Frederiksen named Palo Verde Republican Women Teacher of the Year

Kristi Frederiksen

Cave Creek Unified School District and Horseshoe Trails Elementary School are pleased to announce that Ms. Kristi Frederiksen has been named Palo Verde Republican Women Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Frederiksen was honored at the group’s December 20th meeting.  The luncheon was held at Grayhawk Golf Club with guest speaker Mr. Kevin Knight, District Director, from   Congressman David Schweikert’s office.

Superintendent Burdick said, “Ms. Frederiksen plans engaging learning with high expectations for her students.  She is caring, loving, supportive, dedicated and a master teacher.  The little ones in her class are very lucky to have her teaching first grade—one of the most important grades for laying a foundation for all the learning that follows in the future.”

In 2016, Ms. Frederiksen was named the Arizona Technology in Education Association’s (AZTEA) Elementary Innovative Teacher of the Year.  Honored for being a creative teacher who clearly understands student-centered technology integration, she leverages technology to positively impact student learning on a daily basis. Student engagement is obvious when you walk into this amazing educator’s classroom.  During center time, “Dot & Dash” robots conduct spelling and rhyming practice. The students sit in front of the robot and follow its directions, writing their responses on their whiteboards.  In another station, Ms. Frederiksen has pre-recorded lessons on iPads for the students to review while another group does low-tech makerspace activities.  Students in Ms. Frederiksen’s innovative classroom are engaged, motivated and achieving.

For more information on Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, an A+ School of Excellence, offering its students a Chinese Immersion Program beginning in Kindergarten, an on-site Horsemanship and Equestrian Program and Chinese being taught PreK-6, contact the principal, Dr. Matt Schenk at or by calling 480-272-2500.