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Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists


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Rodel Exemplary Teacher 2016

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has announced 24 finalists for the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teacher award.

These teachers, representing the best of Arizona, were selected for their outstanding student achievement in high-need schools, effective classroom practices, and their potential to be outstanding mentors to future teachers.

The finalists are:

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists BrieBarber

Brie Barber
Walter Douglas Elementary
Flowing Wells Unified District
Third Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists DonnaBone

Donna Bone
Nadaburg Elementary
Nadaburg Unified District
Kindergarten

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists TishaCake

Tisha Cake
Sinagua Middle
Flagstaff Unified District
Sixth Grade, Math

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists RachaeldeFresart

Rachael Michelle de Fresart
Brunson-Lee Elementary
Balsz Elementary District
Fourth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists LaurenDelfinoKarl

Lauren Delfino-Karl
San Marcos Elementary
Chandler Unified District
Second Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists SilviaEdgerton

Silvia Edgerton
Silvestre S. Herrera Elementary
Phoenix Elementary District
Fifth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists DeniseHall

Denise Hall
Riverview School
Dysart Unified District
Second Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists SarahHendricks

Sarah Hendricks
John Q. Thomas Elementary
Flagstaff Unified District
Kindergarten

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists JillianHernandez

Jillian Hernandez
W.F. Killip Elementary
Flagstaff Unified District
Fifth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists MeredithHey

Meredith Hey
Irving Elementary
Mesa Public Schools
Fourth/Fifth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists DanielleLJohnson

Danielle L. Johnson
Dunbar Elementary
Phoenix Elementary District
Sixth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists JennyKaste

Jenny Kaste
Mesquite Elementary
Crane Elementary District
4-6 Grade, Math

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists PollyAnnKimminau

Polly Ann Kimminau
La Cima Middle
Amphitheater Public Schools
Seventh Grade, Math

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists AnnLively

Ann Lively
Horizon School
Glendale Elementary District
Fifth/Sixth Grade, ELA and Social Studies

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists SarahMikula

Sarah Mikula
Maurice C. Cash Elementary
Laveen Elementary District
6-8 Grade, SPED Resource

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists ShannonPerna

Shannon Perna
Palomino Intermediate
Paradise Valley Unified District
Sixth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists AnnaReagle

Anna Reagle
Alice Byrne Elementary
Yuma Elementary District
Fifth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists SonyaAlvaradoRosales

Sonya Alvarado Rosales
Elvira Elementary
Sunnyside Unified District
Second Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Jennifer-Ruiz

Jennifer Ruiz
Hawthorne Elementary
Mesa Public Schools
Sixth Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Christina-Smith

Christina Smith
Trailside Point Elementary
Laveen Elementary District
K-6 Grade, SPED Resource

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Jeannie-Swanson

Jeannie Swanson
Madison Camelview Elementary
Madison Elementary District
Kindergarten

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Amy-Tixier

Amy Tixier
Inca Elementary
Buckeye Elementary District
Third Grade

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Josh-Topp

Josh Topp
Crane Middle
Crane Elementary District
7-8 Grade, Math

 

Rodel Announces 2016 Exemplary Teacher Finalists Donna-M.-Varma

Donna M. Varma
Rio Vista Elementary
Amphitheater Public Schools
Third Grade

 

The 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teacher cohort will be announced during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend through media partnerships, Rodel’s social media pages, and on www.rodelaz.org.

“We’re delighted to recognize outstanding Arizona teachers,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “Now in our 13th year, the 2016 Exemplary Teachers will join an elite group of educators who have been asked to share their expertise by mentoring the promising student teachers who will lead tomorrow’s classrooms.”

“The Rodel Teacher Initiative is focused on ensuring Arizona student teachers are equipped to become highly effective teachers in year one of their careers. Outstanding mentors guide student teachers from colleges of education across Arizona to grow and develop into effective educators,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “These Exemplary Teacher finalists have been recommended by their administration and observed and interviewed by the Rodel team as we look for the best mentors to guide the next generation of teachers. It is inspiring to watch these teachers engage and educate the youth of Arizona.”

The Rodel Exemplary Teacher Initiative honors extraordinary teachers and asks that they each mentor high‐potential student teachers from local colleges of education. What sets the program 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 Promising Student Teacher Graduates start their careers as well-prepared, effective educators.

2016 marks the first year that the Rodel Teacher Initiative will be recognizing Exemplary Teachers in Yuma County. Please see this press release for details about Rodel’s new partnership with the Yuma County School Superintendent and the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma.

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit www.rodelaz.org.