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After 12 years at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy, Ellen Dehnert is going back to begin her Master’s program at Arizona State University in the fall to pursue her Speech Language Pathologist credentials. (Photo by Bill Helm)

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Ellen Dehnert

Fifth grade teacher, American Heritage Academy, Cottonwood

After 12 years at Cottonwood’s American Heritage Academy campus and 16 as an educator, Ellen Dehnert is moving on. Eric Evans, the school’s principal, says his fifth-grade teacher “will be sorely missed,” as she begins her Master’s program at Arizona State University in the fall to pursue her Speech Language Pathologist credentials.