A red maple tree has been planted at Frontier Elementary School in honor of teacher Cindy Chovich.
The tree was donated by Brandon and Michelle Maupin who have had two children in Chovich's class, which combines the third and fourth grades.
"She's been so great with our children," Brandon said.
On hand to watch the ceremonial planting of the tree were Chovich's students, principal Gail Gorry and the Maupins.
Last spring, Chovich was selected Teacher of the Year -- Ambassador of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. She is one of only five teachers in the state named to the position.
Chovich says her new title means she now spends time visiting schools around the state to conduct workshops and in-services. She was recently a guest presenter at science and math academies in Phoenix and Thatcher. She has built a reputation for her hands-on approach to learning.
She has also developed, and now directs, an arts-based after-school program at FES. As a Kiwanis K-Kids leader, she provides community service experience to her students.
In addition to those responsibilities, she teachers introductory education classes through Gila Community College and Northern Arizona University.
Her eventual goal is to earn a doctorate in education.