Phoenix Union’s Dropout Program Developer Honored By the Arizona Education Association

Posted by Joseph Haley on 5/13/2015

Cyndi Tercero, Phoenix Union’s Dropout Program Developer, was honored by the Arizona Education Association with the ESPecially For Kids Award at the AEA Foundation for Teaching & Learning Salute to Excellence, April 25. Tercero was honored as an “Exceptional Education Support Professional” for her “extraordinary efforts on behalf of young people.” Tercero has been with the District for over 20 years, creating and implementing programs for high-risk youth to help them overcome barriers to learning and graduation. She serves as a committee member for Degree Phoenix, a partnership with the City of Phoenix and Phoenix College to increase education attainment, degree completion and opportunities for Latino youth. She spearheaded the Arizona College Application Campaign, and FAFSA (Federal financial aid) campaign. She oversees alternatives to suspension programs such as mandated intervention groups, and chairs the High School Graduation Team for Thriving Together, a local initiative to improve the success of Phoenix children from birth to career. Tercero, who is also the vice-president of the Phoenix Union Classified Employees Association, was elected to the AEA Board of Directors and will hold the Education Support Professional (ESP) Director position to represent Education Support Professionals throughout the state.