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Valley student teachers receive recognition from the Phoenix Suns

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Student teachers received a much-deserved round of applause on Thursday as the Phoenix Suns Charities recognized them for their contributions.

"This is kind of the culmination of years of hard work," said Dillon Martino, a student teacher.  "It means a lot. This is a very challenging job. You put a lot into it. It feels good to receive some validation."

Phoenix Suns Charities partnered up with Arizona State University two years ago to create the I-Teach program for student teachers.

"What we figured out is we really need teachers in the classrooms, more teachers, more individual attention," said Robin Milne, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities.

The idea is to get more instructors in classrooms by adding extra student teachers.

"So we've been able to bring resources of these student teachers where they spend their entire senior year on campus at Central High School," said Milne.

Tutoring sessions during and after school hours also help kids boost their grades at Central High.  It's the reason these students got into teaching in the first place.

"Even just little notes you get from students saying, 'Hey, thanks for this help," said Martino.

"So not only has it been phenomenal for teachers, the students have moved the needle significantly," said Milne.

The program is the result of a $650,000 grant from the Phoenix Suns.
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