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Canon Elementary teacher named Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year


BLACK CANYON CITY – Canon Elementary School fifth grade teacher Trinka Hall has been named as the Yavapai County Rural Teacher of the Year.

Hall teaches all fifth grade subjects and is the Math Mentor for Title I teachers. According to her fellow staff, Hall’s educational foundation and understanding of the profession is excellent. Her rapport with the students and parents is very positive. She uses many varied forms of teaching and has great technological skills. Hall stays late and comes in early. Hall is open to new ideas and welcomes any insight that can benefit the students.

Outside the classroom, Hall goes above and beyond, too. She works collaboratively with all the teachers to design SMART Board lessons, fix computers, and help build the school calendar. She has worked on the White Cane Parade, participated in field day, and helped out with the science fair.

The staff reports, “The teachers at Canon enjoy working with her and at our school; we are like family…we fully support Mrs. Hall in her endeavor to take on the new challenge of her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.”

Hall has completed both the Intel Math and Science Programs, and she ran the Agua Fria Science Study, for which she received a grant. The students studied the protected lands of Agua Fria National Monument. This year, she also introduced Biztown to the students. Along with the sixth grade teacher, the classes went to Phoenix and spent a day at a bank practicing business skills.

Superintendent Angela Jangula says, “Trinka Hall is a dedicated employee of the Canon SD #50. She is a highly ethical and industrious person, who brings to her assignments a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and ability. If I could find a way to duplicate Mrs. Hall and keep her in education forever, I would in a heartbeat.”

One of her 5th grade students, Izabellah Ruiz, had this to say about her, “My 5th grade teacher was Mrs. Hall. She is a very amazing teacher. Any time I needed help with my work, she was there. Mrs. Hall is one of my favorite teachers. She is caring, and made our whole class feel special.”

Trinka Hall will move on to the next round of interviews and we wish her luck on becoming the State Rural Teacher of the Year!

Canon Elementary School will be accepting student registrations on July 13-14, 2-8 p.m. and July 15-16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more details, call (623) 374-5588.