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By Marisela Felix
Director of Public Information
OCTOBER 17, 2019 / MODIFIED DEC 16, 2019 09:52 AM


Three Sunnyside Unified Educators Receive Top Honor

TUCSON, AZ. October 23, 2019 — Three Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD) teachers have been named 2019 Raytheon Leaders in Education. The awards honor exceptional K-12 teachers in Pima County who demonstrate excellence in teaching, leadership and support for their peers.

“This honor is a direct reflection of the significant work being done in Sunnyside classrooms. Our honorees represent the many exceptional educators in our district who are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive the very best educational experiences,” said SUSD Superintendent Steve Holmes.

Winners include Zachary Kadera, 3rd grade teacher at Elvira Elementary, Jacki Nichols, 6th-8th grade teacher at Billy Lane Lauffer Middle School and Larissa Peru, 11th-12th grade teacher at Desert View High School.

Steve Holmes said, “We are so proud of these amazing professionals. I commend each of them for their commitment to ensuring that every student they make contact with is equipped with the tools necessary to be successful and make a difference in our community."

This is the fourth year Tucson Values Teachers coordinates this celebration of education champions. Raytheon will award the winners $5,000 in gifts – half of which they keep for themselves and the other half goes to their respective school. All winners will be honored at the Stand Up 4 Teachers celebration on November 7, 2019 at Loews Ventana Canyon at 5:30 pm.

About SUSD
At Sunnyside, we are revolutionizing the public school experience by developing students who are college, career and community ready. Established in 1921 the Sunnyside Unified School District is the second-largest district in Southern Arizona serving more than 16,300 students and families. Located in a culturally-diverse community and surrounded by two First Nations and a neighboring international border—our learning community is flanked by an aerospace and innovation corridor, such that our district is positioned to lead our students into the 21st century through excellence in pedagogy, world-class career and technical education, and a legacy of athletic excellence and passion for the fine arts. For more information, visit us at susd.12.org • FacebookInstagramTwitter.