Volume 43, No.12, April 6, 2015

Apply for instruction support jobs; Welcome new administrators; Awards and recognition; Employees of the Month

Apply for instruction support jobs

Please Note: These are anticipated openings and they may change.

Teachers on non-exclusionary contracts are eligible. To be considered, you must apply no later than April 12. Click here to access the online application.
Under the Internal Applicants section, click on ‘View internal positions' for position information, complete job description, and the on-line application.

‚óŹ CTE STEM Specialist (district-based position)

Welcome new MPS administrators

The school board and superintendency announced nine elementary administrative appointments at the March 31 board meeting. Principals will assume their new roles in July. Please welcome:

  • Lisa Cannon, Falcon Hill
  • Brian Hay, Keller
  • Jennifer Lamanna, Sousa
  • Kent Ashton, Robson
  • Monica Torres, Longfellow
  • Sarah Collins, Red Mountain Ranch 
  • Josh Henderson, Lincoln
  • David Shill, Ishikawa
  • Shelley Heath, Wilson 

Click here to read the full announcement.

Awards and Recognition

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Westwood teacher, Brian Buck, has been named the Mesa Chamber of Commerce 2015 Teacher of the Year. Buck was nominated for his mentoring, enthusiasm for teaching and dedication to students. 


Mesa Chamber of Commerce has selected Amber Miles, Skyline senior, to receive the 2015 Student Spotlight on Leadership Award. Miles will attend Arizona State University Barrett Honors College, and aspires to join the Peace Corps and the movement for education equality in the Middle East.


Brad Breuer, second-grade teacher at Guerrero Elementary, was announced as the Best of Mesa 2015 Elementary School Teacher. "I'm a people person," he said. "One of the things I love is just the interaction I get to have with the students." Congratulations to the second- and third-place winners: Tina Kempf, second-grade, Red Mountain Ranch Elementary; and Stephanie Bessie, kindergarten, Entz Elementary.

Christina Sweador, professional development specialist, has been selected by Grand Canyon University as the 2015 Outstanding Education Administration Graduate Student who exemplifies the changing face of educational leadership. Sweador will participate in a panel discussion at the annual Arizona Professors Educational Administration Conference May 1.

Coach CollisonCongratulations to Mountain View wrestling coach Bob Callison for being named azcentral sports' wrestling Coach of the Year! Coach Callison led the Toros to their second state-championship title in a row this year. Click here to read the story.  

Congratulations to the Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies for its 2015 city and state NAL (National Academic League) championship. The team was coached by Joseph Reilly and Michael Spencer. This year's city and state runner-up, Smith Junior High, coached by Wiley Popovich and Susan Bernard, joined the Academy in the national tournament and brought home a victory in the first round.

Taryn ReedFirst-year choral director, Taryn Reed, was honored at the Arizona Music Educators Association conference in February as the Arizona Choral Directors Association New Teacher of the Year. Reed teaches choir at Shepherd Junior and Red Mountain High.

La Vista, Mount View High School’s yearbook, earned national recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association this spring. Editors Sage Wheeler and Katelyn Hulet accepted a Silver Crown award in NYC for the book’s excellence in design, writing and photography. Only 74 books from across the country were recognized.

VOICES 2015 

The results are in for this year's district writing contest. Voices, the annual contest sponsored by Curriculum and Instruction, is open to all Mesa students and staff members. First-place winners from each category will have their writing published in the district writing anthology, Voices 2015. Complete lists of winners can be found on the elementary and secondary writing websites.The awards ceremonies are scheduled for 6 and 7:30 p.m., May 7 in the Franklin at Brimhall Elementary auditorium.

Gary Barkman, MPS buyer, received the prestigious award of Buyer of the Year from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP). Barkman is always available to assist procurement professionals in other schools and city and state agencies. He is currently the president of Mesa Association of Classified Supervisors (MACS), secretary for AzNIGP, and sits on the board of Arizona Association of School Business Officials as director of purchasing programs.

Employees of the Month

mark atwoodJenny Richardson, school board member, honors Employee of the Month Mark Atwood, Whitman groundsman.

The school board and superintendent honored Employees of the Month and presented each a certificate, a tribute and $400 for professional development. March winners:

Employees nominate school- and district-based teachers and support staff who contribute greatly to the quality of MPS and make a difference in the lives of students and staff. Nominate your colleagues



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