McDowell Mountain Elementary School teacher, Lara McAloon, has been named the Four Peaks Rotary Club Teacher of the Month for August 2019.

Input from local principals helps the Four Peaks Rotary Club recognize teachers on a monthly basis throughout the school year. In addition to the recognition, the club provides a $275 check for the teacher’s use.

The Four Peaks Rotary Club Teacher of the Month demonstrates the following qualities: Has the respect of students, parents, and peers; brings out the best in each student regardless of individual academic ability; is actively involved in providing and promoting high quality educational opportunities for students in Fountain Hills schools.

Valerie Dehombreux, principal of McDowell Mountain, recently shared with the Four Peaks Rotary Club why she nominated McAloon as Teacher of the Month.

“Mrs. McAloon is an amazing special education teacher who works with kindergarten through third grade special needs students at MMES,” Dehombreux said. “No matter the grade or ability level of her students, Mrs. McAloon is passionate about her job and dedicated to meeting her students’ needs.”

Dehombreux also noted the impact McAloon continues to make outside her classroom.

“Mrs. McAloon’s active participation goes beyond the classroom. She serves as the special education representative on our Effective School Plan Committee and created a grant-funded, after school Friendship Club two years ago,” Dehombreux said. “Through the Friendship Club, K-6 special needs students enjoy activities and role modeling with general education peers. Mrs. McAloon truly makes a significant difference in the lives and educations of McDowell Mountain students”.

Four Peaks Rotary Club leadership invites the community to visit to learn more about the club’s activities. The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Fountain View Village.

For further information, contact club president Scott Schlossberg at 480-833-0194 or