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A Big CONGRATULATIONS to KAREN BRISTOW an amazing teacher at Buena High School.
PBS produced "A day in the life," of Buena English teacher Karen Bristow, February 21, as part of her distinguished award as one of the Top 10 Teachers in 2017, as recognized by the Arizona Education Foundation.
Karen was the "Mistress of Ceremony" at our County Spelling Bee!


Congrats to Jason McCutcheon, an AWESOME Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher and Director at Bisbee High School. Jason is mover and shaker in Cochise County whose passion is for all students and teachers. Jason was highlighted in Expect More Arizona's, "Why I teach" campaign and has also received CTE's Arizona Innovative Program Award.
Jason, thank you for all that you do for us in Cochise County!

The article in the Herald is located at:…/article_c152184a-0604-11e7-8641-f…


Why I Teach


"I teach because nearly half of America’s skilled trade workers will retire in the next decade. I teach because the majority of America’s jobs require real world skills and training. I teach because without a trained and skilled workforce our economy will suffer. I give each student an opportunity to experience real work occupations. I search our community for projects. Our classes had achieved many goals to improve our community. Each of my students are unique in their own ways, and I help them improve those skills. I let them feel free to invent, create, and make mistakes, but the mistakes are important. Their mistakes are what teaches them to improve and correct, and helps them become skilled trade workers. To quote Mrs. Frizzle from the The Magic School Bus, ‘Get messy, make mistakes, get out there and explore!’” – Jason McCutcheon, Construction Coach, Bisbee High School, Bisbee, Arizona

Help us celebrate the last day of National Career and Technical Education Month by recognizing CTE educators for preparing students for success. Join us in thanking Mr. McCutcheon for believing in Arizona’s students! Leave your comment to say thanks. #TeacherTuesday #ThankATeacherAssociation for Career and Technical Education



Why I Teach


“I teach because I wanted to work with a program that helped me as a teenager. Thanks to the education and inspiration that I received in the Automotive Technology & Collision classes at my high school, I was able to build a great career. I felt that it was my turn to give back and inspire the next generation of students. I love to see the look on their face when they are taking on new challenges.Students look at this as more than just a class. They become problem-solvers, team players, and learn different aspects of the automotive industry.” -- Robert Bounds, Automotive Technology and Collision Repair teacher at Buena High School (Arizona) in the Sierra Vista Unified School District No. 68

Help us celebrate the last day of National Career and Technical Education Month by recognizing CTE educators for preparing students for success. Join us in thanking Mr. Bounds for believing in Arizona’s students! Leave your comment to say thanks.#TeacherTuesday #ThankATeacher Association for Career and Technical Education



Within the scope of the Arizona Revised Statutes and in collaboration with state and local agencies, the Cochise County School Superintendent’s office provides guidance, advocacy, programs, and services which support Cochise County Schools.

Our responsibilities include:

  • Preparing payroll and expense checks for twenty-one districts

  • Coordinating special events like the County Spelling Bee and the Education Exhibit at the County Fair

  • Providing professional development for teachers and other school personnel

  • Overseeing school governing board elections and appointments, bond and override elections

  • Filing Homeschool affidavits and teacher certificates

  • Maintaining a Homeschool library

  • Overseeing the jail education program for juveniles


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Free STEM Opportunity for teachers.

You will need your school's tax ID# to apply. Some of the k-8's may be able to use their PTO's tax ID#.

Hess Corporation and Baylor College of Medicine have partnered in a STEM Educational Outreach program.  The program offers free learning kits which include Hess Toy Trucks along with a STEM Curriculum that demonstrates how the toys can be used as learning tools by teachers nationwide.

The Southern Arizona Regional Education Center is a voluntary structure implemented by the County School Superintendents that provide locally defined and accessible professional learning, educational services, and technical assistance to address statewide and regional initiatives.

The Southern Arizona Regional Education Center is a dedicated group of leaders and professional developers serving schools in Arizona's southernmost counties.  This organization has recognized the need for a robust resource to provide professional development opportunities to educators in southern Arizona schools.  

Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties have joined together with the University of Arizona, Cochise Community College, Pima Community College and local business partners to offer professional development opportunities to educators.  The purpose is to create a network of professional development support to strengthen teacher and leader efficacy in Southern Arizona schools.

Our goals include:

  • Provide professional development in the Arizona academic standards and assessments
  • Assist schools in data analysis to improve student achievement
  • Provide hands-on, engaging STEM professional learning opportunities to PreK-12th grade educators with support from business and industry partners
  • Support schools in addressing school safety and wellness, including the behavioral, social, and developmental needs of their students



Expect More Arizona is a statewide nonpartisan advocacy organization, building public will for a world-class education for all children by:

*Raising awareness and influencing public opinion on key education issues *Educating and mobilizing voters to make education a top priority *Building a high expectations, education first culture with Arizona’s parents and families *Facilitating statewide collaboration and a shared voice on Arizona’s top education issues such as early literacy, college and high standards and assessments, education funding and postsecondary access and completion.

Expect More Arizona and its partners aim to achieve a world-class education system in which every Arizona child, regardless of background, income, or zip code, is able to:

*Access high-quality early learning that prepares him/her for Kindergarten *Read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade Graduate from high school ready for college or career *Attain a college degree and/or certificate or industry credential

Here is a great resource page for students, parents and family, educators, policymakers, media and press, concerned Arizonans, and businesses.