Cindy Risinger, Val Vista Academy 4120 S. Val Vista Drive

Cindy Risinger,

Val Vista Academy

4120 S. Val Vista Drive

480-656-5555

valvistaacademy.org 

Cindy Risinger,

Val Vista Academy

4120 S. Val Vista Drive

480-656-5555

valvistaacademy.org

Cindy Risinger loves kindergarten at Val Vista Academy, where she has been a teacher for the last seven of her 22 years as a teacher.

“I love children and helping them learn. They have a sense of wonder that I love to foster,” said the Arizona native. “They are a blast.”

Risinger, who graduated from Dobson High in Mesa and has her master’s degree from ASU, has seen many changes in the curriculum for youngsters over the years. But while they may be doing things that their grandparents never learned till much later in school, Risinger said she makes sure kindergarteners don’t lose their chance to play.

“We want to have them prepared with what they will need in the future, but at the same time I don’t want to see them robbed of the brain development they get through playing and interacting with each other,” she said.

Second Place

Marie Cote

Val Vista Academy

4120 S. Val Vista Drive

480-656-5555

valvistaacademy.org

Third Place

Lindsey O’Brien

EDUPRIZE Elementary School

580 W .Melody Ave.

480-813-9537

eduprizeschools.net

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.