Joy Weiss, Arizona Teacher of the Year
Photo: Eric Weiss
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Like Sarah Wessling, Joy Weiss understands the sheer power and importance of motivating her students. "Being passionate about everything you're teaching and being real with your students are the top two motivations that our students need," she says.

As such, Joy says that she has never stopped learning and growing herself, and she shares that love and passion with her students. This means that you won't find Joy simple lecturing in front of a classroom. Instead, she creates an atmosphere of cooperation, creativity and community.

"I encourage them to have fun while learning and learn not because the teacher said so, but because of the doors that open up for them," she says. "I firmly believe that all children can learn and come to us with a knowledge base deeply personal to them. We must teach them meaningful content so they are ready, prepared and able to meet the demands of our 21st century."

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