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Queen Creek educator wins Mac and Gaydos’ Pay Tribute to a Teacher

PHOENIX – The first KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos’ Pay Tribute to a Teacher award of the 2019-20 school year goes to a Queen Creek educator lauded for his work with special needs students.

Bryan Palmaioli of Queen Creek Elementary School received a $2,500 check from Valley Toyota Dealers for his tireless work both inside and outside the classroom.

Upon receiving the award, Palmaioli said he would reinvest all of the money into his students.

The person who nominated Palmaioli for the honor said he creates an environment of mutual respect with his students.

“His teaching method is engaging,” the nominator wrote. “He has clearly stated classroom expectations, and students treat him and each other with respect.

“Students trust Mr. Bryan. They are known to confide in him, coming to him with any problems or challenges they may face.”

Palmaioli also was cited for developing a weekend CrossFit exercise program for current and former students with special needs.

“Students are not only gaining strength and making new friends but developing confidence as well,” the nominator wrote.

“Bryan Palmaioli is an example of a teacher who is not only dedicated inside the classroom, but also within the community.”

Editor’s note: To nominate a teacher having an impact on your or your children’s lives, text the word “teacher” to 411923 or apply online.

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