Arizona Teacher of the Year on STEM, careers and at-home dissections

By Mark Brodie
Published: Friday, November 12, 2021 - 12:03pm
Updated: Friday, November 12, 2021 - 12:05pm

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Nancy Parra-Quinlan 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year
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Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a 7th and 8th grade STEM/CTE teacher at Kino Junior High in the Mesa Public Schools district, accepts the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year from Desert Financial CEO Jeff Meshey.

The Arizona Educational Foundation has named its 2022 teacher of the year: it’s Nancy Parra-Quinlan, a STEM and CTE teacher at Kino Junior High in the Mesa School District.

She’s taught for more than 25 years, and her current courses include engineering, robotics and a medical detectives class. 

The Show spoke with her and asked how what she does in STEM at the junior high school level fits in with where her students might want to go later on.

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