Desert Vista High School’s principal, Dr. Anna Battle, has been selected for this year’s 2014 Maricopa County NAACP Image Award.

Battle has been selected for one of the Image Awards through her outstanding services in the education field and through the excellence of teaching and learning throughout the community.

She will be presented with the 2014 Education Award on Friday, April 25 during a formal dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

The initial news about receiving the award came as a shock to Battle, while receiving a message from the Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of the Maricopa County NAACP.

“I felt much honored,” Battle said. “It’s something that I will keep and treasure. I’m fortunate to be able to work in a diverse community. In Tempe Union High School District we serve a whole bunch of wonderful children, and our community represents the schools in which we reside.”

Battle has been the principal at Desert Vista for the past eight year, with her heart and determination fixed on believing in every single child she comes across.

She believes that receiving the NAACP Image Award reflects on her goals and aspiration in life to serve other individual’s children, regardless of who they are and what they look like.

“Most importantly, stand firm that we have differences, appreciate everything that I can, and create systems in our schools to support the academic development of every child who goes through those doors,” Battle said. “I honor and value you that, and I thank God that there is no judgment in me… and I accept it graciously.”

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