Capitol Elementary School science and math teacher honored as B&C May Star Teacher

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(May 26, 2021…Phoenix, AZ) The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is proud to announce Trisha Thomas of Capitol Elementary School has been named the May 2021 recipient of the “B&C Star Teacher Award.” She teaches 6th grade science and math and has been at teaching in the Phoenix Elementary School District for 17 years. Opening in 1912 the Title I school has an enrollment of 557 students and is in the Phoenix Elementary School District.  The school is located at 16th Avenue and Van Buren Streets.

Thomas was nominated by fellow teacher Pamela Gavina who wrote:

Trisha Thomas always goes above and beyond to meet the needs of our sixth-grade students. She reaches out to parents to find out if there are any special circumstances that can affect the student's learning. She provides extra tutoring during lunches and after school. Ms. Thomas also serves as Student Council and Yearbook sponsor. She mentors our student leaders and coordinates our team fundraisers. She took on the challenge of learning how to publish a school yearbook during her second year at our school. Ms. Thomas has helped change the climate at Capitol School for the better since joining the staff only three years ago. She is a true asset to our school!

Thomas earned her B.A. in Organizational Speech Communication and her M.A. in secondary education from Northern Arizona University.  Outside of her regular teaching duties she goes above and beyond through overseeing student council activities, organizing fundraisers, field days and promotion ceremonies; and is the faculty advisor for the yearbook committee.  Thomas mentor’s student and new teachers in the District in hopes of inspiring them to persevere through the struggles they may face as an educator.

A Valley teacher is chosen each month to receive $500 through a nominating process on the firm’s website Nominations will be accepted from students, former students and parents who wish to honor and thank a teacher who has had a great impact on their life. Many teachers spend their own money to augment the costs of classroom supplies, field trips and other non-covered costs that arise throughout the school year.  B&C hopes to alleviate that burden for one deserving teacher each month.

Nominations are open to all teachers in K-12 who teach in Maricopa County. Winners will be notified and then presented a check at their school by a member of Burch & Cracchiolo.   Photos and/or video will be taken to post on the firm website and social media.  To nominate go to, click on the “Nominate a Star Teacher” button and tell us why you think your teacher deserves the B&C Star Teacher Award.

About Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Now with 40 attorneys, Burch & Cracchiolo is one of the Southwest's premier law firms. The firm was founded in 1970 by Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo and today the firm’s lawyers are among the most highly regarded and recognized leaders in the areas of business and corporate law, construction, criminal defense, estate and wealth preservation planning, family law, finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, personal injury and insurance defense, real estate and tax law.  The firm has a long history of giving back to the community through non-profit sponsorships, donations, and volunteer efforts.

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