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Friday, March 24, 2017

Laveen Teacher Retiring After 30 Years in the District

Laveen Teacher Retiring After 30 Years in the District

In 1986, the population of Laveen was just shy of 10,000 residents. There were two elementary schools and one high school. Cotton fields were more common than street lights and the Central Arizona Project had just been completed, bringing water from the Colorado River to flow into a burgeoning Phoenix metro area on the brink >> Read More…


Wittmann Wins Summer Trout Challenge

Wittmann Wins Summer Trout Challenge

From the time Bill Wittmann was a little boy he’s been pretty much been obsessed with fishing. He spends most of his summers escaping the Valley heat to try his hand at various fishing locales near Greer. This summer the longtime Laveen resident and his grandson netted themselves a pretty good catch in July. He >> Read More…


‘Be Your Best’ at John F. Kennedy Elementary School

‘Be Your Best’ at John F. Kennedy Elementary School

As a first-year principal here at John F. Kennedy, I have worked to establish a culture where our mission and vision are present every day. Kennedy is a place where students, staff, families and community members feel welcome and safe. There is a very distinct, positive feel on campus where we celebrate academic and social-emotional/ >> Read More…


McDonald Named Exemplary Principal

McDonald Named Exemplary Principal

South Mountain High School Principal Kate McDonald has been named a 2016 Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principal, one of eight in Arizona, the Rodel Foundation announced recently. These principals were selected for their ability to inspire staff and create high-achieving, safe and welcoming schools in high-need communities.  They will provide professional development and mentoring to Rodel Aspiring Principals, creating >> Read More…


Laveen Resident Named ASPA Educator of the Year

Laveen Resident Named ASPA Educator of the Year

When a student signs up for classes at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, he expects to learn how to work on motorcycles. He will, but he will also learn to tuck in his shirt, turn his hat around and show some respect. He if refuses, he can walk out the door, said T.C. Collins who was >> Read More…


Doctor Donating Space for Free Medical Clinic

Doctor Donating Space for Free Medical Clinic

The location has been determined, the hours set and the doctors lined up. Now all that’s needed are patients at the free clinic that just opened in South Phoenix. Dr. Nadeem Husain, cardiologist, is currently hosting the clinic at his office space at South Mountain Cardiology. “It is a walk-in clinic open from 10 a.m. >> Read More…


Exemplary Laveen Principal

Exemplary Laveen Principal

Lisa Sandomir, Principal of Maurice C. Cash Elementary School, has been named a 2015 Exemplary Principal by the Rodel Foundation. The foundation honors teachers and principals at high-need schools, who display traits of making measurable differences in the lives of students. Sandomir has 22 year of education experience, including 11 years as a classroom teacher. >> Read More…


Lissy Karuvlath Recognized

Lissy Karuvlath Recognized

Laveen resident and couplet care nurse at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Lissy Karuvlath was recently recognized by The DAISY Foundation for providing outstanding patient care. A nurse at St. Joseph’s for more than eight years, Karuvlath is admired for her polite, caring and careful nursing skills. She is dedicated and cares >> Read More…


Laveen School Custodian Getting Recognition

Laveen School Custodian Getting Recognition

Rogers Ranch School’s Lead Custodian, Joshua Snow, has been named Instructor of the Year by the Arizona Army National Guard. In addition to his custodial duties, Snow serves as a Sergeant First Class in the Guard and is one of 20 instructors at the Guard’s Regional Training Institute, located at 52nd Street and McDowell in east Phoenix. >> Read More…


Leader Teaching and Inspiring

Leader Teaching and Inspiring

When it comes to inspiring and teaching kids, Cynthia Bach does not hesitate to take the opportunity to do just that.   Bach is the supervisor for the Dream Center in the family dining hall at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix.  She has been involved with the society since 1990 and >> Read More…


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