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3 Tucson educators named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/tucson-educators-named-rodel-finalists/article_813636d3-0057-536c-9e53-062fcce5fca9.html
Three Tucson educators who have made a deliberate choice to teach in high-needs schools are being recognized for their ability to help students achieve at high levels. Brittany Betterton of Elvira Elementary School, Brianna Maxwell of Laguna Elementary School and Marnie Robles of Cavett Elementary School have all been named 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher finalists.

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Esperanza principal is Rodel finalist

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/esperanza-principal-is-rodel-finalist/article_337467e1-7fd5-502c-934c-380bc4a8e258.html
Now, Carrillo is receiving recognition as the sole finalist in Pima County for the Rodel Exemplary Principal award — one of 13 finalists named from across the state.
Carrillo was selected for her ability to inspire her staff to contribute to schoolwide success and the development of a campus that is high-achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming…

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

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/top-teacher-monique-peralta-says-she-s-still-learning-on/article_6bdc74eb-63c6-57f8-ba3b-df6124949404.html
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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Rodel winner Tabatha Finchum strives to empower kids to think

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/rodel-winner-tabatha-finchum-strives-to-empower-kids-to-think/article_7d9bdd4d-fa7e-526d-b581-8dd56d5a4e59.html
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…

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Four Tucson teachers named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/four-tucson-teachers-named-rodel-finalists/article_36b702ae-e6d4-54be-81eb-be13b431a6a1.html
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…

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Listening and learning cultivates climate of success, sense of family

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/listening-and-learning-cultivates-climate-of-success-sense-of-family/article_57178d32-1c39-5dcf-98b2-d0fd73f05770.html
“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…

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At his top-performing school, all are expected to take on leadership roles

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/at-his-top-performing-school-all-are-expected-to-take/article_1555427b-2691-5e1b-bce5-e86e8146ed2a.html
Trejo attributes his success to his ability to not only lead, but to cultivate leadership in both his teachers and students so they embrace taking responsibility for themselves and for their achievement. Now, the longtime educator is receiving yet another accolade – the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award, which recognizes principals who inspire their staffs to contribute to schoolwide success and develop a campus that is high-achieving, safe, orderly and welcoming…

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3 local principals named Rodel finalists

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/local-principals-named-rodel-finalists/article_3bff1d40-b19d-5158-b3ec-240287643b1b.html
Three local educators are being honored for their ability to inspire academic success in high-poverty schools. The educators, who represent the Tucson Unified and Sunnyside Unified school districts, have been named finalists for the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award. The finalists are Deborah Anders of Davidson Elementary School and Stephen Trejo of C.E. Rose PreK-8 School, both in TUSD, and Valerie Lopez-Miranda of Sunnyside’s Los Amigos Elementary School…

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Laguna Elementary’s Stamp, a Rodel winner, beams energy

By Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Sun: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/laguna-elementary-s-stamp-a-rodel-winner-beams-energy/article_92adf620-723d-575d-839f-c7bd3debd41b.html
While some kids pretend to be sick so they can stay home from school, KaiAnn Stamp actually did the opposite when she was a child. Stamp would pretend to be healthy so she could go to school, even when she was sick. Her love and devotion to teaching has led her to be recognized as a Rodel Exemplary Teacher, one of three Tucson-area teachers to receive the honor.

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Rodel winner Van Derlaske walked a winding road to his classroom

By Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/rodel-winner-van-derlaske-walked-a-winding-road-to-his/article_4014fe86-7e76-5f90-88c7-a1254ad020b1.html
Van Derlaske has been named one of three Rodel Exemplary Teachers in the Tucson area. The Long Island, N.Y., native teaches fifth grade at Homer Davis Elementary School in the Flowing Wells Unified School District.

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Learning goes both ways for teacher named as Rodel Exemplary winner

By Jamar Younger, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/learning-goes-both-ways-for-teacher-named-as-rodel-exemplary/article_1a047bdc-31b8-5af0-b64f-3074901b4094.html
Gottleber’s ability to transcend those barriers has garnered her recognition as one of three Rodel Exemplary Teachers in the Tucson area. The teachers have been selected for their outstanding achievement in high-poverty schools. Gottleber has taught at Drexel for eight years. She also taught at a school in Sells. “She’s very compassionate about her students,” said Drexel Principal Debra Garcia…

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FW principal emphasizes positive roles

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star: http://tucson.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/fw-principal-emphasizes-positive-roles/article_940fbd5a-5010-576b-8a41-66ab37ee6abc.html
He is in charge of 1,700 students – most of whom he knows by name. Brunenkant prides himself on building personal connections with his students and his staff. It’s those connections that have propelled the high-poverty school into a high-achieving campus, and that have landed Brunenkant the honor of being named a 2012 Rodel Exemplary Principal.
The Rodel award comes with a cash prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to mentor Rodel Aspiring Principals…