Two Pima County JTED educators win top Arizona FACS Ed awardsby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jun. 20, 2013, under Press Releases
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013
Contact: Greg D’Anna (520) 331-5581
The Arizona Family and Consumer Science Education (FACS Ed) organization will honor two Pima County JTED educators, Marissa Arndt and Mary Jondrow, Ph.D., as Outstanding New Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator, respectively, during a luncheon July 15, in the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Kiva Ballroom, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FACS Ed prepares students for family work, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences through Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. The luncheon is part of the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) annual conference in Tucson.
Arndt is a JTED @ Mountain View Culinary Arts. The FACS Ed Outstanding New Teacher of the Year award recognizes educators who have been in the teaching profession for less than five years, and who have:
- Made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs
- Demonstrated professional commitment
- Shown involvement in FACS Ed or ACTEAZ activities
Arndt, 26, is in her third year of teaching. She graduated from Le Cordon Blue in Scottsdale, AZ.
“I honestly go into work every day with my students’ best interest at heart,” said Arndt. “They deserve a quality education and I feel that it’s my job to provide that to them.”
Arndt’s students prepare fresh items daily and sell them on campus. They have also raised funds by selling baked goods for the past two years, and were able to adopt a total of eight families during the holidays. Her class has taken two behind-the-scenes culinary arts tours at Disneyland, and work with the JTED Little Lions preschool preparing lunch for the preschoolers.
Jondrow is a 25-year veteran of the education field. She is currently the Advanced Program Manager for Pima Community College – Desert Vista Campus. She has been with the Pima County JTED governing board since its inception, and is serving her third term. Previously, she was the Pima/Santa Cruz County Tech Prep Consortium Director, and the Perkins Post-Secondary Liaison for the Arizona Department of Education CTE.
Jondrow said not only is she “thrilled” about receiving the Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator of the Year award, but she is “thrilled” about FACS Ed as well.
“The FACS Ed faculty is such an enthusiastic bunch and it really shows in their programs,” she said. “Having the authentic career experience through CTE allows students to learn their academics in a more thorough way, and helps them see the purpose behind their education.”
JTED delivers premier Career and Technical Education programs in partnership with business, industry and community stakeholders. All JTED programs are tuition-free to eligible students of high school age who reside within a member school district’s boundaries, and have not earned a high school diploma. Hundreds of career path options are available to students at 34 high schools located throughout Pima County, Rio Rico, and San Manuel, and also at nine central campus locations.
For more information call JTED at (520) 352-JTED (5833) or visit www.pimajted.org.