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Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Mango-Paget, would like to congratulate and announce the 2023 Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year nominees.
2023 Teacher of the Year Nominees Announced
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, Cheryl Mango-Paget, would like to congratulate and announce the 2023 Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year nominees.
Nominees will complete an application along with letters of support which are reviewed by a panel of judges comprised of educators, business, and community leaders. Judges will determine the top candidates to be interviewed in February 2023. After the interviews, the judges will choose the three finalists for each category.
Finalists will be announced by March 1, 2023, and the winners will be announced at our 10th annual celebratory event on April 20, 2023.
Teacher of the Year Nominee School
Kathleen Malkhassian Thomas Elementary (FUSD)
Lisa Barnard Sinagua Middle School (FUSD)
Emily Fisher Marshall Elementary (FUSD)
Jennifer Haremza Montessori School of Flagstaff
Jessie O’Keefe Coconino High School (FUSD)
Paul Gallagher Northland Prep
Emma Ricciardi DeMiguel Elementary (FUSD)
Kate Haynes Knoles Elementary (FUSD)
Allison Mitkowski Williams High School (WUSD)
Michelle Weidinger DeMiguel Elementary (FUSD)
Elaine Layman DeMiguel Elementary (FUSD)
Josh Adams Tse’Yaato’ High School (CCRASD)
Keri Guggisberg Williams Elem/MS (WUSD)
Lauren Bradshaw Puente de Hozho (FUSD)
Victoria Tomas Puente de Hozho (FUSD)
Mandy Wilson Flagstaff Christian School
Jessica Donnelly Kinsey Elementary (FUSD)
Matt Clark Flagstaff Junior Academy
Roman Sanchez Heritage Elementary School
Rookie Teacher of the Year Nominee School
Kellen Brandel Flagstaff High School (FUSD)
Meghan Mears Marshall Elementary (FUSD)
Josie Teegardin MEMS (FUSD)
Crystal Busath Kinsey Elementary (FUSD)
Angelica Quezada Puente de Hozho (FUSD)
Fernanda Robles Puente de Hozho (FUSD)
Ariana Ayup Puente de Hozho (FUSD)
Tessa Cruse Kinsey Elementary (FUSD)
Coconino County Teacher of the Year and Coconino County Rookie Teacher of the Year is funded solely by sponsors. Findlay Toyota provides a vehicle with a 1-year lease to the Coconino County Teacher of the Year winner. Winners and finalists receive cash and prizes due to the generosity of our sponsors.
We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us to celebrate great educators in our community. Thank you, Aspen Deli, Bearizona, CAVIAT, Doubletree by Hilton, Findlay Toyota, FlagTagAZ, Frederick Fisher Jewelers, Grand Canyon Deer Farm, HomCo, Joy Cone, KCS (Kinney Construction Services), NARBHA, NAU College of Education, Nestle Purina, North Country HealthCare, Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance, STEM City, Sunrise Lions Club, Toasted Owl Café, United Way of Northern Arizona, Warner’s Nursery, Wells Fargo, and West USA Realty Flagstaff.
The County Superintendent’s Office is continuing to secure sponsorships for our 2023 event. To learn more about becoming a sponsor contact Michelle Despain at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 928-679-8070.