One In A Million: November 2023: Liana Phoenix

November OIAM 202324

November OIAM 202324



Name: Liana Phoenix 

School & District: Thew, Tempe elementary

Grade(s) you teach: 5th

How many students in your class(es) this academic year? 24

How long have you been a teacher? 2 years (in education 10 years)

What made you get into the teaching profession? Desire to make a positive impact.

Who was your most inspirational teacher & why? Ronald Skon. Built relationships in a really hard time.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges teachers in Arizona face right now?  Workload, after-hours expectations, behaviors, lack of Support.

How do these issues affect your day-to-day? affect on work/life balance, affect on health.

What does the $250 tax deduction for school supplies for teachers mean to you?  Have necessary materials to aide in students learning.. 

How are the expectations of becoming a teacher different from reality? Less balance, more Stress

Why do you think, teachers burn out so quickly? After-hours expectations, Workload, pay, behaviors, and lack of support.

Do you typically feel appreciated or recognized as a teacher? Not till now.

What “fills your cup” when you’re running on empty? Rest, Family time, time awayl

What are some of the most thoughtful & effective ways parents & the community can show gratitude?

Be understanding & available, Donate Supplies, working on more Support for the Community.

What is your wish for Arizona’s children? To become happy functional adults.

What additional support or supplies do you need in your classroom & who do people contact if they want to help out?

Thew front office. Binders, pencils, art Supplies.

What types of items/prizes are meaningful to you to win/be gifted? Money, gift cards, food, activities


What is/are your FAVORITE…

– Color? Pink, Blue, Green, yellow

– Food/restaurant? Cafe zupas, Dr. pepper, tea, Chips

– Music/group/artist? Stevie Nicks, Kendrick Lamar, Hosier

– Sport/athletics team? Don’t like Sports.

– Pastime/hobby? Crafting, yard saleing

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