About Mrs. Kristin Schmella...
Position: 8th Grade ELA Teacher
Welcome to ELA! I am very excited to inspire young adults to reach their utmost potential. This will be a wonderful school year.
My Education and Professional Background
I am from New Mexico where I attended and graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico (Go LOBOS!) with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, I moved to Arizona and immediately began my teaching career in the Tempe School District. In my ten years in Tempe, I taught 6-8 ELA while differentiating curriculum to meet all students' needs from intervention to Honors. I also taught the AVID elective and coached softball. I am starting my sixth year at Casteel where I have taught both 7th and 8th grade ELA; I am also the department chair for ELA.
My Educational Philosophy
My educational philosophy is simple: I want to produce productive members of society. I strive to inspire students to think critically and outside the box. I expect nothing short of excellence - every class, every day.