Tag: FALA

Flagstaff dance students raise money for teacher’s hometown

| December 27, 2018
Flagstaff dance students raise money for teacher’s hometown

Throughout December, Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy students have been raising funds to help victims of the Paradise, California wildfire – including dance instructor Cori Wall Mee’s family – rebuild their beloved town.

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NPA superintendent retires with main goals achieved. See more education news here

| June 5, 2018
NPA superintendent retires with main goals achieved. See more education news here

After 12 years of guiding the growth of Northland Preparatory Academy, Superintendent Bob Lombardi is stepping down.

Lombardi said he’s enjoyed the years he’s spent at NPA helping the campus, the students and the staff grow from about 360 students in 2006 to 640 students today. The school has a 99 percent graduation rate with the majority of its graduates heading to college.

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Flagstaff Arts and Leadership boardmember takes on role of interim executive director. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership boardmember takes on role of interim executive director. See more education stories here

A member of the governing board at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy will step down in order to fill the position of interim executive director at the school.

According to an email from the FALA Board of Directors, the board chose Eli Cohen to fill the position after interviewing four candidates on March 28. The motion to appoint him passed unanimously and Cohen was accepted.

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FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is enlisting the help of students, staff and parent volunteers to make a fundraising plan that will hopefully smooth out the school’s finances.

The academy finances have always been relatively cyclical because they depend on the number of students enrolled in the school, but recently a number of financial problems have come to a head, leaving the school facing the possibility of a shortfall of about $160,000 at the end of June, said FALA Executive Director Larry Wallen.

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Educator Spotlight: Rich Krueger — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 29, 2017
Educator Spotlight: Rich Krueger — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

Rich Krueger has been teaching at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) since 2011. He teaches a wide range of subjects including, Liberal Studies, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Engineering, Astronomy, Outdoor Explorations, Sound Engineering and oversees two award winning Robotics teams.

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Educator Highlight: Betsy Hamill — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 15, 2017
Educator Highlight: Betsy Hamill — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

Betsy Hamill is a dynamic teacher of African dance and world music here in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hamill’s background includes extensive musical training from Carnegie Mellon University, where her focus was on the French Horn, and the California institute of the Arts where she received a BFA in World Music with a focus on Ewe Drumming and Dance from Ghana. …

For the past 6 years Betsy Hamill has served as Co-Director at the Center for Indigenous Music along with her husband Chad. She also teaches multiple music and dance classes at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA). She has established the FALA World Music Ensemble, the FALA Action Band (FAB) and a retro jazzy fun music group called Falunk. Her classes at FALA are so popular that there are waiting lists for students to get in.

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Educator Highlight: Leslie Baker — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy

| February 15, 2017
Educator Highlight: Leslie Baker — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy

Leslie Baker is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and creative artist. She has been teaching at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) for the last 15 years. There, she currently teaches 6 classes: Jazz dance, levels 1, 2 & 3; Modern 1; Tap dance; and Dance Through Time (dance history) to Middle and High School students. Ms. Baker often recreates and teaches students original choreography by masters such as Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins.

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FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| June 1, 2016
FALA students paint luggage for foster kids. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Students at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy are working to make moving around to different foster homes a little easier for children in Arizona.

“When foster kids are removed from homes, they often have to put their things in black trash bags,” FALA art teacher Janeece Henes said. “We want to make it a little easier on them, and give them something to carry their things in.”

Henes’ class decided to solve the problem with a project they call “Love Luggage,” where students paint the outside of hard paneled suitcases and fill them with items that might provide comfort, hygiene or entertainment for children in the foster care system.

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NAU hosts regional high school robotics competition. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| March 16, 2016
NAU hosts regional high school robotics competition. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

The Northern Arizona University Skydome hosted a different kind of competition over the weekend: the FIRST Robotics Arizona North Regional contest, which pitted robots against each other to try to take down a castle.

FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The competition, called “Stronghold” and described by the organization as a “high-tech capture the flag” game, required school teams to align with teams from other schools and program and drive their robots to cross barriers and shoot balls into a castle structure in order to complete the task.

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‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 10, 2016
‘Hallway hero’ saves student with Heimlich. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

A walk through a hallway Wednesday afternoon turned a Flagstaff High School senior into a hero.

“The kid was on the floor, gasping for air, and his friends were standing around, looking shocked,” Monty Grant said. “I asked his friend if he was OK and the friend said he didn’t know. I asked the kid if he was choking and he nodded his head yes.”

Grant, a lifeguard trained in CPR and first aid, stepped in and knew exactly what to do. He performed the Heimlich maneuver on the choking student, dislodging a jalapeno pepper from his throat and opening his airway again.

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