About Zylstra...
Position: 5th
Room: B15
Phone: (480) 424-8545
Email: Zylstra

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Welcome to 5th grade CTA! My name is Lorie Zylstra and I am very excited to be a part of the fifth grade team at Rice. My husband and I moved to Chandler in 2004 and we have two teenage daughters.

My Education and Professional Background

I was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After spending twenty years in Southern California, I have moved around and lived in Las Vegas, Seattle, and now finally here in Chandler. Yes, people really do live in Las Vegas. I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV. I spent fifteen years working in Human Resources for very large corporations, such as MGM Grand Hotel, Microsoft, and Intel. I spent three precious years at home when my girls were babies. I finally pursued my passion for teaching in 2006. I received my Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU in 2007. I've taught both 2nd and 3rd grades previously at another CUSD school in a classic classroom, moved to Weinberg teaching 4th grade CTA in 2014 and now teach 5th grade CTA at Rice.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child brings their own strength and uniqueness to the classroom. I uphold high expectations for students, and I believe in every child and know they can be what their heart desires. My passion is to guide students to help them learn for themselves, and to teach kids not only academics, but to become problem solvers and critical thinkers. It's my job to be their leader and role model. I love my job and I can't imagine being anywhere else.

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Last Modified on June 17, 2020