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Congratulations to the 82 BEGIN Graduates


Eighty-two teachers graduated from the BEGIN (Beginning Educators Growing in Knowledge) Program on May 17,2018. The BEGIN Program focuses on providing peer support and training opportunities to teachers new to the profession. Teachers were honored at a special reception that included congratulatory speeches from Governing Board Member Tee Lambert, Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton, Director of Professional Development, Dr. Maggie Westhoff, Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Buckeye Elementary School District and member of the first BEGIN class in 1988, Dr. Kim Rimbey and sixth grade teacher at Ocotillo Elementary School and current BEGIN member, Marle Bonnette Korishev. Each graduate was presented with a special award and pin! 


BEGIN is one of the longest running "teacher/mentor" programs in Arizona, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. BEGIN enhances new teachers' abilities to provide education that prepares students for the challenges of our increasingly diverse community and changing society. BEGIN was initially a one-year program, but due to increased interest by teachers, became a multiple-year program in 1996. More than 2,000 Valley educators have graduated from the BEGIN program; many of them continue to teach in the Washington District. Others have gone on to successful careers as teachers and administrators in the Washington District as well as other Valley school districts. Congratulations to this year’s group of graduates!


Last First School Grade
Andrade Priscilla Acacia 5th Grade
Austin Dayne Royal Palm 6th Grade
Auten Traci Moon Mountain 5th Grade
Baker Sara Alta Vista 6th Grade
Bappe Kemlyn Arroyo CC/SC
Barrera Fritzi Acacia 3rd Grade
Bennett Sarah Ocotillo 5th Grade
Berretta Angela John Jacobs 2nd Grade
Beverly Tiffany  Palo Verde 8th Grade - Language Arts
Bland Christie Cholla Science
Briggs Katelyn Shaw Butte Kindergarten
Britton Patricia Ocotillo 1st Grade
Bugarin  Jhovana Sweetwater CCSC/SC - 1st Grade
Carbajal Marina Alta Vista 1st Grade
Dietrich Shana Ocotillo 5th Grade
Donaldson Kathryn Orangewood 5th Grade
Douglass Lara Roadrunner 3rd Grade
Dube' Jeannette Shaw Butte 5th Grade
Dukes Shannon Manzanita 6th Grade
Duncan David Royal Palm Reading Intervention
Fernandez Melissa Moon Mountain 2nd Grade
Fisher Jessica Palo Verde Math
Fitzgerald Danielle Lakeview 3rd Grade
Foggy Derek Mountain View 1st Grade
Formichella Cameron Mountain Sky Science
Garcia Edith Cactus Wren  CCFB
Garcia Vanessa John Jacobs 1st Grade
Gillespie Megan Mountain View Kindergarten
Goward Kristin Ocotillo Resource
Hamilton Chelsea Palo Verde CCB Math
Harris Shaun Desert View Autism Pre School
Hillman Amanda Shaw Butte 1st grade
Johnson Tori Acacia 4th Grade
Johnson Matthew Arroyo PE
Kisner Jana Desert View Art
Klink Tracee Orangewood 5th Grade
Lang  Nicole Cactus Wren 4th Grade
Lemke Ryan Mountain View PE
Lennon Ashley Maryland 3rd Grade
Lewis Bradford Carmen Ocotillo 6th Grade
Lindahl Matthew Alta Vista 6th Grade - English
Lindenbolt Ashley Moon Mountain Kindergarten
Loza Sara Manzanita 6th Grade
McCormick Laura Desert View 3rd Grade
McKenna Janice Arroyo 7/8th - Science
Mejia Patricia Shaw Butte 2nd Grade
Miller Gabrielle Lookout Mountain 3rd Grade
Mischke Chela Mountain View Art
Newton Melissa Ocotillo 5th Grade
Ogden Jeffry Arroyo Music
Orloff Lindsay Arroyo Art
Parks Christa Roadrunner Kindergarten
Pfeiffer Julianne Desert View Kindergarten
Pope Amber Alta Vista 1st Grade
Putman Patricia Mountain View CCA/CCR - 4th
Ramirez Katelyn Sweetwater 5th Grade
Reardon Linda Maryland 6th - Math/Science
Rehberger Jennifer Sunnyslope 2nd Grade
Roth Brittani Lakeview 4th Grade
Ryan Sean Washington 2nd Grade
Scanlan Kelsey Desert Foothills PE
Scott Brianna Cactus Wren CCF/5th Grade
Scott Erika Acacia 5th Grade
Skaw Leah Desert View Music
Smith Ariel Sunburst Music
Smith Kendra Shaw Butte 3rd Grade
Sorci Katherine Manzanita 1st Grade
Swaydan Tesia Acacia 3rd Grade
Swigart Mariah Richard E. Miller 3rd Grade
Tobin Danielle Royal Palm 6th-Math
Valdez Julie Desert Foothills Language Arts
Valdivia Kelly Roadrunner Resource
Volkman Adrianna Cholla 7th - Math
Wang Christine Arroyo 3rd Grade
Weaver Ashlee Manzanita 4th Grade
Willard Tarney Maryland Art
Willers Renee Mountain View Resource
Williams Emma Chaparral 3rd Grade
Wiltz Courtney Lookout Mountain 3rd Grade
Woody Andrea Cholla Music Band/Orchestra Director
Yeakel Mallorie Palo Verde CCSC/SC
Zamudio Tiffany  Cholla CCB