News from the Arizona Daily Sun

Veronica Villegas empowering students

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun:
Villegas is one of three local middle school teachers being honored by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. Rodel decided to focus on elementary and middle school teachers this year. Out of 40 semifinalists, 11 were named this past week as Rodel Exemplary Teachers for 2014. Two winners and one finalist were selected from Flagstaff…

News from ASU

Five Sun Devil grads named as 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College:
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has announced that 11 outstanding Arizona educators have been named 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers, including seven educators in the Valley – five of whom are Sun Devil graduates.

In an article posted to AZCentral on Nov. 29, reporter Cathryn Creno profiles recipient Tiffany Thompson, a 2009 graduate of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Top teacher Monique Peralta says she’s still learning on the job

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
Peralta prides herself on making connections with her students — understanding their needs and figuring out how she can best guide them in their learning.
Her efforts have paid off with high student achievement scores and being recognized as a 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teacher. The award recognizes teachers who make a difference in high-poverty schools. Carrillo serves 308 students, more than 70 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch…

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Mesa teacher Tiffany Thompson among 7 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

By Cathryn Creno, Arizona Republic:
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:
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…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Rodel winner Tabatha Finchum strives to empower kids to think

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
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…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Four Tucson teachers named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
Four Tucson teachers who have stepped up to make a difference in the lives of children at high-poverty schools are receiving recognition from the Rodel Foundation of Arizona.

Each of the educators — who represent Sunnyside, Amphitheater, Flowing Wells and TUSD — are up for the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award for their outstanding efforts to improve student achievement and for effective classroom practices…

News from the Arizona Daily Sun

Local teachers nominated for Rodel Award

Arizona Daily Sun:
Three Flagstaff teachers are in the running for a prestigious award.

Mount Elden Middle School science teacher Chris Hull, Sinagua Middle School science teacher Jillian Worssam and Sinagua Middle School social studies teacher Veronica Villegas were all named as finalists for the 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award…

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APS Foundation Awards First Round of 2013 Grants: STEM, other education programs receive funding

PHOENIX – The APS Foundation announced today the education grant recipients for its first funding distribution for 2013. The grants, totaling more than half million dollars were awarded to 15 nonprofit organizations located throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Since 2012, the Foundation’s focus has been to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and other education…


NAU grads sweep Rodel exemplary principal awards

NAU News:
Northern Arizona University alumni made a clean sweep of the Rodel Exemplary Principal awards for 2013, with all seven winners having earned degrees or certificates from the university. The Rodel Exemplary Principal Initiative recognizes principals in high-need schools in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai counties. The winners each receive a $2,500 savings bond and will mentor three aspiring principals over the next two years…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Listening and learning cultivates climate of success, sense of family

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
“It’s remarkable how much we can learn from one another,” Lopez-Miranda said. “It’s very powerful. I want to reinforce those habits and strategies and have students and staff be a part of it and own it.” The culture that Lopez-Miranda has built and her willingness to listen has earned her Rodel’s 2013 Exemplary Principal Award. She is one of two local educators to receive the honor, which comes with a $3,500 cash prize and the opportunity to mentor aspiring principals…