Alhambra Teacher Named 2013 Teacher of the Year

Posted by Community Relations Department at 8/8/2013

English teacher Gayle Deaver was named the Phoenix Union Classroom Teacher of the Year at the opening of schools convocation, july 30.  When she learned last fall that her school was a “D” school Deaver  put her foot down, and said, “not on my watch,”  according to colleagues.  She put her words into action, facilitating Alhambra’s Sophomore English Professional Learning Community.   She researched and developed many resources and the team developed strategies to improve student learning, engagement and test scores across the sophomore grade level.  They identified and met with the bottom quartile sophomores, arranged meetings with parents, created weekly lessons to prepare for AIMS Reading and Writing, and analyzed District exams to see where the teachers needed to spend more time in instruction.  The results:    10th grade AIMS passing rates climbed to 75% in Reading, a 14-point increase from the previous year. Scores were also up in 10th grade Writing and Math and Science.  The school moved from a “D” school to a “C” school.   Deaver, a Central High graduate, is in her 10th year teaching at Phoenix Union.