West Valley teacher wins Gaydos and Chad’s teacher tribute

Apr 17, 2023, 8:00 PM | Updated: 8:04 pm

(Photo provided by Thasanee Morrissey...

(Photo provided by Thasanee Morrissey

PHOENIX — A West Valley high school teacher was named KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Gaydos and Chad Show’s Pay Tribute to a Teacher winner for March, presented by your Valley Toyota Dealers.

Thasanee Morrissey is a senior high school teacher of AP biology and anatomy at Canyon View High School in Waddell.

She’s going on 11 years of teaching, and for her, she feels most rewarded when she gets students enthusiastic and excited about science.

“Even the students that aren’t so enthusiastic and aren’t really into science, getting them to talk about science and they don’t even realize that they’re talking about science but that they’re getting excited and see the have that ‘ah-ha’ moment to see how all these thing we talk about apply to them or any other real-world situation,” Morrissey said.

“That’s kind of my philosophy in the classroom, let’s get as many real-world experiences to you as possible involving the world of science.”

That’s what prompted one letter writer, a current student, to nominate her for the $2,500 prize.

“I wanted to express the profound impact that she has had on my academic and personal growth. Mrs. Morrissey’s unwavering support and encouragement have been instrumental in my success,” the letter writer said.

“She challenged me to think critically and creatively and always encouraged me to push my limits and pursue my passion for science inside and outside the classroom.”

Morrissey said she plans to use her reward for feeding the animals, like her lizards and a frog, in her classroom.

We want to hear from you.

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

Arizona News

Creating fake IDs gets 2 men indicted, prosecutors say...

2 Phoenix men accused of creating fake IDs for undocumented migrants

Two undocumented men were indicted after being accused of creating fake IDs, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona said.

3 hours ago

A conceptual rendering of a building at Mack Innovation Park — a planned industrial and office pa...

Ron Davis/Phoenix Business Journal

New York firm starts construction on first phase for massive Scottsdale industrial park

A developer that's flush with big projects in the Phoenix metro has started construction on the first phase of a more than 100-acre industrial park in Scottsdale.

4 hours ago


Candytopia opening interactive wonderland at Scottsdale Fashion Square in July

Tickets are on sale now for interactive sweets experience Candytopia, which will open its doors at Scottsdale Fashion Square in July.

13 hours ago

Police are searching for information on a series of cars damaged with a "bias element involved."  (...

Series of crimes with ‘bias element’ leaves cars damaged in central Phoenix

Police are seeking information about vehicles damaged within the last week determined to have a "bias element involved" in central Phoenix.

15 hours ago

Two defendants were sentenced to over 10 years in prison for shooting at Hopi police officers amid ...

Defendants who shot at Hopi officers during police chase sentenced

As they fled a traffic violation, two members of the Navajo Nation begun shooting at pursing Hopi officers during a car chase.

17 hours ago

YCSO arrested a suspect who allegedly stabbed both of their parents multiple times. (YCSO Facebook ...

Suspect arrested for allegedly stabbing parents multiple times south of Sedona

A suspect is in custody following the alleged stabbing of their parents in a small town south of Sedona on Saturday morning.

20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.


Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

West Valley teacher wins Gaydos and Chad’s teacher tribute