About Bender...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: 23
Phone: (480) 224-3853
Email: Bender
"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."
-- H. Jackson Brown

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Welcome to 6th grade at Carlson Elementary! I’m excited to be part of CUSD. My husband and I have four children: Katie, currently in college, Joe, getting ready to begin college, Matthew, a junior at Basha High, and Allie, a freshman at Basha High. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to movies, playing frisbee golf and sand volleyball, but most of all attending the Arizona Cardinal games!

My Education and Professional Background

I’m originally from Minnesota, where I grew up and received my BA. Out of college, I moved to southwest Kansas where I began teaching and also earned my MA in Educational Leadership. My husband, Keith and I moved to Arizona nearly 20 years ago when I continued teaching at the Kyrene and Dysart districts. For the last decade, I’ve been a school administrator, but have found that my heart is really with the kiddos in the classroom, so I’ve found my way back to what I believe is the best district in the state and I’m proud to be here!

BA in Spanish Education (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN)
MA in Educational Leadership (Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS)
AZ Certification in Elementary, Middle Level, K-12 Spanish, and SEI

My Educational Philosophy

It’s important to me that my students grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and in their awareness of how they can contribute to the well-being of other people and society. I will instill a love of learning and help them better understand the world with which we live. I believe that for students to achieve optimal intellectual, emotional and social growth, we need to have a partnership between student, teacher and parent.

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