As coordinator for the ASPIRE Academy at Tempe’s Connolly Middle School, Gerald Taylor often spearheads after-school activities such as Court Works, a program where his students visit a courthouse and participate in a mock trial. To create a better experience for his students, on occasion Taylor even uses out-of-pocket money when he feels it is needed.
Dianne Szonn believes technology should be embraced and used as a daily learning tool in classrooms. Szoon, a fifth-grade teacher at Red Mountain Elementary School in Mesa, designed the school’s website and holds technology education sessions with co-workers, students and even parents. For Szonn, computer technology gives students and teachers an upper hand in learning and teaching.