Arizona STEM Instructor Awarded Star Teacher Prize

Published: November 8th, 2017
Kazmierczak and class

We are proud to recognize the hard work and excellence of yet another Arizona teacher. Circle Cross Ranch K-8 STEM Academy instructor Tanielle Kazmierczak was awarded $2000 on Friday morning from the Star Teacher Awards program. The STEM classroom-focused program is funded by technology company PCM-G in partnership with

PCM-G is an IT product and services company involved in the education IT environment, with offices in the United States and Canada. is a well-known nonprofit specializing in getting classroom teachers the supplies and resources they need. The Star Teacher Awards contest provides STEM teachers with technology and classroom supplies.

Kazmierczak is the third teacher in the nation to receive the Star Teacher Award and the funds that come with it. Circle Cross Ranch is located in Queen Creek at the far southeastern edge of the Phoenix Metro area. In spite of the school’s semi-rural location, Kazmierczak earned enough votes to win the national contest.

The presentation was meant to be a surprise, but the money arrived one day early. Kazmierczak described her reaction as being, “Speechless,” and, “In shock. It’s so amazing to do this for the kids.”

Kazmierczak has big plans for the money. As K-8 STEM Instructor, she plans to spend her $2,000 on iPads to help her students program their robots. Kazmierczak has already purchased learning robots that can do everything from follow paths drawn by hand (for younger students) to perform complex programmed routines (for the older students).

STEM education is a key part of Arizona’s educational future. Congratulations to Tanielle Kazmierczak and Circle Cross Ranch k-8 STEM Academy for making Arizona proud!