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CCUSD names district Teacher of the Year and honorees


CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District has named the district Teacher of the Year for 2015. This is the second annual CCUSD Teacher of the Year celebration. This year, Lisa Fryer at Lone Mountain Elementary has been chosen as Teacher of the Year. Two honorees have also been named: Dominique Flamm at Sonoran Trails Middle School and Ron Richards at Cactus Shadows High School.

As Teacher of the Year, Fryer will receive $3,000; honorees Flamm and Richards will each receive $1,000. Awards are made possible by Barbara and Richard Gunderson, who have pledged $5,000 per year for three years to honor the Best of the Best in the CCUSD.

Teacher of the Year winner Fryer started her career in business and then followed her heart into education. Her peers report that she puts countless hours into her Lone Mountain Elementary classroom, searching for new, creative, and fun ways for the students to learn math, including engaging the students in learning with new technology. Fryer serves her school as Team Facilitator and Site Council. She participates on the Superintendent’s Community Council and is also on Interest Based Negotiations, representing the teacher’s point of view. Fryer will represent CCUSD in the 2016 AZ Teacher of the Year competition.

Teacher Honoree winner Flamm has been pivotal in restructuring the World Language Department at Sonoran Trails Middle School. Her colleagues say she is supportive to the entire school and that she delivers an incredible French program for her students, helping her students grow in their learning. Flamm gives of her time as part of district committees, as well as the Sonoran Trails Site Council.

Teacher Honoree Richards is described by Cactus Shadows High School staff as always quick to help out wherever he is needed. Richards works to educate students with both curriculum and life skills. Richards takes the curriculum he teaches very seriously and understands the importance of what he teaches his students for their lives beyond high school, working to bring real world relevance to the classroom.

Nominations for these CCUSD honors come from each school in the district. Each elementary school may nominate one candidate, and the secondary schools may nominate two each. Those teachers then fill out a Teacher of the Year application that is modeled after the AZ Teacher of the Year application. Their applications are scored, rated, and ranked by independent readers from the AZ Education Foundation, the organization that sponsors the AZ Teacher of the Year Program.

All nominees are honored at a District-wide celebration of certified teachers in May, at which the two honorees and our CCUSD Teacher of the Year is announced. All three of this year’s winners will be featured around the district this school year, with their pictures on three CCUSD buses.

The Cave Creek Unified School District’s school year begins Thursday, Aug. 6. See more about CCUSD at