Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) presented the April Teacher Excellence Award to Janet Varela, a preschool teacher at Tully Magnet Elementary School. Varela, who has been teaching for 21 years, has been at Tully for the past decade.
Varela has a passion for teaching kids with special needs and currently teaches an in-person inclusive preschool class at Tully. Varela was nominated by Yvette Rodriguez, a parent of two of her former students.
In the nominating statement, Rodriquez said, “Ms. Janet is a true advocate and huge asset to the early childhood special needs community. She taught my twins the early childhood skills needed to help their development. She taught me how to advocate and to not be afraid to speak up to ensure my twins are always given the support to meet their full potential like everyone else.”