PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Teacher Brien Noonan thought we were at AAEC South Mountain High School to learn about his English and Digital Literacy Class.

"What about education drew you to this profession," I asked.

"I loved being a student. I had a lot of teachers who really inspired me to learn when I was in high school and college, so I wanted to return the favor," according to Mr. Noonan.

However, we were actually a decoy for a big Fiesta Bowl surprise.

"Alright, guys, we need to stop the presses real quick. On behalf of Dessert Financial, Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes For Teachers Program, we're here to grant your wish," exclaimed Fiesta Bowl Communications Director Kristine Chupol.

Mr. Noonans wish? To build a podcast studio for his students.

"I'm just so happy for my students and for the future of this class now that I'm going to have this new technology. And I just thank you guys so much for everything you're doing for teachers. I really appreciate it," said Noonan.

Thanks to the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Program; he is one of 400 teachers who will receive $2,500 to help with classrooms.

"We know that educators need the support. Often times they are digging in their own pockets to support their classrooms. So, it's an important initiative for us to continue to support to show them that we care, we're here, and we want to support them as best we can," according to Chupol.

And that support is something Mr. Noonan is also turning into a lesson to inspire his students to always try.

"Good things happen when you put yourself out there and give yourself opportunities. So hopefully, this is a lesson for them, whether it's applying for college or scholarships or some things in the future for them. Maybe they can take inspiration from what happened to me in this class," says an excited Mr. Noonan.


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