AZCAN announced 25 Education Leaders

Posted by Communications on 1/25/2017

The Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) announced that 25 education leaders from across the state earned an Arizona College Access Professional certificate in 2016, including 10 from Phoenix Union. These leaders are prepared to help all students plan for their future beyond high school and make informed decisions about postsecondary education. The certificate involves 60 hours of coursework, discussion and action planning in three areas: creating a college-going culture; college and career planning; and financial aid and college applications.


Licet Herrera, Alhambra; Patricia Short, Bostrom; Ernest Pouncy and Elizabeth Carrasco, Central; Jennifer Presnal, Cesar Chavez; Jennifer Corbett, Simir Rand and Marta Carter, Maryvale; Maria Enrique, Phoenix Coding Academy, and Stephanie Clay, South Mountain.


Phoenix Union had five counselors earn the certification last year in the program’s first year.


“College Access Professional Training is a rigorous, hands-on combination of scholarly reading, online discussion and action planning.   These practitioners have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to their craft and to the students they serve,” Linda Jensen, Director of AzCAP said.


AzCAN, a program of College Success Arizona, is a network of college access professionals, and programs dedicated to post high school success for all Arizonans, especially low-income, first-generation students.


Phoenix Union and ASU’s Teachers College are teaming up again for the International Teachers in Education Program (ILEP).  Sixteen teachers from eight countries are at ASU this semester for professional development, which includes pairing up with a Phoenix Union teacher.  The ILEP Fellow teachers met their partner teachers, January 20, for the first time, and they will team-teach every Thursday at six campuses-Metro Tech, North, Carl Hayden, Central, Franklin and South Mountain.  Two teachers each come from Ghana, India, Tanzania, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Brazil, where they teach English, math, science or social studies.  The Fellow teachers range from six years to 20 years in experience, and qualified among over 1000 applicants.  Three other cohorts of 16 international teachers are at Kent State, James Madison and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


This is the fifth year Phoenix Union has participated in this program, and many of the partner teachers have done this before.  The partner teachers are:

Carl Hayden: Kristin Roberts-English;  Central-Dawn Maxwell, math; Franklin: Heidi Bonfante and Elizabeth Moran, social studies; Metro Tech: Kelly Blake, Stephanie Knorowski and Jennifer Moore, English; North: Jennifer Moore, Joyce Donaldson, Kalia Athena, Joann Martin; Nicholas Valente-English; Renata Geurtz, CTE; Mohamed Abdellatif, science and Mary Pinnecker, social studies;  South Mountain: Elise Bostic and Leah Hooper, biology.


The ILEP fellows are required to teach a content lesson and a cultural lesson.

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) Education Affinity group recently selected projects to fund as part of their Mini-Grant program, and ten schools and programs benefited with a combined amount of nearly $5,000.  Started in 2016, this program asks students, teachers, and administrators from Phoenix Union to submit proposals for funding in the areas of academics, arts and culture, leadership and development, and school culture.  This grant cycle saw more than 35 proposals reviewed and ranked by members of the Education Affinity Group.  Here are the projects that were funded:

  1. Franklin Police and Fire High School - Accuplacer Ready Workshops
  2. Alhambra High School – Quiz Bowl
  3. Bostrom High School – Bostrom’s Got Talent (Talent Show)
  4. Cesar Chavez High School – High Teach Tutoring
  5. Bioscience High School – Dragon News (Broadcasting)
  6. Carl Hayden High School – Sensory Room
  7. Cesar Chavez High School – Preschool Physics Fun
  8. North High School – MemBean Online Vocabulary Development Subscription
  9. South Mountain High School – All Jaguars Reaching Higher Together (ART)
  10. Trevor Browne High School – Theatre-“Shrek the Musical”


It is not too late to contribute to Phoenix Union schools, clubs and student activities through the Arizona Education Tax Credit program.   The deadline was moved from December 31 to April 15 two years ago.   A contribution to an eligible school club or activity is worth a dollar-for-dollar credit up to $200 for individuals, or $400 for married couples, filing jointly.   The donation can be applied to one’s 2016 or 2017 tax returns.


Any individual who pays taxes in Arizona is eligible for the tax credit.  Companies are not.  The students in the approved clubs determine how the funds from the contributions are used.  For more information, the Phoenix Union tax credit brochure or to donate online, go to www.phoenixunionorg/taxcredit