Volume 43, Number 7, November 24, 2014

Bowman honored as Teacher of the Year; Taylor receives AALL award; 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher finalists; 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal finalist; Sharing Down Syndrome awards Principal of the Year; Metropolitan Youth Symphony names new director; Masonic teacher awards; November Employees of the Month; NAU informational session; Wilkes University offerings; Native American Heritage Month; Send in your news

Westwood High's John-David Bowman is Teacher of the Year

John-David Bowman, an eight-year teacher at Westwood High School, was named the 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Bowman teaches International Baccalaureate theory of knowledge, IB history of the Americas and AP U.S. history. 

Bowman's prizes include a $15,000 cash award, a full scholarship toward an advanced degree at Argosy University/Phoenix, more than $6,000 in equipment and training from SMART Technologies, ULC, and a trip to International Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. This spring he will visit the White House, have the opportunity to meet President Obama and compete for National Teacher of the Year. Watch his interview.

patricia taylor

Taylor wins Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning award

Patricia Taylor displays her Lifelong Learning Advocate Award after the AALL Awards Conference in Phoenix.

Patricia Taylor, coordinator and lead instructor for Mesa's Adult Education GED Program, was recognized by the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learners for her service and support of this growing program.

Taylor was nominated by Christine Niven, adult education specialist, for "her dedication to her students and making sure that they are advancing toward their goal of obtaining their GED." 

District educators named Rodel Exemplary Teacher finalists

Cassandra Woods, sixth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary, and Rosanne Carlson, third-grade teacher at Porter Elementary, are 2015 Rodel Exemplary Teacher finalists. This initiative is based on exceptional teaching skills, extraordinary student achievement at high-need schools, the ability to supervise and mentor promising student teachers, principal recommendations, and Rodel interviews and observations.

Already winners in our book, Woods and Carlson will learn if they are awardees at the end of November.

Summit Academy principal named Rodel semifinalist

Congratulations to Mark Andrews, principal at Summit Academy, semifinalist for the 2015 Rodel Exemplary Principal recognition. Andrews was selected based upon his expectations of excellence, leadership and ability to promote high achievement at his school. Rodel Exemplary Principals will be named in January.

suzi rollinsSharing Down Syndrome Arizona recognizes Suzi Rollins

Suzi Rollins, principal at Highland Arts Elementary, was named Principal of the Year by Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona. Based on a glowing nomination from Highland parents, the committee selected Rollins for her leadership, compassion and professionalism. She received her award at the 15th annual Sharing Down Syndrome Walk. Congratulations to one of Mesa’s best!

Metropolitan Youth Symphony welcomes new musical director

Karalee Hagen, director of orchestras at Mesa High, has been named the new musical director for MYS. An accomplished music educator, Hagen has led school orchestras and taught strings for more than 25 years. She is looking forward to this MYS season, which will feature two new ensembles: a symphonic winds orchestra and an entry-level debut orchestra. See Hagen in action at an upcoming MYS performance.

Twenty-two district teachers receive Masonic honors

Mesa's Masonic Oriental Lodge No. 20 recognized 20 of Mesa Public Schools' finest educators for their dedication to students, and presented two teachers who will retire at the end of this school year with a lifetime teaching award. Honorees and guests were treated to a reception and awards presentation. Read the names and enjoy the video of this year's recipients. 

Julie HansonDistrict recognizes Employees of the Month

Mike Hughes, board president, congratulates Julie Hanson, Employee of the Month. Hanson is the security dispatcher and surveillance clerk at Skyline High School.

On behalf of the Governing Board, November Employees of the Month were honored by Mike Hughes, board president. Read their tributes:

Janie Aimonetti, first-grade teacher, Field Elementary
Julie Hanson, security dispatch/surveillance clerk, Skyline High School

The employment recognition program honors school- and district-based staff members who contribute greatly to the quality of MPS. They make a remarkable difference in the lives of students and staff. Nominate someone where you work. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online.

Informational session for NAU programs

Find out more information about NAU Extended Campuses on Monday, Nov. 24, at the Mountain View High School mini auditorium. Graduate and doctoral programs are available online or locally. Learn more.

Wilkes Educational Offerings

Wilkes University in Mesa offers undergraduate, MBA and Education Master's and Doctorate programs. Please visit the MPS Professional Development page for more information.

Native American Heritage Month

Help celebrate cultural diversity in your classroom with activities and lessons that focus on history, lifestyles and traditions of Native Americans. Visit the Native American Education Program (NAEP) website for more tools. 

We want your news!

Communications and Marketing welcomes your photos and stories about school and department achievements, activities and events for the MPS Facebook/Twitter page. Send emails to Courtney Mollineaux, community relations specialist, at clmollineux@mpsaz.org. Questions? Please call 480-472-7224.


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