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  • Our Amazing KEA Colleagues
    Read about the amazing things our KEA colleagues do in the classroom and beyond!
    Have more great news about our KEA colleagues? 
    Contact KEA Communications co-chairs Kara Cederdahl (Paloma) or Liz Valentine (Estrella) to add to this page!
    Congratulations to Ellen Pope, Visual Arts Teacher at Waggoner Elementary, for receiving a School Arts Grant from the City of Tempe.  The grant was awarded to expand and enhance the services already provided by arts curriculum, programs, and clubs.  Ellen's proposed project titled 'A Character Counts Mosaic' will be an art project that impacts 562 students, plus the staff and community of Waggoner.  The 48'x3' mosaic will illustrate the ongoing school-wide 'no place for hate' project.  
    Congratulations to Sierra teacher Debra Prather! She is the Teacher of the Month in Foothills Living Magazine! 
    Read article HERE
    Kinora Hernandez to be recognized by California Casualty and the NEA Foundation at 2018 Washington DC Awards Gala

    Press Release:  Kinora Hernandez, structured English immersion coach at Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School in Tempe, Arizona, is one of 38 public educators receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Ms. Hernandez was presented with a $650 check and flowers during a surprise faculty meeting at Kyrene de las Manitas from California Casualty Account Relations Manager Jill Strandquist.

    Ms. Hernandez will also be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala to be held in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018.

    Kinora Hernandez

    In addition, Kinora received the Christa McAuliffe "I Touch the Future, I Teach" award.  Congratulations, Kinora!

    Click on the image below to read the full AEA article on Kinora's award.

    Kinora Hernandez

    Congratulations to Cindy Eger, KEA member at Cerritos, for successfully completing her National Board Recertification!


    Maria Plata Receives the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence 

    Maria Plata, Dual Language teacher at Kyrene Del Norte Elementary School, was recently named one of 43 public school educators who received the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence- one of the nation's most prestigious honors for public educators.  In addition, Maria is one of the Top 5 Candidates for Arizona Teacher of the Year.  Congratulations!
      KEA Member Maria Plata
    Denise Johnson and Kelley Brunner Honored as Educational Mentors in the Ahwatukee Community
    Congratulations to Sierra teacher Denise Johnson and Colina principal Kelley Brunner! Both were honored by the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce for their work as Educational Mentors in the Ahwatukee Community. We are proud of these amazing KEA members!
    KEA Educational Mentors 2015   


Last Modified on April 29, 2020