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Don Dickinson Circle K Teacher Award
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 23, 2014
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Don Dickinson

Don Dickinson


     Don Dickinson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Principia College in Illinois.  After a 25 year career in coaching and event management, Don pursued higher education with passion, and earned his Masters of Education degree from Northern Arizona University.

Mr. Dickinson teaches Economics and World History at Ironwood Ridge High School.  His teaching practices come from an intense desire to provide students with exceptional skills that will meet the demands of a changing job market.  He has developed a detailed World War II project that models authentic historical research. History comes alive in his classroom with visits from veterans who give firsthand accounts of their experiences.

Don founded the Veterans Heritage Project Club at Ironwood Ridge.  It is part of a national project where students have the opportunity to interview veterans and write their stories.  The stories are published in the book, Since You Asked. The book and the taped interviews reside in the Library of Congress for generations to learn from and enjoy.

Don coaches girls golf, boys tennis and is the National Honor Society Advisor.

He never forgot the words of his grandmother, “Promise me you will take your education as far as you can.  I want you to be a teacher.”  You might say Mr. Dickinson’s devotion to his students comes from a place deep in his heart.

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