Joe Gutierrez received his bachelor's degree from NAU. He then went on to earn a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Phoenix. He rose through the ranks and is now the Principal at Killip Elementary School. In September 2021, Joe received the Coconino County Educator Lifetime Achievement Award.
Adam Shimoni graduated from NAU in 2011. He started a small business in 2012, Flagstaff Bikes, and founded Flagstaff Speak Up!, a civic engagement program under Friends of Flagstaff’s Future. He was elected to City Council 2018.
Along the way, students will learn these core values:
Safety - guidelines for the prevention of injury through self-confidence, self-discipline, and patience as associated with a low-impact sport
Integrity - moral and ethical principles such as honesty and the distinction between right and wrong
Dispute resolution - simple techniques for resolving differences
Leadership skills- through a mentoring program, the more advanced students teach new or younger students
Accountability - assuming responsibilities for one's actions on and off the course
Respect- for self, others, and rules of life
Healthy lifestyle- attributes such as daily exercise, nutritional balance, and hand-to-eye coordination
Mr. Eddie Diaz started Discing4Kids in 2015 with just 20 students at Killip Elementary School as an after-school activity. D4K is an Arizona Domestic Non-Profit Corporation. Eddie teaches disc golf at NAU and plans to continue growing D4K and seeking new collaborators.
Develop each youth’s pro-social behaviors, healthy habits, and life values through the fundamentals and science of the low-impact sport of Disc Golf
A community that protects our youth and fosters good citizenship and healthy lifestyles for each young person participating in our program
Ariella Espinoza graduated from NAU in spring 2022 and is heading home to Phoenix to be with her family. She has agreed to become our Growth Officer. In that capacity, she'll help us expand into the Phoenix school districts.