2016 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is proud to announce that 15 outstanding Arizona educators have been named 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teachers. These teachers, representing the best in the state, will each be asked to mentor high-potential student teachers from Arizona colleges of education.

What sets the Rodel Teacher Initiative apart from typical student teaching programs is that mentor teachers are selected based on their outstanding student achievement in high‐need schools, their ability to mentor new teachers, and the recommendation of their principals and Rodel’s observation team. This ensures that student teachers are learning from the best. In addition, Rodel provides further training and support to both mentors and student teachers to assure Rodel Graduates start their careers as outstanding educators.

Here are this year’s Rodel Exemplary Teachers:

Click on each individual teacher’s name to view their full profile.

Brie Barber, third grade teacher at Walter Douglas Elementary School in the Flowing Wells Unified District

Tisha Cake, sixth grade math teacher at Sinagua Middle School in the Flagstaff Unified District

Lauren Delfino-Karl, second grade teacher at San Marcos Elementary School in the Chandler Unified District

Denise Hall, second grade teacher at Riverview School in the Dysart Unified District

Jillian Hernandez, fifth grade teacher at W.F. Killip Elementary School in the Flagstaff Unified District

Meredith Hey, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Irving Elementary School in Mesa Public Schools

Danielle L. Johnson, sixth grade teacher at Paul Lawrence Dunbar Elementary School in the Phoenix Elementary District

Polly Ann Kimminau, seventh grade math teacher at La Cima Middle School in Amphitheater Public Schools

Ann Lively, fifth and sixth grade ELA and social studies teacher at Horizon School in the Glendale Elementary District

Sarah Mikula, sixth through eighth grade special education resource teacher at Maurice C. Cash Elementary School in the Laveen Elementary District

Shannon Perna, sixth grade teacher at Palomino Intermediate School in the Paradise Valley Unified District

Anna Reagle, fifth grade teacher at Alice Byrne Elementary School in the Yuma Elementary District

Jennifer Ruiz, sixth grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Mesa Public Schools

Amy Tixier, third grade teacher at Inca Elementary School in the Buckeye Elementary District

Donna M. Varma, third grade teacher at Rio Vista Elementary School in Amphitheater Public Schools

Rodel congratulates all of this year’s Exemplary Teachers, finalists, semifinalists and candidates. Their commitment to educating Arizona’s children and driving student achievement has put them at the head of the class among Arizona teachers.