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Sun Lakes Rotary honors teachers, works with kids

January 5th, 2022 development
Sun Lakes Rotary honors teachers, works with kids
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Santan Sun News Staff 

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has had a busy few weeks, naming teachers of the month for November and December and working with kids in two different programs.

Paige Green, a special education teacher at Haley Elementary, received the Education Program Teacher Award for the Month of November  and Kelly Baker, a fifth grade teacher at Conley Elementary, received the same award for December.

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

Rotary education Chair Don Robins said members pick a teacher based on total years in education, examples of how the teacher goes above the normal requirements, how a teacher enhances the education of students, their reputation and their involvement in extracurricular activities and in the community.

Green grew up in Chandler and attended school in both Kyrene and Tempe Union school districts. She graduated from Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2016.

Haley Principal Nicole McMillian and fellow teacher Amy Miller called Green an energetic and positive team member who “teaches from her heart with passion, patience and persistence.” For the past 5 years, Green has supported the school drama club’s annual productions, especially with choreography.

Baker has been teaching since 2005 and has a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University and masters from Northern Arizona University.

Conley Principal Lisa Shore and fellow teacher Rebecca Marty called Baker “an amazing and kind teacher and a patient supportive co-worker.

“Mrs. Baker believes as a professional, she is entrusted with the education of young minds and must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically – in order to equip children with the tools necessary for success in life,” Rotary spokeswoman Honora Horton said.

The club, A World in Motion program created by the Society of Automotive Engineers Foundation formed to get elementary students excited about math and science in support of STEM.

Five fifth grade classes at Carlson Elementary School worked in design teams to build, test and race model balloon-powered JetToy cars. The toy cars were required to meet specific criteria to travel far and go fast.  Jet propulsion, friction, air resistance and design were the core scientific concepts students explored in this challenge.

 Carlson held Toy races with the classes and the top three teams won awards. Medals were presented by Rotary President Jon Lyons, Don Robins, Fred DePrez, Stephen Phair and several other Rotarian volunteers who helped the kids.

The CO2 Dragster STEM program for high schools started in Rotary year 2018-2019. The program replaced the F1 In School program that was sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and supported by the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL).

This year 13 Perry High School student teams competed by using 3D computer-assisted design and manufacturing software to build dragsters that were in a competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes.

“The competition required each team to present readable renderings/drawings containing views and dimensions of the dragster,” Horton said. “Each team was interviewed by the competition judges. Each team provided an overview of their team dragster’s design, operations, construction, speeds, build experiences, CAD/CAM and final drawings, research, simulations and finishing techniques.

“The teams were required to follow specific technical regulations in body construction and wheel definition.”

The 15 judges represented Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, Chandler Unified teachers and retired members of the Society of Automotive Engineers and General Motors. Clint Beauer, Perry assistant principal, helped arrange the competition.

Sun Lakes Rotary Club: sunlakesrotary.com.