Hello! My name is Kerry Kester. I grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona shortly after I graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family. My husband, David, is a mortgage broker. We are the proud parents of two amazing children who are products of our top-notch CUSD schools. I am honored to be on the staff at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School and serve as the technology teacher.
My Education and Professional Background
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State College (Westfield, MA); Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University; Early Childhood Endorsement; English as a Second Language Endorsement, and Math Endorsement 1994-1997 - Fourth Grade teacher - Holbrook, AZ; 1997-Present - 2nd grade, 3rd, grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, technology teacher and math coach - Chandler Unified School District
My Educational Philosophy
I consider teaching an amazing opportunity to inspire today's world. My lessons are designed to meet the needs and desires of the students. Each student is accepted as an individual with specific needs, talents, and ambitions. My lessons stress continuous progress toward challenging yet attainable goals. To me, teaching is about making a lasting impression in the heart and the mind of each student whose life I have the opportunity to be a part of. In turn, I trust that those students will ignite a love of learning in others. It is a privilege to be a teacher, a person who has the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of so many. I recognize that I must be a positive role model for all students. I exemplify compassion, curiosity, and a love for learning; characteristics that I strive to promote among my students. I love teaching because it allows me to learn something new, either from continuing education, staff development, or even better yet, from my students, each day!
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