Celebrate 2020 Teacher of the Year

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Eighth Annual 2020 Coconino County 

Teacher of the Year, 

Rookie Teacher of the Year and the Ambassadors for Excellence

Winners Announced


Superintendent Dr. Tommy Lewis would like to formally announce the winner of the 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year is Kristin Patterson, Flagstaff Junior Academy. The 2020 Teacher of the Year Ambassadors for Excellence winners are Lynn PattonMount Elden Middle School and Todd Van Hoesen, Haven Montessori. The 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year winner is Ashley CurtinW.F. Killip Elementary. The 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year Ambassadors for Excellence are Tessa Alexander, Williams High School and Langley Vannoy, Sinagua Middle School.



 The Annual Coconino County 

Teacher of the Year,

 Rookie Teacher of the Year &

Ambassadors for Excellence Awards Event for 2020-2021


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Each year the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools office holds a Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors for Excellence Awards Event, but due to COVID-19, we will not hold a 2020-2021 event, but hope to continue our annual tradition in the future.  

For more information contact the School Superintendent’s Office at 928-679-8070.


Coconino County Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee in Coconino County is a strong tradition intended to encourage and celebrate academic excellence. Open to all students in Coconino County in grades three through eight. We hope it improves spelling, increases vocabularies, fosters the learning of new concepts, and develops correct English usage that will help our children all their lives. Plus it’s fun!

Typically, the County Bee is scheduled for the weekend before President’s Day.

To ensure your students’ eligibility to participate in the 2021 Coconino County Spelling Bee (February 6, 2021) and the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee (March 20, 2021), schools musts be registered with Scripps National Spelling Bee by December 18, 2020.

Go to Arizona Educational Foundation to access the statewide spelling bee information and much more.

Spelling Bee Resources