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Teachers are often considered “unsung heroes.” But on Sunday, Oct. 1, the Arizona Cardinals made Kathryn Pulling, a high school chemistry teacher at Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ), an MVP in the Classroom. 

Kathryn was recognized for her excellence in teaching by the Cardinals, who awarded her tickets to their game against the San Francisco 49ers. 

“I had no idea this program even existed,” Kathryn said. “I’m honored to have been chosen.” 

Sponsored by the University of Phoenix, the Arizona Cardinals’ MVP in the Classroom program acknowledges outstanding educators in the state of Arizona. 

In her virtual classroom, Kathryn tries to keep her students involved for the best academic success. “I try to keep my lessons engaging by building in as much practice and interactive student time as possible,” said Kathryn, who has been with ISAZ for three years. “I don’t go a lesson without my students chatting, polling and writing on the board multiple times. 

“I know our school is making a great difference in our students’ lives,” she added. “We give them an opportunity to succeed and finish high school, a chance they may not have had at brick-and-mortar school.” 

Kathryn enjoyed her experience at the Cardinals’ game with her husband, Josh. The pair was able to watch pregame warmups from the field before cheering on the hometown team, which won in overtime. 

“The intensity of the crowd was great,” Kathryn said. “Plus, the game was a real nail-biter that came down to overtime.”  

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