7:35 P.M (MST)
Mary Ann Potestades, an eighth grade science teacher at Somerton Middle School, is a semi-finalist for the Teacher of the Year Award in Yuma County.
The Filipino native says her students are what bring her to work every day.
"They always have bright new ideas to share with me,” she says. It is not always just me giving them the information that they need, but I always get to learn things from them too.”
Potestades says her passion for science and her upbringing in the Philippines are what inspired her to become a teacher and explore the world.
"When you have a good education you can go anywhere, and that is what kind of inspired me to move out of the country and experience what is out there, and I want to do the same for the students here. I don't want them to only stay here in Somerton, I want them to go out, go out of the country, and experience what other cultures have to offer."