News from ASU

Seven ASU alumni principals recognized for excellence by Rodel Foundation

ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College:
Congratulations to the four alumni who received 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principal Awards:
Shannon Bonnette (BAE,1991), Richard E. Miller School, Washington Elementary District;
Karie Burns (BAE, 2001 ), Surprise Elementary School, Dysart Unified District;
Bennett MacKinney (MEd, 2006; EdD, 2015), Echo Mountain Intermediate School, Paradise Valley Unified District;
Kate McDonald (MEd,1993), South Mountain High School, Phoenix Union High School District.


Castle Dome principal wins Rodel honor

By Amy Crawford, Yuma Sun:
Castle Dome Middle School Principal Lori Sheffield has been named a Rodel Exemplary Principal for 2016. “It’s exciting,” she said during an interview with the Yuma Sun. “I’m kind of a little star-struck because I know some of the other people who have been exemplary principals or have been nominated, and I think that’s a wow factor for me.”

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Principal’s collaborative nature helps win him award

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
It’s that mentality that has built a culture of collaboration, support and high academic achievement in a school where nearly all of the 500 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch because of their family’s income. As much as Miller prefers to credit his team for that success, the Rodel Foundation of Arizona is recognizing him as a 2016 Exemplary Principal…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

Three principals from area schools up for Rodel award

By Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star:
Over the last several years, the leaders of three Tucson schools serving a high population of children in poverty have worked to buck the trend of low academic achievement in poor communities. As a result, Cholla High Magnet School Principal Frank Armenta, Homer Davis Elementary leader Chad Miller and Daniel Schulter of Dodge Traditional Magnet School have been named finalists for the 2016 Rodel Exemplary Principal Award…


Castle Dome principal in race for national award

By Amy Crawford, Yuma Sun:
In her career, Castle Dome Middle School Principal Lori Sheffield says she has found teaching to be both art and science. Sheffield, who has been named one of 15 Rodel Exemplary Principal Finalists for 2016 across the state, would know. Her 17-year education career spans teacher, school counselor, assistant principal and principal; she now oversees about 875 middle school students at Castle Dome.


Principal Initiative Expands to Coconino County, Arizona

A new partnership with Northern Arizona University is leading to the expansion of the Rodel Principal Initiative to include recognition of Rodel Exemplary Principal mentors and Aspiring Principal mentees in Coconino County. The Rodel Principal Initiative has previously named Exemplary Principals from Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma Counties. “Great leaders aren’t born, they are made.…

AZ State Capitol

Rodel Principal Initiative Round Table with AZ Gov. Doug Ducey

Last Friday, representatives of Rodel’s Principal Initiative sat down with Gov. Doug Ducey and his Education Policy Advisor Dawn Wallace in a round table discussion of the challenges facing public education in Arizona. The Rodel Principal Initiative representatives included: Alicia Alvarez, 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal, Principal of Alta Vista High School in Tucson Brett Bonner,…