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Cibola Science teacher receives outstanding leadership award

Cibola High School science teacher and Instructional Leader Patricia Garcia was named the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science Outstanding Leader in Science Education for
2019.

Each year the Arizona-Nevada Academy of science presents an award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of science education in Arizona or Nevada.

“Your ability and commitment to working with students at all levels (from those doing independent research to those behind in credits and those with special needs), meeting them where they are at and helping them advance along a trajectory of cognitive growth is the mark of a practitioner of mastery teaching,” wrote Karen Conzelman, who is the Treasurer of the Arizona Nevada Academy of Science and a professor at Glendale Community College, in a
letter to Garcia. “The fact that you reach outside your own classroom to help teachers throughout Cibola High grow professionally, both as a ‘coach’ for individual teachers and as a coordinator to learnshops, extends your impact on science education beyond your own classroom to those of hundreds of youth. It is clear that you truly are a force in science education in Yuma and very deserving of recognition for Outstanding Leadership.”

Garcia, who has taught at Cibola for more than a decade, was nominated by Assistant Principal LeAnne McCall and also had a letter support from Cibola counselor Anastasia Dawson.

“Ms. Garcia takes the district’s mission that every student will leave their classes college or career ready very seriously,” Dawson said.  Garcia was honored on April 6, 2019 at an awards luncheon, which was held in the Schoening Conference Center on the shared campus of Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona.

For more information, please contact Kevin Swearingin, CHS Communications Liaison, at
kswearingin@yumaunion.org .

Ms. Garcia with award