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Principal’s collaborative nature helps win him award

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/principal-s-collaborative-nature-helps-win-him-award/article_00eb6461-7726-5606-a33a-712037004288.html
It’s that mentality that has built a culture of collaboration, support and high academic achievement in a school where nearly all of the 500 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch because of their family’s income. As much as Miller prefers to credit his team for that success, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona is recognizing him as a 2016 Exemplary Principal…

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Three principals from area schools up for Rodel award

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/three-principals-from-area-schools-up-for-rodel-award/article_c1d0fdc3-bf88-5a45-905e-2b834c6eb22c.html
Over the last several years, the leaders of three Tucson schools serving a high population of children in poverty have worked to buck the trend of low academic achievement in poor communities. As a result, Cholla High Magnet School Principal Frank Armenta, Homer Davis Elementary leader Chad Miller and Daniel Schulter of Dodge Traditional Magnet School have been named finalists for the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award…

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Tucson teacher excites kids about math

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tucson-teacher-excites-kids-about-math/article_14c2f354-9a4c-5f30-a2e5-83006e4ef195.html
When Polly Kimminau talks about math, she lights up. But it wasn’t always that way for the veteran Amphitheater math teacher. She recalls struggling early on in her education, but that all changed her sophomore year at Sabino High School when she met teacher Rick Hamilton…

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Walter Douglas Elementary teacher’s classroom goal: change the world

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/walter-douglas-elementary-teacher-s-classroom-goal-change-the-world/article_05e08c05-cfe3-5581-8d58-925f034d4ce8.html
A student at the University of Arizona, Barber would major in anthropology, minor in French and move to Africa to change the world. Now 29, Barber did go on a journey — one that would land her in a Flowing Wells classroom rather than across the globe — but her mission remains the same…

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Rodel teacher uses previous career to engage students

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/rodel-teacher-uses-previous-career-to-engage-students/article_77a4fe42-644b-5720-b20b-16b206d25d9b.html
In her previous career, Donna Varma was a financial analyst in the health-care industry. She had an office and took home a nice paycheck. Varma still analyzes data — that of her third-graders at Rio Vista Elementary School, in the Amphitheater district, to determine whether they’ve mastered the concepts she is teaching them…

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4 local teachers recognized for helping pupils hit goals

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/local-teachers-recognized-for-helping-pupils-hit-goals/article_f802dfeb-6a0f-547f-8d5b-29be5a8d0890.html
Four Tucson educators are being recognized as Rodel Exemplary Teacher finalists for their ability to spur achievement in high-poverty schools. The four teachers, representing the Amphitheater, Flowing Wells and Sunnyside school districts, have chosen not only to stay in the profession at a time when many are leaving in droves, they have committed themselves to high-poverty schools where struggles at home regularly spill into the classroom, judges said…

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Alta Vista High principal named Rodel winner

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/alta-vista-high-principal-named-rodel-winner/article_4755c593-734e-570c-91a8-ce6e26d66d96.html
When Alvarez wanted to come up with a set of business principles for the campus, she enlisted the staff, parents and students to help define the work the south-side charter school does day in and day out.

It is that dedication to collaboration that has helped Alvarez to develop a high-achieving campus in a high-needs community — work that has landed the longtime educator the honor of being named a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal…

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La Cima principal named Rodel winner

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/la-cima-principal-named-rodel-winner/article_7eec236b-408a-58bc-8121-3d61afee1bbf.html
Sullivan’s efforts are now being recognized by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona, which named her a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal.

The award honors leaders who demonstrate the ability to inspire their staff to contribute to schoolwide success and the development of a high-needs campus that is high-achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming…

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3 Tucson principals named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/tucson-principals-named-rodel-finalists/article_7b7fe197-a231-5075-8f47-09b14a1e3d15.html
The leaders of three Tucson schools are being recognized for their ability to develop high-achieving campuses in communities that many would consider to be challenging.

Alicia Alvarez of Alta Vista High School, Cristela Cardenas of Gallego Basic Elementary School and Christine Sullivan of La Cima Middle School have been named 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal finalists…

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Betterton gets Rodel recognition for challenging kids

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/betterton-gets-rodel-recognition-for-challenging-kids/article_b30eb784-f877-5935-96fd-880d905c1135.html
In Brittany Betterton’s classroom expectations are high. Students are on task, they are engaged, they are using higher-level vocabulary and thinking critically. Never mind that her students are 5 and 6 years old. The Elvira Elementary School kindergarten teacher has developed strong, consistent routines, creating an environment that appears to run effortlessly…

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Skills handed down put Maxwell on Rodel fast track

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/skills-handed-down-put-maxwell-on-rodel-fast-track/article_55812811-5835-5fde-85b0-b8ba73f70605.html
Brianna Maxwell comes from a long line of educators starting with her great-great-grandparents. Though Maxwell considers herself to be genetically bred to be a teacher, being exposed to the challenges of the profession led her at one point to consider another career pathway. Fortunately for the children at Laguna Elementary School, Maxwell could not fight what was destined to be, and with only 7½ years of teaching under her belt, the 29-year-old is being honored as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher.

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Outreach to kids, parents make Robles a Rodel winner

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/outreach-to-kids-parents-make-robles-a-rodel-winner/article_066c6022-4ea1-5a2f-adce-735632037406.html
When Marnie Robles steps in front of her students, she is on a mission to ensure they are learning. The Cavett Elementary School teacher is now being honored as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher, an award that recognizes educators for outstanding student achievement in high-poverty schools, effective classroom practices and their potential to be outstanding mentors to future teachers…