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Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 4:00 am | Updated: 8:55 am, Wed Mar 26, 2014.

Best Teachers

Lindsey Canfield

(Open Doors Community School)

Lindsey Canfield is a first-grade teacher at Open Doors Community School in Marana.  

Canfield grew up in Sierra Vista, and moved to Tucson in 2007 to attend the University of Arizona and she graduated in 2010.

Melissa Hochuli

(Thornydale Elementary)

Melissa Hochuli is a reading specialist at Thornydale Elementary in the Marana Unified School District.  

Hochuli serves as a mentor for other educators in MUSD and delights in sharing her love of learning with others.

Corinna (Anderson) Summersett

(Ironwood Elementary)

Corinna (Anderson) Summersett moved to Tucson in 1993 from Michigan and began teaching in the Marana Unified School District.  She began as an assistant to two speech pathologists.  

She now teaches third and fourth grades at Ironwood Elementary.

Doreen Rouille

(Ironwood Ridge High School)

Doreen Rouille, newspaper adviser and sophomore English teacher, has been teaching journalism and English for 16 years. She has taught at Ironwood Ridge High School for the past six years.


Best Volunteers

Golden Goose

Something wonderful happens when you become a member of the “Goose Gang.” They tend to be more healthy and consistently report being happier after becoming part of the Golden Goose family.

More than 500 volunteers donate more than 6,000 hours of time each month to keep the Goose operating.

Dave and Marlys Nelson

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Diane LaFayette

(Tohono Chul Park)

Diane LaFayette moved to Tucson from San Francisco after retiring from Prudential Securities in 2004. Since then she has been an active volunteer in the community, volunteering at Tohono Chul gardens and in the horse community throughout Southern Arizona.


Best Police Officers

Amy Graham

(Oro Valley Police Department)

Sgt. Amy Graham has served her community as a police officer for 14 years.

During that time, she has worked as a patrol officer, special events coordinator, patrol sergeant and now as the Community Resources Sergeant.  Graham supervises a staff of two officers and more than 80 police volunteers known as the Citizens Volunteer Assistance Program (C.V.A.P.)

Daniel Kidd

(Tucson Police Department)

Officer Daniel Kidd has been with the Tucson Police Department since October 2011.

Kidd was born and raised in Tucson and currently lives with his girlfriend iLea and 8-month old daughter.

Tim Brunekant

(Marana Police Department)

Lieutenant Brunenkant was hired by the Marana Police Department in February 1995. With the Marana Police Department he has served many roles, inluding patrol officer, detective, detective sergeant, and public information officer.

He also is 1987 graduate of Marana High School.

Nick Goering

(Marana Police Department)

Officer Nicholas Goering has been an officer with the Marana Police Department since 2005.

Officer Goering is currently assigned as a patrol officer.

Wendy Davis

(Oro Valley Police Department)

Officer Wendy Davis has been an Oro Valley Police officer for 15 years.  During her tenure, Davis has served as a patrol officer and bailiff at the Oro Valley Magistrate Court. Presently, Davis is the School Resource Officer at Painted Sky Elementary .


Best Firefighters

Eric Pierpont

(Northwest Fire District)

Eric Pierpont became a Seasonal Wildland Firefighter with the Northwest Fire District during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He was promoted to the position of Paramedic in September of 2007, a position he still holds today.

Peter Zimmer

(Golder Ranch Fire Department)

Firefighter Peter Zimmer is 28 years old and has been with the Golder Ranch Fire District for four years.

Zimmer is working on expanding his knowledge by applying for paramedic school, which starts in June.

Zimmer is married and has two daughters.

Pete Baxter

(Tucson Fire Department)

Pete was hired by TFD in September of 1989.  He promoted to the position of Engineer in February of 1996.  He has been an Engineer at Station 21 for the last six years and is approaching 24 years of service with TFD.

Doug Emans

(Northwest Fire District)

Doug Emans joined the Northwest Fire District in August of 1994 after serving with the Apache Junction Fire District for eight years.

He currently serves as Northwest Fire’s Assistant Chief of Support Services.

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