YUMA, Ariz. – Ana Amaya is a first grade teacher at C.W. McGraw Elementary.
“I find teaching very rewarding, very rewarding,” Ana said.
Now she has another title — Yuma County Teacher of the Year, an achievement Ana says she never expected.
“I’m so excited; I really am, and I’m really thankful,” Ana explained.
Ana won the award Tuesday night out of about 130 nominees. Earlier in the week, she asked her students to draw a picture of any wish they had. One student showed us his and described it as “Miss Amaya win the trophy.”
The teacher helps more than 30 students learn English every day. She herself learned English in a first grade classroom.
“I try to inspire my students, because I can relate to them. For me, being able to recognize that, I feel that I can inspire them to be the best that they can be, bring the best out of them,” Ana concluded.
The teacher of the year recipient received several gifts including a trophy and a trip for two to Hawaii.