Marana High School teacher Alf Bergesen was honored prior to the University of Arizona men’s basketball game against Stanford as a finalist for the Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Circle K Corporation “Outstanding High School Faculty Awards Program.”
Bergesen presented with a crystal trophy at midcourt to commemorate his status as a finalist.
The award honors outstanding high school teachers in Southern Arizona and all the finalists will be honored Feb 20 at a Hall of Champions/University of Arizona banquet.
Bergesen, who has been with Marana High School since 2007, said he became a teacher to “have a positive enduring effect on the world.” Armed with a UA degree in history and anthropology, Bergesen taught middle school world history and geography before moving on to MHS.
Currently he teaches both advanced placement and standard U.S. history. He likes his lessons to have the “right mix of humor, challenge, writing, relevance, listening, speaking, and support, all grounded in positive relationships with students.”
In addition to his classes, he serves as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, assisting new and returning teachers. He also serves as the social studies department’s U.S. History Professional Learning Community Lead, creating curriculum and planning instruction.
His popular style in the classroom has led him to being asked to emcee events on campus and sponsor student and community activities.