Glendale Union High School District
GUHSD to hold job fair for teachers
The Glendale Union High School District (GUHSD) is hiring for the 2022–23 school year.
Job seekers are invited to become part of a top-performing high school district in the Metro-Phoenix area. The Teacher Job Fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., in the Greenway High School Media Center, located at 3930 W. Greenway Rd. Phoenix.
The district says that it is committed to hiring exceptional teachers and providing the necessary resources to enable them to achieve success and satisfaction while fulfilling the mission of the district. GUHSD offers a nationally recognized teacher-mentoring program, extensive professional development opportunities, competitive teacher salaries, generous benefits package and more.
The GUHSD Human Resources Department will be on-site to conduct interviews at the event. Contact Ester Evans by calling 623-435-6017 to schedule an interview. For additional information, visit www.guhsdaz.org.
Teachers earn National Board Certification
Five GUHSD teachers recently became Arizona National Board Certified Teachers: Billie Lamkin of Cortez High School, Haley Rubio of Independence High School, Jennifer Ziance of Thunderbird High School, and Maggie Mott and Wendy Ramos of Washington High School.
National Board Certification is the highest certificate an educator can earn in the U.S. Administered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certification is a rigorous process that requires teachers to display the National Board Standards in their practice.
(Photos courtesy of Glendale Union High School District.)
Sunnyslope student named Flinn Scholar finalist
Ezri Tyler, who attends Sunnyslope High School, has been named a Flinn Scholarship finalist. The scholarship is valued at more than $120,000 and can be used at any in-state university. Other benefits of the Flinn Scholarship include funding for one study-abroad experience, personal mentoring from top faculty and much more.
Thunderbird students show artwork at Shemer
Shemer Art Center’s New Horizons High School Student Art Exhibition features selected work from students at 28 Valley high schools, and two Thunderbird High School students are included.
Work from Thunderbird students Iyerlie Feist ad Sam Watson is included in Shemer’s exhibit, which runs through Feb. 18. The exhibition is open during normal art center hours.
Shemer Art Center is located at 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. Call 602-262-4727 or visit www.shemerartcenter.org for more information.
Thunderbird student makes All-State Jazz Band
Thunderbird High School student Spencer Huttenmeyer auditioned for this year’s All-State Jazz Band, and was named second for best jazz bass player in the state. Only two bass players in the state are selected.
Madison Elementary School District
Five teachers receive national certification
Madison Elementary School District recently recognized its most recently named National Board-Certified teachers with a “Balloon Day.”
National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. To obtain certification, a teacher must present evidence of a specific set of skills, knowledge, and dispositions through seven standards and five core propositions of teaching.
In January, Madison honored five teachers who achieved the recognition:
Jamie Allen, Madison No. 1 Middle School; Bridget Brown, Madison Rose Lane; Elementary; Kyra Emmerich, Madison Camelview Elementary; and Nancy Magnusson and Tiffani Vanore, Madison Simis Elementary.
Five Madison schools named ‘Best’
When U.S. News and World Report published the rankings and data on more than 80,000 public elementary and middle schools across the United States for the first time in 2022, five Madison Elementary School District schools were on the list.
The methodology for the brand-new rankings focuses on two areas: math and reading proficiency, or how well students perform on state assessments, and math and reading performance, or how well they perform compared to expectations.
Five Madison schools were ranked as U.S. News Best Elementary Schools and U.S. News Best Middle Schools in Arizona, including Madison Heights Elementary, Madison No. 1 Middle School, Madison Meadows Middle School, Madison Simis Elementary and Madison Traditional Academy.
Learn more at www.madisonaz.org.
Camelview teacher receives MVP award
Elaine Glassman, a kindergarten teacher at Madison Camelview Elementary, was a recipient of the Cardinals MVP in the Classroom Award.
The MVP in the Classroom sweepstakes is presented by Arizona Cardinals and the University of Phoenix and recognizes outstanding teachers in Arizona. Three educators are selected at a home Arizona Cardinals game and receive an Arizona Cardinals jersey, four game tickets with parking, and $500 towards classroom supplies.
Osborn Elementary School District
Preschool program expands opportunities
The Osborn School District Preschool Program has expanded this year with a new learning opportunity for families in the Valley.
Currently, there are three Dual Language Preschools (English/Spanish) at Encanto Elementary, Longview Elementary and Solano Elementary, serving students who are four years old in a kindergarten readiness program. This program uses current, relevant and engaging curriculum to support student learning as they prepare for kindergarten in academic and social-emotional content. Instruction is done in both languages with half of the day in English and the other half in Spanish.
New this year is a Montessori Program at Montecito Community School. The Primary Montessori program begins with students age 3 and follows a unique learning continuum to grade six. Montessori learning focuses on individual learning and promotes critical thinking and independence through freedom of choice in a structured learning environment. The learning environment is specifically prepared in an effort to encourage children for further self-discovery, develop an increased love of learning and to trust in their own ability to learn.
All preschool programs in the Osborn School District offer a full day learning opportunity, breakfast and lunch and two highly trained teachers in the classroom. Enrollment for both the Dual Language Preschool Program and the Montessori Program are now being accepted for this year and enrollment for next year opens in February. For further information, families may call 602-707-2500 or email email@example.com.
Learn more about these programs at www.osbornnet.org.
Washington Elementary School District
Teacher scores with Touchdowns for Teachers
Tara Gleash is one of the 98 teachers who scored a $500 grant through the Salt River Project and Cardinals Charities’ Touchdowns for Teachers program.
For every touchdown the Cardinals scored this past season, two teachers were awarded a grant. In total, the Cardinals scored 49 touchdowns, earning $49,000 in grants.
Gleash is a kindergarten teacher at Lookout Mountain Elementary, which is part of the Washington Elementary School District. The district says that Gleash, a self-proclaimed die-hard Cardinals fan, plans to use the grant for science projects and books for her classroom library.
Private And Charter Schools
Black History Festival returns to Brophy
The public is invited to attend Brophy College Preparatory’s Black History Festival, slated for Saturday, Feb. 12, from noon to 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Brophy Black Family Alliance in partnership with Archwood Exchange, the free festival will celebrate Black history, culture, food and more. The afternoon will include performances by choirs from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Tanner AME Church, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, food and a wide variety of arts and crafts.
The festival was first hosted at Brophy in February 2020 with the intent of making it an annual event. Although the pandemic canceled last year’s festival, the Alliance says it is excited to bring it back to campus and looks forward to welcoming the greater community to the celebration.
Brophy College Preparatory is located at 4701 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. For additional information, contact Brophy’s director of equity and inclusion, Deena Sellers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix Christian player named to regional team
Phoenix Christian Preparatory School varsity basketball player Lucas Ceton was named to the 2nd All Region Team this year.
Lucas, a junior, is a multi-sport talented athlete, a bright, academically minded student and has a very good reputation amongst the faculty and staff along with his peers, according to the school. He hopes to attend GCU after he graduates from Phoenix Christian and pursue a career in business.
The Phoenix Christian varsity basketball team has a season record so far of 10-3 and has hopes of making it to the playoffs.
Bopp to become Brophy principal in 2023
Brophy College Preparatory announced that Jim Bopp will assume the role of principal from Bob Ryan on July 1, 2023, when Ryan will become Brophy’s 12th president, succeeding Adria Renke.
“It is a joy and a thrill to return to Brophy,” said Bopp. “I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to working with Adria, Bob and the faculty and staff to ensure a successful transition of leadership.”
A principal at Creighton Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in Omaha, Nebraska, since July 2016, Bopp previously spent 11 years at Brophy in various positions, including as a member of the science faculty teaching AP Physics, as dean of students and as assistant principal for technology. Bopp will remain at Creighton through the remainder of the school year, joining Brophy in fall 2022 as an assistant principal.
“Jim is well-known to Brophy as a brilliant teacher and is also widely regarded as one of the most talented educators and administrators in the Jesuit Schools Network,” said Ryan. “Creighton Preparatory has flourished under Jim’s leadership these past six years, where he designed and implemented a technology and innovation center; strengthened the academic curriculum and teacher formation process; overhauled student support services; and initiated a number of programs to expand equity and inclusion. We are extremely fortunate to have Jim as Brophy College Preparatory’s next principal and are excited to welcome him and his family back to Phoenix.”
Ryan has been a member of the faculty at Brophy since 2000 and has been principal since 2006. In December 2021, the board of trustees announced its leadership succession plan, naming Ryan to succeed Renke upon her retirement on June 30, 2023.
Athletic director inducted into National Hall of Fame
Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, Xavier College Preparatory’s vice principal for Activities and Athletic director, was inducted into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame Dec. 14, 2021. The installation took place at its recent annual conference in Denver, Colo.
The NIAAA is an accredited and the preeminent educational institution supporting athletic administrators to provide quality athletic participation opportunities for students.
“I wouldn’t be here without the support of Xavier’s president, administration, athletic staff and coaches, parents and the wonderful students,” Sister Lynn shared. “This award is both humbling and thrilling, and I am most fortunate to work in a field where I can advance high school athletics and activities — especially in the area of girls sports.”
The Hall of Fame award was a complete surprise to Sister Lynn. The Hall of Fame is reserved for retired Athletic Directors. The NIAAA made an exception for Sister Lynn, who has no intention of retiring anytime soon. In addition, it is the first time a Hall of Fame award is given to a religious sister.
Winsor, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was joined at the event by six sisters from her convent in Phoenix and three BVM sisters from the Midwest. Twenty-five alumnae from Xavier who live in the Denver area also attended a reception in her honor.
For the last 45 years, Sister Lynn has served as Xavier’s Athletic director. She has brought national recognition to its many sports programs, as well as attracted millions in athletic scholarship opportunities for Xavier’s student-athletes.