Her inspirational approach earns teacher top honors for a 3rd time

Can an eighth-grade physics class be fun? Yes, if Andrea Yocum is the teacher. The proof: Yocum, a middle-school science teacher at Summit School of Ahwatukee, is a now-three-time recipient of a Golden Gator Excellence in Teaching Award from Xavier College Preparatory High School. The award recognizes junior-high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier’s […]

Homeschooling to be focus of Tempe library workshop

Homeschooling to be focus of Tempe library workshop

By Joyce Coronel Kris Hansen has a master’s degree in biology and teaches online courses through Mesa Community College, but she’s also got a more an unconventional teaching gig. The mother of five teaches chemistry, natural science and biology to children, all from a friend’s spacious kitchen. The endeavor is part of the homeschooling movement, […]

Tempe series offers aspiring writers a voice

Tempe series offers aspiring writers a voice

The next J.K. Rowling or Stephen King could be discovered at the Tempe Public Library. In fact, the library could be their first publisher. Tempe Public Library and Arizona State University have teamed up to encourage local writers and give them voices. The library offers a variety of programs designed to polish writing skills and […]

Thanks for the memories…

Thanks for the memories…

Newcomers and oldtimers alike got a chance to share memories of their Kyrene schooldays at an alumni mixer at the Main Event entertainment venue. Festivities were preceded by a request to former students to provide an update of their lives post-Kyrene. Said Kyrene spokeswoman Rosalie Hirano: ‘We’d like to track their successes, both academically and […]

Valley high school wrestlers pin down points during invitational

By Alex Zener Aztec wrestling — Marc Farina scored 32 team points for his championship win in the 48th Flowing Wells Invitational wrestling tournament, held Jan. 16-17 in Tucson, to help Corona take 4th place with 154.5 points behind Mesa Mountain View, Sunnyside and Chandler. Farina, 22-2 on the season and wrestling at 140 lbs. […]

Dancing her way to a dream

Dancing her way to a dream

Story by Michelle Hirsch Photos by Billy Hardiman “A year ago I was petrified going into this—starting a new business and not having any idea whether it would work or not, or whether I would lose my shirt in the process,” recalls Mary Wall. “I anticipated huge losses the first year, and that didn’t happen.”) […]