Northern Arizona University and the Phoenix Suns have launched “Educator of the Month,” a program designed to reward Valley and northern Arizona teachers and guidance counselors for their exceptional work in the classroom and community.

Students are encouraged to nominate an “Educator of the Month” by logging on to Suns.com/naueducator to submit an application. The Suns and NAU will select four honorees to be recognized through the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Honorees of the award will receive two lower-level tickets to an upcoming Suns home game, a $50 Team Shop gift card and the opportunity to watch the Suns pre-game warm-ups courtside prior to participating in an on-court photograph. The recipient and his or her guest will also enjoy dinner in the team’s Club Annexus, located on suite level A at the US Airways Center.

The student who nominates the winning educator also will receive two lower-level tickets to the Suns home game in which his or her educator is honored. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to join the educator to watch the Suns warm up.

NAU is the official education partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury, collaborating on various community and education-based initiatives with an emphasis on the importance of higher education.