Welcome to sixth grade at Ryan Elementary!
My Education and Professional Background
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s in Education and earned a Masters in Human Relations/Counseling through NAU. I also hold a Reading Endorsement, Middle School Endorsement and ELL Endorsement. I have been teaching 28 years in Arizona. My husband and I have a son, Jack, heading to NAU and a daughter, Abby, in 11th grade.
My Educational Philosophy
Sixth grade is an opportunity for students to grow and fine tune their academic skills. They are eager and willing to learn and this is a constant expectation in our classroom. Students will be asked to be respectful, kind, and to work hard.I believe all children learn best in a structured, nurturing, and comfortable environment. My goal is to help build this type of classroom through regular routine, explicit instruction, and opportunities to support one another both academically and socially. Although my expectations for quality of work and learning outcomes remain high, we will maintain a sense of humor and create a fun learning environment for everyone.
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