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Mesa teacher Tiffany Thompson among 7 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

By Cathryn Creno, Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20131129mesa-teacher-among-rodel-exemplary-teachers-prog.html
Marriam Motamedi and student teacher Tiffany Thompson knew almost instantly that they were a great match when the Rodel Foundation of Arizona mentoring program paired them six years ago. They share a passion for helping children from low-income homes learn to love school, books and learning…

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7 Valley teachers earn Rodel Exemplary Teacher honors

Arizona Republic: http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20131127phoenix-rodel-exemplary-teacher-winners-prog.html
Seven teachers in Maricopa County and 11 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…

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Rodel winner Tabatha Finchum strives to empower kids to think

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/rodel-winner-tabatha-finchum-strives-to-empower-kids-to-think/article_7d9bdd4d-fa7e-526d-b581-8dd56d5a4e59.html
Despite the many challenges children from impoverished homes face, Finchum has managed to instill a love for learning in her students, with a track record of high student achievement to prove it.

It’s her dedication that has earned Finchum the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award, which comes with $5,000 and the opportunity to mentor aspiring educators. Finchum is one of two winners in Pima County…