Ombudsman Quarterly Innovative Educators Announced

Date: February 1, 2019

– Glendale, AZ (November 2018)

As part of the Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow initiative, each quarter Ombudsman will recognize educators who take learning to the next level by engaging their students in a 21st century hands on or collaborative manner. These are educators who strive to make learning meaningful by pushing students to be inquisitive and work beyond the basic curriculum. The school year started off strong with six educators up for this recognition. This quarter’s Charter winners are below:

First Place Winner – Donna Reed, Charter East II

(Phoenix, Az)
First place winner Donna Reed, holds a certificate with her name on it, smiling at camera. Her colleague stands beside her, also smiling, holding a glass award for Donna. A group of 10 students stands behind them both, all smiling at camera.Our first place winner this quarter is Mrs. Donna Reed, a lab teacher at Charter East II. This summer Mrs. Reed was accepted into a Gilder Lehrman Summer Institute in Illinois to learn about President Lincoln’s Legacy. She took this learning experience and applied it directly to East II students. An emphasis this year is that students are keeping their binders current and take Cornell notes while making course progress. Mrs. Reed created a Wix website documenting her learnings from the institute sharing photographs as well as artifacts. As students moved through the Wix they were guided through the note taking process to ensure a successful format and practice was implemented before starting their assigned courses. Students also modeled successful “bring your own device” practices utilizing cell phones and other devices to complete the activity.

Runner Up – Rachel Armock, Charter East

(Phoenix, Az)
Runner up Rachel Armock stands holding a certificate with her name on it, smiling at camera. A smiling colleague in a red sweater stands beside Rachel, with a supportive hand on her shoulder.Down the road from Mrs. Reed is Rachel Armock of Charter East, this quarter’s runner up. Students in Mrs. Armock’s English II course summed up their learnings from Dante’s Inferno creating comic storyboards at Students were required to highlight a level of hell as identified in the novel. On top of applying creativity, students were required to include characters, appropriate dialogue, and scene descriptions to go along with their unique comic creations.

Thank you to Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Armock for their commitment to Arizona’s students! Ombudsman would also like to thank and recognize other Charter nominations who assisted in a strong instructional start to the school year:

  • Sara Garcia (Charter Northeast)
  • Elizabeth Zook (Charter Northeast)
  • Cristine Bergamo (Charter Valencia)
  • Katherine Crooks (Charter Valencia)

Next quarter’s winner will be announced at the conclusion of the second quarter in February 2019. For more information about Ombudsman’s Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow initiative, please contact Associate Superintendent Michael Goto at

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