About Lester...
Position: First Grade
Room: 8
Phone: 480 224 3838
Email: Lester

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My name is Michelle Lester and I was fortunate enough to be a part of the team that opened Carlson in 2012. I cherish being a part of this amazing staff and hope to teach here for many years to come! My teaching career began in California in 1998 and between there and here I’ve taught every grade level except 5th. Even with all of that experience – First Grade remains my absolute favorite age to teach! I love our little First Grade Champs! Don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my high school diploma from Fred C. Beyer High in 1980. I earned a BA in Education from California State University Fresno in 1998. I completed my California teaching credential in 2003 and worked as a 6th grade teacher for the next 3 years in California. I continued teaching 6th grade when I moved to Arizona in 2006. I worked at San Tan Elementary for 1 year, then Erie Elementary for the next five years. Lastly, I was fortunate enough to be a part of Carlson's opening in 2012.

My Educational Philosophy

The mission of Carlson Elementary is to prepare a community of life-long learners to be productive and empowered citizens capable of successfully participating in society, by providing high quality instruction in an environment that is challenging, safe, and fun.

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