Tag: Williams High School

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 — Kayley Quick. See more local education news here

| February 4, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Kayley Quick. See more local education news here

Kayley Quick is an exceptional and inspirational educator who teaches Graphic Design at Flagstaff High School. In addition to being an integral part of the art and performance scene for many years, she has been highly successful in helping her students achieve personal and public success in their studies, careers, public contributions and community connections.

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

| January 20, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Jody Laura. See more local education news here

Jody Laura has created a music program that introduces kids to music at the youngest of ages! This may seem like a “throw away” age for music education, but Jody is teaching kids in a way that is really making a difference and is showing all of us involved how important music education really can be this young. She has everything from newborns to 4 year olds in her classes. This past summer, Little Music Makers also offered a Big Kids Rock weeklong summer camp for slightly older kids. Through Little Music Makers of Flagstaff, she has written and developed a curriculum that changes every 8 weeks.

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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: STEM Night 2020 in need of partners and sponsors. See more local education news here

| January 7, 2020
Education Spotlight: STEM Night 2020 in need of partners and sponsors. See more local education news here

STEM City, a nonprofit that seeks to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the Flagstaff community, is seeking partners and sponsors for its Flagstaff Community STEM Night at the NAU Skydome on March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The free event, which had more than 2,000 participants last year, encourages children and their families to experience and think about STEM in new ways.

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Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

| December 2, 2019
Education Spotlight: Attracting students to policing, emergency services. See more local education news here

The high school students listened intently to the 9-1-1 call. The woman told the dispatcher that her baby wasn’t breathing. The dispatcher, calmly, walked the mother through the steps of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency crews could arrive.

“We are all super passionate about what we do,” said Katie Brandis, Communications Manager at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility in Flagstaff. And, even though the work is stressful, she added, it is also very rewarding and dispatchers often make a difference between life and death.

Twelve students from area high schools spent the day on Nov. 14 at the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility learning about the careers in policing and emergency services available in Flagstaff and in the county. The event, the second installment of a two-day series, was organized by the Coconino County Arizona @ Work Business Service team, of which Coconino Community College is a member.

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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: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

| November 11, 2019
Education Spotlight: Board taps Navajo Nation educator for County Superintendent of Schools. See more local education news here

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors selected Dr. Tommy Lewis as the new Superintendent of Schools. The Board confirmed the appointment during the regular Board meeting on Nov. 5 and Dr. Lewis will begin his service on Nov. 18.

Dr. Lewis replaces Dr. Risha VanderWey, who began serving as the Tuba City School District Superintendent in August. Dr. Lewis’ term runs until Dec. 31, 2020. A primary and general election will be held in 2020 for a new term beginning in 2021.

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Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Cole Habay. See more local education news here

| October 28, 2019
Education Spotlight: Teacher of the Week Cole Habay. See more local education news here

Cole Habay, a Flagstaff Junior Academy teacher, was named NAZ Today Teacher of the Week.

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