Talented West Valley educators continue to earn statewide recognition for their achievements at area schools.

In November, Amanda McAdams, a 10th-grade English teacher at Apollo High School in Glendale, was named 2011 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation. And this week, seven principals with West Valley ties were among 14 educators named finalists for the 2011 Rodel Exemplary Principal award. Seven winners will be announced in Sunday’s Arizona Republic by the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona.

The finalists from high-need schools were recognized for their ability to inspire their staffs to contribute to the success and development of a safe, high-achieving campus.

We’re proud to have these selfless educators working to make our schools better in the West Valley:

  • Kathy Davis, principal of Sevilla West in Phoenix, in the Alhambra Elementary School District. She lives in Goodyear.
  • Christine Hollingsworth, principal of Acacia Elementary in Phoenix, in the Washington Elementary School District. She lives in Peoria.
  • Diane Pesch, principal of Discovery in Glendale,  in the Glendale Elementary School District. She lives in Glendale.
  • Carrie Prielipp, principal of Sunset Ridge Elementary in Glendale, in the Pendergast Elementary School District. She lives in Litchfield Park.
  • Carrie Prielipp, principal of Sunset Ridge Elementary in Glendale, in the Pendergast Elementary School District. She lives in Litchfield Park.
  • Lisa Sandomir, principal of M.C. Cash Elementary in Phoenix, in the Laveen Elementary School District. She lives in Phoenix.
  • Randy Watkins, principal of Michael Anderson in Avondale, in the Avondale Elementary School District. He lives in Surprise.
  • Michael Winters, principal of Cheatham Elementary in Laveen, in the Laveen Elementary School District. He lives in Sun City.

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