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Vail recognizes outstanding teachers

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By Justin Matthews, Tucson News Now Intern

VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) Two principals from the Vail School District will be honored for their exemplary leadership to their schools and community.

The Arizona School Administrators Association selected Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School Principal Jennifer Holt as "Elementary Principal Rookie of the Year."

Holt has a total of 12 years of classroom experience and started in Vail as a fifth grade teacher in 2005.  She taught at several Vail schools before becoming the principal at Ocotillo Ridge.

The ASA also selected Vail Academy and High School Principal Dennis Barger as the "Distinguished Administrator for the Secondary Division." 

Barger's 16 years in the Vail School District began at Vail High School teaching social studies.  He then became the Assistant Principal at Cienega High School and in 2006; Barger became the principal at Vail Academy and High School.

Both principals were chosen because they provide a positive climate, high morale among students, staff and colleagues, and student achievement.

Holt and Barger will be recognized at the ASA Summer Conference in Tucson.

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