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2012 Educator of the Month Recipients

CarlyCarly R. Stoltenberg
Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene School District

Speech Pathologist


Carly has been the speech pathologist at Kyrene Middle School for the past three years. Her colleagues nominated her because of her terrific abilities to make great lessons for students and getting the staff involved in activities for students.  Prior to her current position Carly worked in a special education preschool classroom.  Carly is involved in many KMS and Kyrene District programs.  This list includes the Autism Training Team, KMS Scorpion Cheer Squad coach, Student Council Advisor, and member of the Kyrene School District Professional Growth Committee.  Carly also serves as the mentor for all new speech pathologists in her district. 


ColleenColleen Rohan
Kyrene Middle School
Kyrene School District

6th Grade Resource

Ms Rohan is a very inspirational and creative teacher, she specializes in helping her students become successful learners.  Her nominators said " Colleen embraces challenges and turns them into successes."  Colleen has worked with special needs children for the past 15 years.  She began her illustrious teaching career in the city of Chicago.  At Kyrene Middle School she is the Mentor for special education teachers. 

GloriaGloria Grant
Tsaile Elementary School
Chinle Unified School District


Gloria  has been in education for nearly 25 years. Her experience and first love was being an Art teacher at the secondary level. She started the Fine Arts and Academic Showcase for Chinle School District .The "showcase" is now in its 19th year. Ms. Grant's experiences have shown her maintaining ones language and culture is key in helping young people believe in self worth and developing positive self-esteem. Gloria was very instrumental in leading the development and production for the award winning Chinle Curriculum Center's cultural research in Navajo language and culture integration. The production center is the only center existing today that continues to produce one of kind and state of art culturally relevant curricula. Ms. Grant has served on various education boards and most recently on the Executive Board of the National Indian Education Association. She was appointed by four past Navajo Nation President's to serve on the Navajo Nation Women's Commission. She is currently the Tsaile Elementary School Principal where for the past three years she has lead a very pro-active team to the status of a Performing Plus School!


Lori HLori Heilner
Santan Junior High
Chandler Unified School District

8th Grade Science


Lori was nominated by a colleague, who states "Mrs. Heilner is extremely dependable when it comes to planning activities for not only her own classroom, but for the other classrooms as well. Our students appreciate all of the hands-on activities that she plans and we can always count on her to get the supplies necessary for our labs.  Her students like her funny and caring nature.  She is not afraid to be goofy as long as it means that her students are learning.  Lori helps keep our department running smoothly and the kids enjoy having her as their teacher.  Lori Heilner would be a great teacher of the month."  Lori is the academic lead for the 8th grade science department, and is responsible for implementing new state mandated science standards.


TimTimothy Gooding, Ed.D.
Phoenix Preparatory Academy
Phoenix Elem. School District


Dr. Gooding  currently is one of four counselors at the Phoenix Preparatory Academy.  His focus and responsibilities are with the A.C.E. (Alternative Center of Education) program.  Dr. Gooding has been a counselor with the district for ten years, this is his 2nd year in the A.C.E. program.  The programs offers a dynamic non-traditional alternative program for seventh and eighth grade students.  The program provides students who are at-risk in one or more of the following: Over aged, being suspended, behavioral issues, poor academic standing, involved with juvenile court system, pregnant and/or parenting. Tim's commitment to improving the quality of services for students, parents, staff and the community has earned him numerous awards and citations, as well as a demand for his speaking abilities and participation in numerous programs including the Midtown Optimist Club, and the AZ Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission as one of the three public members. With his proactive, inspirational and motivational styles he has had a profound positive impact on the lives he touches.

Lisa CrutchfieldLisa
Copper Ridge School
Scottsdale Unified School District

ESL Resource

Lisa Crutchfield has taught in the Scottsdale Unified School District since 1985. She has taught at Cocopah, Anasazi, Zuni, and Copper Ridge elementary schools. Her experience has covered all grades from first through fifth, although many years were in second grade. She is currently the ESL resource teacher at Copper Ridge. With Lisa's experience she continues to  find it a "wonderful opportunity" to be able to help students learn. She was nominated for Educator of the Month by a former educator, who had previously taught with Lisa.  "Teaching non-English speakers to speak, read, and write in English has been extremely rewarding."



MelissaMelissa Allen
Capitol School
Phoenix Elem. School District

Math Coach


Melissa is in her 19th year with the Phoenix Elementary School District. This is her second school year with Capitol School, coming from Bethune School previously.  Because of her popularity with fellow educator, staff, administrators, students, and parents we received several nominations for MS Allen.  She has previously served as both a Resource teacher, and an intermediate classroom teacher.  Melissa becomes involved in helping students and schools.  By example she is on the Capitol School Site Council, Social Committee, as well as the Leadership Team.  Additionally she works on numerous projects on the district level.  She is on the Phoenix Elementary School District Marketing Committee.  With her innovative methods, and great attitude Melissa is changing numerous lives for the better.  Keep up the great work Melissa! 

Heather PalumboHeather
John F. Long Elementary School
Cartwright School District

Second Grade

Heather Palumbo is a second grade teacher at John F. Long Elementary School in the Cartwright School District.  Heather is a dedicated teacher who spends countless hours preparing for each days lessons.  Her nominator states, "She goes above and beyond for her students trying to make learning as accessible as possible."  Her students love coming to school and look forward to seeing Mrs. Palumbo everyday.  Heather also teaches an intervention program for students who are not at grade level in reading.  She spends countless hours at school and home trying to provide the best possible environment for the students in her classroom.  In additional to her regular classroom activities, Heather also teaches dance to students ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school.  Heather is a dedicated professional who touches many lives daily.

WesWesley Delbridge (RD)
Chandler Unified School District

Food and Nutrition Supervisor

Wesley Delbridge is the Food and Nutrition Supervisor of the Chandler Unified School District.  They currently serve over 30,000 students.  Wes is responsible for supervising over 200 employees at 34 different sites.  He is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and has been with the Chandler Unified District since 2003.  He creates the menu for district and makes sure that it is not only healthy, but is also tasty.  He is involved in Nutrition Education, Human Resource Management, and Budgeting.  He also creates special diet menus for students with special dietary needs.  Additionally he is adjunct faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where he has taught food science for the past two and a half years.

Kim Young
Cartwright School District

Transportation Supervisor

Kim has been with the Cartwright School District for over twenty years.  She is currently the Transportation Coordinator where she keep the buses running smoothly and on schedule throughout the district. Kim has spent much of her career with Cartwright transporting special needs student.  She has found great satisfaction working with the students very much.  With her increase responsibility as the Coordinator for the last six years, Kim still drives occasionally as needed.  Her upbeat attitude and kind spirit are appreciated by the many drivers she works with on a daily basis.


Laura LymanLaura
Ishikawa Elementary School
Mesa Public Schools

Third Grade

Though the most challenging students are often placed in her classroom, third-grade teacher Laura Lyman helps all of her students progress beyond expectations at Ishikawa Elementary School in Mesa  A maser of differentiated instruction, Mrs. Lyman expertly adapts to the individual needs of each student and uses visuals, costumes, voices and drawings to engage and actively involve her students.  Their test scores are consistently high, with nearly all mastering the state's math and reading standards.  Mrs. Lyman became a certified reading specialist to provide her students with the most effective reading instruction possible.  She leads the school's third-grade team and is the primary lead teacher for the reading design team, a group of in-school experts on reading acquisition.  As a culminating activity for a reading lesson on the International Summer Olympics, Mrs. Lyman's students hold an outdoor event call the Third-Grade Olympics.  Just one more way that this outstanding educator is helping to turn children into champions.

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