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Posted on: September 23, 2022

2023 Teacher of the Year Nominees Announced

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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.

Congratulations nominees!

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 mdespain@coconino.az.gov or call 928-679-8070. 

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