAdams is very involved at Apollo High School, where she serves on the AHS Planning Team, as student council advisor, and as the chair of the English department, in addition to teaching English to sophomores. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Claremont McKenna College, a Juris Doctorate from J. Rueben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University, and teaching certificate from Utah State University. She is a member of National Education Association, Arizona Education Association, and the Utah State Bar.

As Teacher of the Year, Mrs. McAdams will have opportunities throughout the year to make public appearances across the state, speaking to professional, civic, educational, parent, and student groups. In addition, she will also receive the following: a $20,000 cash award, a laptop computer from Intel Corporation, compete for the honor of National Teacher of the Year, attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, meet the President of the United States, receive a full scholarship for a masters or doctorate degree in education from Argosy University, receive professional speech training, consideration by Arizona Board of Regents to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from NAU, invitation to serve as an adjunct professor for one year at NAU, receive a SMART®board and 1-year license for SMART Ideas software, march in the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Wells Fargo Stagecoach, receive a “Teacher of the Year” ring from Herff Jones, attend sporting event in Wells Fargo Suite at US Airways Arena or the Ballpark, $500 gift card from US Airways, Microsoft Office Professional © and OneNote©, 2-night stay and 2 rounds of golf at Camelback Inn, school-wide Blue Bell Ice Cream party, gift card from Salon Estique, Treasures 4 Teachers 1-year membership,  and manicure and pedicure compliments of Nordstrom Spa.

Other GUHSD candidates for the award were Daniel Darrow from Washington High School and Julie Stockwell from Greenway High School.

This is the second time a GUHSD teacher has received this honor. In 1984, Sunnyslope teacher Terri Fields was also named Teacher of the Year.

Mrs. McAdams adds this to an impressive list of accomplishments, including the Matt O. Hanhila Inspirational Educator Award and Apollo’s Achievement Above All award. Again, congratulations to Mrs. McAdams on another well-earned achievement.

Mrs. McAdams receiving award

Amanda McAdams (left) being presented the top award by John Mulchy, emcee, and a representative from Wells Fargo.