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Yavapai County Education Foundation honors area's best

Del Rio Elementary School’s Sara Pareja, left, receives the Outstanding First Year Teacher award from Susan Clark. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Del Rio Elementary School’s Sara Pareja, left, receives the Outstanding First Year Teacher award from Susan Clark. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

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Chino Valley Unified boasted three of the top winners at the Yavapai County Education Foundation’s 25th annual Teacher of the Year banquet Friday night: Outstanding First-Year Teacher Sara Pareja; Del Rio Elementary third-grade teacher Jocelyn Hawkins in the 3rd-5th category; and Chino Valley High School World History and Honors World History teacher Marc Metz in the high school 9th-12th category.

Humboldt Unified boasted two of the category winners — Glassford Hill Middle School Language Arts teacher Katelyn Johnson in the 6th-8th category and Coyote Springs Sustainability Education teacher Jessica Kissinger in the K-8th specialists category.

The other finalists were:

3rd-5th — Prescott’s Abia Judd Elementary third-grade teacher Haylee Kile and Prescott’s Lincoln Elementary third grade teacher Tabitha King; 6th-8th — Prescott Mile High Middle School science teacher Alyson Anderson and Cottonwood/Oak Creek District Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School fifth/sixth grade teacher Sara Bowers; high school 9th-12th — Prescott High School Math Department Chairman Jennifer Cummings and Mingus High School English teacher Klint McKean; K-8th specialists — Humboldt’s Liberty Traditional School 6th-8th grade English Language Development teacher and Prescott Mile High Middle School art teacher Brandon Uftring.

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