Monday, January 14, 2008

Governor Napolitano Congratulates Excellence in Education Winner

"Excellence in Education"

Ironwood Elementary School special education teacher Helen Ciba heard from Governor Janet Napolitano Tuesday.

A winner of the “Excellence in Education” award presented in partnership with Rio Salado College and KEZ 99.9FM, Napolitano congratulated Ciba by phone during a live broadcast when Napolitano was being interviewed on the “Beth and Bill Morning Show”. The Governor congratulated Ciba and thanked her.

“I respect the work teachers do day in and day out,” said Napolitano.

Ciba was nominated by parent Marianne Aldrige. Aldrige says Ciba does a wonderful job with students that need more attention and assistance.

KEZ’s Marty Manning and Rio Salado’s Maribeth All showed up earlier this week at Ironwood located in the Phoenix School District to honor Ciba. Each month during the school year, a Valley teacher is selected and recognized for his or her outstanding contributions to education. Teachers are honored in a surprise visit to the teacher’s school where they are given the “Excellence in Education” award. All winning teachers are awarded $99, an “Excellence in Education” plaque, a KEZ Prize Bag of Fun, and their picture on the and Rio Salado College websites. Online entry forms can be found at

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