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San Tan Teacher Recognized with Star Teacher Award

Amanda Hall

At San Tan Elementary School, a teacher got a heartwarming surprise last month after a parent nominated her for a special award designed to recognize exemplary educators. 

Every month, the law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo celebrates an outstanding K-12 teacher in Maricopa County. A Valley teacher is chosen to receive $500 through nominations from students, former students and parents who want to honor and thank a teacher who has had a significant impact on their life. 

Amanda Hall, a first-grade Spanish Immersion Dual Language teacher at San Tan Elementary, was selected as the March 2021 recipient of the “B&C Star Teacher Award.” Ms. Hall was nominated by a student’s parent, Andrew Sirbaugh.  

In the nomination, he wrote: 

“Ms. Hall is the kind of teacher you hope each of your children can have every single year. She was our oldest son Luke’s teacher a few years ago and now she is our youngest son Andrew’s teacher. Every day, she walks into her classroom and greets her students with the most radiant smile. As my older son would say, ‘Mrs. Hall has the most beautiful voice.’ She is kind, compassionate, and has a way of reaching every one of her students. Her impact on both of our children is priceless. Both our boys are gifted, and she took the initiative to differentiate her instruction to meet their needs. In fact, it was her idea to have them tested for the gifted program. In addition, her ability to and willingness to find the right path for those students who struggle with behavior is exceptional. I can’t (share) enough about her positive impact on our boys and all the children fortunate to have her as their teacher.”

On March 30th, Ms. Hall was surprised by San Tan Principal Ray Mercado, Assistant Principal Lyndsey Reeves, and the law firm’s Marketing Manager Chris Long. 

Mr. Mercado introduced Ms. Long to the classroom full of students and shared a few kind words about their “amazing teacher.”  

“I just want you to know that you have amazing teachers who give their 1,000 percent best every single day to support all of you,” Mr. Mercado said. “Someone out there in the community saw this hard work and wanted to recognize it.”

According to the firm’s website, they want to recognize these individuals because “many teachers spend their own money to augment the costs of classroom supplies, field trips and other non-covered costs that arise throughout the school year. B&C hopes to alleviate that burden for one deserving teacher each month.”