Higley High teacher selected as Teacher of the Year

Higley High School math instructor Shawn Cook was named the Higley Unified School District Teacher of the Year during a recent awards dinner. The district recognized 13 outstanding teachers during the event, one from each school and the preschool program. (Courtesy of Higley Unified School District)

Higley High School math instructor Shawn Cook was named the Higley Unified School District Teacher of the Year during a recent awards dinner. The district recognized 13 outstanding teachers during the event, one from each school and the preschool program. (Courtesy of Higley Unified School District)

Higley High School math teacher Shawn Cook was selected as the District Teacher of the Year.
The seventh annual Teachers of the Year dinner was held May 7 to recognize some of the best teachers in the district. One teacher from each school site, as well as the preschool system, was selected to be honored from the more than 550 teachers in the district. Higley High School math teacher Shawn Cook was selected as the District Teacher of the Year.
“I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed this year and being at Higley High School. I enjoy working for the district,” Cook said when he was brought to the stage.
The following teachers were honored:
•Centennial Elementary– Melanie Schneider, first grade
•Chaparral Elementary – Linda Kamp, second grade
•Coronado Elementary – Theo Zwiernik, fourth grade
•Cortina Elementary – Julia Brink, first grade
•Gateway Pointe – Joanna Hughes, fifth grade math/science
•Higley Traditional Academy – Laurie Shanken, fifth grade
•Power Ranch – Josh Vanderflught, special education
•San Tan Elementary – Jaime McClure, sixth grade math
•Cooley Middle – Liz Holloway, seventh grade language arts
•Sossaman Middle – Nancy Foote, eighth grade conceptual physics
•Higley High – Shawn Cook, honors math
•Williams Field – Scott Shields, English; and
•Preschool – Jennie Hossack, Sossaman Early Childhood Development Center.
“We are fortunate to have such fine teachers in HUSD,” Superintendent Dr. Denise Birdwell told the audience. “They exemplify the hundreds of teachers we have in the district.”

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