School Spotlight – Ambassador Teachers and Veterinary Safari

Arizona Teachers Selected to Meet With U.S. Education Secretary

The VIVA Project, a national organization that helps to provide teachers a voice in education policy decisions, selected Charlene Mendoza, Arizona College Prep Academy leader, and Melodee Olson, Adams Traditional Academy teacher, to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Saturday in Washington D.C. Charlene and Melodee are part of a focus group of teachers from around the country tasked with helping the U.S. Department of Education shape future policy decisions and program directions. Congratulations Charlene and Melodee! It’s a great honor to have Arizona charter schools represented on a national level.

Charter Students Learn Career Skills in Africa

The Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center broke international ground this year by sponsoring a Veterinary Science African Safari.  Eleven students, two chaperones and five adults traveled to South Africa this summer for a 10-day life-changing experience. Students witnessed wildlife conservation and ecology on a global basis by “hands-on” experience with native and endangered species. They worked with two South African veterinarians through lectures and actual animal procedures on cheetahs, wildebeest and rhinos. Students were selected based on essays they submitted. Watch a video of the students’ experiences here.


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