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Sun Lakes Rotary Club salutes teachers of the month

October 28th, 2021 development
Sun Lakes Rotary Club salutes teachers of the month

By Dr. Honora Norton, Contributor

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has named two teachers of the month.

The club named Molly Garrison, a first grade teacher at Chandler’s Elementary Connect Online Academy September’s Teacher of the Month. Laurie Jensen,  a second grade Teacher at Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA Goodman) was named Teacher of the Month for October.

The monthly teacher awards are sponsored jointly by Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.

Education Chair Don Robins said that each month, various Sun lakes Rotary Club members select from a large base of nominees a teacher from East Valley using the following selection criteria.

That criteria include:  total years of service in the field of education; examples of how the proposed teacher goes above the normal requirements; examples of how teacher enhances the education of her/his students; the respect for the teacher by her/his peers, students and parents; and, interest shown by the teacher to be involved in extracurricular activities and in the community.

Garrison is a graduate of the College of Education at Arizona State University and received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Northern Arizona University. She has earned endorsements in both reading and English Language Instruction, is a Spalding Certified Teacher and has been teaching first grade since 1999.

Garrison’s goal is to create a community of lifelong learners who will always value the importance of education.

Jensen received her BA in English from Cal Poly Pomona in Southern California and her masters in curriculum and instruction from ASU; and this is her 13th year of teaching at CTA Goodman.

Teaching children how to write is one of Ms. Jensen’s favorite things to do.

 Rotary Club President Jon Lyons thanked both teachers for their outstanding support of education and youth within the East Valley. For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Education Programs and/or membership see