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The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is pleased to announce the latest class of Rodel Promising Student Teachers (RPSTs) from Arizona colleges of education. These 19 high-potential students will be mentored by Rodel Exemplary Teachers as they begin their student teaching experience during the fall 2015 semester.

Name College or University
Allison Arriaga Arizona State University
Nicholas Babyak University of Arizona
Christina Chaira Arizona State University
Chelsea Cleary Northern Arizona University
Joseph Eccles Northern Arizona University
Veronica Escobedo Arizona State University
Laura Hinz Arizona State University
Belinda Hughes University of Arizona
Jana Jensen Northern Arizona University
Cassandra Johnston Grand Canyon University
Tyler Kiecolt University of Arizona
Katherine Larned University of Arizona
Sabina Levi Rio Salado College
Miranda McCluskey University of Arizona
Brianna McLaughlin University of Arizona
Maria Meyer Grand Canyon University
Stephanie Muszynski Arizona State University
Cary Reis University of Arizona
Chanel Turner 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. “Research shows that teachers who have experienced a quality mentor relationship early in their career are more likely to stay in teaching. Our Teacher Initiative helps to create effective early career teachers who are destined to stay in education.”

Rodel Promising Student Teachers are an integral part of the Rodel Teacher Initiative. In partnership with field experience directors from Arizona’s colleges of education, 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 in the classroom,” 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 167 Rodel Exemplary Teachers who have mentored more than 700 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


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