Tag: Coconino County Spelling Bee

Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Shayne Smith. See more local education news here

| February 18, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Shayne Smith. See more local education news here

Shayne Smith is currently the Director of Theater Arts and Bands at Flagstaff HighSchool. Shayne graduated with his Bachelor’s of Music from Ashland University in 2016 where he studied K-12 Music Education. He moved to Flagstaff in 2016 to begin teaching at Flagstaff High School in the Fall. As a Performing Arts Educator, Shayne strives to provide a safe space for his students to express their trust thought, feelings, and selves through several art mediums in an accepting, encouraging, and loving learning environment.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Melinda McKinney. See more local education news here

| February 10, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Melinda McKinney. See more local education news here

Melinda McKinney is highly involved with STEM initiatives in Flagstaff. As an instructor of Biology, Physics and Mathematics at Coconino Community College she inspires students through her courses and lectures. Outside of the classroom she organizes camps, workshops, and activities that promote science and enhance public knowledge on a variety of topics. Melinda is on the board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science as a primary organizer for Coconino Community College’s involvement in workshops.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

| January 27, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Dr. Alice Christie. See more local education news here

Dr. Alice Christie has dedicated her life to serving others. Currently in her 54th year as an educator, she taught in the K-12 arena for 20+ years, was a professor of education at Arizona State University for 20+ years and spent 9 years traveling to 37 states to provide STEM education workshops to over 5000 PK-12 teachers. In 2017, she founded and self-funded Tynkertopia, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Flagstaff.

Christie, founder of Tynkertopia in Flagstaff, was named a finalist in the 2020 Viola Awards in the Excellence in Arts Education category)

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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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County Teacher of the Year from Flagstaff High plans to leave state. See more education stories here

| March 28, 2018
County Teacher of the Year from Flagstaff High plans to leave state. See more education stories here

One of Coconino County’s best teachers is leaving the state because he’s fed up with Arizona’s low funding for schools.

2014 Coconino Teacher of the Year Jeff Taylor announced in a March 24 letter to the editor that he and his family were leaving Flagstaff High School and the state at the end of the school year.

Taylor is the chair of the AP Academy at FHS and teaches AP chemistry and environmental science. He is also a member of the Flagstaff Education Association and has served on the salary and benefits negotiation committee for FUSD for five years.

“It wasn’t just one thing that drove us away,” he said.

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Williams’ Izzy Rushing places third at Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
Williams’ Izzy Rushing places third at Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more education stories here

The county’s top-spellers battled for spelling supremacy Feb. 11 at Coconino High School at the annual Coconino County Spelling Bee.

Williams Unified School District fifth grader, Iscariot “Izzy” Rushing made his second trip to the Coconino County Spelling Bee, where he took third place.

Rushing placed second at the bee last year.

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Williams fourth-grader places at Coconino Spelling Bee

| February 15, 2017
Williams fourth-grader places at Coconino Spelling Bee

The county’s top-spellers battled for spelling supremacy Feb. 11 at Coconino High School at the annual Coconino County Spelling Bee.

Williams Elementary-Middle School fourth-grader Iscariot Rushing placed second at the bee after going three rounds with San Francisco de Asis School eighth-grader Katrina Vollmer before finally going out after misspelling the word “colloquial.”

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