• About Chris Savage...

    Position: 5th Grade Gifted Teacher

    Team/Department: 5th Grade

    Room: 10

    Email: Chris Savage

     Chris Savage

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    I am excited to join the 5th grade team here at WGA in Chandler Unified. Through meaningful and authentic interactions both in our classrooms and beyond, we can create longevity in an identity that will make our learning community proud to say, we are part Weinberg Gifted Academy.

    My Education and Professional Background

    I hold two degrees.  The first of which is a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of  Broadcast Journalism, from which I graduated with top honors and distinction. The second of which is a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. 

    I have been working in the field of education for 16 years.  I started my career in Gilbert as a paraprofessional in the rooms for identified special needs learners.  I then became a site-based sub where I handled every grade level, and all the special areas (P.E., Library, Music, Art etc.) while working as a site-based sub. I was concurrently earning my Masters degree and working two part-time jobs.  

    Once I earned my teaching certificate, I taught 5th grade for 8 years and then 6th grade for 2 years.  I then made the move to Chandler, where I have been thoroughly enjoying teaching in the Gifted program for both 5th and 6th grade for the last two years. 

    My Educational Philosophy

    I was reading a student's self evaluation of their year a few days ago, and I was moved to read that they intimated that they loved coming to school every day. When I asked that student in our follow up interview why they loved coming to school, they told me that they felt like they were, "part of a second family here."

    My philosophy is simple; Provide a learning environment that is safe, equitable and encourages students to have fun while learning, and you will have a student driven learning community.

    "A good teacher will show a student where to look, but will never tell a student what to see."