CCUSD 2018 Teacher of the Year: Christine Huguley

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) celebrates great teaching with their annual Teacher of the Year celebration. Christine Huguley, 2nd Grade Teacher at Desert Sun Academy, was named the 2018 CCUSD Teacher of the Year.


Christine was awarded $3,000 and will complete her application for the 2019 Arizona Educational Foundation’s Arizona Teacher of the Year program.


Also recognized were honorees: Catherine Malina, Kindergarten Teacher at Desert Willow Elementary; and Shelley Kniffen, 8th Grade Teacher at Sonoran Trails Middle School.   Catherine and Shelley both received $1,000.


CCUSD appreciates and thanks incredible community members, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gunderson, for their generous donation to financially support the CCUSD Teacher of the Year program.

“This is one of the most important celebrations of the year in the Cave Creek Unified School District as we honor some of our most inspiring and engaging master teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick.


CCUSD offers students World Languages PreK-12 and is the number one public school district in Maricopa County for student achievement. For more information, visit or call 480-575-2000.