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October 5, 2020(Arizona) Legacy Traditional Schools names 2020 Teacher and Staff Member of the Year

Click here to watch Teacher of the Year Amanda Gouba’s surprise ceremony!

Pictured: Deputy Superintendent Tamela Harris (left) and Teacher of the Year Amanda Gouba (right). 

Chandler, AZ, Oct. 5, 2020 – Legacy Traditional Schools is proud to announce its Arizona “Teacher of the Year” and “Staff Member of the Year” for 2019-20.

The annual recognition honors the educators and administrators chosen by their peers and colleagues for their outstanding contributions to student success inside and outside of the classroom.

Earning the title of “Teacher of the Year” is Amanda Gouba, a music teacher at Legacy Traditional School – Gilbert.

In her nomination, Amanda was recognized as “an example of a teacher who truly goes above and beyond – working tirelessly to perfect Legacy’s music program and make a positive difference in the lives of her students. She approaches every challenge with a smile, a positive attitude, and 100% effort – and while she never looks for praise, she’s more than earned it. We’re grateful she’s part of the Legacy family.”

Earning recognition as “Staff Member of the Year” is Andrea Gordon, secretary at Legacy Traditional School – Peoria.

In her nomination, Andrea was recognized for “being known on campus as ‘the glue’ of the front office, and for good reason. When we were short an administrator for several months during the past school year, Andrea did the job of two secretaries, served as school nurse, and even stepped in once to teach – all while keeping a kind, caring, and positive attitude. She’s the friendly face parents, students and staff members look forward to seeing every day, and we’re proud to recognize her for all that she does.”

“While these have been uncertain and unprecedented times for all of us at Legacy, the one constant through all of this has been the amazing hard work and dedication of our educators and administrators,” said Nicole Kirkley, superintendent of Legacy Traditional Schools. “We’re so fortunate to have people like Amanda and Andrea on our team – going above and beyond every day to make a difference in the lives of our students. Congratulations to both of our honorees for this well-deserved recognition!”