TUSD Teachers Selected as Southern Arizona Teachers of the Year

Date issued: March 21, 2019

Congratulations to two amazing Tucson Unified teachers who were finalists and the winner of the Arizona Athletics/UA Online High School Southern Arizona Teacher of the Year. 

University High School economics teacher Jim Lerch was named Teacher of the Year. Mr. Lerch challenges his students to think critically and have an interest in the world around them using economic principles. We are very proud as this is the 2nd award this year recognizing Mr. Lerch's contributions to education.  In November, Lerch was named the Arizona Council on Economic Education's 2018 Economics Education Teacher of the Year, and now he has been selected to receive this award presented by Arizona Athletics and Arizona Online. Arizona Online is in the top 10% of online bachelor programs in the country.

Photo of Mr. Lerch Photo of Mr. Kissel

We also congratulate Kris Kissel, Sabino High School Drama Teacher, one of the nine finalists of this award. Mr. Kissel has taught for 22 years and continues to inspire his students by creating a positive and creative environment where the students can gain confidence in being themselves.

Congratulations, Mr. Lerch and Mr. Kissel. Tucson Unified is proud to have you teaching our students. #Proud2bTUSD

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