2019 Teacher of the Year
Kareem Neal, an Exceptional Student Services teacher at Maryvale High School is the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.
He was selected from the five 2019 Ambassadors for Excellence that were identified by the foundation last month and announced at the AEF’s annual luncheon today in front of more than 500 Arizona educators, elected officials and business leaders. Of the five, he is the only high school teacher.
Neal has taught for 20 years, including 11 at Maryvale, teaching Community Based Training (CBT) for students who have moderate to severe disabilities to access academic content standards through modified curriculum. CBT is designed to help students perform as independently and productively as possible in their home, school, and community environment.
Neal sponsors the Community Skills Club and Panthertown. He has coached girls basketball, is the football game announcer, and works volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball games. He has a B.S. in Science, and Master’s in Special Education.
As Arizona’s Teacher of the year, Neal becomes a candidate for National Teacher of the Year and receives $15,000, along with many other honoraria, including a week at the International Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, consideration to receive an honorary doctorate from NAU, a full scholarship to Argosy University in Phoenix, and an Arizona K12 Center Scholarship to pursue National Board Certification. He will also be a participant in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
The Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors have multiple opportunities during the year to make public appearances throughout the state, speaking to professional, civic, educational, parent and student groups.