About Ragatz...
Position: Music and Performing Arts Specialist
Room: Music
Phone: 480-812-6629
Email: Ragatz

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Welcome to Performing Arts! This has been my passion since beginning dance at age 5! My family has always participated in the arts and several work in the field professionally. My two sons were part of the CATS program in CUSD, graduated from ASU, and are currently working in the television industry in Los Angeles. Along with theater, I love to travel, read, and do crafts. I live in Chandler with my husband and two dogs.

My Education and Professional Background

I started teaching in 1987 in California and transferred to the Gifted program in Chandler USD in 2000.I have taught 2nd through 6th grade, at many different schools. 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. In my regular education and gifted classrooms, I have always infused the arts in all subject areas; encouraging students to stretch themselves in new ways and to strive towards excellence. I look forward to working with the classroom and specials teachers, collaborating the use of performing arts with all students. I am excited to work with students, parents, and the community to develop an appreciation for the arts, whether performers, supporters, or audience members.

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