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  • LAVEEN SCHOOL CUSTODIAN NAMED AZ NATIONAL GUARD’S INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

April 18, 2014 / Kristen Landry/Laveen Elementary School District / Stories by You

Rogers Ranch School’s Lead Custodian, Joshua Snow, has been named Instructor of the Year by the Arizona Army National Guard.

In addition to his custodial duties, Snow serves as a Sergeant First Class in the Guard and is one of 20 instructors at the Guard’s Regional Training Institute located at 52nd Street and McDowell in east Phoenix. He teaches classroom courses such as Military Police and Officer Candidate School to Army soldiers.

Laveen Joshua Snow

Laveen custodian Joshua Snow reads to students during Read Across America Week Photo courtesy Laveen Elementary School District

Each year, the Regional Training Institute conducts a selection process for the Instructor of the Year award.

Each instructor teaches a class to a panel of senior leaders. Instructors are judged based on their ability to deliver a block of instruction. Points are deducted for using crutch words like “um,” lacking smooth transitions, or not relating the material to students in a way they understand.

The judges look for the instructor to be engaging and make what could be a dry and boring class interesting.

Snow will now be evaluated for the Instructor of the Year award for the entire U.S. Army. He gave another class which was recorded and sent to Washington D. C. for judging. He will find out in a few months how he placed at the national level.

Snow has been at Rogers Ranch School in the Laveen Elementary School District for two years and served as a behavior monitor prior to moving into the lead custodian role. His military experience has benefitted the school in both roles.

“Mr. Snow’s attention to detail and expectations for himself and his work have helped improve the campus to be more comfortable, clean and safe,” said school principal Tim Thomas.