Gilbert Educator Announced as Taylor Morrison and KEZ 99.9’s May ‘Teacher of the Month’

Melissa Hubbard engages with students and views students’ success as her No. 1 priority.

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Melissa Hubbard of Val Vista Academy in Gilbert has been chosen as Taylor Morrison and KEZ 99.9’s “Excellence in Education” winner for the month of May.

It’s heartwarming to hear this story about Melissa Hubbard’s exceptional teaching abilities and her selfless acts to ensure the well being of her students.

Gilbert, Arizona (PRWEB) May 20, 2014

Melissa Hubbard of Val Vista Academy in Gilbert has been chosen as Taylor Morrison and KEZ 99.9’s “Excellence in Education” winner for the month of May.

During the 2013-2014 school year, Taylor Morrison and KEZ 99.9 have recognized one exceptional Valley educator to honor as part of the radio station’s “Excellence in Education” recognition program.

Hubbard will receive an “Excellence in Education” plaque from Taylor Morrison and KEZ 99.9, $99 and a prize for her outstanding educational efforts and big heart - both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nominator and mother of two that have been taught by Hubbard, Karen Fontana, a mother whose two sons have had Hubbard as a teacher, said that the educator had stepped in and assisted her family during a time when they needed the help, arranging for one of her sons to receive a school scholarship. During the holiday season, Hubbard also provided the family with gifts to lift their spirits.

“Not only did she provide for the boys, but also for my husband and I with gift certificates,” said Fontana. “She also wanted to make sure the boys had enough clothes.”

When Fontana’s two sons were struggling to write their names, Fontana said Hubbard spent extra time encouraging the boys. Within a few days, both boys had learned to write their names.

“She cares and loves these children and their success is her first priority,” Fontana said. “If ever a teacher deserves recognition, it’s her.”

Thanks to Hubbard, both of Fontana’s sons are thriving at school with one son currently reaching the honor student level.

“It’s heartwarming to hear this story about Melissa Hubbard’s exceptional teaching abilities and her selfless acts to ensure the well being of her students,” said Bob Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison’s Phoenix division. “She’s touched the lives of her students and it’s an absolute honor to award her with this month’s ‘Excellence in Education’ award.”

Previous winners have included Cat Lollis of North Canyon High School, Cassi and Pete Mackey of Montessori Education Centre, Jeremy Rubel of Copper Trails Elementary School, Monique Pena of Charlotte Patterson Elementary School, Julie Pascal of Diamond Canyon School, Chris Whitehead of Freemont Junior High School, Cindy Cordts of Oakwood Elementary and Michelle Capriotti of Charlotte Patterson Elementary.

Each month, KEZ’s Marty Manning surprises the new winner with a visit and presents them with their Excellence in Education award. The visit is broadcast during the” Beth and Friends” morning show, which airs weekdays from 5-10 a.m.

At the culmination of the school year, each “Teacher of the Month” winner will be invited to attend a banquet at The Capital Grille in Phoenix where $999 will be awarded to one special educator.

For more information or to nominate someone please visit http://www.kez999.com.

For more information about Taylor Morrison and its communities, please visit http://www.taylormorrison.com/phoenix.

About Taylor Morrison
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation operates in the U.S. under the Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes brands and in Canada under the Monarch brand. Taylor Morrison is a builder and developer of single-family detached and attached homes serving a wide array of customers including first-time, move-up, luxury and active adult customers. Taylor Morrison divisions operate in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas. Darling Homes serves move-up and luxury homebuyers in Texas. Monarch, Canada's oldest homebuilder builds homes for first-time and move-up buyers in Toronto and Ottawa as well as high rise condominiums in Toronto. For more information about Taylor Morrison, Darling Homes or Monarch, please visit http://www.taylormorrison.com, http://www.darlinghomes.com and http://www.monarchgroup.net.