As coordinator for the ASPIRE Academy at Tempe’s Connolly Middle School, Gerald Taylor often spearheads after-school activities such as Court Works, a program where his students visit a courthouse and participate in a mock trial. To create a better experience for his students, on occasion Taylor even uses out-of-pocket money when he feels it is needed.
For going the extra effort for his students, Taylor has been named the Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week for week of April 14-20. Allen Garrett, one of Taylor’s students, nominated him for the award.
This is the 14th consecutive year Fulton Homes has sponsored the educational program that honors Valley school teachers for their extraordinary achievements. During the course of the school year, the program acknowledges teachers who go above and beyond for their students. Both schoolchildren and parents can nominate their favorite educator each week for that teacher’s chance to win $300 from Fulton Homes and other great prizes. The chosen educator will be announced each Friday from 6:20 to 7:20 a.m. on KNIX’s Ben and Matt in the Morning Show, heard at 102.5 FM. Students and parents can nominate their preferred teacher each week by visiting www.knixcountry.com, and submitting a brief form describing why their teacher deserves the distinct title.
In May a ‘Teacher of the Year’ will be chosen from the list of weekly winners, and he or she will be presented with a $1,000 check at a ceremony celebrating all the weekly winners. Based on the entries received, a panel of judges will select the champion and the teacher will be announced and commended with gifts at the year-end banquet.