Educator Talent Pool

2016 Educator Talent Pool Information

The State of Arizona maintains a talent pool that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals. These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, as well as candidates for recognition programs. Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

We are fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool, and they are a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is lacking at this time is representation from elementary educators (grades K-5), relatively new to the profession, who demonstrate unusual instructional ability and strong potential for professional leadership and an inspiring presence that impacts their students, colleagues, and community.


Do you know a relatively new elementary (K-5) educator that is illustrative not only of our state’s, but the nation’s best? Whose lessons provide models for others? Who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools? A minimum of five years in education is a must. Candidates are building level personnel. They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Previous recognition is not required. In fact, of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.

Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, succinct, and specific information regarding one to three candidates on the Talent Pool Recommendation Form. All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten. Please include a one-page narrative with this form that addresses how the candidate meets the criteria, additional letter (s) of recommendation, and also a resume from their personnel file. I urge you to take the time to recommend candidates, but  please keep this recommendation confidential. If necessary, please assign the request to an associate. Self-recommendations are not accepted.

2016 Educator Talent Pool Recommendation Form Word Application PDF Interactive Application
Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, May 20, 2016 to:
Alexis Burkhart, Program Coordinator
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street Bin #2
Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street Bin #2
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-3309
Fax: (602) 542-5440
Program Coordinator: Alexis Burkhart
[email protected]