About VanBuskirk...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A2
Phone: (480) 812-6132
Email: VanBuskirk
"Do we need to show, or do we need to let them experience first? Let them see and watch, let them touch and feel. Experience is the key to understanding the world. Let them...."
-- Kathy Tegarden

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Welcome to Kinder CATS! I grew up as a student in CUSD and am now overjoyed to say that I get to continue in CUSD as a teacher. In kindergarten at KGA we are setting a strong foundation for our students to become problem solvers through creativity and engineering. I am excited to begin this new adventure with the Kinder CATS!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education. I went on to get my Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. I also hold endorsements in English as a Second Language (ESL), Reading and Early Childhood. I am currently working on getting my Gifted Endorsement. I have been working in the district for 16 years. I taught first grade for 7 years and kindergarten for 3 years before moving over to Knox Gifted Academy. I have now taught gifted kindergarten for 6 years here at KGA.

My Educational Philosophy

I understand that a child is more than just what they know academically, and therefore will teach to the whole child (academically, socially and emotionally). My philosophy is one of a growth model. I will continue to push and grow your child as long as they are in my classroom. Learning should be fun and engaging to all students. I also believe that it is my job to help create students who think critically about the world around them and are problem solvers.

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