About Yamashita...
Position: Visual Arts Media Specialist
Room: 23
Phone: 480-812-6653
Email: Yamashita

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The Arts and Gifted Education are two things that I am truly passionate about. What an opportunity to work at Weinberg Gifted Academy and be able to teach the two things I love! I am so excited to be at the beginning of an exciting journey for all of us. My hope is that with my background in gifted education and fine arts, that we can create a unique integrated program meeting the needs of the whole child. With the arts, we can go anywhere in the world and beyond at any given time! On a personal note, I am married to a retired police officer and live in Chandler with him and my four fur kids-three cats and a 65-pound lap dog (all of whom were rescues). My two daughters are grown with families and have blessed me with seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. I love to read, create works of art, attend concerts and plays, go for walks and visit state capitols. (I know, I am kind of a nerd!) I am a football fanatic during the season. Go Vikings!

My Education and Professional Background

In 1984, I received my bachelor’s degree from Jamestown University in North Dakota. I first majored in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Art. Jamestown University is a liberal arts college, so within that framework, I was able to experience theater and music. I also enjoyed education and wanted to teach, so I began an elementary and secondary education degree. In 1985, I was hired as a part time Kindergarten teacher, and part time art teacher for grades 1-12 near the Canadian Border. After moving to Arizona in 1986, I earned a master’s degree in Gifted Education through NAU while teaching art in Yuma, Arizona. I incorporated my skills in art working with gifted students during summer academies at Arizona Western College along with developing enrichment programs for the gifted. In 2008 I moved Chandler and have had the privilege of teaching for the CATS (gifted) program at CUSD teaching all subjects. I have taught every grade level, K-6 and mixed media for all ages.

My Educational Philosophy

Learning is a lifelong experience. It is a journey that we have a privilege and an obligation to undertake. What we learn and experience today, no matter what age, affects us for the rest of our lives: no matter what age, affects us and who we meet for the rest of our lives. Our influence in our communities and the world is invaluable. We are IMPORTANT and we can make a difference. You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be.

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