Education

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Robyn Bryce: Today’s Media Technology—Much More Than Just Lights! Camera! Action!

Robyn Bryce: Today’s Media Technology—Much More Than Just Lights! Camera! Action!

When former Prescott High School Principal Stephanie Hillig wanted to repurpose an old abandoned media studio, Media Instructor Robyn Bryce jumped on the opportunity to use that space to create the Film and Television department of the Media Arts program. Bryce, who pursued a Certification in Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Emerging and Industrial Technologies, began the program in 2014 and says, “The program has grown roughly 300% since its inception and now the bulk of my schedule consists of CTE classes, with plans to add more classes in the future.” In Bryce’s classes, students can explore their interests through team and independent projects.  She adds, “I am always looking for ways to grow the scope of the program. For instance, the students produce the morning announcements and compete in local and state competitions.”

Kelly Mattox:  Helping PUSD Families in Transition Find a Better Life

Kelly Mattox:  Helping PUSD Families in Transition Find a Better Life

Kelly Mattox, Grants Specialist and Family Resource Center Coordinator for Prescott Unified School District (PUSD), knows her role is important in securing housing and education assistance for District families in transition.  In her position since 2016, Mattox says, “I am always about personal growth and learning, and especially about giving back. The community should know that the District helps take care of kids whose families do not have permanent housing. Through funding and donations, the District supports those who need it most.”

Tami Phillips

Tami Phillips

It has been said that small groups make some of the biggest differences in our world—and that rings true for the Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation (PUSD EF), a small but mighty force in the Prescott community.

The Dream Team at Granite Mountain School

The Dream Team at Granite Mountain School

Empowering 6th Grade Students in Math and Science By Tara Fort Role models come in the form of relatives, community advocates, and sports celebrities, but the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) is lucky enough to have their own special group of role models at...

A Community of Volunteers Led by Debbie Prieto

A Community of Volunteers Led by Debbie Prieto

Enhancing, Enriching and Expanding the Opportunities at PUSD By Tara Fort With roughly 800 volunteers who have logged over 17,000 hours during the 2017-2018 school year at Prescott Unified School District (PUSD), it’s clear to see that it takes a special person with...

Summertime and the Teachin’ is Easy:

Summertime and the Teachin’ is Easy:

For Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Instructional Coach Lisa Hosking and Granite Mountain Math and Science Teacher Emma Gifford, the school year doesn’t just end in May. Both Hosking and Gifford are part of the summer program made possible through the Frontier Rotary/21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Program, offering summer school for K-6 grades in the district.  This year, in addition to academics, the grant has allowed the schools to add activities such as dance, sewing, teambuilding, coding and math games, plus two classes dedicated to helping students who are struggling to learn to read led by PUSD reading specialists Karen Benson and Melissa Scott.

The Best Gifts Arrive When Least Expected:

The Best Gifts Arrive When Least Expected:

Terry Gorman was teaching first and second grades in Springville, Iowa in 1992, when the mother of one of her students wanted her child with special needs included in a general education classroom for social interaction.  That event proved to be an epiphany in Gorman’s teaching career. She recalls, “It was through working directly with the student and seeing the response of my first and second grade students in the classroom with him that lead to my love of special eduation. It was a very gratifying experience witnessing their opportunity to grow to love him and appreciate the gift that he had, even though they were not the same gifts a typical student would have. Right then, it made me realize, ‘Wow, I think this is my true calling.’” 

Dual Enrollment:  A Win-Win Program Providing Opportunity  for Both Students and Educators

Dual Enrollment: A Win-Win Program Providing Opportunity for Both Students and Educators

ollaboration of any kind requires time, effort and flexibility.  And, Pam Willard and Janice Yargo-Gatchell, English teachers at Prescott High School (PHS), know just how much their teaching collaboration impacts their students who take part in the Dual Enrollment program offered there. With Dual Enrollment, high school students can take a college course that will earn them credit for both the high school class and the college class. So far, the program has been successful.