Yuma High’s Sajdowitz earns teacher of the month award
Yuma High School teacher Shantele Sajdowitz has been selected as Teacher of the Month by Desert Ford Dealers in partnership with Univision Arizona and All in Education after being nominated by two staff members at All in Education.
Sajdowitz began teaching middle school in 2010 and started working on pursuing her Master’s degree in special education. She has been teaching special education at Yuma High since 2016 and has taught students with various disabilities for the last seven years.
“Receiving the teacher of the month award left me speechless,” Sajdowitz said. “This makes what I do all the more worth it because I put all my time and energy into teaching and making a positive impact in the lives of the children that walk through my classroom door each day.”
As part of the Teacher of the Month campaign, Univision Arizona will create a 30-second commercial spot highlighting Sajdowitz. The spot is expected to air statewide on Univision Arizona, Feb. 15-27, 2023. Yuma High School will also receive a donation of $1,000.
“We are thrilled to recognize passionate teachers in Arizona that are making a difference in the education and lives of Arizona students,” Emily Zielinski, Account Coordinator from Televisa Univision said.
In order to qualify for the nomination, the school must be in Arizona from first to 12th grade; the teacher must serve a high number of Latino students; submit a brief bio to include the school name, grade currently teaching, where they were born, when and why they started teaching, and submit 10 pictures of the themselves in the classroom, school, community, and a headshot.
All in Education is an organization that works to ensure that no child is at risk of falling behind and to ensure that individuals from the communities most impacted by education inequities are the ones making decisions for all students.