Monday, December 15, 2008

Rio grad excels at Cash school

December 10, 2008

E.J. Anderson (480) 517-8472

Maurice C. Cash Elementary School teacher Sara Egli didn’t start her career as a classroom teacher but after just four years of teaching she’s being recognized as one of the best.
A graduate of Rio Salado College’s Teacher-in-Residence Program, Egli was one of ten teachers from around the state recently honored as a finalist for Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.
A one-time financial planner, Egli had a successful San Francisco financial management job for several years when she realized she just wasn’t motivated or driven by her work.
A long-time education volunteer, Egli realized her passion was in education.
“I had always spent a lot of time volunteering in the education field. I was encouraged by many people to turn my passion into a career. I decided I wanted to be a teacher,” said Egli.
Accepted into the Teach For America program, Egli moved to Phoenix where she enrolled in Rio Salado College’s Teacher-in-Residence Program.
The highly competitive Teach For America program allows college graduates to begin working as teachers after a rigorous summer training session, and participants are required to complete their teaching certification while working.
A first grade teacher at Cash, Egli said Rio Salado’s online format worked well with her busy schedule.
“I thought it was great. Rio was a really good fit for my program. It was nice to have the flexibility to create my own schedule while managing a new career,” said Egli.
Egli found the online program a valuable resource for gaining classroom management skills, learning how to create successful lesson plans and the development of classroom community to support student achievement.
“As part of the Teacher-in-Residence Program, I was teaching and learning at the same time,” Egli said.
Lisa Sandomir, Principal of Maurice C. Cash Elementary School calls Egli phenomenal.
“Sara Egli is a dynamic master teacher. Her passion, dedication, and commitment to her students, colleagues as a whole are unwavering,” Sandomir said.
Students in Rio Salado College’s Teacher-in-Residence Program must hold a bachelor’s degree, an Arizona State fingerprint clearance card, and have passed the subject knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA).
"Courses in the Teacher-in-Residence Program are completed in an online format. Many courses include an in-person or virtual practicum. These practicum’s provide students an opportunity to view master teachers demonstrating skills key to successful classroom instruction,” Jennifer Gresko, Teacher-in-Residence Director said.
The online Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program is just part of Rio Salado College’s extensive education courses offerings. The college also has additional certification, professional development, and specialty endorsement courses for K-12 educators.
Rio Salado College is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges. The college has an extensive education program offering post baccalaureate teaching certification for K-12 and numerous education certifications and endorsements for those who want to become teachers. For registration or more information call 480-517-8540 or go to

E. J. Anderson
Media Relations Manager
Rio Salado College
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281