5 Phoenix-area principals earn Rodel honors

Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/01/02/phoenix-area-principals-earn-rodel-honors/21185989/
Five Maricopa County principals are among eight statewide named a Rodel Exemplary Principal.

They are Heather Henderson from Arizona Charter Academy in Surprise, Elaine Jacobs from North Canyon High School in the Paradise Valley Unified District, Kyann McMillie from Wildflower School in the Avondale Elementary District, Lisa Sandomir from Maurice C. Cash Elementary in the Laveen Elementary District and Amy Uchacz from Pima Elementary in the Scottsdale Unified District.


3 Tucson principals named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/tucson-principals-named-rodel-finalists/article_7b7fe197-a231-5075-8f47-09b14a1e3d15.html
The leaders of three Tucson schools are being recognized for their ability to develop high-achieving campuses in communities that many would consider to be challenging.

Alicia Alvarez of Alta Vista High School, Cristela Cardenas of Gallego Basic Elementary School and Christine Sullivan of La Cima Middle School have been named 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal finalists…


Two Yuma principals semifinalists for statewide award

By Sarah Womer, Yuma Sun: http://www.yumasun.com/news/two-yuma-principals-semifinalists-for-statewide-award/article_0c1ccf04-7c47-11e4-a9f5-f7e986d4a9d3.html
Two principals from the Crane Elementary School District were recently named semifinalists in the search for the 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principals.

Mesquite Elementary School principal Connie Jerpseth and Crane Middle School principal Kari Neumann were the only two semifinalists from Yuma to be selected based on their recommendations and student performance data.


Betterton gets Rodel recognition for challenging kids

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/betterton-gets-rodel-recognition-for-challenging-kids/article_b30eb784-f877-5935-96fd-880d905c1135.html
In Brittany Betterton’s classroom expectations are high. Students are on task, they are engaged, they are using higher-level vocabulary and thinking critically. Never mind that her students are 5 and 6 years old. The Elvira Elementary School kindergarten teacher has developed strong, consistent routines, creating an environment that appears to run effortlessly…


Rodel finalist Carrie Jenkins: Bringing science to life

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/rodel-finalist-carrie-jenkins-bringing-science-to-life/article_e1a4e893-78d8-503f-813f-acd214437711.html
Jenkins has 19 years in education, including two years as a sixth-grade teacher, 13 years as a middle school science teacher and two years as a middle school teacher for English language learners. This year, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona named her a finalist for its annual Exemplary Teacher Award…


Skills handed down put Maxwell on Rodel fast track

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/skills-handed-down-put-maxwell-on-rodel-fast-track/article_55812811-5835-5fde-85b0-b8ba73f70605.html
Brianna Maxwell comes from a long line of educators starting with her great-great-grandparents. Though Maxwell considers herself to be genetically bred to be a teacher, being exposed to the challenges of the profession led her at one point to consider another career pathway. Fortunately for the children at Laguna Elementary School, Maxwell could not fight what was destined to be, and with only 7½ years of teaching under her belt, the 29-year-old is being honored as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher.


Katrina Collins: Making learning fun

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/katrina-collins-making-learning-fun/article_3646adff-6384-5ec0-8c5a-dfad9f549db8.html
Collins has 12 years of experience in education, including four years as a preschool teacher and eight years as a first-grade teacher at Kinsey. Her bright smile and enthusiasm were part of the reason Collins was selected this year as one of Rodel’s Exemplary Teachers…


Outreach to kids, parents make Robles a Rodel winner

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/outreach-to-kids-parents-make-robles-a-rodel-winner/article_066c6022-4ea1-5a2f-adce-735632037406.html
When Marnie Robles steps in front of her students, she is on a mission to ensure they are learning. The Cavett Elementary School teacher is now being honored as a 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher, an award that recognizes educators for outstanding student achievement in high-poverty schools, effective classroom practices and their potential to be outstanding mentors to future teachers…


7 Phoenix-area teachers named Rodel Exemplary Teachers

Arizona Republic: www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/11/27/phoenix-area-teachers-named-rodel-exemplary-teachers/19542893/
Seven teachers in Maricopa County, including in Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa, and 12 across the state were named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher.

The Scottsdale-based Rodel Foundation of Arizona annually selects extraordinary teachers and asks them to mentor high-potential student teachers. The teachers are selected based on their students’ achievement in high-needs schools, principal recommendations and observations by Rodel officials.


Rebecca Cardon: Creating a safe space

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/rebecca-cardon-creating-a-safe-space/article_815b4eab-1a95-5995-b2dd-aaf549733cae.html
Cardon is one of the 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teachers. She has been in education for 30 years, including 27 years as a third-grade teacher at Cromer…