Legacy Traditional Schools Announces 2018-2019 Teachers and Staff Members of the Year

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CHANDLER, AZ. – Legacy Traditional Schools announced the 2018-2019 network-wide teacher and staff member of the year at an award luncheon honoring Legacy’s outstanding teachers and staff members.

Each campus recognized one “Teacher of the Year” and one “Staff Member of the Year” – chosen by their peers and colleagues for their exemplary dedication to student success in and outside of the classroom.

“As we bring a Legacy education to more students in communities across Arizona and Nevada, we know that our teachers and staff members are what makes Legacy Traditional Schools exceptional, said Nicole Kirkley, superintendent of Legacy Traditional Schools. “Our teachers are not only educators, but they’re also community leaders, role models and partners with our Legacy families, and we pride ourselves on having the best teachers and staff members anywhere – women and men who go above and beyond every day to make a difference in the lives of students and families. Congratulations to all of these deserving recipients!”

Legacy Traditional Schools’ 2018-19 Network-Wide Teacher and Staff Members of the Year
Teacher of the Year

●      Jillaina Brown, JH Math – Avondale campus

Staff of the Year

●      Peter Stahl, Facilities Manager – Cadence campus


Legacy Traditional Schools’ 2018-2019 Campus-Level Teachers of the Year (TOY) and Staff Members of the Year (SOY)

●      TOY: Jillaina Brown, JH Math

●      SOY: Diane Czech, Exceptional Student Services


●      TOY: Shayla Hendrix, Third Grade

●      SOY: Francisca Quintero, Nighttime Cleaning Crew

Cadence (Las Vegas)

●      TOY: Karissa Phillips, Special Education

●      SOY: Peter Stahl, Facilities Manager

N. Chandler

●      TOY: Heather Morey, Kindergarten

●      SOY: Elizabeth Kingsley Morgan, Secretary

Casa Grande

●      TOY: Leticia DaSilva, Sixth Grade

●      SOY: Jessica Watkins, Program Paraprofessional

N. Valley (Las Vegas)

●      TOY: Marianne Haenel, First Grade

●      SOY: LaToya Mills, Program Paraprofessional


●      TOY: Leah Bruley, P.E.

●      SOY: Kristen Fay, Title I Paraprofessional & Substitute Teacher

NW Tucson

●      TOY: Carrie Tache, Fourth Grade

●      SOY: Roger Ferrara, Custodian

East Mesa

●      TOY: Wendy Hawk, Third Grade

●      SOY: Sheila Nowell, Secretary


●      SOY: Jeffery Kamin, Paraprofessional


●      TOY: Barbie Hudson, Second Grade

●      SOY: Alicia Lowe, Office Manager


●      TOY: Patti Richey, Kindergarten Education Enrichment Program

●      SOY: Rosie Bojorquez, Registrar


●      TOY: James Hughens, Music

●      SOY: Danette Chayrez, Aide

Queen Creek

●      TOY: Deborah Urban, Speech-Language Pathology

●      SOY: Chanda Lewis, Title I Lead


●      TOY: Desta Stultz, Second Grade

●      SOY: Suzanne Fish, Title I Paraprofessional


●      TOY: Susan Palik, Second Grade

●      SOY: Stephanie Laramee, Receptionist


About Legacy Traditional Schools (LTS)

Legacy Traditional Schools believes there is no limit to what a student can achieve with a great education. Our non-profit network of tuition-free, A-rated public charter schools was founded on this principle, and it underlies our mission to educate lifelong learners and develop engaged citizens. Every Legacy Traditional School features a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum that emphasizes all areas of academic study, including the arts, physical education, extensive athletics and extracurricular activities. In 2019-2020, we are educating more than 20,000 students across 18 campuses in Arizona (Greater Phoenix, northwest Tucson, Maricopa and Casa Grande) and Nevada (North Las Vegas, Southwest Las Vegas and Henderson). Learn more at www.legacytraditional.org.

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