Scottsdale Charros name 2015 Education Fellowship recipients

Last year's recipients of the The Scottsdale Charros Education Fellowship. (File photo)

Last year’s recipients of the The Scottsdale Charro Education Fellowship. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Charros have announced the 2015 Education Fellowship recipients.

The Charro Foundation Education Fellowship program was established to encourage teachers in the Scottsdale Unified School District to maintain their dedication to the field of teaching and become accomplished teachers by continuing their education at ASU in a master’s program in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

This year, four SUSD teachers were selected for a $15,000 fellowship that will allow them to further their education and commitment to teaching.

Elizabeth Halverson, Arcadia High School

Elizabeth Halverson

Elizabeth Halverson

Elizabeth knew that she wanted to be a teacher on her first day of kindergarten and never changed her mind. She attended Hohokam Elementary School, Supai Middle School and graduated from Coronado High School in 2003. During her senior year, Elizabeth was selected for The Charro Foundation Future Teacher Scholarship. She graduated with honors in May of 2007 with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies from ASU. Elizabeth has been teaching for eight years and her desire to continue learning led to her back to ASU last fall to work on a Master’s of Education in Educational Technology degree.


Justin Leiper, Supai Middle School

Justin Leiper

Justin Leiper

Justin attended Aztec Elementary School, Mountainside Middle School and is a graduate of Desert Mountain High School. He received his Bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Arizona University. Justin currently teaches 8th grade and is the varsity assistant baseball coach at Desert Mountain. Justin played baseball in high school and at Gateway Community College and initially got into teaching because of his passion for coaching baseball. Teaching is now the heart of Justin’s professional goals and in the fall he will begin working on a Master’s in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Math. His goal is to transition to a high school math teacher and baseball coach.


Emma Miranda, Supai Middle School

Emma  Miranda

Emma Miranda

Emma Miranda is 7th and 8th grade special education teacher. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Education and dual certification, Special Education (K-12) and Regular Education (K-8), with Summa Cum Laude recognition from ASU in 2012.  Emma immigrated to the United States in 1997 and enrolled in classes to learn English at the community colleges. When classes were canceled due to low enrollment, Emma decided to take math classes to continue learning English, since math is her favorite subject and a universal language. Emma will begin working on a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership this fall.


Robin Wynne, Laguna Elementary School

Robin Wynne

Robin Wynne

Robin has been teaching for 20 years, the past nine teaching developmental preschool. As an educator, Robin wishes to gain a greater understanding of early childhood education and how children learn in the most critical years of their brain development and transfer that knowledge to her students through optimal learning experiences. Robin is working on a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education and her goal is to finish her program and continue to differentiate her instruction to teach the way each student will learn.


“As with all of our Education Fellowship recipients, these teachers serve as an incredible example of the care, commitment and quality of teachers in the Scottsdale school system,” said Rick Carpinelli, Scottsdale Charros Scholarship Chairman. “We look forward to following their journey and are so pleased that they are teaching in our schools.”

The Scottsdale Charros will honor the four Education Fellowship recipients, along with other scholarship recipients and the District’s outstanding students and educators, during the 29th Annual Outstanding Students and Educators Awards Banquet on Friday, April 24 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Paradise Valley–Scottsdale.

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