Ombudsman 1st Quarter Innovative Educators Announced

Date: December 15, 2017

As part of Ombudsman’s Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow initiative, each quarter we recognize educators who take learning to the next level by engaging their students in a 21st century hands-on or collaborative manner. These educators strive to make learning the most meaningful by inspiring and guiding students to be inquisitive, and to work beyond the basic curriculum.

First Place Winner – Rachel Armock, East Charter (Phoenix)

With a passion for innovation, Rachel Armock is always seeking new ways to engage her students in learning. Her English students studying the Scarlet Letter gave the novel a modern twist by creating mock social media profiles for the main characters like those you’d see today on platforms such as Twitter, SnapChat, and Facebook. Students presented their creations to the class on the Promethean Board.

Rachel Armock pictured on left next to her colleague in a classroom. Several student desks are arranged around the room and 4 students are behind them, 3 looking toward the camera. The walls of the classroom are decorated with vibrant colors and a projector screen or smart board is illuminated to the left.

First Place Winner – Rachel Armock, East Charter (Phoenix)

Runner Up – Laura Shorb, Northwest Charter (Peoria, Ariz.)

Laura Shorb, a member of the Ombudsman family for more than five years, adds to her responsibility for a variety of lab courses to host science “pull outs” twice a week. During the pull outs, students switch from their daily learning platforms to develop hypotheses and conduct experiments. Students describe Mrs. Shorb as an encouraging and helpful teacher they can seek out if they have a problem.

Teacher Laura Shorb and her colleague holding her certificate of reward in front of a fall-themed bulletin board labeled Student Council in creative black lettering. Both women are dressed in black and Laura Shorb's colleague has her arm around her shoulder.

Runner Up – Laura Shorb, Northwest Charter (Peoria, Ariz.)

Thank you, Mrs. Armock and Mrs. Shorb for your commitment to Arizona’s students!

For more information about Ombudsman’s Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow initiative, contact Associate Superintendent Michael Goto at .

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