Education Briefs


FEA wins awards at state conference

Our Future Educators of America (FEA) students did an outstanding job at the FEA State Conference at Grand Canyon University.

Sarah Davis won FEA student of the year, best in state.

“The conference was absolutely fantastic! The growth we all experienced as a group preparing for our competition helped us do amazing at the conference. It was definitely worth all our time and effort,” said Davis.

Ashley Anglemire and Sarah Davis won the gold student achievement award, the highest award in the state. Only four students were chosen. Each received a $500 scholarship and $2,500 per year for four years.

“I am so proud to be in FEA. It gave me the opportunity to get a scholarship for $500. It also let me meet a lot of new people,” said Anglemire.

Davis won third place for her FEA “Moment Speech,” and a $4,000 scholarship.

Ashley Ralston won second place for her “Electronic Portfolio.”

“Being in FEA made me have great leadership and made me want to become a counselor for children. This year at the conference I got second place for my electronic portfolio, which is an online yearbook for FEA members and what we do. I won a $2,500 scholarship to GCU for four years. This experience with FEA got me to know all FEA members and a lot more people,” said Ralston.

The Payson FEA Chapter won the gold award for its service project, the highest level and came in second in the state.

Our other students competed and placed in the top 10 statewide.

The following girls deserve congratulations for a job well done: Sarah Davis, Ashley Anglemire, Ashley Ralston, EmmaLee Zenko, Alexa Harris and Shaylah Parssinen.

County schools seek Teacher of the Year

Gila County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Linda O’Dell recently announced the second annual Gila County Teacher-of-the-Year competition. Parents, community members, teachers and administrators are encouraged to nominate exceptional Gila County educators for this honor.

Last year, Wayne Gorry of the Payson Unified School District and Theresa Gardner of the Young School District shared first-place honors and Gorry was later named as a finalist in the Arizona Rural Schools Association Teacher of the Year competition.

The Teacher of the Year program gives communities a chance to acknowledge the most innovative, creative and enthusiastic teachers, with a knack for motivating and inspiring students.

The County Schools Office will accept applications through Monday, April 16. Pick up applications at either the Globe or Payson offices of the Gila County Superintendent of Schools. For further information, please contact Leslie Owen at (928) 978-0427 or

A Selection Review Committee will review applications the last two weeks of April and identify those who will move forward in the process for personal interviews. The Gila County Teacher of the Year will be selected from this pool of finalists. Top finalists and the Teacher of the Year will be honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony June 1 during the Gila County Teacher Institute.

The Teacher of the Year will receive a plaque and a $300 prize. Second and third place finalists will each receive a plaque and $100 for classroom materials.


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