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Exemplary Flagstaff teachers honored

By MICHELLE McMANIMON Sun Staff Reporter, Arizona Daily Sun – November 26, 2014

Three Flagstaff teachers are being recognized for excellence in the classroom.

Since 2003, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona has asked principals and superintendents to nominate extraordinary teachers from schools with high numbers of students from low-income families. This year, two Flagstaff Unified School District teachers were among the 12 Arizona educators selected as Rodel Exemplary Teachers. A third FUSD teacher was named as a finalist.

“We’re delighted to recognize outstanding Arizona teachers,” said Rodel President and CEO Jackie Norton in a statement. “Now in our 12th year, the 2015 Exemplary Teachers will join an elite group of educators who have been asked to share their expertise by mentoring the promising student teachers who will lead tomorrow’s classrooms.”

The two winners from Flagstaff were Rebecca Cardon, a third-grade teacher at Cromer Elementary School, and Katrina Collins, a first-grade teacher at Kinsey Elementary School. They will each receive $2,500 and will be assigned student teachers to mentor for the next three years.

Carrie Jenkins, a seventh-grade science teacher at Sinagua Middle School, was also named as a Rodel finalist.

“It is always gratifying when our excellent teachers are recognized,” said FUSD Superintendent Barbara Hickman. “Rebecca, Katrina and Carrie are part of a long tradition between Rodel and FUSD, a tradition that acknowledges excellent classroom practice and professionals who combine both the art and the science that is good teaching.”

Since 2004, 156 Rodel Exemplary Teachers have been named and more than 600 Rodel Promising Student Teachers have been mentored.

The following is the first of three profiles. Parts 2 and 3 will run Friday and Saturday.

Reporter Michelle McManimon can be reached at or 556-2261.