|Subject / Grade:||9th Honors World History, 11th American/AZ History|
|"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."|
|-- Mahatma Gandhi|
Welcome Colts! I am so excited to be at Casteel High School this year! Throughout the year, we will be participating in a variety of activities designed to engage, challenge, and stimulate your interest in learning history. I hope that whatever past challenges you have encountered in History class will not hinder you from having a positive experience in this class. I look forward to being your teacher and all the discoveries that we will uncover together! Go Colts!
My Education and Professional Background
I grew up in Arizona and graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University, receiving a B.S. in History, and minor in Art History. I went on to complete my graduate studies and teaching certification program at Arizona State University, where I received my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in secondary American Studies. GO DEVILS! During my Master's program at ASU, I was a graduate assistant at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College as well. I completed my student teaching in Chandler and the rest is history! I have been teaching ELA and History in the Chandler Unified School District for 20 years!
My Educational Philosophy
I adhere to the belief that all students should experience a wide range of learning experiences with the goal of becoming a life-long learner. There should be a balance of cooperative and individual/competitive learning experiences, academic and social/service-minded education, relevant and memorable curriculum, and encouragement from teachers and staff to become critical and creative thinkers. Our students today will participate in a world that we can only imagine. We live in an ever-changing information-based and high-technology economy. To compete in this rapidly changing world, we must construct learning environments capable of turning out students with problem-solving, communication and social skills.
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