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Scottsdale Charros recognize outstanding students, educators

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

The Scottsdale Charros are pleased to announce the 2014 Scottsdale Unified School District outstanding students and educators, Scottsdale Community College teacher of the year,  and The Charro Foundation scholarship and fellowship recipients.

Honorees were celebrated during the 28th Annual Outstanding Students and Educators Awards Banquet on April 25th at the Arizona Country Club.

 “The Scottsdale Unified School District is very grateful to have the continued support of the Scottsdale Charros. Our students and teachers benefit greatly from their generosity,” said Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson.

During the awards banquet on April 25th, the following teachers of the year at the elementary, middle and high school levels and high school students of the year were honored. They were selected by their school’s principal.

Preschool Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

Jessica Jaffe, ECC Cholla; and Marin Velarde, ECC Oak

Elementary Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

Joani Peterson, Anasazi; Jenni Holland, Cherokee; Lauren Threet, Cochise; Rene Suderman, Desert Canyon; Cecily Singleton, Hohokam Traditional; Diana Bode, Hopi; Cherie Kujawa, Kiva; Rachel Lindsay, Laguna; Debbie Shaeffer, Navajo; Erik Hedrick, Pima; Melissa Faeh, Pueblo; Darci Aronson, Redfield; Karen Pescatore, Sequoya; Debbie Burkett, Tavan; Laura Baker, Tonalea; and Dana Silva, Yavapai

K-8 Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

Kelly Plowman, ANLC; Dusty Thomas, ANLC; Diane Stevens, Cheyenne Traditional; Michael Sampson, Cheyenne Traditional; Marina Rodriguez, Copper Ridge; and Danielle Foley , Copper Ridge

Middle School Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

June Solod, Cocopah; Sheri Burke, Desert Canyon; Jena Krahl, Ingleside; Jon Nost, Mohave; Max Slovis, Mountainside; and Amber McDaniel, Supai

High School Outstanding Teachers of the Year:

Kim Mayorga, Arcadia; SueAnn Spahr, Chaparral; Danielle Lester, Desert Mountain; Mike Harris, Saguaro; and Michelle Landreville, Coronado

High School Outstanding Students of the Year:

Noah Fry, Arcadia; Marissa Dominick, Arcadia; Eric Peshkin, Chaparral; Alexandra Gilliland, Chaparral; Asan Anarkulov, Coronado; Dominique Zapata, Coronado; Cameron Etebari, Desert Mountain; Samhita Vedula, Desert Mountain; Lance (Nick) Meservey, Saguaro; and Rachael Feldberg, Saguaro

The Charros also honored Linda Nance, Scottsdale Community College’s Teacher of the Year, during the awards banquet as well.

Also honored were the 2014 Scottsdale Charros scholarship and fellowship recipients.

This year, The Charro Foundation is pleased to award two four-year undergraduate scholarships to SUSD high school seniors pursuing a degree in education and four fellowships to teachers working in the SUSD who want to pursue their master’s degree in education at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Future Teachers Scholarship Recipients: 

Janet Reboller, Coronado; and Chloe Flitton, Saguaro

Master’s in Education Fellowship Recipients:

Vicki Anderson, Coronado; Angela Berry, Hohokam Traditional; Kimberly Mayorga, Arcadia; and Suzanne Van Dobben, ANLC

“The Outstanding Students & Educators Awards Banquet is one of the best events the Charros host each year,” said Lance Baker, Scottsdale Charros education chair. “Our members know this evening of recognition is very special to our honorees and we greatly enjoy celebrating their accomplishments with them.”

For more information about the Outstanding Students & Educators Awards Banquet, visit or call 480-990-2977.

About the Scottsdale Charros

Formed in 1961, the Scottsdale Charros are an all-volunteer group of business and civic leaders dedicated to providing support and funding for youth programs, educational scholarships and grants to local charities. With a history of innovative fundraising, the Charros have leveraged spring training baseball as a chief economic driver in Scottsdale.

Funds raised through the sale of advertising and tickets to the Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium are donated back to local charities making the Charros one of the community’s largest philanthropic contributors.

For more information about the Scottsdale Charros or spring training baseball, visit  or or call 480.990.2977.


About Scottsdale Unified School District

At Scottsdale Unified School District, we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit