The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is pleased to announce the latest class of Rodel Promising Student Teachers (RPSTs) from Arizona colleges of education. These 20 high-potential students will be mentored by Rodel Exemplary Teachers as they begin their student teaching experience during the spring 2015 semester.

Name

College or University

Vangie Briceno

Arizona State University

Michelle Cheevers

Northern Arizona University

Reyannin Haggard

Grand Canyon University

Nicole Handorf

University of Arizona

Emma Horlacher

Northern Arizona University

Sherile John

University of Arizona

Victoria Jones

Arizona State University

Rebecca Kepner

Northern Arizona University

Jennifer Kirksey

University of Phoenix

Lesley Le

Arizona State University

Ashley Link

University of Arizona

Joselin Ortiz

Grand Canyon University

Kiersten Rozenwaser

Northern Arizona University

Laura Soto

University of Arizona

Emily Wacker

University of Arizona

Emily Wagner

Grand Canyon University

Jessica Wood

Grand Canyon University

Tiffany Zamudio

Northern Arizona University

 

“Excellent teachers provide invaluable support and mentorship as new educators navigate their way into the classroom,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President & CEO. “Our Teacher Initiative supports this idea by providing results-driven mentorship and essential learning opportunities for future Arizona teachers.”

Rodel Promising Student Teachers are an integral part of the Rodel Teacher Initiative. In partnership with university field experience directors, Rodel selects student teachers who are committed to teaching for at least three years in a high-need Arizona school and pairs them with Rodel Exemplary Teachers during their required student teaching field experience.

“The Rodel Teacher Initiative aims to ensure new teachers are prepared to be highly effective on their first day teaching,” said Howard Paley, Rodel COO. “These student teachers will not only have the opportunity to learn effective practice from exemplary educators, but will establish a network of excellent teacher mentors at the beginning of their careers, providing a solid support system as they continue to grow and develop as professionals.”

RPSTs receive supervision, professional development, and ongoing support from college of education advisors and Rodel staff throughout their student teaching experience and into the first year of their teaching careers. Since 2004, Rodel has selected 168 Rodel Exemplary Teachers who have mentored more than 675 RPSTs. Over 80% of Rodel Graduates continue to teach in high-need Arizona schools.

The Rodel Teacher Initiative is supported by our many partners, including Salt River Project, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Cox Communications, Carstens Family Funds, Diamond Foundation, Emily Meschter, Zuckerman Community Outreach Foundation, Ventana Charitable Foundation Fund, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Northern Arizona University College of Education, Arizona State University Teacher Quality Partnership, and the Whiteman Foundation.

RPSTs are selected each fall and spring. Interested education students can pick up applications and find out more about the program from their Arizona college of education’s field experience office or at www.rodelaz.org.

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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.