From Principal to Playworker

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Kara Largent joined the Playworks Arizona team in July 2016 as the new regional partnerships director. Although Playworks Arizona is always growing, what makes this new staff member different is her background. Kara spent the first 15 years of her career in public education in Arizona first as a teacher, then as an assistant principal, and finally as a principal.

The first time Kara heard about Playworks, she was driving to school during her first year as principal of a K-8 school in the West Valley, and an interview with Playworks came on the radio. When she got to school that morning, she sought out Playworks to learn more. Over the course of the next year and a half, Kara visited Playworks schools, invited the Playworks program director out to her school, and talked Playworks up to her staff and community for support and buy-in. By the time Kara had secured the funds to bring the Playworks TeamUp model to her school, her staff was ready and excited for it. Her school welcomed Playworks with open arms and showed enthusiasm for embedding it into their culture.

Kara was so impressed with the positive impact that Playworks had on her students, staff, and overall school climate that when given the chance to spread Playworks to more kids across the state, she jumped at it. It’s not too often a principal turns Playworker, but in this case, it makes perfect sense!

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October 25, 2022

Introducing New Leadership in Arizona ›

Playworks Arizona is excited to announce the growth of our team. In the fall of 2022, Lori Adukeh joined us as the Regional Director of Arizona, bringing with her 30 years of experience in strategic planning and program management. Advancing in her board membership role, Davida Redmond, will be Playworks Arizona’s new Board Chair to…

May 19, 2022

First Ever Arizona State Capitol Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament! ›

Fun lunch time getaway had by all who joined Playworks for a game of rock, paper, scissors at the Arizona State Capitol on May 16, 2022. “The Grand Canyon State modeled true bipartisan leadership this week thru a lively round of Rock Paper Scissors at the State Capitol,” Playworks Arizona Advisory Board Member Emily Anne…

May 16, 2022

Rock Paper Scissors Tournament at the Arizona State Capitol ›

PRESS RELEASE WHAT: Get ready to play in a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament at a free, live event at the Arizona State Capitol on Monday, May 16th from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Rose Garden, 1700 W Washington St. Phoenix, AX 85007. When you play in this tournament, you’ll be joining Playworks community members–kids…