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Feb 25, 2014 8:59 PM by Maddison Sinclair

Marana Unified School District Employees of the Year

MARANA - The Marana Unified School District named three employees to the 2014 MUSD Employees of the Year.

Kim Meine, Support Staff of the year

Sara Anderson, Teacher of the Year

Sarah Clem, Administrator of the Year

The Marana Unified School District annually recognized employees who go beyond the usual expectations of their job.

Kim Meine, who has worked for MUSD for nine years, was named in 2014 Support Staff of the year as special education aide at Mountain View High School.

Meine previously worked at Tortolita Middle School, and transferred to Mountain View, because she felt the student she worked with would need a familiar face to help them adjust as they entered into high school.

Meine makes a difference with her unending supply of compassion for her students. She is described as a leader, and a great asset to the Special Education Department at Mountain View High School. Anderson is able to keep her students engaged at their specific level of need and makes the students feel challenged and successful.

Sara Anderson, first grade teacher at Desert Winds Elementary School, joined MUSD in 2004 and is named the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Anderson is described as a leader. She engages in parent communication and families know that she care about them and their children. She tried to learn everything she can about the students and their families. Many teachers look at Anderson for advice and encouragement.

Anderson left Desert Winds for three years to be a professor in residence for the University Of Arizona College Of Education. She was a professor in science, social studies and language arts in both elementary and early childhood education programs.

Anderson graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood.

Sara Clem, principal at Thornydale Elementary School, is named the 2014 Administrator of the Year.

Clem joined MUSD in 2010 as an associate principal at Estes Elementary School. In 2012, Clem became the principal at Thornydale Elementary School.

Clem is trained in learning styles, brain research, multiple intelligences, dyslexia and dysgraphia interventions, language interventions, early childhood strategies and curriculum, gifted and talented strategies and more.

Clems is constantly looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of instruction. Sarah's determination that Thornydale become a Title I school was not deterred by the extent of the journey. Becoming a Title I school allowed for additional staffing and materials to provide interventions to students of greatest need.

Clem is a positive leader who has exceptional dedication to supporting educational services and continually pursues carious funding avenues.

Thornydale has received grants from the Arizona Department of Education, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, and from Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals

Clem earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and a Masters of Art in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico.

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