About Palagonia...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: Room 17
Phone: 480-812-6947
Email: Palagonia

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to 4th grade! I'm very excited to be a Gator this year and be back in Arizona where I began my teaching career. I look forward to a year full of growth, achievement, and fun with the amazing students at CTA Goodman. My husband and I are both teachers and we have two children, both of whom are thrilled to be going to school in Chandler again. It’s going to be a fabulous year!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas as well as a M.Ed. Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I was fortunate to begin my teaching career with CUSD at San Marcos Elementary, where I spent 5 years teaching grades 4 and 5. In 2011, my husband and I decided to go on an adventure with our children, so we moved to the United Arab Emirates. I taught grades 1, 2, and 3 to Emirati students for 5 years in public schools in Abu Dhabi. In 2016, we moved to Dubai, and I’ve spent the last 3 years teaching grades 2 and 4 at a private American curriculum school.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is to help each of my students develop a passion for learning and a positive mindset, believing that they can reach their goal through perseverance and hard work. Every child has the ability and deserves the opportunity to succeed in his or her education, and it is my responsibility to foster an environment that is supportive, safe, and opportunity rich in order for each student to flourish.
 

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