James Hayward, 13; Allyson Losey, 13; Tara Dale, 35; Dina Elsharkawy, 12; and Kyle Pose, 12 show off Dale's "Innovation Hero" award from Science Foundation Arizona.

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Tara Dale, a seventh-grade general science teacher at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year at its awards luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Arizona Biltmore.

The annual Teacher of the Year program is the premier event of the Arizona Educational Foundation, a statewide organization that promotes and awards the exceptional efforts being made in Arizona’s public schools.

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