Several PUHSD Teachers Awarded the AZ D-backs MVT (Most Valuable Teacher) Award

Posted by Community Relations on 5/25/2016

In sports, there is a Most Valuable Player or MVP award. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation developed the D-backs MVT (Most Valuable Teacher) Award to support the everyday heroes in our schools that are shaping the future for our community and our kids. Several Phoenix Union teachers were nominated and chosen as D-backs MVTs. Erica Parra, Metro Tech math teacher; Helene Meacham, Betty Fairfax English teacher and Theresa Woods, North High math teacher Nictee Arriaga, North World Languages teacher; Trevor Browne’s Matt Burke, Science teacher, and Megan Dallas, Performing Arts teacher; Maryvale science teacher Joshua Baker and Carl Hayden English teacher Torunn Randich will receive on-field recognition prior an upcoming Diamondbacks home game and a check for $1000 to use for classroom supplies.

You can nominate an educator that has made a difference in your life by submitting an essay (350-500 words). Forty (40) winning educators will be recognized before D-backs games this season and each will receive a $1,000 grant for their classroom at

Entries will be accepted until August 19, 2016, with up to 10 educators recognized in May, June, July, and August. In September, the D-backs will recognize and award the Teacher of the Year who will receive on-field recognition and a $5,000 grant.