Arizona Education Association

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26 ADVOCATE | FALL 2017 Scottsdale Education Association Member Attends U.S. Naval Academy Oceanography Training Amphitheater Education Association Member Receives Award Tracey Dodrill, 7th Grade Science Teacher at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale, Ariz., attended the 24th annual session of the distinguished Maury Project Workshop offered by the U.S. Naval Academy. Dodrill was one of 24 teachers hand-selected from around the United States and Canada to attend this specialized training workshop. The selection process was highly competitive. The Maury Project is designed to give science teachers and science supervisors an in-depth study of various oceanographic and meteorological subjects including waves, tides, density and wind-driven oceanographic circulations and ocean-atmosphere interactions. The workshop equips teachers with training and teaching materials that can be used in their classrooms. They will participate in lectures, tutorials, research cruises, hands-on laboratory exercises and field trips. After the 11-day training, participants will serve as United States Naval Academy Project Maury Peer Trainers providing workshops to teachers at the District, State and National levels. This year, the program will host teachers from 17 different states around the country and one from Canada, who is sponsored by the Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Society. The Maury Project incorporates a special AMS/NOAA initiative to promote minority participation in science through teacher enhancement, Smith said. The goal is to train as many teachers as possible who are members of groups underrepresented in the sciences and/or teach significant numbers of pre-college students from underrepresented groups. The Maury Project Workshop is named in honor of Navy Lt. Matthew Fontaine Maury, who lived from 1806 until 1873 and is considered to be the founder of physical oceanography. The Maury Project Workshop is funded by the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration. The workshop is made possible by considerable support from the United States Naval Academy, the State University of New York at Brockport and the American Meteorological Society. Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. For more information about the Naval Academy, visit For more information about the Naval Academy's Oceanography Department, visit C ongratulations to Cross Middle School teacher Desiree Romo on being recognized as an inspiring teacher. Ten outstanding school teachers from across the country were honored in June as part of Mister Car Wash's Inspiring Futures – Teacher Appreciation program. Each winner received a $500 grant for their classroom and a complimentary annual Unlimited Wash Club® pass. The total value of the awards given to teachers totaled over $32,000. According to Ciera Lopez, Community Relations Specialist with Mister Car Wash, the company's Teacher Appreciation campaign began in April, when Mister Car Wash invited customers to nominate a teacher who inspires others to shine by sharing their story. The response was immediate with many customers sharing stories of inspiration of teachers who are making a difference every day. The company received over 1,000 submissions that represented classrooms in each of the cities where they operate locations. "I personally reviewed every nomination and was blown away by the tremendous impact these individuals are having on our communities. Every submission was so heartfelt," said Lopez. "The Teacher Appreciation portion of our Inspiring Futures program reminds us that thousands of teachers go above and beyond every day inspiring others to shine and our panel, which included CEO John Lai, had a tough time selecting this year's ten grand prize recipients," Lopez added. In addition to the ten grand prize winners each nominee was sent a complimentary platinum car wash pass Photo: Amphitheater School District Juan Moncada, Tucson regional manager; Ciera Lopez, community relations specialist; Desiree Romo, Inspiring Futures – Teacher Appreciation award recipient; Megan Everett, brand manager; Andrew Heinemann, principal of L.W. Cross Middle School. and letter of appreciation, according to Lopez. This is the second consecutive year that Mister Car Wash has recognized outstanding teachers in their communities. "We've donated over $32,000 in grants and wash services as our token of appreciation and hope this campaign will continue to pay it forward by reminding communities to thank their teachers as another school year comes to an end," said Lopez. "Recognizing and celebrating exemplary teachers is by far one of the most gratifying things a CEO gets to do," Lai said. "Hopefully every adult can look back on their childhood and point to a teacher who really made a difference in their life. That's why it's truly a privilege to help our customers recognize these community leaders who are playing such significant roles in young people's lives. Not only are they educating our future leaders, they are role models for us all to draw inspiration."

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