Arizona Education Association

Spring 2018

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SPRING 2018 | ADVOCATE 27 SAVE-THE-DATE Thursday Friday Saturday JUNE 14 - 16 Kinora Hernandez, structured English immersion coach at Kyrene de las Manitas Elementary School in Tempe, Arizona, was one of 38 public educators receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education Gala held in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018. Hernandez was presented with a $650 check and flowers during a surprise faculty meeting last year at Kyrene de las Manitas from California Casualty Account Relations Manager Jill Strandquist. Kyrene Teacher Honored at the NEA Foundation at 2018 Washington DC Awards Gala chemistry teacher, he helps his students quantify and measure chemical processes. What can't be quantified is the bond between teacher and students; which serves as a catalyst for learning. My congratulations to Jonathan for this well- deserved honor." "The Sunnyside Unified School District is extremely proud to have Jonathan Cadena as recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award, the first time a teacher in our District has received this distinction," said Superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District Steven Holmes. "As a science educator, Jonathan creates learning spaces that foster genuine inquiry and critical thinking in students, traits that serve to inspire future scientists and deep learners. Student agency is at the core of our District's coherence framework, which is best developed when everyone in our learning organization sees themselves as a learner. Mr. Cadena embodies this spirit in his genuine desire to learn, and in his selfless collaboration in opening up his classroom and teaching practices for colleagues to grow and develop alongside him." n

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