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Tucson Magnet High School teacher named Circle K Teacher of the Year

Posted March 14, 2013

Tucson Magnet High School teacher Suzanne Hall has been named the Circle K Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013. Hall was one of nine finalists in Southern Arizona and was announced as the winner at a recent University of Arizona basketball game.

With this recognition, Hall also receives $1,000 to use in her classroom, a trophy and a commemorative ring.

The Teacher of the Year is selected from a panel of representatives from districts throughout Southern Arizona. The decision is based on a variety of judging criteria, including excellence in teaching preparation and experience, leadership ability, participation in co-curricular or extracurricular activities involving students, innovation or unique teaching practices, evidence of successful teaching, recognition by colleagues, and community involvement. Hall was selected as the top teacher from having the highest total score from an assessment in all those areas.

In describing her philosophy of innovation and unique teaching practices for the reviewing panel, she said "I believe my job as a teacher is to facilitate student learning in a way that allows students to feel safe as they take intellectual risks and are challenged, and to ensure they are valued as critical and creative thinkers."

Hall is not yet sure how she will use the $1,000 award in her classroom, but says she will be discussing the best opportunities with other teachers in her department.

"Teaching is the greatest responsibility we have as a society," said Hall, who has been with Tucson Unified School District for 18 years and is a National Board Certified teacher. "I love my work ferociously and am so honored to be acknowledged with this award."

The Teacher of the Year award is a collaboration between the Circle K Corporation and the University of Arizona Athletics Department.

Photo of Suzanne Hall
Tucson High teacher Suzanne Hall encourages students to take intellectual risks.