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About Us

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Arizona is facing a critical teacher shortage.

More than 19% of teachers in Arizona leave their school every year (the highest turnover in the U.S.). And, even though research shows that teachers of color advance beneficial outcomes for students of color, over 75% of teachers in Arizona are white—while more than half the students are people of color. The teacher shortage and lack of diversity are major problems, because teachers impact student achievement more than any other school factor. We believe that by recruiting, preparing, and supporting diverse and talented people who want to become educators, every child in Arizona can receive an outstanding education.

Vision

Our vision is that every child in Arizona receives an outstanding education taught by a well-prepared teacher committed to the profession and the children they serve.

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Mission

The Arizona Teacher Residency recruits, prepares, and supports diverse and talented people who want to become teachers through a rigorous graduate education, year-long clinical apprenticeship, and ongoing professional learning.

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Our Values

AZTR believes all students deserve teachers who are caring, committed, and inclusive. Teachers who understand and respond to students’ backgrounds, interests, and needs. These are exceptional professionals who hold high standards for all students—and for themselves, continuously reflecting on their practice.

As such, we value:

We are committed to serving partner communities, advancing the work of schools, and providing an excellent education to students. Residents are members of learning communities, committed to the learning of their students and to their own continuing growth and development as teachers, while serving partner districts for at least four years.

We work deliberately to include and represent all voices in our recruitment, coursework, and advocacy. Residents reflect, understand, and serve students from diverse backgrounds in partner districts.

We hold high standards for our work, teaching practice, and student learning. Residents know their students and learn to employ appropriate strategies and methodologies for each student to excel. To that end, they are responsible for managing and monitoring the learning of their students.

We believe that education is a human profession, and that the basis of the work is about forming meaningful connections. Residents develop reciprocal and respectful relationships through knowledge of, and authentic care for, the students and families they serve.

We are committed to creating learner-centered classrooms in which teachers work to engage, understand, and honor the students they teach. Residents learn responsive approaches to teaching and learning that include constructivist, relevant, reflective, and inquiry-based pedagogies to deepen understanding, critical thinking, and learning.

We rigorously evaluate and reflect upon residents’ work in communities and pre-service teacher education. Residents embrace feedback and think critically about their own practice to provide for a cycle of continuous improvement.

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Meet the team

Our team is made up of dedicated staff, advisory members, and program ambassadors.

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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Victoria Theisen-Homer
Dr. Victoria Theisen-Homer

Founding Director and Assistant Clinical Professor for NAU

Dr. Jessica Manzone
Dr. Jessica Manzone

Assistant Professor of Practice for AZTR and NAU

Dr. Thuy Padilla
Dr. Thuy Padilla

Academic Program Coordinator for Recruitment and Adjunct Faculty for NAU

David DeCabooter
David DeCabooter

Academic Program Coordinator for Operations

Juliana Urtubey, NBCT
Juliana Urtubey, NBCT

Course Instructor

Kathleen Paulsen, NBCT
Kathleen Paulsen, NBCT

Course Instructor


Advisory Board

Bruce DuPlanty
Bruce DuPlanty

Zel Fowler
Zel Fowler

Dr. Adama Sallu
Dr. Adama Sallu

Nikkie Whaley
Nikkie Whaley

Glenn Wike
Glenn Wike


District Program Coordinators

Cassandra Carter
Cassandra Carter

Kelly Kesterson-Walker
Kelly Kesterson-Walker

Will Shropshire
Will Shropshire


2022-2023 Supervising Teachers

Brenna Annibale
Brenna Annibale

Desiree Barnett
Desiree Barnett

Brenda Connolly
Brenda Connolly

Cristina Chavez
Cristina Chavez

Courtney Clarke
Courtney Clarke

Bradley Deboer
Bradley Deboer

Alisha Ellis
Alisha Ellis

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia

Anju Kharbanda
Anju Kharbanda

Shannon Lame
Shannon Lame

Alexandra Larson
Alexandra Larson

Nia Lewis
Nia Lewis

Alexxa Martinez
Alexxa Martinez

Edgar Ochoa
Edgar Ochoa

Alex Parker
Alex Parker

Amanda Renning
Amanda Renning

Jeanne Sacabin
Jeanne Sacabin

Daniel Sapien
Daniel Sapien

Hope Tedrow
Hope Tedrow

Molly Terriciano
Molly Terriciano


2022-2023 Teacher Residents

Teacher Residents
Travis Ball

Grace Brock

Hector Campos

Minh-Triet Dao

Allison Dewey

Jason Doutree

Kylie Dunn

Alyscia Etsitty

Katerina Hoffman

Melissa Ibarra

Liana Klanke

Tayler Lipscomb

Aldith McConney

Chelsey Mickelson

Stephanie Miller

Bre'yanna Sanders

Guadalupe Sandoval

Samantha Schlottman

Jeremy Tabeling

Aisha Thomas

Allison Valenzuela

Luis Vargas

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Our Partners & Affiliations

Working together to transform education.

We are grateful for the support we receive from our partners. Together, we are working to ensure every child in Arizona receives an outstanding education, taught by a well-prepared, committed teacher.

District Partners

The Arizona Teacher Residency program began with three partner school districts, expanded to five in the second year, and is expanding to addition school districts each year. If you are interested in partnering as a school or district, please for updates about the program and mark your partnership interest.

Osborn School District

Located in the heart of Phoenix, Osborn Elementary School District is a public school system serving more than 2,800 students.

Roosevelt School District

Serving more than 8,000 students, the district boundaries are the Salt River to the north, South Mountain to the south, 40th Street to the east and 35th Avenue on the west.

Tempe Elementary School District

Encompassing an area of approximately 36 square miles, including not only Tempe but also parts of Phoenix and the Town of Guadalupe, there are approximately 12,000 students in the district.

Cartwright School District

Located in the heart of Maryvale, Cartwright serves nearly 14,000 students.

Scottsdale Unified School District

SUSD serves 22,000 students across Scottsdale and into Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and Tempe.

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The Arizona Teacher Residency program was established based on the teacher residency model codified by the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR). Our program is the first and only NCTR affiliated program in AZ.

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We are a proud program of Northern Arizona University. Residents are eligible to have their tuition covered at NAU by the Arizona Teachers Academy funding.*

Founding Donors

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Help us achieve our vision.

If you want to make a difference in education, whether you’re an individual educator, community organization, or potential funder, we want to hear from you!

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You can make a difference in the lives of AZ students. We can help.

Learn about what it means to be a teacher resident— including earning your master’s degree, instructional responsibilities, and financial incentives.

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