Kendra Inman, Acacia Elementary School


One well deserving teacher at Acacia Elementary School was brought to tears when Javier Soto surprised her, alongside her nominator, in her classroom full of supporting second graders. Ms. Kendra Inman's classroom is all about interactive learning and engagement at the highest level. 

Each year 8 teachers are honored for their excellence in education with this great award and are given $500 for use in their classroom. A previous student of Ms. Inman's, now a sixth grader, nominated her this year as a way to thank her for making such an impact on her life. Alexandria write in her nomination letter that "she is such an amazing, inspiring teacher and any child is lucky to say that they have/had her as a teacher. I'm one of those lucky students." 

Ms. Inman truly displays the joy of education and works tirelessly to keep her students engaged. Yet, it's not just about education for her, it's about being a positive influence in their lives and pushing them to be the best they can be. "She is someone you can talk to and trust that she won't tell anyone else. During all my seven years at Acacia, I've never met another teacher who deserves this more than Ms. Inman" expressed Alexandria.

Ms. Inman shares a passion for teaching and continues to inspire her students everyday. We asked her to share some of her experiences with us.

Why did you decide to get into teaching?

I had two teachers that helped me decide. A great teacher and a terrible teacher. I knew there needed to be more of the great and less of the terrible.

What is your favorite teaching moment?

I watched one of my students that was in a bad home situation learn to trust me and opened my mind to the idea of learning and she became very good at it.

How did you feel when you realized you won the Silver Apple Award?

Shocked, honored and touched.

What do you plan on doing with the $500 grant?

I haven't decided as of this writing, it is such a generous and wonderful gift that I want to make good use of it.

What is one of your best practices in the classroom?

I just try to be as interactive and engaging as possible.

What advice would you give to new teachers?

Always remember the reason you went into teaching and make the positive impact you imagined.

What was the greatest life lesson you've learned through your teaching experience that has affected your personal life?


Congratulations to Ms. Inman for her excellence in education and thank you for making a difference in the lives of Arizona's future leaders.