About Ragatz...
Subject / Grade 6th CATS
Room: E37
Phone: (480) 224-3267
Email: Ragatz
""Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.""
-- A.A. Milne

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Welcome to 6th Grade CATS! I am looking forward to an exciting school year. In my class we work hard but also have a lot of fun! My job is to get you ready for Jr. High and High School, so come in ready to push yourself to new heights. I know you can do it!!

My Education and Professional Background

This is my 20th year teaching in the Gifted program in Chandler USD, where I have taught 3rd through 6th grade, and Ryan is my sixth school. Before moving to Arizona, I taught 4th and 5th grade in Torrance, CA. I have been in education for over thirty years. Besides classroom teaching, I have taught at two universities, supervised student teachers, mentored beginning teachers, given workshops for teachers and parents in neighboring districts and at conferences, and served as a District Gifted Program Coordinator. I have a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction/Gifted Education, (from ASU) and BA and MA in Education, Gifted and ELL Endorsements. I currently work with the Board of Directors for Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to provide meaningful learning experiences for my students. I strive to challenge my students to think and create in different ways. I encourage them to stretch themselves in new ways and to strive towards excellence. We will explore our curriculum in many ways and it is my hope that my students develop the desire and skills to be life long learners.

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