Achievement Above All - Moon Valley High School

Achievement Above All - Moon Valley High School

Teacher of The Year - Sharon Parker

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Moon Valley Principal Dr. Michael Fowler introducing teacher of the year Sharon Parker.

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Sharon Parker thanking the Governing Board for her award.

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Governing Board member Pam Reicks presents Sharon her Achievement Above All award.

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Sharon Parker is originally from Kansas. She graduated from Madonna High School in Wichita Kansas. Sharon attended Wichita State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Later, she completed her Master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.  

Sharon began her teaching career in Iowa where she taught for three years. Her first teaching assignment was 7th grade at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa. The next two years she taught Math at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

After three years in Iowa, Sharon moved back to Wichita, Kansas where she taught math for 8 years: 2 years at Truesdell Jr. High and 6 years at Northwest High School. While teaching in Kansas Sharon coached: track, swim, softball, and volleyball.

Sharon arrived in Arizona in 1984 and began teaching at Moon Valley High School. She has been a Rocket ever since. Sharon has been teaching for 37 years.

Over her 26 years at Moon Valley, Sharon has taught every Math class. Her current assignment includes College Algebra & Honors Pre-calculus.  She has served multiple terms as the Math Department Chair.  Sharon took her responsibility as Math Department Chair very seriously – attending all the district workshops for each course in order to keep a handle on all that was occurring at each grade level.

Veronica Carlson, fellow Moon Valley High School Teacher and colleague made the following comments about Sharon, “Since my start as a novice math Teacher at Moon Valley, Sharon has always been a person willing to listen and provide me with advice.  Ms. Parker has high standards for both herself and her students. She has been an asset to Moon Valley High School for many years!  Sharon is very deserving of this special award!

Mr. Mussi our assistant principal for Student Services, made the following remarks:

“Sharon approaches her job everyday with a focus on doing what is right for kids.  She dedicates countless hours towards her job coming to work before 7 in the morning and staying late to help students well after 5 in the evening.  In addition to her regular duties, Sharon has served on leadership committees and as the math department chair for a number of years.  When you have a conversation with Sharon, you can tell from her expressions and responses her deep compassion for the success of all students. She is driven by doing what is best for kids and Moon Valley High School.  She is an incredible leader and educator highly deserving of this honor.”

Sharon’s hobbies and interests include attending Phoenix Sun’s games, she is a season ticket holder, teaching at GCC and traveling.

Sharon has never pursued awards as she so clearly states “My students have been my rewards!” 

Student of The Year - Tatum Banayat

Moon Valley principal Dr. Michael Fowler introducing Student of The Year Tatum Banayat.


Tatum thanking the Governing Board for his award.


Governing Board member Pam Reicks presenting Tatum with his award.

Tatum has achieved and maintained a level of excellence throughout his academic career.  He is in the top 1% of his class and maintains a 4.00 GPA while taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes throughout high school.  Tatum’s choice of a rigorous curriculum has continued this year.  He is carrying a full academic load and is enrolled in five AP classes:  AP English, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Spanish and AP Government. 

Tatum’s choir teacher and director of the Vocal Ensemble, Mr. Justin Jenkins had the following to say about Tatum:

"In the four years I have had Tatum as a student, he has distinguished himself among his peers.  He is one of the few students in choir who, as far as I can tell, has never had a "off" day.  Tatum is a born leader, and communicates effectively to his peers in a manner that is non-confrontational.  The men in his section look to him for guidance and expertise, and I would say that they also consider him to be a trusted friend as well. In addition, Tatum keeps his section focused, and often helps his peers learn their music in an effective manner. 

Tatum’s hard work and dedication to academics has already paid off. He has already attained the Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition scholarship.  The High Honors Tuition scholarship provides a waiver to the yearly tuition at any of the state universities based on 1st year tuition.  The scholarship is renewable and may be received for all four years. 

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Tatum has made positive contributions to Moon Valley Athletics.  Tatum has competed and lettered in wrestling for all four years. Last year he placed 4th in the state wrestling tournament at 135 lbs. Tatum was champion this year for his weight class at the Moon Valley High School Wrestling Invitational. Last year he was the Black Canyon Region Champion.  Tatum is currently ranked 1st in his weight class for 4A division I.

Tatum, is also a member of Moon Valley High School’s National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor societies.  He serves as president for both Honors.  Tatum is also an active member of Key Club.

Tatum has received numerous accolades:

·      Elk’s Lodge student of the year.

·      Rotary Student of the Month

·      Presenter at a panel discussion by the Department of Education (State Conference).

·      Boy’s State delegate


Tatum’s interests include riding a unicycle, singing and wrestling.

In the future, Tatum plans to attend a major university to study mechanical engineering.

Support Staff of The Year - Steve Schetting

Moon Valley Principal Dr. Michael Fowler introducing Steve Schetting.

Steve Schetting thanking the Governing Board members for his award.


Governing Board member Pam Reicks presenting Steve with his award.


Steve is a graduate of Franklin High School, in Franklin New Jersey. Steve also attended the Motorcycle Institute of Phoenix. 

Steve has spent 21 years with the Glendale Union High School District serving first at Independence High School:

·      3 ½ years as Night Lead

·      12 ½ years as a Maintenance I


Steve has worked at Moon Valley High School for the past five years as Assistant Foreman.

Prior to working in the District, Steve served for four years in the United States Air Force. He was an Aircrew Egress Systems Technologist. The highest rank earned by Steve was E-4 Sergeant.

Steve has numerous duties as Assistant Foreman. He helps to over see the facilities management of our entire physical campus.  He is actively engaged in preventative maintenance activities. Steve provides crucial support to teachers and administrators on a daily basis. He works diligently to complete all work order requests in a timely manner. He leads by example and is always a consummate professional.  Steve is always willing to drop everything and step up to complete the tasks needed.  

Rick Wieferich our facilities foreman had this to say about Steve: “When ever I am away from the office I know Steve can handle just about anything that comes along. Our daily operation continues to run smooth when Steve in charge. I want to thank him for that!”

Peggy Sierra, our administrative assistant to the principal said this about Steve:

“Steve Schetting is the consummate professional, always reliable, with a smile on his face.  Any job is always done meticulously and on time.  He makes you feel like whatever you have asked him to do is the most important job that he will do that day.  I wish we could clone him.  A little secret is that he will do anything for chocolate or something sweet. I am very privileged to call him my friend and coworker.”


Student Group of The Year - Publications / Yearbook

Moon Valley Principal Dr. Michael Fowler introducing Moon Valley's Yearbook staff and sponsor Jim Bloom.

Jim Bloom thanking the Governing Board for their award.

The Yearbook staff thanking the Governing Board for their award.


Governing Board member Pam Reicks presenting the Yearbook staff their award.

Publications purpose is to create the finest yearbook possible each year for the students, the staff, and the local community.

Publication has been an extremely successful program on the Moon Valley High School campus.  It is a co-curricular, elective class.  In producing the yearbook, “Countdown” students prepare layouts, copy, artwork and photography while learning to organize and meet deadlines.

This year’s group is lead by Jordan Thomas, Editor-in-Chief: Dawn Shreve and Deidre Pinkerton, Senior Editors; Chris Romero, Chief Photographer; Caleesha Arnold, Business Manager.

Moon Valley Publications consists of 30 dedicated members . 

Some highlights of sample activities are as follows:

·      Printing layouts

·      Interviewing subjects

·      Researching stories

·      Photographing people and events

·      Writing headlines and captions

·      All  leading to creating the Yearbook


Some awards and accomplishments for this group are as follows:

·      Consistently recognized for making deadlines on or before due dates

·      Mass approbation and approval from the target audience: students, faculty, staff and community.

Mr. Latham Assistant Principal for Discipline and Attendance had this to say:

“The Moon Valley High Publications class (yearbook) has demonstrated professionalism and dedication to their school community.  They have consistently produced a quality publication that Moon Valley can be proud of.  Mr. Bloom’s dedications to his job and to his students are key ingredients to their success.  His enthusiasm and high energy, coupled with high student expectations are evident here tonight. Congratulations to Moon Valley Publications.”

Publication’s Goals for the future:

To, each and every year, successfully improve in some way upon the previous years’ books (a challenging task, considering the fine quality of the earlier yearbooks!)

Publication sponsor and English teacher, Jim Bloom, had this to say about Publications.

“Moon Valley’s Yearbook Staff is consistently one of the hardest-working, most mature, and most conscientious groups of students on campus.  However, they tend to operate pretty much under the radar, working diligently but unostentatiously to create a yearbook that the students will adore, the parents will approve of, and the Moon Valley community can show off with pride.  When one considers that this 240- page book is entirely produced by such a small handful of Moon Valley students, their accomplishment is even more impressive. 

Nevertheless, except for the Yearbook signing party in May, they work mostly behind the scenes and are rarely taken notice of.  Therefore, this acknowledgement of such extraordinary students, which is clearly not only for this year but for a consistent run of exceptional yearbooks, is both deserving and deeply appreciated. Thank you for so much recognition.”