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  • Superintendent's Message

    May 9, 2022 


    Dear Kyrene Community,

    With only nine days left of school, I want to congratulate every student, staff member, parent, guardian, and community member for finishing this year strong. The saying “it takes a village” is true. Our students succeed in and out of the classroom because everyone in the Kyrene village always puts kids first. I am humbled every day by this amazing District.

    As a reminder, the last day of school is Thursday, May 19. Summer break runs May 20 through July 27. The first day of the new school year is Thursday, July 28.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week

    Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and what a week it was! I had the honor of going to each Kyrene campus to deliver Kyrene Values Staff awards, and during my visits I saw displays of love and support pouring in from the communities surrounding our schools. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the businesses, community organizations, and PTO/PTA members for organizing events to recognize our exceptional educators. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out how our students thanked our educators in this very sweet video

    Excellence in Education Honorees

    Seven Kyrene teachers and staff from around the District were honored at the 33rd annual Tempe Diablos Excellence in Education award ceremony. Please join me in congratulating the following individuals on this prestigious recognition!

    Teacher of the Year Tiffani Montelione of Kyrene Digital Academy

    Inspiration Award Laurel Gwilliam of Kyrene del Cielo

    High Impact Award Daniel Jordan of Kyrene Altadeña

    Leadership Award Kelly Kimbrell of Kyrene District Office

    Rising Star Award Taylor Kindt of Kyrene del Milenio

    Lifetime Achievement Award Scott Shelberg of Kyrene de la Sierra/Estrella

    Class Act Award Sandy Theobald of Kyrene Traditional Academy


    Spotlight on Superintendent Councils

    In the spirit of “it takes a village,” this month’s Superintendent Spotlight video shines the light on our council groups and business alliance members. I greatly appreciate their support. Stakeholder feedback is an important factor in the Kyrene success story.

    All of the monthly Spotlight videos can be found in the Superintendent section of the Kyrene website. 


  • Celebrating the Written Word

    I recently had the honor of helping the Governing Board and community celebrate student poets as part of the Kyrene Poetry Contest. For the first time in three years, students were invited to the District Office to be formally recognized. The 27 winners represented each grade level (K-8) from around Kyrene. Winners received a certificate and the 2022 poetry anthology at the celebration.


    Celebrating Kyrene Traditional Academy

    Thank you to all the current and former students, families, staff, and community members who helped celebrate two very special milestones for Kyrene Traditional Academy. The school recently marked 35 years since opening as Kyrene del Sureño and 10 years since the school’s transition to Kyrene Traditional Academy. The school staff and community commemorated the milestones with a fun-filled evening of engaging activities, performances, and speeches.

  • I hope these last few days of the 2021-22 school year are filled with fun, excitement, and reflection. Everyone on Team Kyrene has so much to be proud of!



    Laura Toenjes

Last Modified on June 2, 2022