Phoenix Union Teacher Appreciation Night

Posted by Communications on 5/3/2017

It seemed like Phoenix Union Teacher Appreciation Night at Chase Field last Friday night prior to the Diamondbacks-Rockies game.   The first wave of Diamondback Most Valuable Teacher (MVT) awardees were recognized, and of course, PUHSD dominated.    Exceptional  Students teacher Patty Sanchez, from Desiderata explained.

“We were chosen from over 160 teachers nominated.  We were recognized on the field before the Diamondbacks and Rockies game and each of us was presented with a check for $1,000 to use in our classrooms.  I was so excited with this honor, but then as I met the other recipients I realized that five out of the 10 teachers were my Phoenix Union colleagues.”

Chris Coupelin (Science) from South Mountain, Jodi Weber (English) from Alhambra, Dr. Genevieve Sanders (World Languages) from Metro Tech and John Gerace (Global Studies) from Central were also Diamondbacks MVT’s. 

“How exciting and validating that so many of us were recognized for our hard work and dedication.  I know we are not the only ones by far, but it is nice to receive accolades for Phoenix Union and our talented and passionate teachers,” Sanchez said. 

The D-backs MVT program is a program in which  students, parents, and fellow teachers are asked to nominate an educator that goes above and beyond, someone that deserves recognition, and someone that has made a significant impact. 

Adding to the Phoenix Union theme, another outstanding teacher, Trevor Browne choir co-director Troy Meeker was selected by the Arizona Choral Director's Association to guest conduct the National Anthem at the same game, Friday.  The choir consisted of over 150 students from around the state who combined to sing for this performance.     Meeker had just 30 minutes to rehearse with the group prior to taking the field.