News from the Arizona Daily Star

Learning goes both ways for teacher named as Rodel Exemplary winner

By Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/learning-goes-both-ways-for-teacher-named-as-rodel-exemplary/article_1a047bdc-31b8-5af0-b64f-3074901b4094.html
Gottleber’s ability to transcend those barriers has garnered her recognition as one of three Rodel Exemplary Teachers in the Tucson area. The teachers have been selected for their outstanding achievement in high-poverty schools. Gottleber has taught at Drexel for eight years. She also taught at a school in Sells. “She’s very compassionate about her students,” said Drexel Principal Debra Garcia…

YumaSun-News

Kofa High principal one of 10 honorees

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun: http://www.yumasun.com/kofa-high-principal-one-of-honorees/article_aa9fb435-47f8-5bff-9326-8f68fd93809d.html
After months of examination and research, representatives from the Rodel Foundation of Arizona announced today that Kofa High School principal Gina Thompson is one of 10 Exemplary Principals across the state. As part of the 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative, Thompson was one of 22 semifinalists who were narrowed down to 17 finalists and now 10 Exemplary Principals…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

FW principal emphasizes positive roles

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/fw-principal-emphasizes-positive-roles/article_940fbd5a-5010-576b-8a41-66ab37ee6abc.html
He is in charge of 1,700 students – most of whom he knows by name. Brunenkant prides himself on building personal connections with his students and his staff. It’s those connections that have propelled the high-poverty school into a high-achieving campus, and that have landed Brunenkant the honor of being named a 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal.
The Rodel award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to mentor Rodel Aspiring Principals…

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Schoolkids yearn to learn, says Rodel-winning Craycroft leader

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/schoolkids-yearn-to-learn-says-rodel-winning-craycroft-leader/article_ec081e62-bc5c-538b-9526-e073622dc6f3.html
Robertson’s attitude and his ability to turn around a struggling high-needs school have earned him the honor of being named a 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal. The Rodel award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to mentor Rodel Aspiring Principals. For Robertson, creating a high-achieving school starts with him…

News-AZ Republic

Rodel Foundation of Arizona honors inspiring principals

By Amy Wang, Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2012/01/10/20120110rodel-foundation-arizona-honors-inspiring-principals.html
Today, Hollingsworth and nine others statewide are being named Exemplary Principals by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. Seven others were named finalists, part of a program that officials say honors principals who are “the total package.”

News-AZ Republic

7 Maricopa, Pinal educators named Rodel Exemplary Principal

Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2012/01/20/20120120arizona-educators-named-rodel-exemplary-principal-qa-prog.html
Seven principals in Maricopa and Pinal counties and 10 statewide were named Rodel Exemplary Principal. The Scottsdale-based Rodel Foundation of Arizona annually selects outstanding principals from around Arizona to mentor those aspiring to become principals…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

3 Tucson-area principals finalists for Rodel award

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/tucson-area-principals-finalists-for-rodel-award/article_1915d899-e293-5d33-a8f6-f1f0d2002672.html
The leaders of three Tucson-area schools have been named finalists for the Rodel Exemplary Principal award. The principals, who represent the Flowing Wells, Sunnyside and Tucson unified school districts, are being recognized for their ability to inspire high academic achievement in high-needs schools.
Two will be named winners, receiving $5,000 in cash and going on to mentor aspiring principals over the next two years. The winners will be revealed in the Arizona Daily Star on Sunday…

YumaSun-News

Two Yuma principals named state Rodel award finalists

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun: http://www.yumasun.com/two-yuma-principals-named-state-rodel-award-finalists/article_9bf5d51d-45ed-5b98-9b31-0dcf0084761c.html
Two Yuma principals that were previously selected as semifinalists in the statewide 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative have now been named finalists. Kofa High School Principal Gina Thompson and Alice Byrne Elementary School Principal Juli Peach were two of 17 principals selected by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona after an in-depth interview process. After the candidates were nominated by their district superintendent, researchers then reviewed the nominations, combed through school data, visited the campuses and interviewed the candidates as well as their teachers and staff…

News-AZ Republic

Arizona teachers making a difference honored

By Kristena Hansen, Arizona Republic: http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20111123arizona-teachers-rodel-awards-2011.html
In 10 years as a teacher at Granada East School in Phoenix, Thompson has learned that effective teachers develop individual relationships with each student. He knows where students excel and where they need a boost. The Alhambra Elementary School District teacher’s success has been borne out: Every single one of his students passed the reading portion of the state AIMS test in 2010. Now, he is among 13 educators statewide named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher, eight of those in the Valley…

News-AZ Republic

8 Maricopa County educators named Rodel Exemplary Teacher

Arizona Republic: http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/11/23/20111123arizona-rodel-exemplary-teacher-2011.html
Eight educators in Maricopa County and 13 statewide were named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher. The Scottsdale-based Rodel Foundation of Arizona annually selects outstanding teachers from around Arizona to mentor new teachers. The winning teachers receive $5,000 and agree to mentor about six student-teachers over the next three years…

News-AZ Republic

Rodel math program big help to elementary AIMS scores

By Mary Beth Faller, Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2011/09/15/20110915rodel-program-big-help-aims-scores.html
A math-enrichment program offered to high-need elementary schools in the state has been shown to boost the AIMS scores of students who participate. The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona is kicking off the ninth year of its MAC-RO math program with 50,000 students participating in 188 schools around the state. That’s up from 38,000 students in 2010 and 1,000 students in 2003, the pilot year…

News-AZ Republic

Program aids teachers in becoming principals

By Ray Parker, Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20110425mesa-teachers-becoming-principals0425.html
Tony Elmer, who is the Smith Junior High team leader in east Mesa, has been named one of 27 Arizona Aspiring Principals by the Rodel Foundation, which supports efforts to improve education. Elmer, 38, will be paired with one of the Rodel Exemplary Principals who were selected earlier this year. Over the next two years, the principal will mentor Elmer and help him develop the skills to manage a school with high-needs students…