About McCarrell...
Position: Gifted 4th Grade
Room: 19
Phone: 480-812-6649
Email: McCarrell

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Welcome!

Words fall short in expressing how pleased I am that you and your student are about to become part of my classroom community. The part of teaching that I like best is developing amazing relationships with my students and their families. We all know first-hand that life is often full of uncertainty, but my classroom is not just a place of learning, but also of fun, safety and consistency. I can’t wait for the 2020-21 journey to begin!

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught gifted and talented learners in 4th or 5th grade since the 2017-18 school year. I received my Master’s Degree in elementary education in 2016 from ASU. I earned my undergraduate degree in journalism in 1995, and worked in print journalism and a reporter and editor for about 10 years. Additionally, I have been a successful entrepreneur, and spent about 11 years traveling the world in the U.S. Air Force as a fighter jet repair technician. I have always loved story-telling and reading. I like hiking and playing golf. I also love spending time with Mrs. McCarrell, my five adult children and five grandchildren.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that to be a great educator one must first be a great learner, and that learning is not something you finish upon graduation. This is my fourth career, but the thing each of those careers had in common was the need to both learn and teach to be successful. ot a day goes by in the classroom that I don’t learn something new, especially during my time educating gifted learners. The cliches of the corporate world such as “thinking outside the box,” “thinking creatively,” and creative problem-solving” come naturally to these students. I have seen a lot in my professional career, but I see these kids in action and know that I have definitely not seen everything.
 

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