Anthem Prep Teacher Wins Rotary Club’s Teacher of the Year Award

Anthem Preparatory Academy May 12, 2017

PHOENIX, Ariz.—May 12, 2017— Archway Anthem Academy teacher Tina Reese was chosen by the Rotary Club of Anthem to be the first Anthem elementary school teacher honored as Teacher of the Year.  She was presented a plaque, flowers, and a check for $500 in a presentation at the Ironwood Country Club.

The screening process required a nomination, essay from the teacher, and responses to questions from administration, students and parents asking why this professional be named Anthem’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year and how does this teacher inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. There was also a requirement to provide examples of the nominee’s leadership skills and efforts to promote collaboration, student engagement, and community and family involvement.

Archway Anthem Headmaster, Teresa Clark, shared her enthusiasm for the recognition. “It is my pleasure to congratulate Tina Reese for being chosen for this prestigious award. It is certainly well deserved.” She continued, “Her positive attitude, skills, and passion for teaching have inspired her students to try their very best and grow as life-long learners. Her commitment to the moral and academic development of the students is exemplary.”


About Great Hearts:
Great Hearts is a non-profit network of public charter schools dedicated to improving education nationwide through classical preparatory K-12 academies. As the largest provider of classical education in the country, Great Hearts academies serve more than 14,000 students at 28 public schools in greater Phoenix, Ariz. and San Antonio and Irving, Tex., with waitlists that typically exceed enrollment. Great Hearts provides a robust liberal arts curriculum incorporating advanced math and science, a focus on the arts and foreign language, and a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics. Learn more at
Key Statistics:

  • The Great Hearts SAT average over the past five years is 1210, a 200-point advantage over the national average.
  • 98% of Great Hearts graduates immediately attend universities and colleges, with 2% participating in military service or a gap year; 54% of graduates pursue a STEM-focused course of study in college.
  • The 340 graduates in the Great Hearts Class of 2016 were admitted to 327 colleges and universities in 46 states and seven countries.  In fact, graduates were accepted to 22 of the top 25 national universities according to US News and World Report.
  • The class of 2016 received an estimated $50 million in scholarships, averaging out to an astounding $147,000 per student!
  • Great Hearts academies performed well above state-wide averages on inaugural AzMERIT scores. Great Hearts’ pass rates were more than double those of peer district schools at the middle and secondary level, and +60% higher than peer institutions in elementary grades.

Bill Odell
Director of Communications, Great Hearts
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