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Congratulations to the BEGIN III Graduates

The WESD honored 64 teachers who graduated from BEGIN III (Beginning Educators Growing in Knowledge), the District’s teacher induction program! The BEGIN program focuses on providing peer support and training opportunities to teachers new to the profession. BEGIN enhances new teachers' abilities to provide education that prepares students for the challenges of our increasingly diverse community and changing society. It is one of the longest running "teacher/mentor" programs in Arizona. Graduates were honored at a special reception that included congratulatory speeches from Governing Board Vice President Tee Lambert, Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton and Director of Professional Development, Dr. Maggie Westhoff.  Each graduate was presented with a special award. Congratulations to this year’s group of graduates! 


 2019 Graduates 

Lindsey Acosta John Jacobs Kindergarten
Shayna Adams Royal Palm Resource
Megan Allen Sunnyslope 2nd Grade
Maria Andrade Tumbleweed 4th Grade
Kelsea Arnold Acacia 2nd Grade
Nicholle Beloat Moon Mountain Resource
Erin Brady Arroyo 6/7th Math
Martin Brown Sunnyslope Teacher On Assignment
Robert Burkland Shaw Butte Music/Choir
Jasmine Cano Cholla 8th - Science
Maria Cohen Ironwood Art
Melina Collins Alta Vista 3rd Grade
Dominic Colonero Orangewood Band
Christina Dacey Abraham Lincoln Gifted K-8
Rachel Dean Mountain View 4th Grade
Christina Errington Alta Vista 4th Grade
Claudia Gallardo Mountain View 2nd Grade
LeTravin Gilbreath Cholla PE
Michaela Gordon Acacia Kindergarten
Tiffany Grass Sahuaro Kindergarten
Angelique Gratto (Motsinger) Manzanita 4th Grade
Zachary Hamrick Acacia 6th - Science
Elizabeth Heaney Cactus Wren CC/SC
Jena Heise Ocotillo 1st Grade
Chan Kheng (Alice) Heng Sahuaro CCK
Jessica Hillhouse Ocotillo 4th -Reading/Writing
Ritchie Iafrate Chaparral 6th - Math
Megan Jones John Jacobs Kindergarten
Andrea Jones Sunset 3rd Grade
Brittani Karbginsky Alta Vista 6th Grade - Math/Science
Morgan Kerley Mountain Sky 7-8th Science
Anne Marie Kessler Mountain View CCK
Megan Knowles Royal Palm 8th - Math
Adam Kohn Sahuaro 5th - Math
Timothy Lee Sahuaro GLC Gifted K-6th
Donna Makowski Sweetwater CCSC - 6th
Alexis Manzano Moon Mountain CCB - Kindergarten
Vincent Marin Acacia PE
Jillian McFarlane Arroyo 5th -R/W/SS
Kyrsten Meese Arroyo 7-8th Grade - ELA
Sarah Mitchell Arroyo 5th - W/M/Sci
Ivonne Monge Manzanita Kindergarten
Heather Muoio Alta Vista 4th Grade
Bryanna Myers John Jacobs Kindergarten
Diana Nesimi Acacia 2nd Grade
Ashley Parker John Jacobs 2nd Grade
Bianca Parker Palo Verde CCR
Kayla Peterson Lakeview 1st Grade
Sarah Pfeifer Shaw Butte 3rd Grade
Jennifer Polimeni Manzanita CCB - 1st Grade
MaryAnn Puccio John Jacobs 5th Grade
Ylicia Ramirez Royal Palm 7th - ELA
Shawna Remus Lakeview 1st Grade
Taylor Roseberry Desert View CCK-Autism
Nancy Sandoval Izelo Ocotillo 4th - M/W
Aurora Sauceda Lakeview 4th Grade
Brittani Troth Ironwood CCB - 5th Grade
Chanel Turner Maryland Kindergarten
Daniel Waldron Arroyo CCA - 5-6th
Amber Walker Royal Palm Band/Strings
Kellie White Mountain Sky 7th - ELA
Amber Williams Chaparral SPED - Resource - K-3rd
Julia Wright Mountain Sky 7th Grade
Kimberly Young Manzanita CCB-Prek