EducationLearn about the women leading education in the Prescott area.
Prescott Woman Magazine chatted with Dena Ford, Director of Skyview School, to find out what makes her enjoy Prescott and everything it has to offer.
The war in Ukraine has been stirring up memories for Mai Nguyen.
The impending North Vietnamese military invasion of South Vietnam forced Mai’s family to flee to the United States in 1975 when Mai was six years old, and she’s never returned. Vietnam has been a socialist republic controlled by communists ever since.
But you won’t hear Mai lamenting her life’s path.
A Prescottonian through and through, Ashley Tetreault has seen all sides of the education system, from being a student since at Dexter as a child — and later at Miller Valley, Mile High Middle School and Prescott High School — to her adult role teaching in the Humboldt Unified School District.
Her journey has prepared her well for a new role as Principal at Taylor Hicks Elementary School. The position opened when district administrators appointed former principal Kelsey Secor to an administrative role.
I can’t stay silent. Eating disorders doubled during Covid. One in five diagnosed will die.
Quarantine was going as well as could be expected for our family of five. Our 10-year-old attended a micro-school and our teens seemingly thrived online. My husband and I worked away from home but were available as needed.
As we waited out the pandemic, we would have never guessed what was to come…
During COVID-19, some families started K12 e-learning and never sent their kids back to a traditional classroom. K12 e-learning is a type of education where students learn online instead of in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
Dr. Barbara Jean Morris became Prescott College’s 18th President during an inauguration celebration on May 6. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and members of Barbara’s family attended.
“Today, we celebrate a new era at Prescott College, as we recognize and honor our history and embrace the future with energy and optimism,” said Lynne Nemeth, Chair of the Board of Trustees, before officially installing Barbara as President. “I know that I speak for everyone here—the Board of Trustees, administration, and faculty—when I say that we are all re-committing to student-centered, transparent, and transformative work as we forge a path to our future with our new President, Dr. Barbara Morris.”
Sarah Torres, Administrative Assistant to the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent and Governing Board, and a Prescott High School (PHS) alum considers herself the go-to person for the district’s administrative team, her co-workers, and the board.
Badger Strong! That’s how thirty-year Prescott resident and fifteen-year Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) employee Kim Barker describes her life and family. Kim, Director of Transportation/Facilities, started out as a part-time employee in the district’s print shop and spent most of her years at Miller Valley until it closed in 2015. After Miller Valley’s closure, Kim joined the department as an Administrative Assistant leading up to her current role.
Taylor Howard and Joey Bemis met on Valentine’s Day six years ago, while they were both students at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
After a rocky initial start (she didn’t remember his name when they met up the next time), Taylor said, “It didn’t take long for us to pretty much spend every waking moment together.”
Later this year, they’ll tie the knot—promising to spend the rest of their lives together.
Taylor, who teaches kindergarten at Taylor Hicks Elementary School, said she and Joey are planning their ideal “fairy tale” wedding: an intimate occasion with just 38 guests at a treehouse retreat in Washington state.
For more than a decade, Tracy Courson has worked at Prescott Mile High Middle School, which means she’s had the opportunity to be part of so many wonderful traditions. The most important: love.
For Kathryn Van Demark, eighth-grade Life Skills Instructor at Prescott Mile High Middle School, creating a curriculum that centers on teen wellness and real-world readiness was a natural extension of her focus and education in college. She attended Lesley University in Boston where she obtained a degree in Holistic Psychology and Wellness.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has brought together more than half a million women in the United States and Canada who are passionate about helping women advance through education while supporting and motivating them. Founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, this circle of kindred spirits – bonded by their enthusiasm for women’s opportunities – eventually expanded to include women off campus as well.