Science Foundation donates $15 million

The Science Foundation of Arizona is donating $15 million over three years to rural Arizona schools to improve academic achievement.

The funds will be disbursed across 13 counties: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai and Yuma.

The money is designed to provide teachers the tools they need to improve academic achievement and develop the skills to implement Arizona's Common Core standards and next-generation science standards.

The donation stems from a study among educators that found a need in rural areas to build an educated workforce pipeline.

Grant will help students collect earthquake data

Students at Edge High School will learn about the impact of earthquakes with the help of a grant for nearly $5,000.

The award is from CenturyLink and the Arizona Technology in Education Association.

The money will be used to bring a seismometer into the classroom along with several computers to collect and analyze data to be used in student projects.

CFHS assistant principal honored for excellence

Catalina Foothills High School administrator Laura Manning was named Arizona Assistant Principal of the Year.

The honor, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, recognizes excellence in leadership and educational commitment to excellence.

2 Pima County JTED educators recognized

Two Pima County JTED educators will be honored later this month by the Arizona Family and Consumer Science Education organization.

Marissa Arndt will receive the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year award. She is a culinary arts instructor at JTED@Mountain View.

Mary Jondrow will receive the Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator of the Year award.

Jondrow, a 25-year education veteran, is a JTED board member and the advanced program manager for Pima Community College's Desert Vista Campus.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea