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A North Canyon High School English teacher who has been named  KNIX Teacher of the Year, was  surprised by her students with a car parade. KNIX surprised her with a check for $10K. 

Teacher Courtney Thompson  (pictured above courtesy of AZ Federal Credit Union Facebook) received the KNIX Teacher of the Year award along with the check for $10,000 thanks to Arizona Federal Credit Union and the Arizona State Fair. 

Because of COVID - 19 and all the social distancing guidelines, the presentation turned into a car parade. That was instead of previous years when the other nine teachers honored throughout the year would be brought together.  

Thompson is thankful a student took the time to nominate her and says she loves teaching. 

 The KNIX Teacher of the Month was presented by Arizona Federal Credit Union and Arizona State Fair.  It encourages Valley-wide students to nominate their favorite teacher and why they should be chosen.

Thompson was nominated and selected for numerous reasons, but ultimately chosen because of her efforts to set up a scholarship fund to find donations for seniors to put toward their college tuitions, even donating half of her $1,000 Teacher of the Month check to a senior that she had in class earlier in their high school experience.

She said that in teaching at a Title 1 school, that resources for her students can be sparse and that she believes every little bit counts to help set them on a path to success. 

KNIX says that  Arizona Federal Credit Union and Arizona State Fair are grateful each year  for great teachers across our Valley. This year, Courtney and her story were highlighted.