The Marana Unified School District (MUSD) recently named three employees, 2014 MUSD Employees of the Year.
MUSD Superintendent, Dr. Doug Wilson, and District leadership team members made surprise announcements at each of the employee’s work sites in mid-February.
MUSD Employees of the Year:
- Kim Meine, Support Staff of the Year,
- Sara Anderson, Teacher of the Year,
- Sarah Clem, Administrator of the Year.
The Marana Unified School District annually recognizes dedicated employees, who possess outstanding work abilities, motivate and inspire students and colleagues, possess leadership qualities, and contribute to co-workers and students in ways that go beyond the usual expectations of their job.
In addition to being recognized at their work site, Employees of the Year will be recognized by the Marana School’s 2340 Foundation during the Marana Schools’ 2340 Foundation Celebration of Excellence luncheon on March 13, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The MUSD Governing Board will also honor the Employees of the Year during their school board meeting scheduled Thursday, May 8, 2014.
- Special education aide at Mountain View High School
- 2014 Support Staff of the Year
Kim has worked for MUSD for the past nine years. Kim is described as a leader, an active team player, and great asset to the Special Education Department at Mountain View High School. She is consistently learning and educating herself about various types of learning disabilities in order to best assist her students. Kim’s hard working attitude is infectious in the classroom and her work ethic is truly admirable.
Kim consistently goes above and beyond her job requirements. Kim previously worked at Tortolita Middle School. She felt that a group of students she worked with at Tortolita would need a familiar face to help them adjust to high school, so she transferred to Mountain View.
Kim has an unending supply of compassion and empathy for her students, balanced by a strong belief in being firm, consistent, and structured. Kim is able to keep her students engaged at their specific level of need in a way that each student feels challenged and successful.
Those who work with Kim know that the smile on her face, the joy in her eyes, and her hysterically funny sense of humor makes her an inspiration to her co-workers and offers hope to her students. Kim has the heart and passion for the work she does. She makes a difference!
- First grade teacher at Desert Winds Elementary School
- 2014 Teacher of the Year
- Sara joined MUSD in 2004
Sara has been described as one of those teachers that when you walk into her room you know that she is a great teacher. Sara cares about her students with her whole heart. She learns everything she can about them and their families. She engages in parent communication and families know that she cares about them and their children.
Sara is a leader through and through. Many teachers look to her for advice and encouragement. She leads her Professional Learning Community with ease and expertise and brings out the best in teachers. Sara left Desert Winds for three years to be a professor in residence for the University Of Arizona College Of Education; teaching methods courses in science, social studies and language arts in both the elementary and early childhood education programs. Upon her return to Desert Winds, she has more ideas and strategies to share with her peers. Sara works diligently to find excellent lessons for her students and to share with her colleagues. She cares deeply about student academics and doesn’t quit until each student is reaching their potential.
Sara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Early Childhood, both from Northern Arizona University.
Principal Thornydale Elementary School, is named the 2014 Administrator of the Year.
Sarah Clem has eighteen years of experience within public education including teaching, leading and mentoring, management and school administrative roles. Sara joined MUSD in 2010 as an associate principal at Estes Elementary School. In 2012, Sarah became the principal at Thornydale Elementary School.
Sarah’s positive impact has been felt by children, families, and staff members at Thornydale Elementary. Sarah has an amazing ability to connect with people, which has allowed her to quickly earn the trust and respect of the community. She is a strong and outstanding leader, and because of her leadership abilities she sets high expectations and strives to surpass them.
As an instructional leader, Sarah has extensive experience in school and district administration guiding schools to higher levels of student success and staff empowerment. She is trained in learning styles, multiple intelligences, brain research, dyslexia and dysgraphia interventions, early childhood strategies and curriculum, language interventions, gifted and talented strategies and more.
Sarah is constantly looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of instruction. Sarah’s determination that Thornydale become a Title I school was not deterred by the extent of the journey. Becoming a Title I school allowed for additional staffing and materials to provide interventions to students of greatest need.
Sarah inspires all those around her to give more of themselves with her positive attitude and the example she sets. Due to her exceptional dedication to supporting educational services, she continually pursues various funding avenues. Thornydale has received grants from the Arizona Department of Education, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, and from Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Sarah has developed partnerships with local business that have provided support for student awards, donations of backpacks, supplies, and holiday food boxes for students in need.
Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico.