The 34th Annual

For over 30 years the Tempe Diablos have been honoring educators and students who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom and beyond. Since 2010, these programs have culminated every spring with the highly anticipated black-tie awards banquet, held at the Tempe Center for the Arts hosted by celebrity emcees with guests including school district leadership, community leaders, and local businesses.

The Excellence in Education event is the only of its kind in the valley. Teachers have called it “The Academy Awards of Education” because of the red carpet entry, the Tempe Diablos hosting the black-tie event in their tuxedoes and the awards given. It’s a spectacular night honoring outstanding educators serving the Tempe community and it’s the Diablos mission in action.

The Tempe Diablos award 30 scholarships at the event to Tempe students who demonstrate leadership inside and outside of the classroom to Arizona State University or one of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

The event will also be livestreamed on


We are proud to partner with the following education partners:

Excellence in Education Awards



A Classified employee who:

  • Has a positive impact on student achievement or behavior.
  • Has consistently positive interactions with staff and students, which supports the overall mission of the school/district.

Eligibility: Classified Employees
Nominator Eligibility: District Employees and Parents


Any District employee or volunteer who impacts student learning through:

  • Inspiring and motivating through the giving of time, talent and skills.
  • Being an individual whose positive actions and outlook lead others to be honored to work with them each day.
Eligibility: Any District Employee or Volunteer
Nominator Eligibility: Any District Employee, Student or Parent


A new teacher with three years or less of service in the district who:

  • Demonstrates high student achievement.
  • Is innovative.
  • Is inspirational.
Eligibility: A Teacher with three or less years in the District
Nominator Eligibility: Principals, Assistant Principals, District Staff or Department Chairs


Any district employee who demonstrates uncompromising leadership traits, values and skills

  • Leading in a confident manner.
  • Inspiring those they work with every day to reach their highest potential.
  • Engaging all those they work with every day.

Eligibility: Any District Employee
Nominator Eligibility: Any District Employee


An individual with a minimum of 15 years of service in the district who:

  • Has created/led programs that are innovative.
  • Has created/led programs that are inspirational to students.
  • Has enhanced student achievement throughout their career.
  • Has shown outstanding leadership in mentoring other educators.
  • Has positively involved their school community in the successful life of the school/district.
  • Has actively participated in professional organizations to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Is a distinguished example to others of excellence in the field of education.
Eligibility: Certified Employees and Administrators
Nominator Eligibility: All District Employees


Any district employee who makes a difference in the daily lives of students through:

  • Contributing to student success.
  • Helping with extra activities, for example, tutoring or coaching.
  • Demonstrating concern for students through their interaction with them.
  • Engaging students, parents, and community leaders to improve student success.
  • Having a truly positive influence on those around them.
Eligibility: Any District Employee
Nominator Eligibility: Any District Employee, Student or Parent


An exemplary teacher dedicated to the mission of educational excellence who exhibits the
following qualities:

  • Is an overall outstanding educator who students demonstrate high achievement.
  • Strong integrity.
  • Leadership qualities.
  • Positive relationships with students, staff, and community which reflect honesty, trust, and respect.
Eligibility: Teachers
Nominator Eligibility: District Administration, Principals & Assistant Principals

Tempe Diablos Scholarships

At the Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony the Tempe Diablos announce the recipients of 30 Tempe Diablos Scholarships to Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges. These scholarships are $2000 a year renewable for up to four years. The Tempe Diablos have provided more than 1200 scholarships with over $5 million in scholarship awards helping students achieve their academic goals.   More about our scholarship program here.


2022 EIE Awards

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