PHOENIX - A Valley teacher is being honored with a prestigious award for her service and dedication.
Maria Henry received the 2013 Rodel Teacher Foundation award on Tuesday.
She is a special education teacher at Justine Spitalny Elementary School.
The school's principal says In the past five years, Henry has helped her students raise their test scores considerably.
The school held a small celebration to recognize her award.
Henry will also receive a savings bond and a plaque for her achievement.