On Oct. 18 Jan Evans, director of the Arizona Health and Physical Education Association, honored two tireless advocates for health and fitness at its annual state convention. Debbie Striker from Kyrene de la Paloma was named Arizona Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Jama Nacke, principal of Kyrene Middle School, was awarded Administrator of the Year.
On Oct. 17, at the Arizona Cardinals game, Deeon Quintero Powell was recognized by the Arizona Cardinals as an MVP in the Classroom, which recognizes outstanding teachers in the state.
Earlier this month, Kyrene Centennial Middle School teacher Matt Penland was awarded the Century Link/Diamondback All Star Teacher. In September, Theresa Niesen, from Kyrene de los Lagos, received the Teacher of the Year award from Junior Achievement at the 2013 junior Achievement Annual Awards Celebration on Sept. 27.