Honoring Sahuaro’s Veterans


Connor Fries , News Editor

There are a total of 18.5 million veterans in the United States who have risked their lives for our freedom and their country. Sahuaro is home to eleven of them and we are honored to have each and every one of them.

Steven Cutler is a math teacher and he served bravely in the Army for four years. His favorite memory was finally being able to come home and see his friends and family again.

David Kornmuller, social studies teacher, served in the Army National Guard as a medic in the field artillery unit. He served for a total of ten and a half years, from 1981 to 1992. His most cherished memory is when he had the opportunity to meet all the wonderful people in the army and get to know the caring souls. “Joining the National Guard was the best decision I ever made.”

Mark Chandler is another social studies teacher and he served in the Marine Corps for four years, from 1987 to 1991. Mr. Chandler stated his favorite memory from his service was “the knowledge and respect of being a part of the greatest known fighting force to mankind.”

Kaliah Sanderson is an exceptional education teacher that was in the Air Force for seven and a half years. Her fondest memory is being deployed to Afghanistan. She said, “It was a great experience of meeting different people from all over the world.”

Mr. James Lawwill is yet another social studies teacher and he served in the Navy Special Forces as a second lieutenant for two years.

Daniel Goitia, exceptional education academic core teacher, was in the Air National Guard for 30 years. “I have many great memories most importantly all the fantastic people I served with, but if it boils down to one specific favorite moment it would have to be pulling 8.4 G’s and breaking the sound barrier in an F16,” he explained, remembering the fond moments he had serving.

Math teacher Dean Keller served  proudly in the Air Force as a Missile Systems Analyst Technician for four years, from 1968 to 1972. He also worked on the Titan II ICBM missile.

Exceptional education teacher Elizabeth Cullop was in the Navy as a Corpsman for five years. Her favorite part of her service was the camaraderie. She said, “It didn’t matter if it was 24 hour duties, street bbq’s on base or the command events and training, service men and women were a part of something bigger but had each other for support.”

Charles Collingwood, math teacher, was a part in the Navy for four years. His favorite part of his service was being able to travel around the world and visit such diverse countries.

Mr. William Mitchell, exceptional ed teacher, served in the Air Force.

Jacob Dennis, English teacher served in the Navy for eleven years.