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Maryvale High School 'Star Teacher Award' Presented to MSG(R) Jeffrey Rice

L/R: Mr John Doherty, Cadet 1LT Isaac Garcia, Cadet  SFC Katherine Zelaya, Cadet CSM Jaqueline Felix, MSG Jeffrey Rice, Ms Chris Long

L/R: Mr John Doherty, Cadet 1LT Isaac Garcia, Cadet SFC Katherine Zelaya, Cadet CSM Jaqueline Felix, MSG Jeffrey Rice, Ms Chris Long
Photo Credit: LTC(R) Peter R. Sandberg

  • Posted on September 16th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC(R) Peter R. Sandberg
  • 5th Brigade
    Instructor Excellence

PHOENIX, AZ -- The Maryvale High School 'Star Teacher Award' was presented to MSG(R) Jeffrey Rice, Army Instructor (AI). The “Star Teacher Award” was presented by Chris Long, Marketing Director of Burch and Cracchiolo Law Firm at Maryvale HS WED 15 SEP 2021. The Star Teacher Award Program sponsored by Burch and Cracchiolo Law Firm recognizes outstanding educators throughout Phoenix.


Award Narrative:
Master Sergeant (MSG) Jeffrey Rice began his teaching career a little later in life after he completed his 27 year military career and retired from the Army in 2015. His commitment to continue to serve his community and the people in it led him to the JROTC position at Maryvale High School where he has been an instructor for the past 6 years. MSG Rice spends his classroom time teaching these students about leadership, service and the pursuit of excellence. He truly believes that each and every student, regardless of your position in life, has the ability to rise above your challenges and be successful. His constant positive reinforcement and support of his students shows in his open door policy where many students have come to him with problems or challenges looking for his guidance. During COVID, online learning became increasing challenging for these students and MSG Rice made sure that he reached out to each of his students on an individual basis and worked with them if he noticed that they were failing or falling behind. He cares for his students the same way he would care for his own children and wants them to become the leaders they are destined to become. The most important thing to him is that every one of his students has a goal, regardless of what it is, and it's his job every day to do everything he can to help them reach those goals. MSG Rice received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Leadership Studies from Grand Canyon University, served four years in the Marine Corp and 23 years in the Army.


MV Principal John Doherty:
“Maryvale is very proud of our JROTC Program and especially proud of MSG Rice’s dedication and service to our Maryvale students and community.”