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2009 Year in Review: News from Grand Canyon School

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Amy McBroom was chosen as the National Rural Teacher of the Year in 2009

<br>Patrick Whitehurst/WGCN<br> Amy McBroom was chosen as the National Rural Teacher of the Year in 2009

A number of exciting things happened within the Grand Canyon School District in 2009, including the arrival of new school superintendent Sharyl Allen, who began her duties in July. Allen took over from Shiela Breen, who'd worked in the position since 2003. Prior to her arrival at Grand Canyon, Allen worked as superintendent of the Jefferson High School District in Boulder, Mont. No stranger to Arizona, Allen also worked in the Mingus Union High School District in Cottonwood and held positions in the Holbrook School District, where she worked as interim superintendent and assistant principal, among other positions.

Allen earned a master's of business administration and a certificate in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. She holds a bachelor of science in secondary education from Western Montana College. When not working, Allen enjoys fly-fishing, traveling and flying kites. The things she said she is most proud of in her career is the relationships she formed with teachers, steadfastness and that every location she has worked in the past has been fiscally sound.

Grand Canyon School teacher Amy McBroom celebrated big news in 2009 when she was named the National Rural Teacher of the Year. While she knew that she had been named Rural Teacher of the Year for the Coconino County, followed by Rural Teacher of the Year for the State of Arizona, McBroom did not know she had been given the honor on a national scale until the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Former Grand Canyon School Superintendent Shiela Breen originally nominated McBroom for the prestigious honor through Arizona Rural Teachers Association. McBroom has taught at Grand Canyon School for nine years.

Along with winning the honor, Grand Canyon School also received a check for $1,000 for the purchase of supplies in McBroom's classroom. She also received a personal honorarium of $2,000 and spoke at a national conference in Cincinnati, Ohio in October. McBroom's two daughters currently attend classes in the Grand Canyon School District. McBroom said she goes "full steam" into everything she does.

School officials at Grand Canyon also spoke about random drug testing for students in the district involved in extra-curricular activities during the 2009 portion of the new school year in October and November. School officials completed a draft policy on the subject, which could include those involved in sports, band camp and other activities should it be implemented. Three public meetings were held to gather public input on the matter. Meetings on the draft policy were held for student input as well, according to Grand Canyon School Superintendent Sharyl Allen. A final decision on the drug testing policy, she said, likely will not be made until the spring.

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