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An Arizona couple donated $1 million to help foster children. One year later, they did even more. See more state education news here

| February 4, 2020
An Arizona couple donated $1 million to help foster children. One year later, they did even more. See more state education news here

Randy Hansen was about to give three women he hardly knew $1 million.

Randy’s wife, Leslie, was worried. She kept thinking: It’s a lot of money.

Randy knew she was right, but he just kept thinking: It’s the right thing.

These weren’t just any strangers. These three foster moms, Anika Robinson, Susan Woodruff and Angela Teachout, had changed lives, laws and rallied foster parents to hold Arizona’s child-welfare system accountable. Randy liked imagining how many more children they could help with $1 million.

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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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NAU conducting survey ‘Imagining a Better Flagstaff: Exploring Housing Solutions for Flagstaff’

| January 21, 2020
NAU conducting survey ‘Imagining a Better Flagstaff: Exploring Housing Solutions for Flagstaff’

You are being invited to participate in a research study titled Imagining a Better Flagstaff: Exploring Housing Solutions for Flagstaff, AZ. This study is being done by Kai Beattie and Leah Mundell PhD from Northern Arizona University.

This project looks to the gather the opinions that Flagstaff residents have on various affordable housing policies.

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Education Spotlight: Puente de Hozho Awarded $11,650 from U.S. Soccer Foundation. See more local education news here

| January 14, 2020
Education Spotlight: Puente de Hozho Awarded $11,650 from U.S. Soccer Foundation. See more local education news here

Puente de Hozho Elementary (on Jan. 7) announced it has been awarded a $11,650 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, whose programs serve as the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. This grant is intended to fund professional grade outdoor soccer court that will be available for community use. Puente de Hozho was one of nine organizations to receive grants.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Principal Robert Kelty. “This furthers our efforts in providing world class academic and athletic opportunities for our students and community.”

As a community tri-lingual school supporting learners in the areas of Navajo, Spanish, and English, Puente de Hozho seeks to create cultural bridges between students and there is no better way for those connections than through the world’s most popular sport – soccer.

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Education Spotlight: W.F. Killip Elementary Earns STEM Provider Certification. See more local education news here

| December 16, 2019
Education Spotlight: W.F. Killip Elementary Earns STEM Provider Certification. See more local education news here

The school-improvement, assessment, and certification organization Cognia™, a nonprofit organization, recognizes W.F. Killip Elementary School with Cognia™ STEM Provider Certification.

“The certification is designed to differentiate organizations that simply put a STEM stamp on their materials and marketing and those that have products and services that meet high standards,” says Dr. Mark A. Elgart, president and CEO of Cognia. The certification process, Dr. Elgart notes, involves several stages of rigorous internal, external, and on-site review and assessment of performance against standards focused on contributions to the STEM pipeline, STEM learning, connections to real-world applications and community, and program efficacy.

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Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

| December 9, 2019
Education Spotlight: One hundred days for Fredonia School Superintendent Gilmore. See more local education news here

(Tod) Gilmore sees his initial tenure here as three 100-day periods. The first 100 days he has spent “getting to know the Fredonia way.”

Essentially observing and learning how things are done, and why. He asks, “Do we do things the way we’ve always done because it’s the best and proven way to do something? Or is it an inertia issue that we need to look at as a community?”

Gilmore believes graduates of FHS should know they have no limits, should know what their dreams are, and be equipped to actualize those dreams. He feels this is a virtue of being a smaller high school, “we have an incredible ability to really know our students, and the smaller class sizes can be very powerful if we take advantage of it.”

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Education Spotlight: NAZ Today’s Teacher of the Week is April Carrillo of San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. See more local education news here

| November 18, 2019
Education Spotlight: NAZ Today’s Teacher of the Week is April Carrillo of San Francisco de Asis Catholic School. See more local education news here

NAZ Today’s Paige Kenny highlights this week’s teacher of the week who’s faith helps guide her actions in the classroom. April Carrillo is our teacher of the week. As a fourth-grade teacher, Carrillo says that teaching is her way of showing the love and dedication her teachers did when she was in school.

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Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Eli Chapman. See more local education news here

| November 4, 2019
Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Eli Chapman. See more local education news here

Eli Chapman, a Flagstaff Junior Academy teacher, was recently named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

| October 14, 2019
Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

The eighth annual Coconino County 2020 Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Award nominations are open.

The awards are a countywide celebration that honors and recognizes full- time teachers. 

The Coconino County Education Service Agency invites the public to nominate outstanding teachers in Coconino County. Nomination forms can be found on the Superintendent’s website at www.coconino.az.gov/celebrate. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5. 

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Education Spotlight: FUSD AzMERIT scores released alongside new analysis program. See more local education news here

| August 26, 2019
Education Spotlight: FUSD AzMERIT scores released alongside new analysis program. See more local education news here

As standardized testing scores from the last school year are released, Flagstaff Unified School District is launching a new tool to help its staff use the data more effectively.

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