ADVISORY TEAM

“It is a privilege to serve and support schools through School Connect. Bringing all facets of the community together to help educators enrich the lives of children and open doors of opportunity is meaningful and important community-building. Please find a way to connect with us and join this effort.”

Dr. Jennifer Johnson, Retired Educator

“My collaboration with School Connect provides me the opportunity to passionately commit to fostering school partnerships that empower students, elevate educational outcomes, and create lasting positive impacts in our community.”

Dr. Joe Roselle, Chief Operating Officer,
Urban Farming Education

With a deep-seated passion for serving students, and a commitment to making a meaningful impact in our community, I am dedicated to contributing to the School Connect Advisory Board. School Connect’s network of support aligns perfectly with my mission to empower students and foster positive change within our local educational landscape.

Ramiro Alvarez, Public Information Officer,
Pendergast Elementary School District

School Connect enhances learning outcomes in STEM that will improve student success.

Myesha Harris, Secretary, Engineer,
Women in Transportation, City of Phoenix

Not every child has a champion. Help us connect a network of community leaders to every local school, so that every child has support to reach their potential!

Shelly Hornback, Owner,
Hornback Communications

Not every child has a champion. Help us connect a network of community leaders to every local school, so that every child has support to reach their potential!

Debbie Kovesdy, Founder & CEO,
Gen Tech

Schools are cornerstones of our communities. School Connect’s efforts to foster connections and increase support for education are not only changing lives but also creating opportunities for generations to come.

Danielle Lerner, AZ Living Host,
COX Yurview

School Connect fosters unity and action steps among business partners and school communities to support students!

Dr. Cherryl Paul, Assistant Vice President of Academic Alliances,
Grand Canyon University

Not every child has a champion. Help us connect a network of community leaders to every local school, so that every child has support to reach their potential!

Taylor Perkins, Business Development,
Chasse Building Team

Vulcan Materials Company supports School Connect to help support our communities develop interest in our future leaders and encourage young learners to pursue STEM careers.

Abbey Sanderson, Community and Government Relations Coordinator,
Vulcan Materials

Join Our Village

Doing this alone is impossible; it takes all of us working together to make a difference.

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Congratulations to Litchfield Elementary School and Principal Sabine Hopper for winning the 2024 Because It Takes A Village Award. Your school leads the way as a shining example of what it means to collaborate for the benefit of the entire community! In the words of Principal Sabine Hopper, 

“I could not run this school and do what I do without the beautiful work of the people that I work with. It is about community; it’s not about one person. The volunteers that we get at our school are incredible. The parents are incredible. They are part of our family; so, when they walk in, we know them by name. They come in, they help out...you get chills when you walk out there and see all the people and the love from the community.” 

@litchfield_esd thank you for showing us the value of #community!

#ittakesavillage 
#schoolconnectawards 
#championsofeducation
Congratulations to Samuel Granado, 5th grade student from Pendergast Elementary School District, and recipient of the 2024 Student Champion of the Year Award for grades K-6.

Samuel strives to be a leader for his community just like his ancestors in the Lakota tribe and says we should always advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for leading by example, Samuel! We cannot wait to see your Dreamscape Lab and know that you will keep advocating for other students to have the best educational pathway forward! 

 
@pesd92 full video: https://youtu.be/Vs3f9s3GICg?si=y31NKtsk-bUabuqB
#studentchampions #schoolconnectawards #villadepazelementary #kidsvoice #dreamscapelab
Congratulations to Taylor Perkins, recipient of the 2024 School Champion of the Year Award. Watch as Taylor shares how gardens can become a welcoming place for every person to build community and help Arizona youth see a glimpse of all the amazing careers that are right at their fingertips. 
In Taylor’s words,
“It’s really awesome to see students plant a seed in the ground and watch it grow. They just have this appreciation for life. You get in the dirt; you plant something and it’s like dancing – everyone can do it! And no matter what stage of life you are in? You belong.” 

@chasse.us  #CHASSEBuildingTeam #schoolchampionoftheyearaward  #BuildingToMakeADifference 

 #schoolconnectawards #ittakesavillage  https://youtu.be/atkv2Z1unT4?si=WrM3R2Y-uOH1S3hd
Congratulations to Deb Lupnacca, Achievement Interventionist from the Washington Elementary School District @wesdschools and recipient of the Founder’s Heart Award. Honored for her work as a teacher and school champion, Deb believes that leaders of all ages are just waiting to be discovered. Ms. Lupnacca inspires young and old to be the change they want to see as she embodies the School Connect “Heart of a Founder” who paves the way for the next generation.
 
Watch Deb’s full video story here: https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6 (https://youtu.be/ztFHQkTCW_Q?si=p4ips0epIelA6Vek&t=6)
 
#nationalteacherappreciationweek #foundersheartaward #schoolconnectawards #WESDfamily @wesdschools
In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, School Connect invites you to submit your school project now. 

We can't think of a better way to support your teachers and school than inviting your community to come partner with you!

Early bird submissions create time for organizations to put your school project on their calendar! It also allows time to invite parents, community members and student leaders to help lead the charge!
https://schoolconnectaz.org/love-our-schools-day/submit-your-project/
#loveourschool #ittakesavillage #LOSD2024