Estrella Foothills High School
Audrey Stoner is a senior at Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Arizona, and is honored to have been elected as a state officer for the 2020-2021 school year. This is her third year as an Educators Rising member, and she served as an officer for her local chapter for two years before being elected to the state office. Audrey is a program completer in Education Professions and has placed in her school’s CTE Fair since she began. Outside of EdRising, Audrey is an inducted Thespian, a member of the National Honors Society, has earned multiple college credits, and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school. She is also a member of her school’s student government, drama club, and writes for their newspaper. Additionally, she works two jobs and volunteers at a local elementary school. Audrey will be attending Northern Arizona University and will double major in Special & Elementary Education with a minor in ASL. After that, she plans to attend graduate school to earn her master's degree in Educational Leadership. Audrey wants to inspire students to join the education field and fill Arizona schools with excellent teachers. She is extraordinarily passionate about teaching and strives to spread that passion to others.
Mission Statement - My mission for the 2020-2021 school year is to help students reach their fullest potential and inspire them to do what they believe is impossible. As our advisor says, teachers often see the greatness in others that they cannot see them in themselves, and we must shine that light and show them their potential. Working primarily with younger students has shown me that our guidance and unconditional encouragement is extraordinarily important to their development and work ethic. I aim to extend that knowledge to Educators Rising members and motivate them to expand and work toward that philosophy. Additionally, I am to increase our membership and inform aspiring educators about our amazing organization that will aid them in cultivating the skills needed to be successful educators.
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Vice President At Large
Miami High School
Alex Castillo is a senior at Miami Junior Senior High School in Globe, Arizona. This is in his third year of being an EdRising member. Ever since freshman year, Alex plays two sports year-round and is very active. Alex is also involved in his community and extracurricular activities. Most of all, he enjoys playing video games in his spare time and he has a YouTube Channel for video games. On top of all his extracurricular activities and gaming, he manages to have great and steady grades. Alex plans to stay in Arizona and attend a community college and work on his career goal welding. Alex believes EdRising will give him the skills and experiences he needs to be successful in the future.
Mission Statement - My mission as a state officer for the 2020-2021 school year is to be inspiring to all Educators Rising Arizona members. I have been inspired by teachers, friends, and family to fulfill the leadership position as a state officer. The organization has made me more aware that I need to expand my education and knowledge, such as when I realized there are not many male teachers and professors out there. Teaching can be for everyone. There is a need for male teachers who are all educated and dedicated to providing students with the best education possible. I want to inspire people by reaching my goals and showing how I am impacting communities. I will accomplish this by getting more members through outreach. I will take full advantage of my position as a state officer and inspire Educators Rising, by being an impactful leader. I'm going to inspire individuals to spread the word about Educators Rising because of how I impacted them.
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Vice President of Membership
San Luis High School
Melany Gandara is currently a Senior at San Luis High School in the Yuma Union High School District. This year will be Melany’s third year in Educators Rising through the Early Childhood Education program, where she has been a teacher leader for the program’s preschool. Also, she served as the Vice President at Large for Educators Rising during the 2019-2020 school year. Melany enjoys being an involved student and serving her community. She served as the secretary at her school’s Future Farmers of America chapter, while at the same time being part of the Science Research Club, serving as an officer for the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, and doing volunteer work at the public library. During her time in these extracurriculars, Melany participated in many community service activities such as planting trees near a river for the Wetland Restorations and working a food booth at her local fair. After high school, she plans to attend Northern Arizona University to pursue a career as either an Elementary Teacher or an Early Childhood Educator. Melany feels honored to be given the opportunity to serve Educators Rising for a second term!
Mission Statement - As a State Officer for Educators Rising, I plan to become an advocate for education and a voice for our students. My main goal this year is to help the organization expand by promoting awareness of the importance of education and all of the opportunities EdRising has to offer to its members. Lastly, I want to create a fun learning environment where students feel comfortable, can express themselves, and are able to develop their abilities and skills.
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Vice President of Media Relations
Greenway High School
Brooke Hughes is honored to serve Educators Rising as a 2020-2021 State Officer. She is currently a senior at Greenway High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a part of Education Professions for two years now and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for her. She is very involved in school by being an active member of the National Honors Society, the Dance Performance Company, and Link Crew. Outside of school, Brooke has been dancing for approximately eight years where she also got the opportunity to assist a young tap class. At home, Brooke has seven sisters so she has had to learn to be a strong role model and a good teacher. She loves to spend time with kids whether it is through hanging out with her four younger siblings, babysitting, or even interning in her mother's first-grade classroom. Educators Rising has taught Brooke so much about students and what it means to be a leader and it has ultimately motivated her to become the best teacher she can be. She will use her position as a state officer to motivate others to join the education world and inspire young students.
Mission Statement - My mission as your state officer for the 2020-2021 school year is to inspire others to not only join Educators Rising, but to have a strong desire to be a leader. I want others to know that they can become whoever they want to be, and EdRising will help them find their voice. In order to do this, I will make sure everyone always feels welcome and heard. However, I will also be the voice for those who may not be ready. Each of these things will ensure a larger voice for the organization. Altogether, I strive for all of EdRising to recognize the need for strong teachers that are dedicated and passionate. Not many students get the opportunity to be in this position, so I promise to always do my best as a leader and inspire others to inspire others. It all starts with one person!
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Vice President of Correspondence
Mesa High School
Tierra Lee is honored to have this opportunity to serve as a State Officer for Educators Rising in the 2020-2021 school year. Tierra is currently a junior at Mesa High School and is in her second year of being an EdRising member through Education Professions where she won third place in Early Childhood Education: Teaching Instructional Support and she will continue on to her third year of being a member. She also loves to be involved in school activities and tries to participate in as much as she can. Through EdRising, she has learned a lot about child development which she will apply to her future careers after high school where she plans to attend Northern Arizona University to become a high school history teacher or an elementary teacher. With the skills learned and her experience she aims to inspire others, motivate them, and spread the word of our organization and what we do, not only to Ed Rising members but to everyone she comes across. She possesses the skills of leadership, teamwork, hardworking, and communication to not only to further herself but everyone around her. Tierra also has this side of being an overachiever. With that, she hopes to better Educators Rising and spread the joy she has of being an Educators Rising member.
Mission Statement - My mission as a State Officer for Educators Rising is to inspire others. My teachers have inspired me and encouraged me to take on this role and I would like to do the same for others. This way I am inspiring others while telling them the importance of this organization, especially when I go to school and someone asks “What is EdRising?”. Not only will this raise awareness of Ed Rising but the educational problems we face. Like now with this epidemic, we are currently facing and the teacher shortage that we are constantly battling. The benefits are super helpful so why not take advantage of that and join? It has had such a huge impact on my life so I will try my best to have a huge impact on Educators Rising.
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