Scottsdale Educator Honored as Fulton Homes "Teacher of the Week"

Penny Cimo Receives Award for Creating Musical Talent at Foothills Academy.

A Scottsdale math teacher is using the arts to help students learn. Penny Cimo teaches at Foothills Academy in Scottsdale. She noticed the school was missing music and art classes. So, Cimo created a vocal club and art classes to give the students a different learning opportunity. Her efforts have been recognized by Fulton Homes, who have elected her as their "Teacher of the Week" winner.

Cimo was nominated by Abby Walker, a student who says she was truly enriched by the intellectual and musically gifted teacher. "I love going to her class because she incorporates my passions, music and art," Walker said.

"Penny Cimo has created a well-rounded education for her students by adding music and art classes to the curriculum." Doug Fulton, CEO of Fulton Homes said. "It is ingenuity and creativity likes hers that makes us proud to give her this award."

According to the National Governors Association, the arts can provide effective learning opportunities to students that produce increased academic performance, reduced absence and better skill-building. The enthusiasm and personal growth students receive in Cimo's classes led Walker to her teacher to coach her in piano outside of school. Walker explains Ms. Cimo's evident passion for teaching, along with her calming and funny personality makes piano classes enjoyable. "She is a wonderful person and truly deserves to win this contest," Walker added.

Fulton Homes invites students and peers across the Valley to recognize those teachers who make a difference in other's lives with the 12th Annual Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week program, in partnership with KNIX Country Radio. The popular program, which serves to honor outstanding educators, continues throughout the school year, ending in June of 2012.

Teachers nominated will be entered for a chance to win a prize package that includes $300 in cash plus prizes from Fulton Homes and the Dairy Council of Arizona. The winning teacher will be surprised and presented the award by KNIX radio personality, Carolyn Coffey. Recipients of the award will also be spotlighted on the KNIX Morning Show with Ben and Matt, where they will receive special recognition on their Friday show between 6:20 - 7:20 a.m.

At the end of the school year, in June of 2012, the 34 winning teachers will be honored at a special luncheon, where one outstanding teacher will be chosen as the Fulton Homes "Teacher of the Year." Students can nominate their favorite teacher for Fulton Homes' Teacher of the Week by submitting a brief form at any Fulton Homes location or online at Winners are chosen based on their commitment to education, career achievements and impact on students' lives.

For more information about Fulton Homes Teacher of the Week, visit and click on the Fulton Foundation link, or visit, keyword "Teacher."

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