Achievement Above All - Washington High School

Achievement Above All - Washington High School
Teacher of The Year - Jeff Parsons


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Washington High School Principal Carol Lippert introducing Teacher of The Year Jeff Parsons.


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Jeff Parsons thanking the Governing Board.



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Governing Board member Donna Stout presenting Jeff with his award.


Jeff, a product of Glendale Union High School District, graduated from Apollo in 1999.  He then went on to NAU where he received his bachelors of science in American Political Studies.  Additionally, he recently completed his masters of education in educational leadership along with his principal internship.

Jeff is focused upon data and his goals.  He understands that teaching strategies must be flexible and designed to meet the needs of all students.  He is always friendly with a kind word and a smile for everyone.  And, he is fun.  He finds ways to bring laughter to his classroom and to meetings.  As a result, he is able to promote learning among his colleagues and with his students.  I believe that Washington’s faculty selected Jeff as their recipient for achievement above all because they recognize that these characteristics are the characteristics of an exceptional teacher.




Student of The Year – Lauren Meese


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Washington High School Principal Carol Lippert introducing Student of The Year Lauren Meese.


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Lauren Meese thanking the Governing Board.


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Governing Board member Ian Hugh presenting Lauren with her award.

Over Lauren’s four years at Washington Lauren has played tennis, soccer and volleyball, performed in many theater productions, sang with the choir, joined interact, and still took multiple AP courses.  Outside of the Washington campus, she is a volunteer for Hospice of the Valley and is active at her church. 

Lauren still maintains a 4.55 weighted grade point average – Lauren has received straight A’s during her entire Washington career.  Additionally, she exceeded on all three AIMs tests the first time that she attempted them. 

Lauren plans to attend Brigham Young University next year and major in pre-nursing.



Student Group of The Year – Interact Club


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Governing Board President Kevin Clayborn presenting the Student Group of The Year, the Interact Club their award. Their main sponsor is Jill Green.

Interact has many sponsors:  Jill Green, Helene Forcier, Tami Strege, Cathy Coronado, Wendy Ramos, Jeri Shranko, Buddy Waters and Kim Means.

With over 200 members, Washington’s Interact club has been repeatedly recognized as the largest in the world.  It is probably one of the most active as well.  Interact clubs are designed to teach young people the importance of giving back to their community, and the WHS club takes this mission to heart.  The club is involved in two to three activities per week including regular visits to Andre House, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Watkins Shelter, and Home Base Youth Shelter.  Additionally, WHS Interact club cares for our local community.  One way they have done this is by recently adopting a street in the neighborhood. They also participate in citrus gleaning, clothing drives, paint-a-thons, and adopt a family.  Even with all this activity, the WHS group still recognizes the need to reach well outside the local community to affect the global community.  As a result they have raised money to send to Haiti, made Iraqi children school kits, and sent care packages to soldiers.


Support Staff of The Year – Tina Charette


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Washington Principal Carol Lippert introducing Support Staff of The Year, Tina Charette.


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Tina thanking the Governing Board.


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Governing Board member Vicki Johnson presenting Tina with her award.

Tina takes care of the people at Washington as if they were an extension of her family.  She gently sends reminders to support staff about getting brown slips turned in and provides “don’t forgets” to faculty about meetings and she even notices when people need a pat on the back or a hug. Most amazingly, she will even remember names of people that she has only met once! 

Tina began at Moon Valley in the attendance office.  After three years, she transferred to the Moon Valley counseling office where she remained for an additional three years.  In 2005, she moved to Washington and has held the positions of counseling secretary, data processor, and currently is the administrative assistant to the principal.  In each of these positions Tina quietly supports the staff and makes Washington be the best it can be.