The Arizona Charter Schools Association is pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 Annual Conference Awards. The teacher, leader and school awards highlight some of the best of what Arizona’s charter movement has to offer. The Association announced the winners today at the 2012 Arizona Charter Schools Association Annual Conference in Chandler.
School of the Year — Phoenix Collegiate Academy, 5610 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix, serves 300 students in grades 5-9. The Academy prepares students to succeed in college and be leaders in our community, while focusing on academics and character development. The school has mandatory enrichment programs including the arts, music, and dance which students participate in for free, and a variety of voluntary activities such as book clubs and mentorship programs with ASU Barrett Honors College.
Finalists: Northland Preparatory Academy, 3300 E. Sparrow Ave. in Flagstaff, and Dobson Academy, 2207 N. Dobson Road in Chandler.
Leader of the Year — Keri Milliken is the principal at Tri-City College Prep, 5522 Side Road in Prescott. Milliken leads by example. Her positive attitude and behavior sets the school’s tone. Staff is invested in the school because Milliken promotes a team environment and works collaboratively with the teachers to identify and assist struggling students.
Finalists: Megan Henry, Arizona Virtual Academy, and Jacquelyn Power, Akimel O’Otham Pee Posh, 3652 Blackwater School Rd. in Coolidge.
Teacher of the Year — Sheri Jordan is a teacher at BASIS Flagstaff, 1700 North Gemini Drive in Flagstaff. Jordan is a multi-talented individual with over 20 years of experience in research and teaching in neurobiology and human physiology before earning her Arizona teaching certificate. Jordan is not only a talented teacher, but she is also dedicated to the school and volunteers for lunch supervision, study hall, and parking lot duty. One of her students this year remarked, “Ms. Jordan makes the material so interesting that you don’t even realize you are learning.”
Finalists: Susana Clapham, San Tan Learning Center, 1475 South Higley Road in Gilbert, and Bonnie Winters, Tri-City College Prep High School, 5522 Side Road in Prescott.
Top 10 Teachers: Adrienne Fluitt, BASIS Oro Valley; Telleny Gilliam, Sun Valley High School; Rachel Hunt, Self Development Charter School; Tatiana Kolesikova, BASIS Tucson North; Sandra Simmons, Akimel O’Otham Pee Posh Charter; Lynne Ullrich, San Tan Learning Center; Angelica Vega, Vista Grove Preparatory Academy.
The 2012 Arizona Charter Schools Annual Conference on Nov. 1-2 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler is the largest gathering of charter educators in the state. The Conference is expected to have 850 district and charter educators, and includes over 65 sessions focused on academic achievement. For more information about Conference, please visit: azchartersconference.com.