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‘Flagstaff Tooth Fairy’ Jenny Zamora-Garcia awarded inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award

| February 23, 2021
‘Flagstaff Tooth Fairy’ Jenny Zamora-Garcia awarded inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award

It’s a poorly kept secret that Flagstaff has its very own Tooth Fairy. Not to be confused with the Tinker Bell-esque pixie that exchanges monetary gifts for lost teeth, the “Flagstaff Tooth Fairy,” dental hygienist Jenny Zamora-Garcia, takes on a much more significant role in the community.

Often sporting a glistening tiara, wearable wings and a formal dress, Zamora-Garcia is known for her costumes and decades of dental service to the community.

“People don’t know my name, but they know I’m the Tooth Fairy,” Zamora-Garcia said. “And when I’m not dressed, they’ll ask, ‘Why didn’t you wear your wings?’”

This year Zamora-Garcia was recognized for her efforts in dental health as the recipient of the inaugural Northern Arizona Oral Health Hero of the Year award.

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Local Education Spotlight — Canceling the Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Awards Event. See more local education news here

| December 8, 2020
Local Education Spotlight —  Canceling the Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Awards Event. See more local education news here

Each year, the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office holds a Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors for Excellence Awards Event, but due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 event will not be held. The School Superintendent’s Office hopes to continue the annual tradition in the future.  

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Education Spotlight: 20 under 40: Jordan Morales (of Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School). See more local education news here

| November 25, 2019
Education Spotlight: 20 under 40: Jordan Morales (of Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School). See more local education news here

During her first two years as a teacher, Jordan Morales has learned a lot: How to break through a struggling student’s shell, how to encourage parent involvement, how to advocate for minorities in her classroom.

But it all started during her student teaching assignment at Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School where she worked with a class of first graders under the supervision of Katrina Collins-Hernandez.

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Education Spotlight: Flagstaff retiree bikes across 11,377 miles, 30 states

| June 25, 2019
Education Spotlight: Flagstaff retiree bikes across 11,377 miles, 30 states

In 2004 Derald Cox retired from his position as assistant principal and athletics director at Flagstaff High School. In the 15 years since, he’s bicycled 211 days and 11,377 miles across 30 states — recently completing a perimeter around the entirety of the United States on his own two wheels.

It’s clear Cox also used to be a math teacher because he’s even calculated the number of revolutions his tires have taken in those years: just over 8 million.

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Navigating road blocks: Flagstaff grads advised to stay flexible in life. See more local education news here

| May 14, 2019
Navigating road blocks: Flagstaff grads advised to stay flexible in life. See more local education news here

“When a road is blocked off or is jammed up – as happens often in this town – we may have to go around,” graduating student Richie Szopinski said to about 80 fellow graduates at Coconino Community College’s first commencement ceremony Friday morning.”Sure, it may take us a bit longer, and we may not like it initially, but we should never underestimate it. Who knows, you might just find something out about yourself that you might never have if you had taken the alternate route,” he said. 

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Southwest Native-American Foundation scholarship applications due May 1. See more local education news here

| April 23, 2019
Southwest Native-American Foundation scholarship applications due May 1. See more local education news here

Applications for the Southwest Native-American Foundation’s scholarships are due by May 1 to the foundation’s headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.

The foundation, a donor-funded nonprofit, offers scholarship to outstanding Native American high school and college students in the Southwest. Previously, it has awarded scholarship funds to future students of Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University and Coconino College, among others.

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Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

| February 26, 2019
Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

For thousands of years, the Colorado River has carved its way through the Grand Canyon. While remarkable landscapes and breathtaking beauty are present, aesthetics are not as valuable as the knowledge available in the canyon.

Maya Caldwell, the director of student services at Williams Elementary Middle School (WEMS), wrote in an email that there a several opportunities for students to learn about the Grand Canyon. Among them are enriching field trips and park rangers coming to WEMS to host hands-on lessons about park education.

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NAU child care program provides relief for student parents

| February 25, 2019
NAU child care program provides relief for student parents

While being a parent can be time-consuming, it can also be one of the most satisfying experiences in life.

Trying to earn a degree while raising a child, however, poses challenges at times. Northern Arizona University’s Childcare Voucher Program hopes to provide some relief for student parents.

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KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

| February 19, 2019
KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

Sechrist Elementary now offers flexible seating in all its classrooms. But that doesn’t mean students are learning to touch their toes. It means young learners can now choose how – and where – they learn best.

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Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

| February 12, 2019
Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

Twelve-year-old Hannah Dodt’s confident recitations bookended this year’s Coconino County Spelling Bee Saturday morning at Coconino High School as she secured first place, matching the number that hung around her neck throughout the hour-long competition.

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