For 20 years, Sue Raatjes was a high school English teacher in the Peoria Unified School District. One year, Sue was given a group of unmotivated students. But it turned out it was her favorite class to teach.
When refugees flee their country, they don’t just leave behind a place. They give up so many familiar things, from friends to a job, to food they may have eaten every day. But there’s a Phoenix program that helps ease this leap into the unknown – from the ground up.
Solar panels and chillers designed to reduce cooling costs have helped make the Dysart Unified School District a leader in a federal program that aims to increase energy savings by 20 percent in a decade.