Teacher of the Year Banquet 2023

The 2023 TOY Banquet, the 36th anniversary of this celebration of education, took place on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the Yuma Civic Center. Congratulations to this year's nominees, category winners, and Hall of Fame recipients

                2023 Yuma County Teacher of the Year:  

                      Kaisa Tabor,  Kofa High School

Primary Category Winner:   Cori Burton, Desert Mesa Elementary

Intermediate/Special Area Category Winner:  Jonathan Bailey

Junior High/Middle School Category Winner:  Brooke Curtis, Mohawk Valley School

High School:  Alfred Santos, Harvest Prep Academy Yuma

                            HIGHER EDUCATION RECOGNITION

Arizona Western College Full-time Faculty:  Dr. Sara Amani

Arizona Western College Part-time Faculty:  Rafael Encinas

Northern Arizona University Yuma Full-time Faculty: Dr. Miriam Elizabeth Espinoza

Northern Arizona University Yuma Part-time Faculty: Richard A. Bowman

Click on this link for an excellent gallery of photos from this year's spectacular event:


Many thanks to the following sponsors:

PLATINUM LEVEL:  AEA Federal Credit Union, McCarthy Construction, and R.L. Jones Insurance and MVS

GOLD LEVEL:  Arizona Public Service, Helios Education Foundation, Harvest Preparatory Academy, and Yuma Investment Group Wealth Management

SILVER LEVEL:  Connie Sharp Realtor with Keller Williams Realty/Yuma, Gowan, First Things First

And of course, this event would not be possible without the support of Arizona Western College, Education Foundation of Yuma County, and Rotary Clubs of Yuma.