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What's happening in your child's school? 

Profile photo: Substitute teacher Donna Severidt shows Sahuarita Intermediate School third-graders Gracie Flores, 8, Theresa Baldwin, 9, and Jacob Mitter, 9, how to make paper rockets.

Banner photo: Angelina Kosik-Roden, 11, and Chloe Winegardner, 11, work on robots at Sahuarita Intermediate School on Wednesday.


Continental Elementary School District votes down proposal to add Hispanic/Native American seat

The CESD governing board voted no on a proposal by the Arizona School Boards Association to add a seat to allow both a Hispanic and a Native American member to represent the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus.

Reporter Jamie Verwys describes the proposed bylaw change sent to the district by the Arizona School Boards Association and explains the district's reasoning for voting down the proposal.

Do you think the Arizona School Boards Association should have a say in how school boards are staffed?


Telling legacy stories

How do you encapsulate the legacy of a man’s life who has been an educator for 48 years, a coach for 50 and an inspirational force for so many families in the community? 

I asked myself that today as I wrote about my own former high school math teacher Burton Tingle, a man who is known by many here in sahuarita. 

I spent over an hour with Mr. Tingle hearing about his life cowboying, student memories and the things he is most proud of. It was a conversation I could have never imagined when I was still a senior in his math class in 2006. 

There’s a lot of things I love about being a journalist: Being the first to know something, learning a little about so many varied and interesting topics, making a difference, never having the same day twice at work...But, for me one of the most special things about what I do is when I get to share in someone’s life story and help etch it into permanence. 

No one story could ever fully tell you everything about Mr. Tingle, but I sure hope I captured his spirit in my centerpiece coming out tomorrow. 

(I had to peek at some of my old yearbooks while I grabbed photos of Mr. Tingle over the years. Here's me in Sophmore year at SHS, around 2004) 

Let's see your old yearbook photos now!


Meet Your NABUR: Ashton Gildea

Walden Grove High School English teacher and Arizona Teacher of the Year finalist Ashton Gildea describes what being an Ambassador of Excellence entails. Gildea also talks about career goals, explains his interactive teaching method, and details how he got through teaching remotely during the beginning of the pandemic and the skills he took from that experience.

Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun reporter Jamie Verwys wrote a story about Gildea earlier this month.


What makes an amazing teacher?

Hey Naburs, 

Today, I am going back to high school for class! 

I'll be sitting in on Ashton Gildea's English class at Walden Grove High School. Gildea is one of the five top finalists for Arizona Teacher of the year, so I wanted to see him in action. 

You can learn more about Mr. Gildea in my upcoming story. But, I wanted to hear from you: 

What do you think makes an amazing teacher?