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Frank Garcia: Welcoming and patient

By Corina Vanek, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/welcoming-and-patient/article_4fcd8fef-c16c-5e0e-b01c-f49b512b7774.html
Garcia, who attended South Beaver School, Flagstaff Middle School and Flagstaff High School, is one of two winners in Flagstaff of the Rodel Exemplary Principal honor. The award honors principals in high-need schools. As a winner, Garcia will be required to mentor aspiring principals…

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Stacie Zanzucchi: Approaching problems creatively

By Corina Vanek, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/stacie-zanzucchi-approaching-problems-creatively/article_aa4fb9db-3220-5933-a05c-a9b1569b406e.html
Zanzucchi is one of two principals in Coconino County to be honored as a Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal. The award honors principals in high-need communities. As a winner, Zanzucchi will be required to mentor aspiring principals…

NAU-News

Six NAU alumnae chosen as Rodel Exemplary Teachers

NAU News: http://news.nau.edu/six-nau-alumnae-chosen-as-rodel-exemplary-teachers/
The Rodel Foundation has announced its Exemplary Teachers, a coveted title awarded to just 15 Arizona educators, and six of the winners earned education-related degrees at NAU. The winners, called the state’s best teachers by the Rodel Foundation, will be tasked with mentoring high-potential student teachers, including NAU students.

News-AZ Republic

9 teachers in metro Phoenix named Rodel Exemplary Teachers

Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/education/2015/11/30/9-teachers-metro-phoenix-named-rodel-exemplary-teachers/76242274/

Nine teachers in Maricopa County and six others statewide were named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher. The Scottsdale-based Rodel Foundation of Arizona annually selects extraordinary teachers and asks them to mentor high-potential student teachers. The teachers are selected based on their students’ achievement in high-needs schools, principal recommendations and observations by Rodel officials.

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Tisha Cake: Bringing collaboration to math

By Corina Vanek, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/tisha-cake-bringing-collaboration-to-math/article_0134c9b0-80dd-5a7b-95d0-43b35bf91d14.html
Cake, a sixth grade math teacher at Sinagua Middle School, is one of two Flagstaff winners of the Rodel Exemplary Teacher honor, which honors teachers in high need schools. Teachers are nominated by their principals and are interviewed and chosen by the Rodel Foundation. As a winner, Cake will be expected to mentor three college students and will be awarded $2,500…

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Sarah Hendricks: Teaching as an example

By Corina Vanek, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/sarah-hendricks-teaching-as-an-example/article_0f4b5bc1-7c91-5ff6-8147-d188724b59fc.html
Sarah Hendricks decided to turn to teaching after years of working in customer service, when she wanted to set a better example for her own children. Hendricks, a kindergarten teacher at Thomas Elementary School, was one of three Flagstaff nominees for the Rodel Exemplary Teacher honor, which honors teachers in high need schools. Teachers are nominated by their principals and are interviewed and chosen by the Rodel Foundation…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

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…

YumaSun-News

Alice Byrne’s Reagle one of 15 Rodel teacher winners

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun: http://www.yumasun.com/news/alice-byrne-s-reagle-one-of-rodel-teacher-winners/article_5c85f15c-958a-11e5-9124-0b57cd795f56.html
Anna Reagle was recently chosen as one of 15 Rodel Exemplary Teachers in Arizona for 2016. A fifth-grade teacher at Alice Byrne Elementary School, Reagle was named a winner from a group of 24 finalists, which were narrowed down from an even larger group of 42 semifinalists…

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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…