News from the Arizona Daily Sun

Going global, teaching local: Rodel Finalist Jillian Worssam links her students to scientists worldwide

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/going-global-teaching-local-rodel-finalist-jillian-worssam-links-her/article_aab73f56-5cad-11e3-97e0-001a4bcf887a.html
Worssam was one of three Flagstaff middle school teachers singled out by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. She was named a finalist for the Rodel Exemplary Teacher award and will receive a $500 prize. The Rodel Foundation named 11 other teachers as Rodel Exemplary Teachers for 2014, including two from Flagstaff…

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Rodel teacher: Exemplary in every way

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/rodel-teacher-exemplary-in-every-way/article_da166a84-5a54-11e3-967c-0019bb2963f4.html
Paley said Hull “personifies” the Rodel Foundation’s vision. Hull is not only a winner of Rodel’s Exemplary Teacher Award. In 2009, he participated in the Rodel program as a student teacher under Rodel Exemplary Teacher Kamalene Nelson of Thomas Elementary School…

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Veronica Villegas empowering students

By Michelle McManimon, Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/veronica-villegas-empowering-students/article_24c09a2a-5bde-11e3-9f0f-001a4bcf887a.html
Villegas is one of three local middle school teachers being honored by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. Rodel decided to focus on elementary and middle school teachers this year. Out of 40 semifinalists, 11 were named this past week as Rodel Exemplary Teachers for 2014. Two winners and one finalist were selected from Flagstaff…

News from ASU

Five Sun Devil grads named as 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: https://asunews.asu.edu/20131203-rodel-exemplary-teachers
The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has announced that 11 outstanding Arizona educators have been named 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers, including seven educators in the Valley – five of whom are Sun Devil graduates.

In an article posted to AZCentral on Nov. 29, reporter Cathryn Creno profiles recipient Tiffany Thompson, a 2009 graduate of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University…

Meet the 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona is proud to announce that 11 outstanding Arizona educators have been named 2014 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…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

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…

News-AZ Republic

Mesa teacher Tiffany Thompson among 7 Rodel Exemplary Teachers

By Cathryn Creno, Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/20131129mesa-teacher-among-rodel-exemplary-teachers-prog.html
Marriam Motamedi and student teacher Tiffany Thompson knew almost instantly that they were a great match when the Rodel Foundation of Arizona mentoring program paired them six years ago. They share a passion for helping children from low-income homes learn to love school, books and learning…

News-AZ Republic

7 Valley teachers earn Rodel Exemplary Teacher honors

Arizona Republic: http://archive.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/20131127phoenix-rodel-exemplary-teacher-winners-prog.html
Seven teachers in Maricopa County and 11 statewide were named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher. The Scottsdale-based Rodel Foundation of Arizona annually selects outstanding teachers from around Arizona to mentor new teachers. The winning teachers receive $5,000 and agree to mentor about six student-teachers over the next three years…

News from the Arizona Daily Star

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…

Rodel Announces 2014 Exemplary Teacher Finalists

The Rodel Foundation of Arizona has announced 22 finalists for the 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award. These teachers, representing the best of Arizona, were selected for their outstanding student achievement in high-need schools, effective classroom practices, and their potential to be outstanding mentors to future teachers. The finalists are: Name Grade District School Name City…

News from the Arizona Daily Sun

Local teachers nominated for Rodel Award

Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/news/local/education/local-teachers-nominated-for-rodel-award/article_d0a835f2-4db8-11e3-b882-0019bb2963f4.html
Three Flagstaff teachers are in the running for a prestigious award.

Mount Elden Middle School science teacher Chris Hull, Sinagua Middle School science teacher Jillian Worssam and Sinagua Middle School social studies teacher Veronica Villegas were all named as finalists for the 2014 Rodel Exemplary Teacher Award…