A Madison Simis Elementary School teacher is taking center stage for her work instructing third-graders.
Nancy Magnusson recently was honored as the 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week. A parent, Lisa, whose son is in Magnusson’s class this year and whose daughter was in the teacher’s class last year, nominated her for this distinction. She said she was impressed with how Magnusson handled the challenging time period instructing students online last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa added that Magnusson has helped her son receive extra support with reading and developed creative ways to help him succeed.
Having grown up in Washington state, Magnusson moved to Arizona to obtain her bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Arizona State University. Then she moved back to Washington state to earn her master of arts in education degree at Pacific Lutheran University before returning to the Valley. Magnusson lives in Phoenix with her husband, their two sons and their three cats and two dogs. She has experience teaching first, second and third grades and she emphasizes high expectations, perseverance and kindness, according to her page on the Madison Simis website.
Lisa and her two children, as well as 12 News anchor/reporter Trisha Hendricks surprised Magnusson on campus, where they brought her flowers and students congratulated the teacher recently. To nominate a teacher for the 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week, email firstname.lastname@example.org.