The Flinn Scholars from the Class of 2020 paid tribute during a virtual celebration last week to the educators who had the greatest impact on their academic and personal development.
The 2020 Flinn Scholars selected current educators, kindergarten and elementary-school teachers, and a college counselor who have taught the Scholars subjects ranging from robotics and English, to art and chemistry.
The 19 Flinn Scholars from the Class of 2020 honored their Distinguished Educators with heartfelt messages expressed in short videos.
The 2020 Distinguished Educators are:
Charlotte AckermanRobotics, Sunrise Drive Elementary School, Tucson
Scholar: Nikolas Gruber
Andrea AveryEnglish, Phoenix Country Day School, Paradise Valley
Scholar: Mira Kaibara
Rabia BithiAP Calculus, AB, AP Calculus AB/BC, Hamilton High School, Chandler
Scholar: Maxwell Bregman
Jessica BriertonBiology, Red Mountain High School, Mesa
Scholar: Roxanne Dyer
Stefani ChaseEarth Science, Lake Havasu High School, Lake Havasu City
Scholar: Alexa Wiese
Michael DarrahAlgebra, Challenger Middle School, Tucson
Scholar: Isabella Espinoza
Daniel DarrowAP Government, Washington High School, Phoenix
Scholar: Priscilla Villalobos Ixcotoyac
Irene FabigPsychology/Debate, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix
Scholar: Julia Groman
Kevin GreeneEnglish, Mohave High School, Bullhead City
Scholar: Koda Benavidez
Josie Hammond4th and 5th Grade, Knoles Elementary School, Flagstaff
Scholar: Dermot Louchart
Megan HughesGATE English 9, Sahuaro High School, Tucson
Scholar: Christina Niyigena
Rick ReekerKindergarten, Spirit of Hope Montessori, Peoria
Scholar: Sofía Fencken
Karen SnyderElementary School, Desert Garden Montessori, Phoenix
Scholar: Anya Chaudhry
Lisa SweetCollege counselor, Red Mountain High School, Mesa
Scholar: Heather Jensen
Jason TeagueArt, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood
Scholar: Violet King
Amy WallAP World History, Gilbert Classical Academy, Gilbert
Scholar: Ritisha “Risha” Das
Carol WillisEnglish Literature, Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff
Scholar: Claire Gibson
Monique WinfieldEnglish, Millennium High School, Goodyear
Scholar: Catherine Broski
Grazyna ZredaChemistry, Tanque Verde High School, Tucson
Scholar: Simon Fitch
In addition to honoring the 2020 Flinn Scholars and their Distinguished Educators, the May 14 virtual program also honored 19 outgoing Flinn Scholars from Arizona’s three public universities for their achievements both in the classroom and community.
The Flinn Scholars Program awarded each educator a $500 honorarium.
“Effective educators have a transformative impact on the lives of their students,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. “Each year we interview Arizona’s most talented students and hear first-hand accounts of the remarkable educators who influenced, inspired, and shaped them into life-long learners.”
The Class of 2020 Flinn Scholars were selected from more than 1,000 applications from high-achieving high-school seniors throughout the state. The 19 Scholars represent 18 different high schools. Ten Scholars were selected from the Phoenix metropolitan area, four from Tucson, two from Flagstaff, and one each from Camp Verde, Fort Mohave, and Lake Havasu City. There are now more than 650 current and alumni Scholars in the Flinn Scholars community.
The Flinn Scholarship is valued at more than $120,000 and covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, as well as study-abroad opportunities and other benefits.