The Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office had the honor of accompanying our 2017 Santa Cruz County Teacher of the Year Mr. Jigar Mehta to the Arizona State Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon. The event was held on November 07, 2017 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. Mehta, a Math and MetroMatematicas teacher at Nogales High School, has a combined 13 years of teaching experience with a Bachelors Degree in Education and Math and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Along with being a member of the International Baccalaureate team at NHS, Mr. Mehta is associated with the Vikram Sarabhai Institute and Educational Initiatives (Mind Spark) in India. He has been awarded certificates for outstanding professionalism for the CREO project in 2016/2017 and recognized for the valuable contributions at NUSD Tech Day 2014, 15, 16 and 17. Mr. Mehta was awarded first prize in a STEM competition in 2016 along with being named Teacher of the Year for Nogales High School in 2017.
Honored along with Mr. Mehta, were 15 other teachers, each of them representing their county within the State of Arizona. They were recognized for the honorable dedication that they have for the students within their communities, and the difference they make in these children’s lives.
In attendance were over 500 guests from throughout the state. These guests served as representatives from government agencies and private sector organizations. Accompanying Mr. Mehta was his wife, Jigna and the Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office representative Patricia Barraza-Preciado.