Article: Raytheon Leaders in Education Award Winner

Raytheon Leaders in Education Award Winner


Please help us celebrate Mrs. Kristen Kvaran! She is one of four teachers who have won the 2021 Raytheon Leaders in Education Award, and the first to win the new category recognizing the importance of Pre-K teachers in education! Kristen is our first TVUSD teacher to receive this award. Congratulations, Mrs. Kvaran!!


Kristen has taught preschool through third grade since 2005.  Over the years, she has held many leadership roles, including grade level chair, mentor teacher, and literacy committee chair.  She traveled to Italy to study the early childhood centers in Reggio Emilia, and then helped open Tanque Verde Community Preschool in 2019 as the Director and special education teacher.  She is active in various local and national organizations, including Tucson Children’s Project, NAREA, and SAZAEYC.  She currently serves on the TREC Advisory Board and the TVT Teacher Advisory Board.  Last year, she was selected as one of two United Way Literacy Champion winners.  

“Kristen has been pivotal in helping the district launch its dream of having a preschool option for the Tanque Verde community.” -Dr. Scott Hagerman, Superintendent


“Kristen brings great energy and enthusiasm to our school and community.  She embraces and celebrates all students, and works tirelessly to create a program that is meaningful and inclusive.  I am inspired every time I visit her classroom and watch her work with children.” -Emma Batty, Principal


“Kristen sees each student as unique and capable of learning. This powerful belief has built a strong preschool program where students with disabilities learn alongside their typically developing peers. Her teaching is creative, highly engaging, meaningful, and develops literacy skills in our young learners that promote a lifelong love of literature and language. It is a joy to work with her and have her in our community.” -Tiffany Hodge, Director of Student Services


Kristen will be honored at the Tucson Values Teachers' annual event, Stand Up 4 Teachers, on November 3, 2021. 
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