MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Mesa junior high school teacher is the newest winner of the Arizona Educational Foundation's 2022 Teacher of the Year, one of the most esteemed awards given to Arizona schoolteachers.
Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a 7th and 8th grade STEM/CTE teacher at Kino Junior High School in Mesa, is the newest winner of the award. Parra-Quinlan is a 27-year veteran who has been at Kino for 15 years. She teachers robotics, engineering, aerospace and a medical detectives course at the school. Parra-Quinlan is also a two-time graduate from Northern Arizona University, receiving her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and her Master of Education.
The launch is set for Wednesday September 15.
Parra-Quinlan intends to spend her "years of service" as Teacher of the Year advocating for STEM education, especially for the inclusion of girls and students of color within the STEM field. As part of Parra-Quinlan's award, she will receive $15,000 from the Arizona Educational Foundation and a trip to the White House to meet Pres. Biden.
“Mrs. Parra-Quinlan and the other teachers honored at the ceremony are outstanding examples of the quality of Arizona’s public school educators. I have the utmost respect and admiration for all of our teachers and the efforts they make daily to improve the lives of Arizona students,” said Kim Graham, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation.