Tag: Education-Spotlight

Education Spotlight: Reading, Writing, and… Mindfulness? Kids Learn Stress-Reducing Technique in School

| August 12, 2019
Education Spotlight: Reading, Writing, and… Mindfulness? Kids Learn Stress-Reducing Technique in School

Kids are heading back to school this month and they’re likely full of first-day jitters, even some anxiety over new teachers and homework. Some schools in Flagstaff are trying to reduce stress in the classroom by giving lessons in mindfulness. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports from a classroom at Flagstaff Junior Academy, where a group of first and second graders are giving it a try.

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Education Spotlight: ‘Failure is Not an Option’ for Killip Elementary’s LEGO Robotics Team

| August 6, 2019
Education Spotlight: ‘Failure is Not an Option’ for Killip Elementary’s LEGO Robotics Team

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Flagstaff had a variety of events celebrating the city’s part in the achievement, including hosting a LEGO Robotics competition at NAU. Killip’s team “The LEGO Side” took part in the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (or ANGLeS) Challenge on July 19th and 20th. In this challenge, teams needed to fly and land a lunar module via drone in a particular location on a map of the moon’s surface. 

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Education Spotlight: CCC alum sets sights on teaching in middle school

| July 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: CCC alum sets sights on teaching in middle school

Even though she graduated from CCC last year, April Winters returned to take classes in American Sign Language (ASL), which are not offered at Northern Arizona University.

“Since I’m going to be a teacher, I thought it might come in handy if I happen to have a student who’s deaf,” April said, adding that her boyfriend works with adults with disabilities at two different jobs and knows ASL.

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Education Spotlight: Indigenous Youth STEM Academy Awarded $5,600 Kahtoola for the People Grant

| July 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Indigenous Youth STEM Academy Awarded $5,600 Kahtoola for the People Grant

On June 6th, 2019, Flagstaff Open Space was awarded a $5,600 grant through Kahtoola for the People. Grant funds will allow the Indigenous Youth STEM Academy (IYSA) to work with an additional educational partner beginning in fall 2019. Kahtoola is a local Flagstaff business committed to building quality winter traction gear. Kahtoola for the People grants 1% of Kahtoola’s annual sales to help fund projects that preserve and enrich indigenous cultures worldwide. Since 1999, over $200,000 has been awarded to programs that improve communities, healthcare, education, resources, and the environment.

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(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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