Teacher Feature: Jessica Fatina

Tue Nov, 2017

School: Rogers Ranch Grade: K-12 special education “At this point, I don’t know what I would do without everything I was able to buy,” said Jessica Fatina a special education teacher at Rogers Ranch. After earning a $5,000 grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers last fall, Fatina was able to fill her special […]

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Behind the Bowl: A look inside the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

Wed Nov, 2017

Playing in the College Football Playoff is the pathway to a potential national championship. Each December, four teams are selected by a committee, made up of former players, athletic directors, university presidents and media. As a way of educating the media and industry leaders about the process, the CFP holds mock selections that simulate the […]

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Teacher Feature: Jessica Castillo

Tue Oct, 2017

The transition from elementary school to middle school is not always an easy one. “Our goal is to make this change fun while transitioning students to their new environment,” said Jessica Castillo a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Rincon Vista Middle School in Tucson. “It is important for new sixth graders to […]

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Charity Feature: Playworks Arizona

Mon Oct, 2017

On average, 160,000 children skip school every day in the United States because they are bullied. In an effort to stop bad behavior, anti-bullying programs help educate children on how to properly handle their unsatisfactory actions toward others. Playworks is a national nonprofit that helps children develop the social and emotional skills they need to […]

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Teacher Feature: Thomas Aron

Tue Oct, 2017

  Subject: Music School: Alta Vista Elementary   Do you believe in the power of music? Thomas Aron does. The band, strings and steel drums teacher at Alta Vista Elementary School trusts that music class can do something that no other subject can do. “The goal is to create a well-rounded student,” said Aron. “There […]

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Football Feature: Derek Mason

Wed Oct, 2017

During the inaugural Fiesta Bowl in 1971, Arizona State quarterback Danny White connected with Calvin Demery for a 21-yard pass for the first touchdown in Fiesta Bowl history. The Sun Devils won the game, 45-38, and postseason college football was well on its way to becoming a staple in Arizona. Although just a one-year-old at […]

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Charity Feature: Gary Hanson

Tue Oct, 2017

Four years ago, Gary Hanson got a call on his way home from work and the speaker on the other line had one simple question. “How do you look in yellow?” asked Patrick Barkley, a member of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. For better or for worse, Hanson was about to find out because […]

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Teacher Feature: Mary McGraw

Tue Oct, 2017

Name: Mary McGraw School: Anza Trail School District: Sahuarita Unified District Grade: First Since starting as a first grade teacher in Arizona nine years ago, Mary McGraw has always known what her classroom wish would be if the opportunity to cast it ever presented itself. “I have never had enough materials for my kids to read,” McGraw said. “There […]

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Teacher Feature: Leonora Baltazar

Tue Oct, 2017

School: Longview Elementary District: Osborn School District Grade: Kindergarten-Third Special Education Self-Contained Class This past August, Leonora Baltazar implemented a new reading intervention program in her special education classroom at Longview Elementary, something she never thought was possible. “As teachers, we often have big ideas of how we can do more and teach students better,” Baltazar explained. “Sometimes […]

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Volunteer Feature: Ronnie Perez

Tue Oct, 2017

Ronnie Perez looks out at the Phoenix Salvation Army Kroc Center football field. In front of him, more than 100 kids are being coached by former NFL players and coaches. The smile on his face says it all. “This facility is where the youth clinic originally started,” Perez, a longtime Fiesta Bowl volunteer explained. “I […]

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