Greenway High School's Achievement Above All Event

Greenway High School's Achievement Above All Event
Vicki Johnson giving Barb her award 
Board Member Vicki Johnson presents Barbara
with her award.
Barb and her students 
Barb and some of her students proudly display her
Teacher of the Year- Barbara Carlson

After graduating from GUHSD’s very own Moon Valley High School, Barbara went on to study political science at NAU, secondary education at ASU, and earned her endorsement for cross categorical special education in 2006.  She had been Greenway’s Community Based Instruction teacher for the past ten years.

In addition to her many years teaching special education, Barbara also started the Special Olympics program at Greenway and is a sponsor of the Best Buddies Club, an organization that creates one-on-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Colleagues say she is dedicated, enthusiastic, patient, kind, and incredibly giving. 

Shelly Thome, Greenway’s Lead Counselor says, “Barbara continually raises the bar for academic as well as behavioral expectations for her students…Her devotion to her students is unparalleled.”  Congratulations, Barbara!

Governing Board President Ian Hugh and Lorela Berberi 
Governing Board President Ian Hugh presents
Lorela with her award.
Lorela represents Greenway 
Lorela proudly represents Greenway High School.

Student of the Year- Lorela Berberi

Lorela moved to America when she was a young child and attended Village Meadows, Sunburst Elementary, and Desert Foothills Middle School before becoming a Greenway Demon.

Throughout her education, Lorela has been the model of an excellent student.  Academically, she is in the top three percent of her class and has had perfect attendance for the past nine years.  Outside of class, she has been an active member of the student council throughout her time at Greenway and is currently the student body president.  She is also involved in Link Crew and is a member of the Students Helping Students organization.  In her spare time, Lorela plays violin in the orchestra, runs cross country in the fall, plays soccer in the winter, and runs track in the spring.

After high school, Lorela plans to attend U of Arizona for a pre-med program, and then wants to attend UCLA’s medical school to become a surgeon.  If her time at Greenway is any indication, she is sure to be a great success. Congratulations, Lorela, and best of luck!

Board Member Patty Kennedy and Glenda Goguen 
Board Member Patty Kennedy presents Glenda
with her award.
Glenda Goguen 
Glenda displays her award.

Support Staff of the Year- Glenda Goguen

Glenda’s GUHSD career began at Greenway in 2005, when she became the school’s program assistant/clerical aid.  She then moved to the attendance office and is currently Greenway’s career center specialist. 

She is constantly pushing for scholarship and other financial aid opportunities for the students at Greenway.  Her efforts resulted in scholarship and financial aid awards in excess of five million dollars last year, which is the largest it has been in over ten years.  Colleagues describe her as someone who never stops and whose number one priority is the students.

Glenda hopes to go back to school to learn more about helping the students with the skills they need in the future.  Congratulations, Glenda!

Governing Board Clerk Pam Reicks and Greenway NJROTC 
Governing Board Clerk Pam Reicks presents
Greenway NJROTC with their award.
 Greenway NJROTC
NJROTC sponsors Lt. Commander Paula Sawdy-Bowes
and M.S. Paul Smith stand proudly with their cadets.

Student Group of the Year- Greenway NJROTC

Greenway’s NJROTC, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Paula Sawdy-Bowes and Master Sergeant Paul Smith, are no strangers to recognition.   They are previous winners of the Achievement Above All award in 2007.  In addition, they have been acknowledged as an Area Eleven Distinguished Unit for the past three years, received the Unit Achievement Award during the 2007-2008 school year, and were the Navy League Most Improved Unit during the 2006-2007 school year. 

Additionally, Greenway’s NJROTC is enthusiastically involved in community service activities, including the Teen Civilian Emergency Response Team, acting as VIP escorts during school events, and presenting the colors at on- and off-campus events.  This year they have the great privilege of presenting the colors at the Arizona Cardinals’ home opener.

The NJROTC cadets have been described as an incredibly respectful and accomplished group of young adults.  Congratulations, NJROTC!

 Principal Michael Dellisanti, Deann Huff, and Governing Board President Ian Hugh
Principal Michael Dellisanti and Governing Board President
Ian Hugh present Deann Huff with her award.

Volunteer of the Year- Deann Huff

Although many parents get involved on campus throughout the school year, Deann was chosen because of her commitment to the Greenway Performing Arts department for several years.  She has already had five children graduate from Greenway, all of which were involved in a fine art, and she has three more currently in school.

Band and orchestra director Andy Vogt says that Deann can always be counted on to do anything from “hauling instruments to buying food items needed” and that he has “never heard her say no when asked to do something.” 

Deann makes her contributions far from the spotlight that the students enjoy, and has been a crucial behind the scenes member of the music program for many years.  Thank you for your service, Deann!