Welcome to First Grade! My name is Dianna Chavez & I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year. This will be my 8th year at Patterson & I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of teachers, parents, and students. I look forward to learning & growing with your child throughout the year.
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated from ASU in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education with an ELL Endorsement. I started teaching right after I graduated in Mesa Public Schools where I taught First Grade for 4 years, and Second grade for one year. I continued working in Mesa Public Schools until I had my youngest son, Aidan in 2003 & then became a stay-at-home mom for 6 years. I slowly went back into teaching by teaching preschool at Lil Einsteins in Gilbert for 5 years. It was there, that I met my wonderful friend, Mrs. Schibi (who teaches 4th grade here at Patterson). She suggested that I come to Patterson for an interview to teach First Grade & here I am...7 years later & love every minute of it.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe each child is unique & special in their own way. In believing that, I also feel as a teacher, I need to always look for a variety of teaching methods so each child's needs can be met. I want all my students to feel successful & celebrate their learning each day. I want to instill a sense of community in our classroom so each child knows they are a part of something very important. I want them to feel comfortable participating in class and I want them to know they can walk into our classroom each day and feel comfortable being themselves. In developing that sense of community I also feel parental involvement is extremely important during the school year, and I look forward to working with all of you to help your child be successful in first grade!
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