Phoenix Union’s Cyndi Tercero Recognized as One of 12 “School Support White House Champions of Change”

Posted by Community Relations on 5/11/2016

Phoenix Union’s Cyndi Tercero was recognized as one of 12 “School Support White House Champions of Change,” May 11. These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that students in our nation’s schools receive the support and motivation they need to be succeed.

Tercero is the dropout programs developer for Phoenix Union where she has been a champion for public education and at-risk youth for more than 20 years.  In her work and in her numerous volunteer efforts, Tercero has helped students stay engaged in school so they graduate with a high school diploma.  Tercero has received numerous awards, including the Community Excellence Award from the Arizona State University Hispanic Mother Daughter Program, the Phoenix College Golden Bear President’s Partnership Award for K-12 School Colleague, and the Community Service Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens.  She has been a Phoenix Union Support Staff Employee of the Year. Tercero was the Education Support Professional of the Year for the AEA last year, and was nominated for the National award. She also serves on the AEA Board of Directors. She is a recent graduate of the Georgetown University School Justice Reform Certificate Program. 

According to the White House media release:

Educators, including school support professionals, often go above and beyond to meet all of the needs of students so they can achieve success both inside and outside of the classroom. The White House is excited to honor and celebrate the incredible work of school support professionals, who make up one-third of our nation’s education workforce. 

This the first time the White House has recognized education support staff for this award

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.