Anthony Perez is a highly accomplished College of Education alumnus who is gaining attention in the education community because of his accomplishments in his classrooms. Education in Arizona is currently struggling, and Perez sees this as an opportunity to serve and help the community grow.
A Look at Anthony Perez’s Accomplishments
Anthony Perez grew up in West Phoenix and graduated from GCU with his in 2011. He has now been teaching in Phoenix classrooms for five years. When Perez graduated, he took part in the Rodel Foundation of Arizona Exemplary Teacher program and played a crucial role in helping GCU’s College of Education develop a partnership with the foundation.
Perez is one of 100 teachers in America who was awarded a scholarship to attend an engineering program in Boston over the summer, designed to help teachers integrate sciences and engineering into their classrooms. Perez is also waiting to hear about two other scholarships, one being a social studies program in restored 18th century village in Williamsburg, VA, and the other is a research project working with scientists in Costa Rica, Italy or Peru.
How Anthony Perez is Making an Impact in Education
Perez teaches both math and vocabulary lessons and uses strategies that he learned during his Rodel assignment. Much of his routine is learned from his Rodel mentor, Raquel Mendoza, whose classroom was his last stop before he became a teacher. Perez says that now teachers have more tools at their fingertips and they can get creative to make the classroom more immersive and detailed. Perez also talked about how GCU helped him refine his classroom practices to get him ready to prepare new generations of students.
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Written by Judah Esparza, a business management and marketing major at GCU.