The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. announced  the first recipient of the “B&C Star Teachers Award” program is Suzanne Hanson of Morris K. Udall Middle School.  Hanson is a special education teacher who has been in the teaching profession for 20 years. She currently teaches 6th-8th graders who have varying levels of mental and physical disabilities.  Hanson was presented her award by Burch & Cracchiolo partner Jake Curtis. 

Hanson was nominated by Crystal Perez who is also a special education teacher at Isaac Elementary School.  “Suzanne is a mentor of mine and I could not be more thrilled for her.  She is very deserving.  I am a special teacher because of her,” commented Perez upon learning of the award. 

A Valley teacher will be chosen each month to receive $500 through a nominating process on the firm’s website Nominations will be accepted from students, former students and parents who wish to honor and thank a teacher who has had a great impact on their life. Many teachers spend their own money to augment the costs of classroom supplies, field trips and other non-covered costs that arise throughout the school year.  B&C hopes to alleviate that burden for one deserving teacher each month. 

Nominations are open to all teachers in K-12 who teach in Maricopa County. Winners will be notified and then presented a check at their school by a member of Burch & Cracchiolo.   Photos and/or video will be taken to post on the firm website and social media.  To nominate go to,click on the “Nominate a B&C Star Teacher” button and tell us why you think your teacher deserves the B&C Star Teachers Award.