Mrs. Craw is the Primary Years Programme Teacher of the Year.
Dotti has been teaching with Mesa Public Schools for thirteen years, the last seven in 5th grade at Summit Academy. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and serves as an academic associate at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College.
Dotti loves teaching the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for many reasons. To begin with, the PYP encourages students to inquire and think deeply about issues in order to develop an understanding of the world. Through that inquiry, PYP students learn to communicate in a variety of ways, see things from different perspectives, and take action to become caring responsible citizens.
Dotti is married and has three children, all graduates of Mesa Public Schools. In her free time Dotti enjoys hanging out with family, walking her dogs, reading, listening to live music, cooking, and baking. Teaching is her passion and she can’t imagine being in any other profession. Dotti and her colleagues at Summit Academy are changing the world one student at a time!
Mrs. Schreiber is the Middle Years Programme Teacher of the Year. Brittany has been diligently teaching in the MYP for the last four years and as the Service Learning Coach for the last three. She provides her students with an amazing example of what the IB learner profile traits can look like in practice. She demonstrates the profile trait of knowledgeable with solid training in pedagogical methods and the sciences, along with her great energy and enthusiasm for teaching.
Brittany is also an IB risk-taker by facilitating and organizing the school science fair, turning this year’s fair into a real community event incorporating the IB Art Department, and the Food and Nutrition Department. Students, educators, and community members came together to enjoy an evening of tasty scientific and art excellence. Brittany brings exciting new ideas to life as an IB thinker.
Brittany is charismatic and creative, and she thinks outside the box. She has shown excellent classroom management skills and developed a rapport with students, colleagues, and parents that is characterized by mutual respect. Beyond her strengths as a science teacher, Brittany is also passionate about the environment and has done all the work necessary to start a new club on campus. Her sustainability club jump started the recycling program, the random acts of kindness board, and the participation in other service learning activities connected with the environment.