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Celebrating the district

Best Communities for Music Education, NAMM Foundation (2019)

Public Health Service Award, Arizona Medical Association and the Arizona Department of Health Services (2019)

Celebrating schools

A Accountability Letter Grades, State Board of Education:  Franklin and Fremont junior high schools; Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies; Summit Academy; and Bush, Franklin at Alma, Franklin at Brimhall, Franklin East, Franklin West, Hale, Hermosa Vista, Highland Arts, Irving, Ishikawa, Johnson, Las Sendas, MacArthur, Patterson, Red Mountain Ranch, Sousa, Wilson and Zaharis elementary schools. (2019)

No. 1 elementary and middle school in Arizona, SchoolDigger: Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (2019)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation America's Healthiest Schools: Adams, Brinton, Bush, Crismon, Edison, Eisenhower Center for Innovation, Emerson, Entz, Falcon Hill, Field, Franklin at Brimhall, Franklin West, Guerrero, Hale, Hermosa Vista, Highland Arts, Holmes, Hughes, Irving, Ishikawa, Jefferson, Johnson, Keller, Kerr, Las Sendas, Lehi, Lincoln, Lindbergh, Longfellow, Lowell, MacArthur, Madison, Mendoza, O'Connor, Patterson, Pomeroy, Porter, Red Mountain Ranch, Redbird, Robson, Roosevelt, Salk, Sirrine, Sousa, Stevenson, Taft, Washington, Webster, Whitman, Whittier, Wilson, Zaharis elementary schools, and Summit Academy. (2019)

PBISAz Achievement Award: Lincoln and Longfellow elementary schools (bronze), Riverview High (silver) and Roosevelt Elementary (merit). (2019)

A+ Schools of Excellence, Arizona Educational Foundation: Brinton, Crismon, Emerson, Field, Irving, Ishikawa, Jefferson, Las Sendas, Lincoln, Mendoza, Pomeroy, Sirrine, Taft, Washington, Whitman and Zaharis elementary schools; Summit Academy; Shepherd, Smith and Stapley junior high schools; and Mountain View, Red Mountain and Westwood high schools. (2016-2019)

National Blue Ribbon Schools, U.S. Department of Education: Franklin Junior High and Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (2018); Entz, Franklin at Brimhall, Franklin East, Franklin West, Johnson, Longfellow, Mendoza, O'Connor, Sirrine and Washington elementary schools; Kino, Poston, Rhodes and Taylor junior high schools; Dobson, Mesa, Mountain View, Red Mountain and Westwood high schools (1982-2017)

Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards, Arizona Department of Education: Rhodes and Shepherd junior high schools, and Red Mountain and Westwood high schools (Schools of Excellence); East Valley Academy; Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies; Carson and Franklin junior high schools; and Dobson, Riverview, Skyline and Superstition high schools (Schools of Distinction); Mendoza Elementary; Fremont, Kino and Taylor junior high schools; and Mountain View High School (Schools of Merit). (2017-18)

AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction: Carson Junior High (2019)

AVID Showcase Schools: Adams, Guerrero, Jefferson and Porter elementary schools (2019-20)

National Academic League State Champion: Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies (2019)

FIRST Robotics World Competition qualifiers: Skyline and Westwood high schools (2019)

Celebrating staff

Katy Gazda, Red Mountain High — Governor's Celebration of Innovation Teacher of the Year (2019)

Taryn Tidwell, Shepherd Junior High — Arizona Educational Foundation Ambassador for Excellence (2019)

Lauren Cluff, Hughes Elementary — Arizona Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year semifinalist (2019)

Katy Gazda, Red Mountain High — University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award (2019)

Tamara Scott, Mountain View High — Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Short Term Program (2019)

Heather Thomas, Carson Junior High — Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils Administrator of the Year (2019)

Karen Fleetwood, purchasing — Arizona Association of School Business Officials William Lovett Award (2019)

Soumalee McNamara, Salk Elementary - 99.9 KEZ Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year Award (2019)

John Trezise, Sirrine Elementary — Exemplary Principal Award, Maricopa County School Superintendent's Office (2019)

Marlo Loria, innovative partnerships — Administrator of the Year, Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association (2019)

Roxanne Karges, Smith Junior High — Junior High Teacher of the Year, Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona  (2019)

Jimmy Wojcik, Westwood High — Superstition District Teacher of the Year, Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association (2019)

Mandy Heal, Hale Elementary — state finalist, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation (2019)

Katy Gazda, Red Mountain High — Outstanding Educator of K-12 Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2019)

Tom Saxon, Westwood High — FRC Arizona Regional Teacher of the Year (2019)

Melanie Edwards, Irving Elementary — Arizona TASH Legacy Award (2019)

Lindsay Decoste, Red Mountain High — New Choral Teacher of the Year, Arizona Choral Educators Association (2019)

Jennifer Randle and John Snyder, music educators — O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award, Arizona Music Educators Association (2019)

Christy Cuddy, Highland Arts Elementary — Outstanding Administrator Award, Arizona Music Educator Association (2019)

Lynsey Montgomery, Johnson Elementary — Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, National Geographic Society (2019)

Yvette Orozco, Human Resources — Support Professional of the Year, Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (2019)

Ken Alexander, Audit Services — Best Practices Award, Arizona Association of School Business Officials (2019)

Erik Von Burg, Gifted & Talented — 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. (2018)

Katie Garza, Westwood High — IB Middle Years Program Teacher of the Year, AZIBS (2018)

Maria Barker, Red Mountain Center for Early Education — Ambassador for Excellence, Arizona Educational Foundation (2018)

Larry Johnson, Shepherd Junior High — Isidore Starr Distinguished Social Studies Teacher Award, Arizona Council for the Social Studies (2018)

Kevin Berlat, Mesa High — Don Crabtree Distinguished Service Award, National Speech & Debate Association (2018)

Brittney Oden, Rhodes Junior High — Middle School Science Teacher of the Year, Arizona Science Teachers Association (2018)

Kimberly Lind, Dobson High — Novice Science Teacher of the Year, Arizona Science Teachers Association (2018)

Alex Macdonald, Edison Elementary — K12 Educational Development STEM Principal of the Month, Grand Canyon University (2018)

Rita Rodriguez, McKinney-Vento — Homeless School Liaison of the Year, Arizona Housing Coalition (2018)

Glen Coy, Mountain View High — Girls Swim Coach of the Year, AIA (2018)

Celebrating students

Broadcom MASTERS First Place Winner: Rylan Gardner, Red Mountain High (2019)

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Gabrielle Hodge, Mesa High; Spencer Knighton and Micaela Merrill, Mountain View High; Heather Jensen, Joshua Schomaker and Ethan Smith, Red Mountain High; Brian Lynch, Skyline High; Gordon He, Westwood High (2020)

Arizona IB Diploma Program Student of the Year: Naomi Sellers, Westwood High (2019)

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career & Technical Education: Adrian Kwiatkowski, Red Mountain High (2019)

Flinn Scholars: Jordan Harb, Mountain View High; Nathaniel Ross, Mesa High; and Liam Wilson, Westwood High (2019)

Under Armour First Team All-America, American Volleyball Coaches Association: Kamaile Hiapo, Skyline High (2019)

Swim & dive state champions: Emma Becker, Mountain View High; Natalie Crisci, Westwood High; Daniel Knapp, Skyline High; and Victoria Knapp, Skyline High (2018, AIA)

Wrestling state champions: Steven Jarman, Mesa High; Bowen Doolen, Mountain View High; Jeremiah Hollen, Mountain View High; Julia Chambers, Skyline High; and Charlie Boyle, Westwood High (2019, AIA)

All-State Music First Chair: Kylie Chung, Dobson High; Jeremy Bergner, Mountain View High; Grace Ortiz, Mountain View High; and Brandon Good, Red Mountain High (2019)