Teacher of the Year (2019-20): Ashlee Gibson (Second Grade Teacher)
Reason Nominated: The image below describes Ashlee Gibson 100 percent. Mrs. Gibson is a true leader on the Legacy Queen Creek campus. Not only is she a highly effective teacher in the classroom, but Ashlee warms our campus with genuine support, love, and positivity. She has mentored many of our current staff members and Ashlee impresses everyone with her knowledge, innovation, and her passion to perfect her craft, year after year. The Legacy Queen Creek campus and the Vertex organization is lucky to have Ashlee Gibson as a pillar of consistency as the district lead in second grade. Not only does she have a tremendous impact on our campus, but knowing Ashlee, I am certain she supports all the other second grade lead teachers throughout our organization and raises the bar of excellence for all. I am proud to honor Ashlee Gibson as Legacy Queen Creek’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year.
Staff of the Year (2019-20): Amanda Desterhouse (SPED Paraprofessional)
Reason Nominated: The image below describes Amanda Desterhouse perfectly. The image states, “If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?” The answer to this for Amanda is, she would impress the world. Amanda displays tremendous patience as a one-on-one paraprofessional for one of our most intensive students. Despite the trials and tribulations, Amanda shows up each day with a smile on her face, love in her heart, and a willingness to do whatever she can to help her student achieve life milestones. Amanda is the silent leader of our SPED paraprofessional group and leads by example with her work ethic, dedication to complete tasks, and her ability to connect with students. I am proud to honor Amanda Desterhouse as Legacy Queen Creek’s 2019-20 Staff of the Year.