Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization of women educators whose purpose is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Aligned with that purpose, Delta Kappa Gamma/Alpha Chapter will host their first annual “Early Career Educator” appreciation and recognition brunch recognizing 16 outstanding early career educators from the Marana Unified School District. The brunch will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Nominated by their school principal, each honoree is within their first to fifth year of teaching and demonstrates a strong commitment to go above and beyond the norm to provide quality educational experiences for their students. Each early career educator will be presented with a certificate and a one year membership to Treasures 4 Teachers, donated by Long Realty Cares.
“Being recognized as an outstanding early career educator in our community is a wonderful accomplishment,” Nancy Mahon, president of Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Chapter, said. “During this time of economic hardships it is easy for educators to feel unappreciated. Alpha Chapter is pleased to provide this opportunity to appreciate our teachers and call positive attention to the field of education through this event.”
About Delta Kappa Gamma Society Alpha Chapter
The Alpha Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society was chartered March 18, 1936 in Tucson Arizona as the first chapter in Arizona. The chapter participates in a variety of projects including grant-in-aid to early career educators, volunteering in classrooms, donating clothes for women returning to work, donating books for San Xavier Reservation schools and promotion of the Jared Boxes project benefiting hospitalized children. They also support the state and international Delta Kappa Gamma projects.
Early Career Educator Honorees
Marissa Kingry, Roadrunner Elementary, 5th Grade
Sarah Pierce, Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary, 1st Grade
Danielle Smerlinski, Butterflied Elementary, Special Education
Linda Lucas, Mountain View HS, Special Education
Miriam Frieden, Marana HS, French & English
Megan Douglas, Thornydale Elementary, Kindergarten
Emily Lehn, DeGrazia Elementary, Speech/Language Pathologist
Jaymie Smoot, Coyote Trail Elementary, K-6 Math Specialist
Shelah Narcaroti, Marana MS, 8th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies/ Study Skills
Laura Mignon, Picture Rocks Intermediate, 4th Grade
Meagan Brown, Estes Elementary, Special Education
Felicity Zitske, Tortolita MS, 7th Grade Social Studies
Julia Davis, Twin Peaks Elementary, Special Education
Jillian Warburton, Quail Run Elementary, 4th Grade
Kristen Weleba, Ironwood Elementary, 2nd Grade
Alia Christenson, Desert Winds Elementary, Kindergarten