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Kyrene Values Educators Awards Q2

Posted December 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. Over the past week, we surprised and celebrated our quarter 2 awardees among their students and peers.


Our quarter 2 awardees are:

  1. Matt Brown, Building Manager, Kyrene Aprende Middle School
  2. Lirio Broessel, Instructional Assistant, Kyrene de las Brisas
  3. Megan Noppenberg, 4th Grade Teacher, Kyrene de las Brisas
  4. Sandra Martin, Instructional Assistant, Kyrene de las Brisas
  5. Jen Redshaw, AVID Teacher, Kyrene Centennial Middle School
  6. JoLyn Isais, 2nd Grade Teacher, Kyrene del Cielo
  7. Carla Covarrubias, Operations Analyst Sr., District Office
  8. Tamzyn Whitaker, Native American  Program Coordinator, District Office
  9. Melissa Smith, Integrated Preschool Teacher, Kyrene de la Estrella
  10. Tom De Grauw, Teacher Resource, Kyrene de las Lomas
  11. Dr. Stephanie Leake, Kyrene de la Paloma Arts Integration Academy
  12. Joanna Hamilton, Special Education Resource Teacher, 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.