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Kofa teacher awarded for work with dance program

KHS dancers in lettuce field Kofa High School teacher Jennifer Florey has been awarded the Bill Evans Excellence in Teaching Award for 2021 by the Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO).

Florey was selected as the recipient for her work with Kofa’s award-winning dance program. She was selected for her work creating community in the classroom, bringing an appreciation of dance to her students, and building student skills with a successful sequence of classroom work.

“There are so many talented dance educators who are deserving of this award in the state of Arizona, so to be among them and chosen for this award makes me very honored,” Florey said. “Since moving to Arizona, AzDEO has been nothing but supportive of myself as an educator and of the Kofa dance program. They have allowed me to grow as an educator in many ways and have provided several opportunities for Kofa students to expand their knowledge of dance. I thank them for recognizing my hard work over the years and appreciative of their continued support.”

Florey, who has overseen Kofa Dance for eight years, will be highlighted by the Arizona Department of Education during their celebration of Youth Arts Month on March 24, and formally given the award at a virtual awards ceremony on May 8.

In the fall of 2008, the AzDEO, an affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization, established an award in honor of master teacher, Bill Evans. It is open to all members and non-members of AzDEO and winners are nominated by a colleague or dance educator, an administrator, or a mentor, or current or former professor.

Ian Coltman