Governor Ducey paid a visit to Vail at one of the greatest events of the year for Vail – Vail Pride Day. After his student guided tour of the event, he headed to the Staff Awards Ceremony.
The annual Vail Pride Day Awards Ceremony is always an incredible event. Every one of Vail’s 1,700 staff members gathers inside Thurber Hall, cheering, screaming, and clapping for their fellow employees. School by school educators take the stage to receive Rookie, Support Staff, and Teacher of the Year Awards. We can literally FEEL the energy and excitement in the room. When our co-worker gets named Teacher of the Year, he or she might as well have won an Oscar… We are that excited!
Then, add in the Governor of Arizona being there to present the awards… and wow!
Governor Doug Ducey made a special trip to Vail today. First, he toured Vail Pride Day preparations with three outstanding Vail students: Annalise Haley, Sycamore 5th grader; Mason Tippett, Esmond Station 6th grader, and Christopher Pavila, EHS senior.
Then he headed to Thurber Hall to personally hand out awards to nine randomly selected winners.
BAILEY BLOOMFIELD – Cottonwood Special Education Teacher
KATIE CANSICK – Third Grade Teacher at Desert Willow
BREANNA TORRES – Math & Science Teacher at OVMS
CATHY GUY – Cienega High School Security Monitor
MAURILIO MEDA – District Custodian
W.T. JEFFRIES – Andrada High School English teacher
B.J. MADSEN – Civano Kindergarten/1st grade teacher
JULIE GREMEL – Desert Sky math teacher
After presenting the awards Governor Ducey spoke directly to the entire Vail staff. He began by quoting Frederick Douglass. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” The Governor went on to say, “YOU are building strong children. We will have a better state, nation, and world because of the work you are doing.”
It was an honor that we will hold in our collective memory for many years to come.