Mesa elementary school teacher wins Gaydos and Chad’s teacher tribute

Jul 23, 2021, 6:00 PM | Updated: 6:04 pm
(Photo courtesy of Jeanne Boiarsky)...
(Photo courtesy of Jeanne Boiarsky)
(Photo courtesy of Jeanne Boiarsky)

PHOENIX — A Mesa elementary school teacher has been named KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos and Chad Show’s Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner for June, presented by Your Valley Toyota Dealers.

Jeanna Boiarsky taught 4th grade at Las Sendas Elementary School in Mesa. While teaching, her dedication to her students made her stand out from others, prompting one person to nominate her for the $2,500 prize.

“This wonderful teacher always goes to her students sporting events, plays, recitals and most of all, instills confidence in children that have never liked school at all,” someone wrote in her submission letter.

Boiarsky is entering her 30th year of teaching, and she believes it is her calling.

“The kids are my priority. I love seeing them light up when they finally get what you’ve been trying to teach them or show them, but beyond that, I just feel like it’s my job to be in their corner,” Boiarksy said. “So many kids, especially with what we just went through with COVID, were very alone or they don’t always have that person at home to be there for them.”

The elementary school teacher said before she teaches anything, she wants to teach community.

She routinely bakes treats, pays out of pocket for additional books and supplies, and “never skips a beat” the letter writer wrote.

“I just feel like it’s my job to be there for them in a way that is beyond me teaching them long division,” Boiarsky said.

Boiarsky could retire next year but probably won’t because she doesn’t feel the need to stop teaching.

She said she’ll use the prize money for a pedicure and more book sets and supplies for her new position she’s just accepted for the next year, which will make her the teacher of the gifted and talented program.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

The Gaydos and Chad Show

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer (left) and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates discuss...
Kevin Stone

Maricopa County officials say they have fix for ballot tabulator issues

Officials say printer settings were to blame for ballot tabulator issues that impacted voters at over a quarter of Maricopa County’s vote centers on Election Day.
19 days ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, right, Maricopa County Elections Department Screenshot, left)...
Danny Shapiro

Blake Masters says Arizona vote location watchers should follow the law, continue filming others

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters is OK with people watching vote locations as long as they follow the law, a view that some Maricopa County officials disagree with.
1 month ago
(AP Photo/Matt York, Pool, File)...
SuElen Rivera

Arizona schools chief Kathy Hoffman names biggest success of tenure

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman on Monday named her biggest success in office and acknowledged an area where more could have been done.
1 month ago
Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, left, and his Republican challenger Blake Masters, right, arriv...
Danny Shapiro

Blake Masters disputes poll that says Mark Kelly has double-digit lead in race for US Senate

Blake Masters is disputing a poll released this week that has Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly with a double-digit lead in the U.S. Senate race.
2 months ago
Arizona Secretary of State Republican candidate Mark Finchem listens to instructions prior to debat...
Kevin Stone

Arizona GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem explains prior use of early voting

Mark Finchem, the GOP nominee for Arizona secretary of state, explained Thursday why he regularly voted early until this year.
2 months ago
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)...

Blake Masters believes DeSantis’ decision to send migrants to Martha’s Vineyard a necessary stunt

Blake Masters believes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' recent move to fly Venezuelan migrants to Martha's Vineyard was a necessary stunt that put more eyes on the country's issues at the southern border.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Mesa elementary school teacher wins Gaydos and Chad’s teacher tribute