The Best of Chandler

The Best of Chandler: 2020 - Dining

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On the northwestern side of Chandler Municipal Airport in a maintenance hangar, this family-run, diner-style restaurant often is populated by families, airport tenants and dedicated regulars built during two-plus decades. The cafe’s observation patio overlooking the runway is just as popular…

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The apple fritter will change your life. The classic glazed is as good as they come. The eclair is worth every wonderful calorie. You won’t fi nd the fancy, trendy doughnuts at Bosa. You will, however, get everything you want in a classic shop: a ordable, fl u y doughnuts served in a no-fril…

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Executive Chef Joey Maggiore and his dad Tomaso Maggiore conceptualized this creative brunchery, featuring a buildyour-own Bloody Mary bar that complements an array of creative fare to start the day – whether at sunrise or at about noon. Think Cannoli Donuts, fried to order with sweet dough,…

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Imagine authentic New York-style pastrami or corned beef, piled high on a bun. You’re in a Chompie’s state of mind. Complementing their Mile High Sandwiches are the traditional matzo ball soup and fresh specialty salads. The Jewish Sliders were featured on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Not …

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Family-owned Pho Chandler brings regulars back by serving fresh, delicious Vietnamese food at a reasonable price. Pho prides itself on customer service, particularly its popular take-out options. Dishes are made to order from ingredients that are delivered fresh each day from local markets. …

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Technically, Rock Lobster is a Japanese-fusion restaurant but the star of the show is sushi, served all day long. All of the classic sea life is available as sashimi or nigiri on the Traditional Sushi Menu. And you’ll fi nd the usual suspects on the Traditional Rolls Menu, as well. Where Roc…

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The only thing better than the aroma as you approach is what Black Rock pours into your cup. The smell and the java should suit you just fi ne. Premium, classic and even coffee-less brews are available hot or cold. Alternative milk options include soy, almond, coconut and oat. Need a smoothi…

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According to SanTan Brewery founder and brew master Anthony Cannechia, his business always has been about creating meaningful occasions around craft food and drink with a commitment to crafting uncommon, consistent quality the local community can count on since the day it opened in downtown …

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Think of The Casual Pint Ocotillo as a coff ee shop but with a focus on craft beer instead of java. It’s a fun spot with an upscale yet casual, relaxed atmosphere. Expert “Beer-tenders” can serve up craft beer by the pint from the tap wall, by the can, or by the bottle. Snack on tasty starte…

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The options are endless – and delicious. Have your Zzeeks wings slathered in mild, medium, hot, suicide, angry mustard, BBQ, hot BBQ, honey BBQ, honey hot BBQ, honey hot, honey citrus, Caribbean hot or salt and vinegar. But wait, there’s more. Select from plain, salt and pepper, lemon pepper…

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Some of us shy away from healthy eating for fear that our system just can’t take it. Original ChopShop accepts the challenge of changing that by serving food that tastes so good you’d swear that it isn’t good for you. But it is. ChopShop’s goal is to provide a warm, welcoming place where you…

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If you’re looking for Sonoran food in an inviting atmosphere, then look no further. Valle Luna serves up the best in Sonoran-style dishes, including an array of dinner specialties. Try Pepe’s Sizzling Fajitas, or Fundido, the most-popular choice on the menu. Shrimp-Stuff ed Poblano Chiles le…

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In a community that is home to a gazillion mom-andpop shops, this chain stands as king of the folded tortilla. The Marisco Taco Dinner is always a favorite, as are Tia Rita’s Tacos, Pepe’s Border Tacos and the taco salad. Valle Luna will do party trays, banquets, events and promotions. Enjoy…

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Now in Chandler’s exciting “New Square,” DC’s shiny glass-and-steel home has all the appeal of a swanky, big-city restaurant, with decor reminiscent of the warmth and intimacy of the old downtown location. With Wisconsin roots in family-run restaurants, the owners’ seafood menu would not be …

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If you weren’t sure you were hungry, just open your car door in the parking lot and catch a whiff of meat grilling on a wood fi re. Rudy’s is intoxicating. An array of meats – brisket and pulled pork lead the parade – are available in sandwiches or by the half pound. The sides are anything b…

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It’s worth a trip to In-N-Out Burger just to snag one of those cool T-shirts emblazoned with classic cars and hot rods against California Dreamin’ imagery. It doesn’t get any better, even if you’re dreaming. If your closet is full, the food is worth the trip, too. You don’t last 72 years oth…

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At The Ostrich, they don’t have their head in the sand when it comes to knowing what a sophisticated crowd wants in a fi ne cocktail. After nearly a year of renovations and excavations, patrons are taken back in time as they enter the site inspired by rich history, directly below Crust Chand…

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Start with dough made fresh daily. Zzeeks’ crust comes in thin, double dough, caulifl ower, zucchini, broccoli cheddar, keto, gluten free, New York and Brooklyn. Add Zzeeks zesty marinara sauce, which is slow-simmered for hours over low heat to get the special blend of spices just right, and…

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For Italian food served in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, this locally owned restaurant is the place to be. The expansive menu has gluten-free and kids’ options. Perhaps the most unique off ering is the pizza muffi n, served in a half-dozen or full dozen, with many of the same choices fr…

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Do you like Australian rules football? How about a spirited corn hole competition? And curling – ya gotta love curling. If it’s sports and it’s on TV, it’s plastered in high defi nition on one of the walls at Blue 32 Sports Grill. During the COVID-19 pandemic, televised sports options are fe…

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There is no such thing as sensory overload for a true sports fan, and locally owned and operated Blue 32 Sports Grill proves it with its seemingly wall-to-wall HDTVs carrying all the big games and events. It is more than a sports bar, though. Its full-service restaurant features fresh ground…

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Start with the Vault Series of limited-release, specialty craft beers that are 9 percent or more alcohol by volume and aged six to eight weeks. Winter Warmer was the fi rStreet Now there are a slew of brews for all tastes in all seasons. From a refreshing summer ale to a spiced fall lager, S…

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If the sight of a yellow river of cheese cascading down the side of a half-foot-high burger sandwich gets your motor running, then come on down – even if you don’t care to wash it down with a beer. This is not your basic burger place. Ingredients are fresh, made inhouse daily. More than 150 …

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Quarantined due to the pandemic? Or just had it with the relentless barrage of 110-degree-plus days and want to stay home? Zzeeks gladly will deliver your order. As a part of its social distancing policy, delivery is non-contact only. If giving a gratuity, customers should do so when placing…

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Wisconsin native Dean Laplant opened Downtown Chandler Steak House in October 2010 with the goal of bringing families and friends together over terrifi c food, superb wine and impeccable service. Newly relocated from the historic old building in Chandler’s Main Square, the DC Steakhouse is s…

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Family-owned Pho Chandler brings regulars back by serving fresh, delicious Vietnamese food at a reasonable price. Pho prides itself on customer service, particularly its popular take-out options. Dishes are made to order from ingredients that are delivered fresh each day from local markets. …

The Best of Chandler: 2020 - Fun & Entertaiment

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There is nothing like the smell of popcorn, the allure of Raisinets and the opportunity to sit in a puddle of spilled soft drink. That’s before you get to the souped-up sound, the big screen and joining an audience in reacting to a fi lm in a theater. Binge-watching streamed shows at home is…

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The folks at KTR like to say they o er the best of the outdoors, indoors. The emphasis is on kids, with a goal of serving kids of all ages and abilities and giving them the freedom to explore their passions. Among its o erings are skateboard, BMX, scooter, parkour (free-movement activity lik…

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For excellence in golf, Ocotillo comes to the fore. This desert oasis includes 27 holes designed by renowned course architect Ted Robinson. There is no shortage of H2O along the layout. The magnifi cent golf course is complemented by the Ocotillo Grille, where sports bar meets family restaur…

The Best of Chandler: 2020 - Community

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Cornerstone Christian Church is passionate about serving the community and demonstrating God’s love to others. Whether in person or online, individually or in groups, within the church and around the world, Cornerstone is focused on supporting and engaging in relationships that provide relie…

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Valley of the Sun’s dedicated professionals are committed to getting every detail right, every time, by listening, caring and guiding every family that walks through its doors. Valley of the Sun will help create remembrances that refl ect the unique values, character and traditions of the lo…

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Cherish thrives on nourishing the health and happiness of its guests and team members, recognizing that each is an individual. Accordingly, the menu is crafted to refl ect varied dietary preferences, whether vegan, keto, gluten-free, or just food that tastes great and makes them feel great. …

The Best of Chandler: 2020 - Business & Services

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Family-owned Hu ’s Automotive, serving Chandler since 2009, is committed to providing its customers with professional service and maintenance by qualifi ed technicians at a reasonable price. Even the wives of the master technicians work there! Hu ’s uses quality products, backed by a Nationw…

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Residents at The Village at Ocotillo, a luxurious senior community, may go down to the pool for a refreshing swim, or enjoy a workout in the fully-equipped fi tness center. They may immerse themselves online in the Internet lounge. Housekeeping and cooking are taken care of so they may enjoy…

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With more than 50 years of o ering inspiration and creativity, Pacifi c remains the source of quality products, appliances and services for the home. Located inside a Best Buy store, Pacifi c welcomes customers, designers, builders, contractors and architects to share what inspires them to c…

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Do you dream of a new pool design? Outdoor kitchen or fi re pit? Dramatic patio space with pavers, travertine, fl agstone or concrete topped with a pergola? Artistic Landscape, a full landscape design, will show you a 3D rendering of the plan as they make your dream come true. Irrigation rep…

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Clearly, Zesty Zzeeks has fi gured out the formula to keep bringing them back. “Zzeeks is a classic mom and pop where when you walk in you feel like family,” one satisfi ed customer writes on the company’s website. “The food was excellent, the service was quick and friendly and the restauran…

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Family owned Precision Air & Plumbing has been a Chandler favorite since 1995 by providing quality air conditioning, heating and plumbing services and treating customers right the fi rst time. The company’s philosophy of “People before Profi ts” helped Precision build its business on cus…

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Bliss Travel Service specializes in river and ocean cruises, all-inclusive resorts and other vacation packages around the world. They tour the cruise ships and destinations they sell. Owner Dominique Barba and her friendly team of travel professionals make vacation planning easy and exciting…

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Children’s Cancer Network strives to give hope to Arizona children a icted by cancer and their families by assisting with fi nancial issues, education, encouraging healthy lifestyles, creating self esteem and creating awareness of issues they face during stressful and uncertain times. CCN’s …

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After a record-breaking run of days at 110 degrees or hotter, a polar plunge doesn’t sound all bad. The next-best thing is a visit to Ice Den for a splendid chill. The west Chandler rink o ers public skating, hockey, skating lessons and pro shop. O the ice, there are rooms for birthday parti…

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With close to 200 retail and dining establishments, Chandler Fashion Center is the place to shop. On hot summer days, patrons can fi nd hours of cool diversion looking for that perfect gift or a personal treat, then check out the tasty treats available in the expansive food court or in resta…

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Sun Lakes Chandler Animal Clinic boasts an experienced sta , who treat their furry patients with compassion and skill. The clean and well-equipped facility projects a calm, friendly atmosphere. The sta strives to maintain a close partnership with its clients by providing follow-up about thei…

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AZ Oasis Pools co-owner Christiaan Culbertson spent 12 years as an environmental consultant prior to starting the business in 2008. Co-owner April Culbertson spent more than 20 years in management positions before joining the team. They, along with their technicians, who are trained to becom…

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Jim Brown and Sons has served Chandler for more than 30 years, due to its experience and innovative solutions to any roofi ng challenge. When a problem comes up that isn’t in the manual, JBS is not afraid to think outside the box, relying on its industry veterans. JBS will develop a roofi ng…

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When Ira Fulton started 40 years ago, he didn’t want to be one of the biggest – just the beStreet He got both. Fulton Homes is Arizona’s largest family-owned and operated home builder and its rigorous inspections created the legendary Fulton quality. Cooley Station is a master planned develo…

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Chapman BMW provides extraordinary vehicle purchasing experiences. Expect to find the full line of BMW vehicles, from the sporty 230i convertible to the ultra-premium M6, in this upscale west Chandler dealership. Chapman also boasts a state-of-the-art service center, parts and accessories bo…

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Chandler Unifi ed is dedicated to employing sta and teachers from a culturally diverse community. The district strives to provide its employees with the resources they need to fulfi ll their educational mission. Employees value their important work with 95 percent reporting they are proud to…

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Three-decade Chandler resident Grady Hansen and his team are focused on making the auto-insurance and home-insurance buying process easy, whether you are looking to get an auto-insurance or home-insurance quote or you are relocating to Arizona and need assistance with insurance relocation. T…

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Specializing in auto accidents and personal injuries, Lerner and Rowe is available for free consultations day or night, weekday or weekends and even on holidays. Their Chandler legal team is dedicated and experienced not only in personal injury and accident but also wrongful death. There are…

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Classic Guys’ success is based on their core values, the “above and beyond” mentality they practice, community involvement, as well as the incredible community support they report having. “Our Chandler Community has been behind us every step of the way-we are thankful,” says owner Clifton Mc…

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Innovative, timeless design and superb in-house manufacturing make Co n and Trout the industry standard bearer. In-house manufacturing provides an opportunity to customize and give special attention to every aspect of a design. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted with the intention that it …

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As the name suggests, this place is no walk in the park. It’s a challenge to become the best version of you. Focused on cardio and strength training, these 45-minute workouts provide balanced fi tness routines that target di erent muscle groups throughout the week. Trainers will challenge an…

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The compassionate, experienced dog lovers at Chandler Dogs have been serving up fun for doggies since 2009. No one has duplicated their special cage-free boarding formula. Chandler Dogs cares for your pooch as a family member in a safe, open and loving environment. They’re open 24 hours a da…

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The Ryan-Whyte team is your one stop-shop when it comes to Chandler, AZ real estate! For over 45 years, The Ryan-Whyte Real Estate Team has helped families and individuals buy, sell and manage homes in the East Valley. It’s not only real estate that keeps the Ryan-Whyte Team going. They are …

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Infi nity & Associates Real Estate is Chandler’s premier real estate company and is dedicated to assisting their community with their real estate needs. Infi nity and Associates has a vast array of experience, expertise, and a commitment to excellence that helps set them apart from other…

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Floyd’s 99 Barbershop mixes excellent service with the new style appeal of an experienced and talented sta . From the diverse styles and personalities of its stylists and barbers, to its signature poster wall plastered with a time machine of music legends and icons, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is …

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Every trip is di erent at HomeGoods, where you can explore many styles of high-quality merchandise as you tap into your creativity. HomeGoods’ endlessly changing selection means shoppers fi nd something exciting every visit. Find what you need for a perfect backyard oasis or a conversation p…

The Best of Chandler: 2020 Medical

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Sonoran Smile Orthodontics is owned by our two female orthodontists, Dr. Shadow Asgari and Dr. Samantha Vu, who pride themselves on running a family-friendly offi ce. They get to know their patients and treat them as individuals. During your treatment, you will see only the two doctors. They…

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Chandler dentist Kelly Jorn Cook, D.D.S., offers full-service dentistry, including dental implants, Invisalign and restoration. The entire team strives to provide the highest quality personalized dental care for patients of all ages in a stress-free, tranquil environment. They also offer sed…

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Tear a meniscus playing hoops? You get the knee scoped and now it’s time to really reveal your character. Physical therapy can be a challenge, but the pros at Spooner are dedicated to facilitating your rehab. They can help you with any number of rehabilitations of the entire body, whether yo…

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Sun is not skin’s best friend, particularly in Arizona’s harsh desert sun. Sometimes, even when best precautions are taken, the physicians and staff at East Valley Dermatology Center are needed. Whether it’s a full-body skin exam, skin-cancer treatment and perhaps resulting state-of-the-art …

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The vision at Unmarked Beauty and Wellness is to lead the industry with personalized treatment and care. They have partnered with leading pharmaceutical companies and invested in a fl exible scheduling system to provide the best service and products available for the patient’s schedule. Pati…

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Oasis, Chandler’s fi rst state-licensed medical-marijuana dispensary, has two locations plus online delivery and express pickup. It provides the highest-quality cannabis products and unmatched customer service to its patients. Oasis carries a large selection of bulk fl ower in a variety of s…

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Board licensed physician Dr. Dan Larke specializes in men’s health and sexual wellness, erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease, testosterone therapy and various other forms of regenerative medicine. He was the fi rst Gainswave provide and the only certifi ed Success Provider of GAINSWave i…

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Chandler Regional Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center that off ers emergency services, diagnostic imaging and family birth center. A $192 million, 96-bed fourth patient tower is under construction on the campus. As part of the Dignity Health network, Chandler Regional is dedicated to d…

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Chiropractic care is more than just making the pain disappear. It is about learning, understanding and taking care of your body to improve your quality of life. That’s the credo that Dr. Samuel E. Carr and his associates live by as they aim to educate patients about chiropractic and natural …

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The goal of the team of physicians at Valley Women for Women is to develop lasting relationships with patients, built on a foundation of trust and compassion. The team’s passion is providing the best care possible, including pregnancy care center, obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) needs and …

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The Ocotillo Eye Care team provides comprehensive services for adults and children and performs a complete eye exam that analyzes health and vision function. The facility is equipped with digital retinal photography and a topographer to map the shape of the cornea and improve contact-lens fi…

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FastMed Urgent Care’s family-friendly clinics off er knowledgeable and friendly staff s. Clinics off er convenient, immediate care seven days a week, 365 days a year, including extended hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays. Walk in during business hours or check in online fi rst for a sh…

The Best of Chandler: 2020 - Education

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Legacy Traditional Schools’ back-to-basics approach has proven popular among parents who want to stick with what works in education. Legacy’s accelerated pace of study, high expectations for academics and behavior, self-contained K-6 classrooms, bell-to-bell instruction, integrated Language …

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Premier Learning Academy prides itself on its award-winning academic curriculum that is balanced by the joy of play and discovery. Its unique small-group sizes allow its educators to focus on enhancing your child’s learning and self-confi dence. The facility features an extensive children’s …

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Premier Learning Academy’s generous pay, competitive benefi ts, positive and fun work environment, and supportive management gives it the highest teacher-retention rates in the state, creat a stable learning environment for the children. Its custom curriculum results in super reading and wri…

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The Dance Loft is dedicated to providing dance instruction in a positive learning environment that encourages creativity and self-esteem. Its vision is for every dancer to appreciate and be passionate. Its 13,000 square-foot, state-ofthe-art facility boasts six dance rooms that feature true …

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Seton Catholic Preparatory, a faith-based, co-ed secondary school, is dedicated to academic excellence, leadership and service. Seton’s enrollment of fewer than 600 students places it among the smallest high schools in the area and its 14:1 student-teacher ratio is among the lowest. Seton pr…

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Chandler Unifi ed School District encompasses 80 square miles and serves more than 46,000 students in Grades K-12. It boasts test scores above the state and national averages and its students consistently score among the top in the state on college-entrance exams. Most of the district school…

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Of her 23 years as a teacher, Jennifer Pearce has been at CTA Independence since it opened in 2006. She enjoys watching her students’ faces “when they grasp a new idea,” but said an equally “positive thing about teaching is working with competent and dedicated fellow teachers.” “Their hard w…

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Michael Delatorre is starting his 22nd year in education – a career that began as a social studies teacher at Chandler High. The son of two teachers, he recalls being “always around schools growing up.” “I witnessed the power of positive infl uences on young people that educators had. It mad…

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Manny Palomarez is in his 27th year as a Chandler Unifi ed teacher and has spent 21 of them at Hamilton High. As a former athlete, he says, “I had many teachers and coaches who helped mold me into the person I am today. It was important for me to help create the same positive experiences the…

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A mascot is not just a suit, but the symbol of unity in a school. Mascots are always fun to be around and share great energy and Hammy the Husky loves to rev up the crowd at a game or pep rally for Hamilton High students.