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Kyrene Values Educators Awards Q1

Posted September 2023


Recognizing excellence in Kyrene is a long-standing tradition that has celebrated educators for seven years. Since the inception of the Kyrene Values Awards, over 700 employees have been honored.

This school year, we asked Team Kyrene to submit peer nominations for the individuals who go above and beyond for our schools, students and staff, rooted in the traits outlined in the Kyrene Key Values: Connection, Collaboration, Compassion, Courage, Curiosity. These shared values define who we are as Kyrene educators and what it takes to meet our responsibilities to students, to each other and to our community. Kyrene Values Educator awardees are recognized quarterly by the Superintendent. Awards will be given out quarterly to 12 recipients who are chosen from the nomination pool by the Kyrene Values Committee. This week, we surprised and celebrated our quarter 1 awardees amongst their students and peers.

Our quarter 1 awardees are:

Amy Violette, Assistant Principal, Kyrene Aprende

Michelle Ang, K-5 Resource Teacher, Kyrene Traditional Academy

Danielle Crain, 1st Grade Teacher, Kyrene de las Brisas

Bailey Isenberg, 5th Grade Teacher, Kyrene de la Estrella

Lindsey Strength, 6th Grade Teacher, Kyrene Aprende

Jamie Van Denburg, 3rd Grade Teacher, Kyrene Monte Vista

Abby Walejko, Kindergarten Teacher, Kyrene Monte Vista

James Dziubczynski, Site Support Technician, Kyrene de la Paloma

Janey McCombs, IA Resource, Kyrene de la Paloma

Gary Olney, Bus Driver, Kyrene Transportation

Adrian Villalpando, IA Resource, Kyrene de las Brisas

Allison Wilson, IA K-5 Intervention, Kyrene de la Sierra

Congratulations to our awardees and to all the individuals who were nominated!

Thank you to our sponsor, CORE Construction for providing each awardee with a $100 Amazon gift card.