Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Ms. Maize and I am going to be your child’s teacher this year. We have an action packed, fun filled year planned ahead as we learn to read through the use of wonderful literature, use manipulatives to become mathematicians, discover and create using hands-on STEM and science experiments, and learn about each other and the different people and cultures in the big world around us.
My Education and Professional Background
I graduated with honors from Arizona State University, earning a BA in Elementary Education and endorsements in Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language. I taught second and third grades for 3 years in the Scottsdale School District. In 2001 I was honored to be one of 16 teachers in the state of Arizona to receive the KTVK 3TV Silver Apple Award for teaching excellence! In 2003 I joined CUSD and opened Santan K-8, where I taught third grade for 4 years. In 2007 I became a full time mother and owned and operated an in-home preschool for the next 5 years. In 2012, I returned to CUSD and have been teaching Kindergarten since my return.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that every child is deserving of a safe, caring, academically stimulating and nurturing learning environment. Students should feel comfortable in allowing themselves to take risks to deepen their knowledge and grow not only intellectually, but emotionally and socially as well. It is my honor to help students foster a love and desire for lifelong learning and working hard to reach their goals and dreams.
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