About Elsa Armstrong...
Position: 9th grade English Teacher
Team/Department: English Department
A little about me... I am from northern Wisconsin and a member of a tribal nation, the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe. I moved to Phoenix in 2020 with my partner who attends dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Living here is the opposite of my home in so many ways, but I've come to truly appreciate the beauty of Arizona and try to get outside and see as much of the state as possible!
I'm very much looking forward to this upcoming 2023-2024 school year, my second at Chandler High. Previously, I taught 7th & 8th grade ELA in the Roosevelt School District in Phoenix. I have enjoyed the switch to the high school environment and love that I am able to support students as they embark on their first year here as freshmen!
Please review the class syllabus at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bb5ohDHdAR101fO-pOqMRE3MhYL4wuE1/view?usp=sharing
My Education and Professional Background
Bachelor's Degree - Dartmouth College, major in Native American Studies
Master's of Education - Arizona State University, concentration in Secondary Education
My Educational Philosophy
-ALL students are capable of great successes
-I am here to support students' growth both academically and socially/emotionally
-Students must cultivate a growth mindset towards learning
-Student choice & voice will be centered in my classroom
-Students will learn to self-advocate their desires and needs
-I prioritize helping students find relevance & connect their learning to the outside world
-Emphasis on 21st century literacy skills