About Nusbaum...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6608
Email: Nusbaum

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Welcome!

Since stepping foot into my first classroom in 1998, I’ve never dreaded a Monday. I am an educator on purpose and by choice, and am honored to be the principal of Weinberg Gifted Academy. I am truly fortunate to be a part of an innovative, supportive and inclusive district that provides unmatched opportunities and choice for all learners and their families. When not learning with gifted students and their profoundly dedicated teachers, I can be found reading, writing, creating, questioning, and exploring life's wonders with my husband and our four inspiring and sometimes-baffling gifted boys, all of whom have flourished in CUSD schools.

My Education and Professional Background

I constantly seek ways to grow and connect. I hold a BA in Elementary Education with a minor in music performance from UArizona, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MA in Educational Leadership from NAU as well as PhD coursework in Language, Reading, and Culture through UArizona. In addition to my educator and principal certificates, I hold endorsements in Gifted PreK-12, Middle Grades Mathematics 7-8, Middle Grades 5-9, and Reading Specialist K-12. I’ve been a classroom teacher and an administrator in CUSD since 2007, most recently as teacher and then the Dean of Students at Knox Gifted Academy. I am so excited about all the ways KGA and WGA will collaborate with the community to continue to serve gifted learners.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe children come to us energetic, expressive, curious, concerned, creative, and intense. It is our job to meet them where they are and provide them an environment that challenges and cherishes them. Exceptional and twice-exceptional learners deserve a support system that endeavors to understand asynchronous development and social/emotional needs and deliver academic instruction that is both rigorous and vigorous. I strive to foster a collective culture at WGA that honors diverse ways of knowing, allows for the love of learning, and develops a sense of pride and purpose. Our parents are our partners, and our students have a voice.
 

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