Maricopa Unified School District presented its monthly recognition awards to community members, staff and students Wednesday.

Community members honored were Marissa Smith, parent volunteer at Butterfield Elementary, Mary Breden, volunteer at Maricopa Elementary, Fabrizia Hunt, parent volunteer and PTO officer at Pima Butte Elementary, Alyshea Shaw, volunteer yoga instructor at Saddleback Elementary, Sara Armstrong, PTO president at Santa Cruz Elementary, Sarah Barraza, volunteer at Santa Rosa Elementary, Douglas Fortunato, volunteer at Desert Wind Middle School, and Tahani Hanania, parent volunteer at Maricopa High School.

Staff members recognized were Ben Descoteaux, school psychologist at Butterfield, Lea Talsness, second-grade teacher at Maricopa Elementary, Jessica Ansley, fifth-grade teacher at Pima Butte, Brandi Bailey, fourth-grade teacher at Saddleback, Peter Petrides, PE teacher at Santa Cruz, Jessica Montes, music teacher at Santa Rosa, Johnny Bochat, custodian at Desert Wind, Leonard Bratspir, social studies teacher at Maricopa Wells Middle School, Kevin Piquette, technical theater instructor at MHS, and Becky Teller, accounts payable in the Business Department.

Students in the spotlight were Daryn Infiesto, second grader at Butterfield, Daniel Retana Balguer, fifth grader at MES, Diego Flores-Bustamante, first grader at Pima Butte, Averie Patterson, fifth grader at Saddleback, Jacob Rivera, third grader at Santa Cruz, Markus Talbert, first grader at Santa Rosa, Robert Knorr, seventh grader at Desert Wind, Camille Troyer, eighth grader at Maricopa Wells, and Freya Abraham, senior at MHS.

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