Arizona charter school award winners announced
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Charter School Association announced the 2013 award winners yesterday at the reception in Phoenix, naming the best school and administrators in the state.
Champion Schools, a K-8 facility in South Phoenix, was awarded School of The Year for its academic gains.
Despite having over 93 percent of the school's students living in poverty, it managed to go from a C to an A ranking this past year.
Champion credits the qualities students learned from doing sports activities for their academic success.
Leader of the Year was awarded to Susan Chan, the district administrator at the K-12 Kingman Academy.
Chan was recognized for her service to the school since it opened in 1995 and for her leadership over 150 employees and more than 1,400 students.
Business Manager of the Leading Edge, Becki Krueger, was named Business Leader of the Year for overseeing the charter network of seven schools, which has a total of more than 1,2000 K-12 students.
The association recognized Krueger's efforts to ensure that teachers and principals stay focused on academics through the network's expansion.
The Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Christina Harguess, a fifth-grade teacher at Self Development Charter School in Mesa.
Harguess was given the award for holding students to high standards and for assessing, as well as adjusting, her own teaching strategies to better student achievement.
The non-profit association serves roughly 80 percent of the 602 charter schools in Arizona and focuses on improving the public school system.