About Olivas...
Subject / Grade Language Arts: 8th Grade
Room: B-1
Phone: (480) 883-5737
Email: Olivas
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Welcome to 8th grade, Firebirds! I am thrilled to be joining you this year.This year, we will continue to develop your skills in the English language. Some of you might say, "But I already speak English!" Our language is rich and expansive; I hope to share that knowledge with you and help you grow as readers and writers. Ultimately, my goal is to make sure I prepare the students for high school.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my second year at Willis Junior High School, but this is my 7th year teaching. Before Willis, I taught 11th grade American Literature and 7th-12th grade English Language Learners. I was born and raised in Chandler, so it feels great to be working in my community. After graduating from Chandler High School, I attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College and eventually graduated from Arizona State University with my B.A. in Secondary Education-English. In 2014, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my M.Ed. in Multicultural/Bilingual Education with an emphasis in English as a Second Language.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as an educator is to create a safe, encouraging, and successful classroom to meet the diverse needs of my students. To understand who I am as an educator, it is essential to know who I am as a person. I was the first person in my family to attend college, and I would not be where I am today without my education. I view education as a vehicle of social justice and reform. I want to provide each student with an equal, competitive, and empowering education.

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