PHOENIX, January 12, 2009 — University of Phoenix has reason to celebrate. Its College of Education Program Chair in Las Vegas, Carrie Larson, recently made the Top 70 list of best elementary educators in the country, according to The Milken Family Foundation.

"Carrie personifies University of Phoenix's commitment to excellence. She is a natural-born educator, always looking for ways to provide opportunities for growth and development to faculty and students of all ages," said Dr. Raymond Garubo, University of Phoenix Campus College Chair of Education in Las Vegas. "When Carrie is not serving our working adult population as a role model and mentor for future educators, she is leading younger students as principal of C.T. Sewell Elementary School. Therefore, we are particularly grateful to have her on our team."

Recipients of the prestigious honor receive the $25,000 Milken Educator Award in recognition of their dedication to the field of education. The annual award was established to honor up to 80 of the nation's best elementary educators. In 2008, only 70 educators were recognized.

As principal of C.T. Sewell Elementary School for the last three years, Larsen has worked hard to cultivate professional partnerships and contributions to the community as well as provide a solid foundation for academics. Her commitment to excellence in education has helped increase the school's standardized test scores by 20 percent during her tenure.

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University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of November 30, 2008, 384, 900 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul