These teachers, representing the best in the state, will each be asked to mentor high-potential student teachers from Arizona colleges of education.
What sets the Rodel Teacher Initiative apart from typical student teaching programs is that mentor teachers are selected based on their outstanding student achievement in high‐need schools, their ability to mentor new teachers, and the recommendation of their principals and Rodel’s observation team. This ensures that student teachers are learning from the best.
In addition, Rodel provides further training and support to both mentors and student teachers to assure Rodel Graduates start their careers as outstanding educators.
Here are this year’s Rodel Exemplary Teachers:
Click on each individual teacher’s name to view their full profile.
Brittany Betterton, kindergarten teacher at Elvira Elementary in the Sunnyside Unified District
Rebecca Cardon, third grade teacher at Sturgeon Cromer Elementary in the Flagstaff Unified District
Rosanne Carlson, third grade teacher at Porter Elementary in Mesa Public Schools
Katrina Collins, first grade teacher at Lura Kinsey Elementary in the Flagstaff Unified District
Martha Daniels, eighth grade math teacher at Ruth Fisher Elementary in the Saddle Mountain Unified District
Zenaida Estrada, second grade teacher at Mitchell Elementary in the Isaac Elementary District
Jennifer Hollenbeck, second grade teacher at Westwood Primary in the Alhambra Elementary District
Stephanie Lund, third grade teacher at William C. Jack Elementary in the Glendale Elementary District
Brianna Maxwell, second grade teacher at Laguna Elementary in the Flowing Wells Unified District
Sylvia Miller, fifth grade teacher at Western Valley Elementary in the Fowler Elementary District
Nancy Rhodes, sixth grade special education teacher at Palomino Intermediate in the Paradise Valley Unified District
Marnie Robles, first grade teacher at Cavett Elementary in the Tucson Unified District
Rodel congratulates all of this year’s Exemplary Teachers, finalists, semifinalists and candidates. Their commitment to educating Arizona’s children and driving student achievement has put them at the head of the class among Arizona teachers.