About Allison...
Position: Resource Specialist
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-779-7766
Email: Allison

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Welcome to Mrs. Allison's Site!

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About Blackwell...
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Blackwell

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Blackwell's 3rd Grade Website! I am so happy and excited to be a part of Elementary Connect's online learning adventure. I hope you find this page useful and that you encounter some useful links and resources.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Since 2010, I have worked in the Chandler Unified School District as a Para Professional and as a Substitute Teacher. Through these roles, I fell in love with teaching and decided to return to school. I graduated with my Master's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I was lucky to have completed my Student Teaching at Auxier Elementary. After graduating, I taught 4th grade for one year and then in the Dual Language Program for 2 years at CTA Liberty. I am currently teaching 3rd grade for Elementary Connect with the Chandler Online Academy. I LOVE teaching online! The connections made with students and the privilege of being a part of their growth, both academically and socially has been a true gift!

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About Bovard...
Position: First Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: (480) 719-0798
Email: Bovard

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade! I am honored to continue to be part of your child's academic journey. I am truly looking forward to working with you and your child. I love watching them grow socially, emotionally, and academically. Cheers to growth mindsets and lots of learning!

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About Donnellan...
Position: Special Education Department Chair, Procedural Specialist, COA K-12
Room: Ryan Elementary, Room C15
Phone: 602-935-9662
Email: Donnellan

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Welcome!

Welcome to COA Elementary Connect! I am privileged to be a part of this amazing learning community, and welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education. I look forward to working with you and your children.

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About Elliott...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6911
Email: Elliott

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Welcome!

My name is Sarah Elliott and I am the very proud Dean of Students here at COA Elementary Connect. I am honored to be part of the Hornet family as I build relationships with all students, staff, parents and community members. I was born and raised in Scotland but I love the sun and outdoors! In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling and trying out new restaurants around the valley. My husband and I live in Chandler with our two daughters, Maddy and Alex along with our doodles.

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About Emmons...
Position: 4th grade
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 520-344-0098
Email: Emmons

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Welcome to 4th Grade at Chandler Online Academy! I am so excited to be your teacher this year!

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About English...
Position: Second Grade Teacher
Room: COA-Online
Phone: 480-812-6360
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Welcome!

Hello Students and Families! Welcome to our classroom, I hope you are excited for all of the learning we will do this year. We'll be learning about topics in Science, Social Studies, ELA, and Math, I can't wait to share my days with you.

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About Garrison...
Position: First Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6350
Email: Garrison

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Welcome!

My name is Mrs. Garrison, and I am looking forward to sharing this school year with both my students and parents. I am excited about the many wonderful days of learning that we have ahead of us in our first grade classroom! I am anxious to get to know you, and you are probably just as anxious to get to know me. I love to read, cook, and travel with my family. My husband and I have an amazing son named Max and two cute dogs named Frank and Beans.

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About Halstead...
Position: 5th Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Halstead

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th Grade! Hold on to your hats because we are in for a very exciting year full of dynamic learning. I look forward to an amazing year of growth as well as creating a supportive community within our classroom. It's going to be a star studded year!!

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About Hughes...
Position: 6th Grade Teacher
Room: Online / Ryan Elementary
Phone: (602) 463-8366
Email: Hughes

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Welcome to 6th grade! I am thrilled to have you in class!

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About Ireland...
Position: 6th Grade Teacher
Room: COA Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-283-5110
Email: Ireland

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Welcome!

Welcome to Elementary Connect where best teaching practices and technology are integrated daily to create educational experiences for students that are challenging, enriching and extend their academic abilities.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been a CUSD teacher for twenty six years with twenty five of them at Jacobson Elementary School. My five years in second, seventeen in fourth have definitely prepared me for making the jump to sixth grade these last four years. I am so excited to be remain a part of this newest CUSD adventure and remain online teaching 6th graders with a fabulous staff and team. My Bachelors Degree is from the University of Toledo in Ohio and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction is from NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

Students grow to understand what it means to take care of their education, through the daily practice of being attentive to their learning. This requires taking risks, communicating well to others and learning from their mistakes to build self esteem and confidence in their new acquired skills and abilities over a course of time. It is not about what they do not know, but what they do not know "yet" and know success will come as they cope with their mistakes, try again, and sometimes fail. As a teacher I show and guide students through these challenges so that they want to continue to try as they put forth the effort, progress and attitude while working toward their goals. In doing this students succeed by their own pride and purpose because it matters to them. This is the attitude I want student to move forward with after spending their 6th grade year with me.
 

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About MacLelland...
Position: 5th Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: (480) 329-9811
Email: MacLelland

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mr. Mac's home page!

My Education and Professional Background

I'm an ASU Grad! Earned my initial teaching degree as a Sun Devil! My Master's was earned through NAU and I've been teaching since 1997! I was an Education Director for the University of Phoenix as well as a faculty member from 2010 until 2017.

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I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts, but moved around a lot as my father was in the Air Force. We lived upstate in New York, North Carolina, Florida, The Philippine Islands, North Dakota, Arizona, and Texas! I wrapped up my high school years here in Chandler at Chandler High! I joined the military in 1985 as a firefighter, got out in 1989 and started working in radio. I held many positions in radio including on-air talent, production, and promotions. At some point, in the mid-90s, I decided to go back to school (ASU), and learned how to be a teacher! I student-taught at Weinberg Elementary back in 1997 and have been teaching ever since! This includes at the elementary level as well as in Higher Learning at University of Phoenix! I love to teach! I love to see my students succeed and to nurture the love for learning!
 

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About Moe...
Position: Director of Elementary Connect @ Chandler Online Academy
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Moe

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Welcome!

Welcome to the nest, Hornets! Our commitment to student success and engagement is the core focus of everything our program offers. Elementary Connect is one of the top online programs in the state, and we are proud to provide an exemplary instructional model with both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for our students throughout the day, including live specials, success mentoring, and in-person hands-on opportunities.

My Education and Professional Background

Prior to implementing Elementary Connect, I was Chandler Unified School District's K-12 STEM Academic Coach. Before joining the CUSD team I spent 10 years in the elementary classroom and 2 years as the K-12 Science Coordinator in Gilbert Public Schools. Professional development, visioning, and community partnerships are all within the scope of my work and I look forward to using these skills to continue to grow and strengthen the Elementary Connect program and its community.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that a much needed change in the way that we educate students has presented itself and our response is creating opportunities to develop future ready skills. We have a duty as educators to provide a personalized and student-centered environment for our students, and a blended learning model, which we have here at Elementary Connect, meets and exceeds this need.
 

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About Murphy...
Position: COA Elementary Connect Music Teacher
Room: Ryan Elementary (office hours by appt)
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Murphy

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Welcome!

Welcome to COA Elementary Connect Music! I'm Mrs. Murphy and proud to be the Harmonious Hornet music teacher! COA Elementary Connect has LIVE music twice a week, along with lots of exciting music opportunities throughout the year. We are creating the BEST virtual music program and excited to have all of our Hornets be music future-ready! I am always available via email. All office hours and in-person music activities will be at Ryan Elementary.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a native New Yorker, now in Arizona since 2001. I received my Bachelor's of Music at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and my Master's in Music Education from Long Island University, also a certified Music Rhapsody educator. I have also been a clinician for special education music for both Arizona Music Educators Association and New York State School Music Association. In 2006, I was presented with the Arizona Working Parent of the Year award. This is my 26th year of teaching elementary music, my 14th here in CUSD and my second year with COA Elementary Connect.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that music is a path for us to unlock our creativity and learn lifelong skills in teamwork and collaboration. I strive to make a safe environment where students enjoy creating music at any level of ability. Hard work, perseverance and practice are celebrated as part of our learning process. My future starts when I wake up in the morning. Every day, I find something creative to do with my life.' - Miles Davis
 

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About Palomarez...
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Palomarez

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd Grade at Chandler Online Academy's Elementary Connect! My name is Stephanie Palomarez and I am so excited to get to know you and your family throughout our time together.

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I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow in all facets of their lives. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment is an ongoing process. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. When the voice of each student is heard, an environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves.
 

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About Pekara...
Position: 5th grade
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: (480) 382-0728
Email: Pekara

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th Grade! I am looking forward to a productive year filled with discovering new concepts and building a caring community. I live in Gilbert with my husband Ron and son Braylon. In my spare time, I love to read, create art, and play with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's degree in education from Concordia University: River Forest, Illinois in 1997. In 2010, I earned my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Language and Literacy from ASU. I have my English Language Learning endorsement, Reading endorsement, and English as an Approved Area of instruction. Thinking Maps, Write from the Beginning, and Read Naturally are just a few of the programs in which I am trained. I began teaching in 1999, took two years off to be home with my son, Braylon, and returned to teaching in 2008. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade with most of my years being in 5th grade.

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About Peper...
Position: 6th grade
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: (480) 812-6360
Email: Peper

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Welcome!

Come one, come all and welcome to my Hornet webpage!! I am thrilled to be starting another year teaching 6th grade at Elementary Connect. We have an amazing group of educators at our school and look forward to making this year the BEST one yet!

My Education and Professional Background

I completed my student teaching in Vicenza, Italy, which was an amazing and enriching experience both professionally and personally. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my B.A in elementary education and special education. In 2008, I obtained my Masters in curriculum and instruction. I began my career teaching 6th grade for this first 11 years. Then in 2016, I had the incredible opportunity to develop the Elementary STEM program at Conley Elementary, where I implemented and taught the STEM program to all K-6th students for 4 years. Last year, I joined the Elementary Connect team at COA and am thrilled to be back again this year teaching 6th grade with an outstanding team!

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I believe that all children can learn, grow and achieve in the proper learning environment. I love being that safe place for children to take risks and know that the sky is never the limit. I strive to build relationships and make connection to ensure I am allowing children to explore their passions and find their voice. Our family stretches between IL and Arizona. I was born and raised by my loving parents in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and absolutely love the Bears, Cubbies and Blackhawks sports team! I met Terry, my husband, while student teaching in Italy, and have been in Arizona ever since. We have two incredible dogs, Winslow and Louie, and spend most of our time in the outdoors camping, hiking or kayaking. Be the change you wish to see in the world -- Gandhi
 

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About Percy...
Position: Special Education Resource Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy - Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Percy

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Percy and I am a Special Education teacher at Chandler Online Academy - Elementary Connect. I am looking forward to working with you this year and I know that we will have an amazing year together!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a dual degree in Elementary & Special Education. I completed my Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I am currently pursuing a second Master's degree in Mental Health & School Counseling. I have taught in the Chandler Unified School district as a Special Education teacher since 2003. I am originally from snowy Syracuse, New York and moved to sunny Arizona in 2003. I have a wonderful husband who is also a teacher in the Chandler Unified School district and we have two beautiful children who attend Chandler schools. In my spare time, I love reading, running, shopping, and traveling.

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About Rabe...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Rabe

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Welcome!

Hi! My name is Christine Rabe (my last name rhymes with babe) and I am looking forward to sharing this school year with all of you! I am so excited about the many wonderful days of learning and growing we have ahead of us in our Third Grade classroom! Let's go!!!

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About Traficano...
Position: PE K-6
Room: Ryan Elementary
Phone: 618-972-5108
Email: Traficano

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Welcome!

Hello Hornets and welcome to our PE website. I am super excited to be teaching PE to all of you this school year. Look forward to working with and getting to know each and every one of you! Let's make it an AMAZING year!!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelors in Physical Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Masters in Adapted Physical Education from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children, no matter their ability, should be made to feel they are important and they matter. I have true compassion for my students and I strive to provide a safe space for all to learn and grow -- a space that allows them to be comfortable in trying new things and letting them know it's okay to make mistakes. My students are encouraged to work hard, and are challenged daily to be the best they can be. I am very passionate about my profession and am always looking to grow in my teaching. My students inspire me daily to want to be the best teacher and person I can be for them. I am hopeful that through the lessons I teach, my students will become active individuals and lifelong lovers of exercise. But most importantly, I hope that through my teaching, my students will learn what it means to be a person of character, that making mistakes is part of the learning process, and persevering through all challenges will only help them to become stronger individuals.
 

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About Vanlandingham...
Position: Elementary Connect, 1st-3rd Grade Technology Teacher
Room: Sanborn Elementary Computer Lab
Phone: 480-812-7300
Email: Vanlandingham

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Welcome!

Welcome! I'm pleased to be teaching technology at Elementary Connect. I look forward to a great year where every student finds success!

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About Zichichi...
Position: 4th Grade Teacher
Room: Chandler Online Academy- Elementary Connect
Phone: 480-812-6360
Email: Zichichi

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Welcome!

Welcome to COA 4th Grade! I believe in fostering a learning environment that encourages growth while celebrating success and failure. While teaching is one of my true passions, I also enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and cooking.

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