The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has announced 20 finalists for the 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award. These teachers, representing the best of Arizona, were selected for their outstanding student achievement in high-need schools, effective classroom practices, and their potential to be outstanding mentors to future teachers.

The finalists are:

Name

Grade

District

School Name

City

Jessica Austin

Fifth Grade

Washington Elementary

Acacia Elementary

Phoenix

Brittany Betterton

Kindergarten

Sunnyside Unified

Elvira Elementary

Tucson

Rebecca Cardon

Third Grade

Flagstaff Unified

Sturgeon Cromer Elementary

Flagstaff

Rosanne Carlson

Third Grade

Mesa Public Schools

Porter Elementary

Mesa

Katrina Collins

First Grade

Flagstaff Unified

Lura Kinsey Elementary

Flagstaff

Martha Daniels

Eighth Grade, Math

Saddle Mountain Unified

Ruth Fisher Elementary

Tonopah

Elisa Delgadillo

Fourth Grade

Dysart Unified

Thompson Ranch Elementary

El Mirage

Zenaida Estrada

Second Grade

Isaac Elementary

Mitchell Elementary

Phoenix

Jessica Frame

Second Grade

Phoenix Elementary

Capitol Elementary

Phoenix

Jennifer Cummings

Second Grade

Alhambra Elementary

Westwood Primary

Phoenix

Carrie Jenkins

Seventh Grade, Science

Flagstaff Unified

Sinagua Middle

Flagstaff

Miranda Koperno

Third Grade

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

Mesa Arts Academy

Mesa

Stephanie Lund

Third Grade

Glendale Elementary

William C. Jack Elementary

Glendale

Brianna Maxwell

Second Grade

Flowing Wells Unified

Laguna Elementary

Tucson

Sylvia Miller

Fifth Grade

Fowler Elementary

Western Valley Elementary

Phoenix

Jennifer Perkins

First Grade

Roosevelt Elementary

Cloves C. Campbell Sr. Elementary

Phoenix

Nancy Rhodes

Sixth Grade, SPED

Paradise Valley Unified

Palomino Intermediate

Phoenix

Marnie Robles

First Grade

Tucson Unified

Cavett Elementary

Tucson

Melissa White

Seventh Grade, Math

Avondale Elementary

Avondale Middle

Avondale

Cassandra Woods

Sixth Grade

Mesa Public Schools

Roosevelt Elementary

Mesa

 

The 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher cohort will be announced during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend through media partnerships, Rodel’s social media pages, and on www.rodelaz.org.

“We’re delighted to recognize outstanding Arizona teachers,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “Now in our twelfth year, the 2015 Exemplary Teachers will join an elite group of educators who have been asked to share their expertise by mentoring the promising student teachers who will lead tomorrow’s classrooms.”

“The Rodel Teacher Initiative is focused on supporting Arizona student teachers so that they are equipped to become highly effective teachers in year one of their careers. A student teacher who works with an outstanding mentor grows and develops into an effective educator,” said Howard Paley, Rodel Chief Operating Officer. “These Exemplary Teacher finalists have been recommended by their administration and Rodel gladly recognizes their excellence as they work with students in high-need communities. It is inspiring to watch these teachers engage and educate the youth of Arizona.”

The Rodel Exemplary Teacher Initiative honors extraordinary teachers and asks that they each mentor high‐potential student teachers from local colleges of education. What sets the program apart from typical student teaching programs is that mentor teachers are selected based on their outstanding student achievement in high‐need schools, their ability to mentor new teachers, and the recommendation of their principals and Rodel’s observation team. This ensures that student teachers are learning from the best. In addition, Rodel provides further training and support to both mentors and student teachers to assure Promising Student Teacher Graduates start their careers as well-prepared, effective educators.

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The Rodel Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-kindergarten through grade 12 educational systems in the country by 2020. For more information on the Foundation’s mission and initiatives, contact Rodel at 480-367-2920 or visit www.rodelaz.org.