Roseann Hagen

Roseann Hagen

When Roseann Hagen was named District Educator of the Year by the Lake Havasu Unified School District, she was shocked and thrilled all at once. The announcement came at a Chamber of Commerce mixer in May.

No one was more surprised than Hagen, who expressed momentary disbelief when Superintendent Diana Asseier made the announcement. Only minutes before, Hagen was among a group of eight teachers recognized as Educators of the Year at their respective schools.

Recognition of Hagen’s exceptional skills as a first grade teacher at Smoketree Elementary School just took another big leap forward when she was named Mohave County Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Rural Schools Association. Superintendent Diana Asseier made the announcement about Hagen in the final minutes of Monday’s school district governing board meeting.

Asseier said Tuesday that Hagen will be honored, along with the teachers from each rural county, on Sept. 13 at the Arizona Rural Schools Association conference in Flagstaff. At the event’s banquet, the association will name its state teacher of the year.

“Roseann is in the running for Arizona Teacher of the Year, and after that, a chance at the national teacher of the year award,” Asseier said.

Hagen was a student teacher at Oro Grande Elementary School in the spring of 1999 and has been with the district since that time.

“I have been in education for 41 years. Roseann is one of the most amazing teachers I have ever seen,” Asseier said. “Every time I visit Smoketree, I detour into her classroom to remind me of why I come to work every day!”

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