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Cottonwood American Heritage’s Laurie Sudol says that she loves “when my students share creative or silly ideas that are personal to them, or when they want to join a discussion that interests them.” VVN/Bill Helm

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Laurie Sudol

As principal at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus, Eric Evans says he could place Laurie Sudol “anywhere in K-6 and she would shine.”