Surprise Educator Recognized as Fulton Homes 'Teacher of the Week'

Amy Tropea Serves As Role Model For Students And Communitys

Fulton Homes is proud to honor Amy Tropea, first grade teacher at Rancho Gabriela Elementary, because those who know Tropea say she works hard to ensure that the kids are successful academically and socially.

One mother mentioned that she was pleased to have the opportunity to meet the wonderful teacher and to have the chance to witness her truly unique class. Tropea was nominated by Christi and Beth Scott, a mother and daughter duo who agree that Tropea has made a significant impact on both of their lives. Beth says she has learned a love for writing and reading and comes home excited to read tell her mother about all matters of the scientific process.

"Mrs. Tropea teaches her students the meaning of community and caring for one another and I believe this is a key component to her and her students' success in the classroom," Scott said.

Scott added that she has never seen a group of young children respect and act so genuinely towards one another. She believes that Tropea's approach to teaching is the perfect preparation for children to become citizens who will contribute to society.

"Amy Tropea's passion for education transforms her students and instills a desire for learning in them," Fulton Homes CEO Douglas Fulton said. "Her contributions to our community and students should not go unrecognized."

Fulton Homes invites students and peers across the Valley to recognize those teachers who make a difference in other's lives with the 12th Annual Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week program, in partnership with KNIX Country Radio. The popular program, which serves to honor outstanding educators, continues throughout the school year, ending in June of 2012.

Teachers nominated will be entered for a chance to win a prize package that includes $300 in cash plus prizes from Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of Arizona. The winning teacher will be surprised and presented the award by KNIX radio personality, Carolyn Coffey. Recipients of the award will also be spotlighted on the KNIX Morning Show with Ben and Matt, where they will receive special recognition on their Friday show between 6:20 - 7:20 a.m.

At the end of the school year, in June of 2012, the 34 winning teachers will be honored at a special luncheon, where one outstanding teacher will be chosen as the Fulton Homes "Teacher of the Year." Students can nominate their favorite teacher for Fulton Homes' Teacher of the Week by submitting a brief form at any Fulton Homes location or online at Winners are chosen based on their commitment to education, career achievements and impact on students' lives.

For more information about Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week, visit and click on the Fulton Foundation link, or visit, keyword "Teacher."

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