Tag: Education-Spotlight

(Page) Teachers Receive Patty Laubhan Award

| May 14, 2019
(Page) Teachers Receive Patty Laubhan Award

Lake View Elementary held its third annual Patty Laubhan Awards last Friday. The award is given annually at the end of each school year to one teacher and one para-professional who exemplify a high level of passion and dedication for their work.This year’s Patty Laubhan Award went to art teacher Elizabeth Richardi and to Judy Boston, a Kindergarten paraprofessional.Lake View Elementary started the Patty Laubhan Award three years ago as a way to honor one of its long-time teachers, Patty Laubhan taught Kindergarten at the school for many years.

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Expect More Arizona — It’s Teacher Appreciation Week (through May 10) – Let’s Think Outside the Box This Year

| May 7, 2019
Expect More Arizona — It’s Teacher Appreciation Week (through May 10) – Let’s Think Outside the Box This Year

Teacher Appreciation Week always falls during the first full week in May, which means this year it lands on May 6-10. While we likely all agree that every week is a good time to show our appreciation, we know many parents, schools and students use this time to make special gestures.

We started asking ourselves, do teachers need more coffee mugs or gift cards? What’s the most meaningful gesture the community can make? It’s hard to say, unless you’re a teacher yourself…So, we turned to a group of Arizona Educational Foundation Teachers of the Year and Ambassadors of Excellence to ask what they really want for Teacher Appreciation Week. Here’s what they had to say:

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NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week’ — Alexander Casady

| April 30, 2019
NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week’ — Alexander Casady

Friends, Students and Collleagues of Alexander Casady say he’s a teacher who goes above and beyond in everything he does, both in and outside of the classroom.

The Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy teacher designs all his lessons and materials from scratch and teaches with the mindset that, if you are invested in the learning experience, the learning will come naturally. Students say his lessons make them truly care about what they are learning.

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Coconino County celebrates Teacher of the Year 2019

| April 23, 2019
Coconino County celebrates Teacher of the Year 2019

Following the awards ceremony, Williams High School music teacher Beverly Stearns wondered if she could lead her music students from the back of a pick-up truck.Well, she will have a whole year to decide as she celebrates the honor as the 2019 Coconino County Teacher of the Year. Stearns was presented with the award during the seventh annual event held April 17 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff.Jordan Morales, a second grade teacher at Kinsey Inquiry and Discovery School in Flagstaff, was named the 2019 Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year, with Kelly Smith, an anatomy and biology teacher at Coconino High School, receiving the 2019 Coconino County STEM Teacher of the Year award.

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NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Christine Sapio of Coconino High School

| April 16, 2019
NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Christine Sapio of Coconino High School

Teacher of the week, Christine Sapio, expresses to her students that science is fun. To accomplish this she likes to change up the curriculum and have her students participate, which are key components. Sapio said, that if students don’t have that “Eureka” moment that they won’t have anything to relate to. 12th grader, Kaleb Herrelko, said that he can always count on her to be energetic about what subject she is teaching.

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NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Michelle Weidinger’ of Cromer Elementary School

| April 9, 2019
NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Michelle Weidinger’ of Cromer Elementary School

This week NAZ Today salutes Cromer Elementary’s Michelle Weidinger, who says collaboration is a key to student success. She works with each class to shape the curriculum to focus on what students want to learn.

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CHS Coconuts Head to National Robotics Competition, Again

| April 2, 2019
CHS Coconuts Head to National Robotics Competition, Again

Coconino High school’s robotics team, the Coconuts, traveled to California to receive an engineering inspiration award granted by NASA. The team won this award for motivating others in STEM education. Later this month the team will be traveling to Houston to compete with other robotics students from around the world.

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April 3 — STEM City nominations due for 7th annual STEM Awards

| April 1, 2019
April 3 — STEM City nominations due for 7th annual STEM Awards

STEM City is seeking nominations for the 7th annual STEM Awards. Nominations are due by April 3.The STEMmy’s is an annual award given out to organizations and people who are STEM leaders in our community.Please nominate a student, teacher, community leader and  business partner for the STEM Awards, aka The STEMmy’s!

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NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Maggie McCorkle’ of Sinagua Middle School

| March 19, 2019
NAZ Today ‘Teacher of the Week — Maggie McCorkle’ of Sinagua Middle School

Teacher of the week, Maggie McCorkle, leads a classroom that is based on honesty and transparency to create a positive culture at Sinagua Middle School. She became a teacher so she could be there for people, by giving them knowledge or emotional support. She wants to create an environment where students are comfortable.

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More than 100 groups take part in 6th annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration

| March 12, 2019
More than 100 groups take part in 6th annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th Annual STEM Celebration. We had over 100 participating groups providing hands on examples of why Flagstaff, Arizona is America’s first STEM City. It was a fantastic opportunity for the group to come together and we are grateful for Arizona Public Service – APS, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Altice USA, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arts Council, Flagstaff365.com, and STEM City Central for sponsoring this one of a kind event.

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