Two teachers within the Marana Unified School District were honored on Oct. 2 during the nationwide “A Day Made Better” event.

This one-day event surprises 1,000 teachers nationwide with $1 million in much-needed classroom supplies. Since its inception in 2007, OfficeMax’s “A Day Made Better” and its nonprofit partner have funded more than 5,500 classrooms with more than $5.5 million in school supplies, and helped secure funding for more than 66,000 classrooms through donations to

Oro Valley OfficeMax (10595 North Oracle Road) store manager, Kevin Capell, store associate Leanna Magelli, and account executive Kim Bowman surprised Sue Richey in her classroom. Sue Richey, 2nd grade teacher at Coyote Trail Elementary School, was presented with flowers, a certificate, and classroom supplies. Coyote Trail also received over $1350 in school supplies donated by OfficeMax store customers. Ms. Richey has been a teacher in the Marana Unified School District since August 1975.

Marana OfficeMax (7081 North Thornydale Road) store manager Rob Folino and store associate Julie Stephenson surprised Lorraine York in her classroom. Lorraine York, 6th grade teacher at Twin Peaks Elementary School, was presented with flowers, a certificate, and classroom supplies. Ms. York has been a teacher in the Marana Unified School District since August 2005.

About Sue Richey

Excerpts from her nomination letter submitted by Coyote Trail Elementary School administration:

Mrs. Sue Richey has consistently exhibited enthusiasm and collaboration at Coyote Trail Elementary School. She has been with our district for more than 30 years and over the years her passion for teaching and enriching the lives of her students and colleagues has continues to grow with no end in sight. Mrs. Richey mentors student teachers as well as taking a leadership role within her own grade level. Like so many other teachers she spends much of her own time and money investing in supplies and resources for her class in order to meet the needs of her students.

Her hard work and dedication to the students of Coyote Trail is exemplified by the academic success of her students. She regularly collaborates with colleagues, is willing to assist others, and maintains a positive attitude inside and outside of the classroom.

Additionally, she has been the motivational force behind our Milers Club. This afterschool exercise group has quickly become one the student’s favorite activities. Students are more aware of the importance of regular exercise and the membership of this club grows each year.

Sue also serves as a building representative on health and wellness initiatives that helps connect district and community resources to all staff members. Not only are we family at Coyote Trail…we are a healthy family because of the efforts of Mrs. Richey.

About Lorraine York

Excerpts from her nomination letter submitted by Twin Peaks Elementary School administration:

Ms. Lorraine York is an incredible 6th grade teacher. Not only do children learn at high levels in her classroom, but she goes above and beyond the normal duties for a teacher. Children enjoy the nurturing and caring environment in her classroom In addition to academics, each year her class learns dance and performs at a school spirit assembly. Ms. York also leads the “Drama Cubs,” a drama club which performs a play each semester. In addition, Mrs. York serves as a leader among our faculty. She participate in the district’s Professional Learning Community Academy and helped train our entire faculty in the model. She is a member of our school’s Child Assistance Team which meets weekly to create intervention plans for children that are struggling with academics or behavior. Mrs. York is flexible and willing to collaborate with other professionals to make our school the best that it can be. We are so appreciative of everything she does every day to make Twin Peaks such a special place.

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