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School Notes: Teacher fellowship, ROTC award, college completion

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Michelle Reese covers education for the Tribune and blogs about motherhood and family issues at Contact her at

Michelle Reese covered education for the Tribune, also blogging about motherhood and family issues at

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:00 am | Updated: 3:34 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

Summer is one busy time for Gilbert teacher Larry Dexter. It’s the time of year when the teacher becomes the student.

The Canyon Valley High School educator will participate in no fewer than five national social studies fellowships in June and July. Most of the fellowships — four of five — will focus on Dexter’s passion, the American Revolution.

With his studies, he will have access to historical documents, including legal documents, diaries and wills.

“These types of documents are normally stored in museum vaults and seldom seen. Known as ‘primary sources,’ they often tell the story of the brave men and women who were willing to sacrifice everything for our independence,” Dexter said.

We have no doubt Dexter will receive an ‘A’ for all his hard work.

A.J. student wins ROTC scholarship

Not only did the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC unit claim a “distinguished unit award” for the seventh consecutive year this spring, but a recent graduate received some accolades too.

Cadet Derek Dorman has been awarded a full, four-year Naval ROTC scholarship to the University of New Mexico. The scholarship pays up to $180,000 for tuition, books and fees and provides a monthly living stipend.

Dorman graduated in May, and served as cadet commanding officer of the school’s NJROTC unit for the 2011-2012 school year.

When he finishes his degree, Dorman will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.

Congrats, Cadet Dorman.

City seeks college completion projects

Mesa’s drive to get more kids attending — and succeeding — in college is a group effort between the city, Mesa Unified School District and Mesa Community College.

Now, more ideas are being sought.

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded to projects that can show marked increases in college completion among Mesa’s low-income youth. Grant applications are online at and are due June 22.

Individuals and nonprofit organizations in Arizona, including schools and government groups, are welcome to participate.

The call for innovation proposals is offered by Mesa Counts on College, the partnership initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

• School Notes are compiled by education reporter Michelle Reese. Read more school news at, and follow us on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@EVEdnews).

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