Douglas educators honored at receptionBy Bruce Whetten
The2012 Douglas Unified School District Outstanding Educator Reception was held last Thursday at the Douglas Visitors Center.
Teachers, support staff, parent volunteers as well as the administrator of the year were all honored.
Three of the educators honored, Priscilla Cordova, a fourth grade teacher at Carlson Elementary; Ana Daniel, a sixth grade teacher at Huber Middle School and Ruth de Boer, a special education teacher at Douglas High School, all competed in the county event the following night in Sierra Vista.
Barbara Williams of Buena High School in Sierra Vista was named the high school teacher of the year for Cochise County and the overall Teacher of the year. She will now compete at the state level.
Other winners Friday were: Special project of the year: “Quarterly Love of Literacy Celebrations,” Cynthia Avery, Andrea Simkins and Crystal Schilling from Village Meadows Elementary School; New Teacher: Zack Port, Valley Union High School; Elementary School: Bessie Mount, Benson Primary School and David Fleming, Lowell Junior High School.
At Thursday’s ceremony in Douglas, DUSD Superintendent Sheila Rogers said all the people at the ceremony have one common goal. “We are all here for the students; the children of the Douglas Unified School District,” she said. “I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you who have made a contribution to the students.”
Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Lopez said this was a very elite group as they are part of a wonderful process of educating the children. “I feel very honored to be, along with Ms. Rogers, to be a part of a wonderful district, a wonderful team,” she said. “Not to say we’re perfect but we strive to be.”
DUSD Board President Mario Ramos said he considered himself fortunate because this is the second time he’s had the opportunity to honor the wonderful teachers, support staff and parent volunteers. “From the bottom of my heart I want you to know how much I appreciate your hard work, the time and effort you put in,” he said.
Those teachers honored Thursday night were: Priscilla Cordova, a fourth grade teacher at Carlson Elementary; Claudia Perez, a third grade teacher at Clawson; Aurielle Jordon, a fifth grade teacher at Faras Elementary; Dora Mendoza, third grade teacher at Sarah Marley; Kristina Arvizu, third grade teacher at Stevenson Elementary; Debbie Thurma, sixth grade teacher at Ray Borane Middle School; Ana Daniel, sixth grade teacher at Huber Middle School and Ruth de Boer, a special education teacher at Douglas High School, all competed in the county event the following night in Sierra Vista.
Support staff honored Thursday were: Delia Dominquez, instructional assistant, Clawson Elementary; Shannon De La Torre, parent liaison, Clawson; Maria Velasco, instructional assistant, Faras; Maria Moreno, secretary, Sarah Marley; Ana Greer, secretary, Stevenson Elementary; Robert Rodriguez, security officer, Ray Borane Middle School; Mary Laborin, instructional assistant, Huber Middle School; Rosalba Trevizu, custodian, Douglas High School.
Parent Volunteers honored Thursday were: Glenda Gorball, Carlson; Alex Boneo, Clawson; Maria Montano, Faras; Ana Perez, Sarah Marley; Anabel Abril, Stevenson; Norma Grijalva, Ray Borane; Veronica Olivares, Huber and Kelly Glenn-Kimbro, Douglas High School.
Beverly Jackson, Director of Food Services, was named the Administrator of the Year.