PUHSD's Classroom Teacher of the Year is Central’s Erica Earl

Posted by Communications on 8/11/2016

The Phoenix Union Employees of the Year were announced at the Opening of Schools Convocation August 2. The District’s Classroom Teacher of the Year is Central’s Erica Earl, an ESL Teacher and the school’s Instructional Leader for ESL. The ESL program serves 168 students who connect with her every day. Despite their country of origin or language, or the sometimes difficult names to pronounce, she knows every student by name and their story. She meets with every student’s parent or sponsor in the ESL program. Said one colleague, “Her passion for teaching is second to none; however, her compassion for students and their families, is without a doubt, number one.  She is not only a teacher, but a mother and caring soul to all students whether hers or not.”  Whether it is to help a student understand homework from another class, or finding tutoring opportunities, she is involved with the students from the moment they enter the ESL program to when they walk across the stage at graduation.   Her department serves a large refugee and immigrant population and her students are thriving. Earl can relate—the daughter of immigrants from the Netherlands, her first language was Dutch. A teacher for 17 years, she has been with Phoenix Union for 10 years.