About Maki...
Subject / Grade Technology Teacher
Room: Lab
Phone: (480) 883-4805
Email: Maki
"Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there."
-- Will Rogers

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Welcome!

Welcome to computers! Technology is changing constantly and we don't have time to lose so buckle up...it's going to be quite a ride!

My Education and Professional Background

I hold an Associate of Arts in Computer Art and Animation from the Art Institute of Phoenix. I continued my education and completed a Bachelor Degree in Business Marketing and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education both from University of Phoenix. I have been teaching with computers and technology since 2008.

My Educational Philosophy

No matter what situation you are in there is something to be learned from everything. There are always going to be things that seem boring or don't interest us, however, giving up is the only way one can fail. Students' role is to take on the responsibility to learn in all circumstances. A teacher's job is to provide the opportunity and the environment for that to happen. Both the teacher and the student together make education successful. It's like making a banana and Nutella sandwich, you need both ingredients to make it the most amazing masterpiece. It's not so great if all you had was the banana.
 

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About Buist...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: C36
Phone: (480) 883-4866
Email: Buist
"Do what you love and love what you do."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

My name is Melissa Buist, I am excited to begin another year here at Navarette. I have been teaching 3rd grade here since the school opened in 2004. I cannot WAIT to be part of your child's 3rd grade learning experience. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband, who also teaches in the Chandler District, and our two daughters, Madelyn and Makenna. Teaching this age is so fun, engaging, and exciting. I look forward to a seamless home/school partnership.

My Education and Professional Background

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Radio and TV in 1998, I moved to Phoenix to work in the industry at the local NBC and FOX affiliates. After TV, I found myself climbing the corporate ladder in sales at a Fortune 500 company as a recruiting manager, I was a natural! Something was missing for me. I went back to school to get my masters degree at Northern Arizona University in Curriculum and Instruction, I was fulfilled! Teaching is my passion. Every year changes, the changes are welcomed. Third grade is a big year for growth,I enjoy seeing the kids grow. Teaching has filled the space for me professionally since 2004. I enjoy making a difference in young people's lives.

My Educational Philosophy

Winning isn't everything, the WANT to win is...Vince Lombardi's line drives my philosophy in regards to teaching. As long as the students give their personal best in the classroom, that is all I can ask. The WANT to do their best, the NEED to be problem solvers, the DRIVE to work hard to learn skills in and beyond the classroom is all I can ask. I hope to help build lifelong learners, create partnering with parents, and experience memories with kids that last forever. They'll always be my kid, even after our official time together. During our time together, they'll enjoy the year, I'll make sure of it.
 

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About Meskill...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: B23
Phone: (480) 883-4853
Email: Meskill
"And may you grow to be proud, dignified and true and do unto others as you'd have done to you. Be courageous and be brave and in my heart you will always stay..forever young"
-- Rod Stewart

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Welcome!

Welcome to Room 18. I can't think of a bigger honor than being your child's first teacher at Navarrete. I look forward to making this year a positive experience academically, emotionally and socially.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU several years ago with a degree in elementary education and early childhood. I have been teaching kindergarten for 22 years in the Chandler School District.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe young learners need to be excited about what is being taught and this can be achieved by using a variety of teaching strategies. I like to use make learning fun and I encourage my students to love what they learn.
 

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About Niederer...
Subject / Grade Music/Band
Room: E14
Phone: (480) 883-4812
Email: Niederer
"'Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.'"
-- Plato

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Welcome!

Welcome to the music & band web page. We are very excited for another fun year! As the year progresses, you will find links to different grade level projects, links to educational websites, band & choir information, calendars, and other programs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

My Education and Professional Background

Certification in Orff Schulwerk, Arizona State University, Levels I & II; Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University; Bachelor of Music, Arizona State University; Membership in: Arizona Orff Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Arizona Music Educators Association (AzMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME) I am from Midland, Michigan where I was educated in the public schools. My love for music began in music at school as well as church choir. Learning how to play instruments is fun, and my main instruments include piano, flute, and French horn. While at ASU, I participated in several music groups such as the Sun Devil Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Choral Union. I live in Chandler with my husband, son & daughter. We enjoy spending time at the parks, sports fields & traveling.

My Educational Philosophy

The best job in the world is teaching students the joy of music and how it greatly affects our lives. I strongly believe that the arts are very important for emotional development. Watching students work hard to achieve success is very exciting!
 

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About Cocking...
Subject / Grade PE Teacher
Room: MP Room
Phone: (480) 883-4815
Email: Cocking
"Take what you have with what you are, make something of it and never be satisfied."
-- Harold Bud Elliott, Head Football Coach Eastern New Mexico University 1994-2004

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Welcome!

Hello, my name is Brian Cocking and I am the PE teacher here at Navarrete. I have been here since the school opened in 2004. My wife Amanda and I came to Arizona from New Mexico where I was born and raised. We have 4 daughters that all attend CUSD schools. I love our school community and love being part of such a fantastic place to learn and teach.

My Education and Professional Background

I played college football at Eastern New Mexico University and graduated in 1998. I have been a full time elementary PE teacher at CUSD since 1999-2000. During my time in Chandler I have sponsored and assisted with a variety of clubs and activities, including running club, Jump Rope for Heart, boys and girls basketball, talent show, safety committee, team leadership committee, and the Squawk Dash.

My Educational Philosophy

I have two rules in my PE classroom: Do your best, and be kind. They are rules that the students here at Navarrete have come to know, love, and embrace. My goal is to provide a fun and safe environment where all students can play and enjoy participating in a wide range of sports and activities.
 

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About Schaffer...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: B21
Phone: (480) 883-4851
Email: Schaffer
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Kindergarten is such a fun and exciting year. I am so happy to be able to work with you and your child and look forward to all the fun and exciting experiences that we will share this school year. A little bit about me: my husband and I have 3 wonderful little boys - Danny, Jacob, & Michael. When I’m not at school I love to play with my boys, spend time with my family, and go to the movies and travel.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2004. In 2008, I received my master’s degree from ASU in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I taught kindergarten and first grade in the Tempe Elementary School district for three years and then began teaching kindergarten at Navarrete in 2007 where I have been ever since.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and grow. My job as a teacher is to create a safe environment in which my students develop a love of learning and can reach their full potential.
 

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About Andersen...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: B22
Phone: (480) 883-4852
Email: Andersen
"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted."
-- Linda Conway

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Welcome!

My name is Gina Andersen. I love teaching kindergarten! I'm constantly amazed at how eager my kids are to learn, the things they say, and the energy they have! I have a son, Conner, who graduated from Basha High School in 2017. He attends Johnson & Wales University, Providence Rhode Island We love to eat fine food, travel and have family game night. We have a purebred German Shepherd dog named Kaiserin, and a sweet classroom pet named FruitLoop! I look forward to an awesome year in Room 22!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Art Degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico. After working in the industry for six years, I went back to school and got my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Colorado at Denver. I have taught Kindergarten, First, and Second grade in Colorado, California, and Arizona. I have taught at Navarrete since July, 2005.

My Educational Philosophy

When a child enters Kindergarten, they step onto a path that leads them through education for the next 12 years. This path should celebrate each child as an individual, filling deficits and celebrating accomplishments alike. I feel that education needs to form the whole child, touching all areas of their being; academic, social, emotional, and physical. As a Kindergarten Teacher, I do everything I can to help each child LOVE school. It’s a long road, they need to enjoy the ride right from the start!
 

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About Cuccinotto...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: B27
Phone: (480) 883-4857
Email: Cuccinotto
"Every individual matters, Every individual has a role to play, Every individual makes a difference."
-- Jane Goodall

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Welcome!

Welcome to 1st Grade! Our classroom is a very special place to be. The days will be filled with many lessons and activities that foster a love for learning. Our goal in room 27 is to create an environment that is warm and inviting for your child.

My Education and Professional Background

My name is Carole Cuccinotto, I have been teaching for over 25 years. I taught Special Education for 17 years. I have enjoyed the experience of teaching and watching young minds grow and learn. I have my bachelors degree in Education from Arizona State University. I have attended Arizona State and Kansas State for extended education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that children are our future. I believe that each child needs a receptive and supportive environment for learning. I believe that instruction should be based don the needs of each child. The teacher of kindergarten must possess a positive attitude of trust, respect, and acceptance of children and an appreciation for each child as an individual. I will provide a safe and nurturing environment where diversity is valued and every child will be treated with respect.
 

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About Boucher...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: D09
Phone: (480) 883-4839
Email: Boucher
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."
-- Helen Keller

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Welcome!

I am very excited about all the new things we will be learning in fourth grade this year! Here is a little about me: I am originally from Illinois, but have lived in Arizona since 2013. I live in Chandler with my husband and two children. We have a daughter, Cameryn, and a son, Carter. When I am not at school, I love to watch both my children play soccer. I also like to swim, hike, and spend time with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

My undergraduate degree is in Economics from Northern Illinois University. I was in the banking field for many years before going back to school to do what I truly love, which is teach. I earned my Masters in Elementary Education from Rockford College in 2001. I have been teaching at Navarrete since 2013.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child has a unique learning style. It is my job to help students discover and grow using that style. I believe that reading helps children develop a life-long love of learning, and that they should read and be read to every day. My classroom environment is loving, nurturing, and promotes respect, kindness, and community amongst all students.
 

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About Vohan...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: B26
Phone: (480)883-4856
Email: Vohan
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome! My name is Jennifer Vohan. I am beyond excited to begin this new journey with you at Navarrete Elementary! I was born in Kansas City, Missouri. I moved to Arizona after college and met my husband. We have three beautiful children. I love playing the piano, eating sushi and spending time with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my teaching career by teaching preschool for 6 years. Next, I was a full time substitute teacher for 4 years in the Chandler Unified School District. I joined the Navarrete Family for my most favorite grade, First Grade!

My Educational Philosophy

Teaching is a major passion of mine and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child. I am looking forward to creating a positive learning environment here at Navarrete Elementary. It is my mission to instill a life-long enthusiastic love for learning in your child. I know this is going to be an amazing year full of fun, learning and lots of adventures. As your child's teacher, it will be my goal this year to help your child feel loved, valued, empowered and capable of success.
 

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About Robinson...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: B20
Phone: (480) 883-4850
Email: Robinson
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
-- William Arthur Ward

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade! My name is Miss Robinson and I am so very excited to be working with your first grader this year. This year will be a great fun filled year of learning!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in May of 2012.

My Educational Philosophy

My ultimate goal as a teacher is to inspire and educate my students to become lifelong learners. To inspire them to think outside the box and never be afraid to take a risk and go beyond what is asked of them. I believe in creating a positive learning environment where every child feels comfortable to express their thoughts and opinions. My hope is that my passion for teaching will bring a passion for learning to my students. As your child’s teacher it will be my goal this year to help your child feel valued, appreciated and empowered to reach his/her full academic potential.
 

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About Itsell...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: C35
Phone: (480) 883-4865
Email: Itsell
"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. We have an abundance of things to learn and I plan on making sure we have fun and make memories while doing it! I look forward to the educational journey we will be taking with your child this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated in 2007 from Arizona State University (Go Devils!) with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. In 2008 I started teaching 2nd grade at Navarrete and have continued to enjoy every year since then. After a few years of teaching I decided I wanted to go back to school. I went to Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2014 with a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Technology.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as your child's teacher is to create a safe, positive, and fun learning environment. I know that every child learns differently and it is my job to tap into their interests and skill levels to help ensure success. I believe that children not only learn from their teacher, but the knowledge that their peers have to offer them as well. I am very enthusiastic and absolutely love my job as a teacher. My hope is that your child leaves my classroom with a desire to become a lifelong learner.
 

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About Druvenga...
Subject / Grade 2nd grade
Room: C32
Phone: (480) 883-4862
Email: Druvenga
"Anytime that the Az Cardinals play football I scream at the top of my lungs at the television, and I have certain dances that I do..."
-- Blake Shelton

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Welcome!

Welcome to a year of learning in the Lucky Ladybug room! Obviously, I am a HUGE Ladybug fan! I count myself as one of the lucky ladybugs in life! I get to do something each and every day that I LOVE! ...TEACH and work with children!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my BA degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Social Studies from the University of Northern Iowa . I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I have been teaching children in Chandler since 1988!

My Educational Philosophy

My goal and wish is to build a relationship with each child and their family. I will create and maintain a safe, structured and engaging learning environment where each Lucky Ladybug will be encouraged to work to their fullest potential!
 

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About Munoz...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: B28
Phone: (480) 883-4858
Email: Munoz
"You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade! I am thrilled to see what this school year holds and excited to be teaching such amazing children! This year will be filled with a lot of fun learning experiences and I look forward to being a part of your child's journey here at Navarrete.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2006. After I graduated I taught kindergarten for six years. In 2013 made the switch to second grade and began my masters that year as well. I graduated in 2014 from Grand Canyon University with a masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Technology.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is not only to prepare my students academically, but to also help them become well rounded citizens. I strive to create a safe environment for my students to develop as learners and find a love and passion for learning.
 

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About Nenaber...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: C33
Phone: (480) 883-4863
Email: Nenaber
"Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you will land among the stars."
-- Les Brown

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Welcome!

Welcome to 2nd Grade! I'm excited to have your child in my class this year and I am looking forward to having a successful year full of lots of fun, learning and memories!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University (Go Devils!) with a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature in 2002. After graduating college, I worked in the field of public service. During a trip to Uganda to work with orphaned children, I realized my true passion for teaching. When I got back to the states I enrolled in Northern Arizona University and in 2006 I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have taught in Chandler Unified School District since 2006 and have had the wonderful opportunity to teach both first and second grade at Navarrete Elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

I am a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher! I feel blessed to do what I do and I love my profession! My goal is to foster a safe and comfortable learning environment for my students while connecting with their individual learning styles. I feel my students benefit from actively engaging in lessons and participating in cooperative learning experiences. I believe in creating highly engaging lessons where students are able to celebrate their successes and develop a life long love for learning!
 

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About Perham...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: C31
Phone: (480) 883-4861
Email: Perham
"Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-- William Butler Yeats

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Welcome!

My name is Kristin Perham and I am excited to start another great year teaching at Navarrete. I am proud to be a Nighthawk. Navarrete is a great school with dedicated staff, enthusiastic students, and supportive parents. I have worked here since it opened in 2004. Teaching children is my second career and my passion. A little bit about me: I live nearby with my husband, son, and all of our many critters. In my spare time I read, watch movies, ride horses, and spend time with family and friends.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After graduating college, I worked in the field of Human Resources – training and development. In 2001, I decided to go back to school and make a career change. I wanted to work in a career field where I could make a difference. I graduated in 2003 from The University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Arts in Elementary Education. Since August 2003, I have been teaching, both first and second grade.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my goal to provide a safe and nurturing environment where a child’s uniqueness is valued and respected. I strive to empower students to become positive, independent, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers by providing them with real world and interesting opportunities to learn.
 

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About Carpenter...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: C37
Phone: (480) 883-4867
Email: Carpenter
"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."
-- Phil Collins

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Welcome!

Welcome to third grade! I am excited to be your child's teacher this year, and look forward to creating lifelong memories with each and every one of you. Thank you for sharing your third grader with me!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers) with an Early Childhood degree and earned my Master's degree from Grand Canyon University. I have been in education since 1995 and absolutely love it. I stayed at home with my two children until they were school age. I have taught K, 1, 2, and 3rd. I am very fortunate to be part of the Chandler District.

My Educational Philosophy

Each child is an individual and an important part of our classroom team! I believe each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the classroom. I am here to encourage, prepare, and listen to every child. I will provide an environment that is safe, that supports risk-taking, helps each student reach his/her potential, and promotes respect and kindness towards others. I want to instill a love of learning so each student can feel successful. Each day is a new beginning with great challenges and successes to embrace. I am eager to let the learning begin.
 

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About Silvertooth...
Subject / Grade Priority Preschool
Room: A19
Phone: (480)883-4849
Email: Silvertooth
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
-- Diane Ackerman

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Welcome!

Welcome to Priority Preschool. I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. We have so many things to learn and goals to reach. I am eager to have you and your child join me on this educational journey through PLAY!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU (Go Devils!) in 2002 with a degree in Special Education. I taught preschool in the Gilbert School District and in a home-based preschool environment for a combined total of 11 years. I added the Early Childhood Endorsement to my teaching certificate in the Spring of 2018. I am very excited to be teaching here at Navarrete Elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

This school year, your child will be exposed to a variety of new activities and “play” that fosters the development of language, social skills, life/functional skills, academics and motor skills. Our days will be focused on nurturing growth in all five areas of development. Here’s to a great year of learning while we PLAY!
 

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About Nomura...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: C29
Phone: (480) 883-4859
Email: Nomura
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting! I am excited for another great year here at Navarrete. To share a little about myself: I am originally from Michigan, but Arizona has been home since 1998. I live in Chandler with my husband and our two daughters, Ava and Brooklyn. We are going to have a fun and exciting year learning and exploring new things together.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Education from University of Phoenix. After leaving the corporate world in sales, I have found my passion, in teaching. I have been teaching since 2005 in first, second, and third grades.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child is unique, and capable of success. My goal is to inspire a life-long love of learning in each child in my classroom and to provide an environment that supports risk-taking, helps each student reach their fullest potential and promotes respect and kindness towards others.
 

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About Miller...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: C34
Phone: (480) 883-4864
Email: Miller
"Books fall open, you fall in, delighted where, you've never been."
-- David T.W. McCord

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Welcome!

Welcome parents, students, and friends! Embrace the challenge and adventure that is fourth grade.

My Education and Professional Background

In 1999 I began my career in education with my former sixth grade teacher at EduPreneurship Student Center. After teaching at San Tan Heights Elementary for the Coolidge Unified School District, I proudly became a Chandler Unified School District employee and Navarrete Nighthawk in 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

My mission is to reap critical-thinking decision makers. I integrate the multiple intelligences into the subject matter I teach. I believe learning is a life-long process and I model this premise for my students.
 

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About Cavanaugh...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: D05
Phone: (480) 883-4800
Email: Cavanaugh
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
-- Ferris Bueller

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to fifth grade here at Navarrete Elementary. I look forward to the opportunity to play a part in your child's education this year. Please don't hesitate to call, e-mail, or swing by my class if ever you have a question for me.

My Education and Professional Background

Earned a Bachelor's degree at Purdue University for Education. Later I received a Masters from Northern Arizona University in Curriculum Design. I've been Teaching elementary school here in Arizona since 2001.

My Educational Philosophy

A philosophy on education was something easy to write while in college, back when I already knew everything there was to know about teaching. I realize now that education and any philosophy on how best to do so is a constantly changing entity, and not easy to define. Therefore the core of my thought process on teaching each day is that the student's needs are what comes first, and meeting those needs in the classroom is what my job is all about. I like to be approachable and foster respect that goes both ways. Once this is established students realize that I have a vested interest in their success, which naturally leads to greater accountability and effort in the classroom.
 

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About King...
Subject / Grade 5th grade
Room: D03
Phone: (480) 883-4833
Email: King
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I am very excited to be working with you and your child this year. Working together, we can ensure that your child will have a successful school year. Please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns you may have.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching since 2005 and have a Bachelors of Elementary Education degree from Arizona State University and a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona State University. I have taught 5th grade since I started teaching and I love it! I like to teach all subjects but have a fondness for reading. It is so much fun to watch the children discover and explore the topics they are learning about. The best part of my job is being able to see my students grow and mature into responsible and independent children throughout the school year.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is simply that all children have the ability and the willingness to learn. It is my job as the teacher to teach them to want to learn and to teach them how learning is fun. All children do not learn the same way but they are ALL able to be taught to become lifelong learners. Life’s best lessons do not come from a book, but from the acts of doing and experiencing.
 

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About Ballesteros...
Subject / Grade 5th grade
Room: D04
Phone: (480) 883-4834
Email: Ballesteros
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."
-- Pele

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Elementary Education and also a graduate of the University of Phoenix with Master’s Degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. I have been teaching 5th grade since 2001. I started here at Navarrete the second year it opened. I am excited to start this new journey with your child and will provide a positive leaning environment throughout the school year.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is all children have the ability and the willingness to learn. It is my job as the teacher to teach them to want to learn and to teach them how learning is fun. Every child that enters into the classroom should feel safe and comfortable. I like to provide an environment where students are nurtured and enriched. All children do not learn the same way but they are ALL able to be taught to become lifelong learners.
 

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About Coakley...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: D06
Phone: (480) 883-4836
Email: Coakley
"I read past my bedtime"
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to 5th grade at Navarrete.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended California State University at Fullerton and earned a bachelor's degree in Communication. I also attended University of Phoenix where I earned my master's degree in Elementary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is simply that all children have the ability and the willingness to learn. It is my job as the teacher to teach them to want to learn and to teach them how learning is fun. All children do not learn the same way but they are ALL able to be taught to become lifelong learners. Life's best lessons do not come from a book, but from the acts of doing and experiencing.
 

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About Bingold...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: F38
Phone: (480) 883-4800
Email: Bingold
"Almost every student you meet may be fighting a battle you know nothing about. Stop. Think. Then make your response accordingly."
-- Robert John Meehan

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Welcome!

Welcome!

My Education and Professional Background

University of Arizona 1996 – Elementary Bilingual Education; Northern Arizona University 2002 – Master’s Degree Educational Technology Isaac School District 1996-2000;Chandler Unified School District – 2000 - present;Classroom Teacher (2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade) 1996 – 2011;6th grade Teacher 2012 - present

My Educational Philosophy

I feel strongly about helping each student develop confidence and respect for themselves and for others. Students should always feel safe in their environment and a voice that is heard to feel free to express themselves. My goal as an educator is to instill passion and love of learning in each of my students.
 

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About Miller...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: F42
Phone: (480) 883-4872
Email: Miller
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to sixth grade! I am very excited about working with and getting to know your child this year.

My Education and Professional Background

BA - Elementary Education - Arizona State University; Masters in Education - Northern Arizona University; Sixth Grade Teacher in the Chandler Unified School District - 2005 - present; Math Cadre

My Educational Philosophy

I have faith in students' abilities and believe that they are all capable of learning. I will work hard to provide the best education possible for all of my students. I feel that interaction with parents is vital in order to create a connection between home and school environments. I look forward to getting to know all of the students and their parents.
 

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About Terrell...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: F39
Phone: (480) 883-4800
Email: Terrell
"Each child is unique, lovable and capable of success!"
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

I am very excited about working with your child this year. Please take time to look over my website. If you can donate through our Extra Curricular Activity Tax Credit Contribution Form that would be great. Just go to Navarrete's Home Page and the form is on the upper right hand side. These donations allow us to go on wonderful field trips throughout the year. You can donate online or by sending the paper form to our school. Also a $5.00 activity fee will be required for each field trip.

My Education and Professional Background

BA Elementary Education- ASU Masters in Education NAU Accredited Gifted Teacher I've taught over 30 years in Chandler School District. Previously, I have been involved in the CATS Program for 9 years and received my accreditation in Gifted Education. I now teach 6th grade Science and Social Studies. I graduated cum laude with a BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) along with my Masters Suma Cum Laude in Education from Northern Arizona University.(Go Lumberjacks!)

My Educational Philosophy

Each child is unique, lovable and capable of success!
 

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About Proulx...
Subject / Grade Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: (480) 883-4801
Email: Proulx
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
-- Thomas A. Edison

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Welcome!

Welcome to the library! After teaching in the classroom for many years, I am so excited to be in the library surrounded by thousands of wonderful books! While in the library, your child will learn many valuable skills and hopefully develop/continue a love of reading. When I'm not at Navarrete, I am usually with my husband and three children. Together we enjoy going to the movies, fishing, hiking, and watching sports. When I have some down time, my favorite thing to do is read a good book.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Education from Arizona State University and my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I also hold endorsements in Reading Instruction, Special Education, Sheltered English Immersion, and Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 1990, where I have taught first through sixth grades.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as an educator is to provide a safe, loving, engaging environment where each student is encouraged to reach their potential. I believe in a team approach to learning and building positive, respectful relationships among teachers, parents, and students. Each day brings a new opportunity for children to celebrate their learning and continue on their journey as a lifelong learner.
 

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About Hohn...
Subject / Grade Resource
Room: D10
Phone: (480) 883-4840
Email: Hohn
"Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human."
-- Malala Yousafzai

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Welcome!

I am so excited for the start of another school year. With each year comes exciting new possibilities! A little about me… I live in Gilbert with my husband and two kids. Both of my children attend Chandler Schools. In our free time we love to swim and soak up the sun as a family.

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career in 2003 at the middle school. I first taught 6th , 7th , & 8th grade math and science. Next I taught 6th grade resource at the middle school. In Chandler I’ve taught a 4th, 5th, & 6th grade self-contained program and then K-6 resource. I've been fortunate to spend the majority of my career teaching in Chandler. I absolutely love working for Chandler Schools and really appreciate the emphasis they place on our children! I started out college at Baylor University, then found out that I prefer a dry climate and finished my Bachelor’s degree at NAU. My bachelor’s degree is a dual major in Elementary Education and Special Education. I also received my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” by C.S. Lewis I believe that ALL students can learn. It’s our job as educators to provide children the opportunities to learn. This can only be accomplished by working together as a team; involving the school staff , the child, and the parents/care givers to meet the learning needs of each individual child.
 

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About Hack...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: D02
Phone: (480) 883-4832
Email: Hack
"Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much"
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Fourth Grade:) I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I moved here in 1995 with my husband, Michael, daughter, Jessica, and son Luke. We welcomed our first grandson, Pete, into our family in 2014.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, which is basically, psychology and sociology. My Master's Degree is in Elementary Education. My teaching career includes first, second, third, and currently fourth grade. The learning process is fascinating and each day presents unique challenges.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is that each child learns in a different way and it is my obligation to stretch each child to their greatest potential.
 

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About Foster...
Subject / Grade 6th grade
Room: F43
Phone: (480) 883-4873
Email: Foster
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-- L. Buscaglia

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade! I am an Arizona native, and have 3 beautiful daughters who also attend Chandler schools. I am looking forward to working with all the students, parents and teachers here at Navarrete!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with both my Bachelor of Science, and my Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. Go Lumberjacks! I first started my teaching career 20 years ago for the Tempe Elementary School District, where I taught 3rd and 5th grades. I moved to Chandler, and taught at Shumway Elementary in 6th and 2nd grades. I then took some time off from the classroom to raise my three daughters. During that time, I did some substitute teaching for the district, as well as worked as a 911 operator and dispatcher for the Phoenix Police Department. I am excited to be back in the classroom again teaching my favorite grade level!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child has the right, and ability to learn. My classroom is a safe, respectful and creative place where different teaching styles are used to reach every student. I believe education is an equal partnership between the teachers, students and parents, where each has a duty and responsibility in order for that learning to take place.
 

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About Clatterbuck...
Subject / Grade Resource K-2
Room: D11
Phone: (480) 883-4841
Email: Clatterbuck
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
-- Harriet Tubman

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Welcome!

I am so excited to teach here at Navarrete. It’s truly going to be a great year!!! To share a little bit about myself: I live in Gilbert with my husband, who also teaches special education in Chandler, together we have three children and two dogs. In my spare time I like to go to movies, swim, hike, but mostly I enjoy spending time with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University. My Master's degree in Special Education is from the University of Phoenix. I am a highly qualified teacher and have endorsements in Structured English Immersion and Early Childhood Education.I have been teaching special education since 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

When a child is provided a safe and stimulating environment I believe that child can learn and flourish academically and emotionally. It is my goal as an educator to help each child meet their fullest potential academically, socially, and physically. It is also my responsibility to provide them an environment where each child feels safe and respected.
 

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About Kennedy...
Subject / Grade Orchestra Grades 5 & 6
Room: E13
Phone: (480) 883-4843
Email: Kennedy
"Without music, life would be a mistake"
-- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Kennedy's webpage. I'm honored to be an orchestra teacher in the Chandler Unified School District and to work with aspiring musicians. My hope is to instill the love of music in my students and to create musicians and music lovers for the next generation.

My Education and Professional Background

BA Music K-12 University of Southern Colorado / MA Secondary Education w/ music minor University of Northern Arizona Started teaching orchestra in 1985 - Alamogordo, NM 1985-1994 - Chandler Unified School District since 1994

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Music is one of the many paths that students can engage in to help in the growth of all four areas. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential at the same time as learning to appreciate and love music. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas, take risks and develop their musical potential.
 

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About Weight...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: F46
Phone: (480) 883-4800
Email: Weight
"It is not where you start, but how high you aim that matters for success."
-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to Navarrete 6th grade! I am so proud to be part of an amazing school where students, parents, teachers and administration work together to achieve success. I was born and raised in San Diego, California. I lived in Spain for a year and a half, where I learned a loved for the Spanish people and their language. After returning from Spain, I met my husband. After my husband finished graduate school in New York, we moved to Arizona and now have 4 beautiful children.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.A. in English with a Spanish minor from the University of Utah. I most recently fulfilled a life-long dream and completed my post-baccalaureate teaching certificate in Elementary Education. I did so with high honors and academic distinction. In addition, I completed a full SEI endorsement. I have taught preschool in the private school setting for two years. I also have in depth training in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy through SARRC (Southwest Research and Resource Center)

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child is capable of success and that a key part of that is learning to rise above failures. Each child deserves to be given the tools to expand their learning. It is my goal to provide the very best instruction, engaging activities, and challenging opportunities, all in a safe and positive classroom environment. I truly believe that a classroom that promotes kindness, respect and team work will facilitate life-long learners.
 

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About Davis...
Subject / Grade School Counselor, M.ED
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-883-4806
Email: Davis
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Welcome!

My name is Kendra Davis, and I have been the counselor at Navarrete since our school opened and with the Chandler Unified School District for over 25 years. My first nine years were spent as a classroom teacher, and the rest of my years have been served as a counselor. I am proud to be a member of the best school district in the state, and have been humbled by the many mentors that I have been able to learn from over the years.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my M.ED degree from Northern Arizona, and continued to pursue my education in a post Masters program in counseling. I am certified by the state department as a counselor for grades K-12. Additionally, I have received training to help children cope with grief and loss by the famed author and training director of hospice, Helen Fitzgerald. I currently serve on our District Crisis Team, and am blessed that CUSD provides me with training opportunities that have included learning from some of the best crisis and trauma professionals in the country.

My Educational Philosophy

I am extremely proud to be a Nighthawk! I absolutely love my job, and consider myself blessed to be greeted with little smiles everyday. All of our students are precious to me, and it is my belief that all are capable of success!
 

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About Miller...
Subject / Grade Opportunity Grades 2-3
Room: D08
Phone: (480) 883-4838
Email: Miller
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
-- Helen Keller

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Welcome!

I look forward to working with all my new students this year at Navarrete Elementary. I know that we will have many successes and enjoy celebrating those together. I believe that communication is key to teaching and appreciate any mode of communication to meet the needs of my students.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Northern Arizona University and earn my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. I completed my endorsement for Mild and Intense Interventions at Indian University. I am licensed to teach 1-8 grade Elementary Education and Special Education K-12 grade Cross-Categorical, Mild and Intense Interventions.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe everyone deserves an education and someone to positively guide them through their learning experience to reach their highest potential. All of us have obstacles to overcome as well as amazing strengths to use for ourselves and others; I want to help facilitate those discoveries so my students know what strength and capacity exist within them. I believe my role is to promote the learning experience by motivating and inspiring my students to use their strengths to succeed.
 

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About Morse...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: D01
Phone: 480-883-4800
Email: Morse
"Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to fourth grade! I'm so excited to be teaching your kiddo and I look forward to a fantastic year full of community, learning, and fun.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a B.A. in Education from Clarke University in 2000 and earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2008. I started my teaching career in 2000 and have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 2006, teaching 4th and 6th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all students can learn! It is my goal as an educator to help cultivate students' strengths and provide opportunities for growth in areas of weakness. I believe students need feedback to grow, as a result it is essential to communicate with both students and parents. It is also equally important to build a supportive classroom community, so students feel comfortable to take risks and where mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn and grow.
 

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About Grimm...
Subject / Grade Resource K-2
Room: D10
Phone: (480)883-4800
Email: Grimm
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
-- Les Brown

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new school year! I am excited to be your child’s special education teacher this year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child to ensure that they have the most positive and productive school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended the University of Massachusetts and graduated in May 2009 with my BA in Psychology. Upon moving to Arizona, I attended Arizona State University and graduated in December 2010. I obtained my Master's Degree in Special Education, Elementary Education and Special Education certifications, along with a full SEI endorsement and an Early Childhood endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I love working with children and truly believe that with the necessary tools and support all children will succeed. I believe that good communication is vital to the success of a child's education. I strongly encourage teacher- parent communication and I expect that we will collaborate together to enable your child to reach his or her full potential. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your child's life and am confident that this will be a wonderful school year!
 

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About Borden...
Subject / Grade Music 5-6
Room: E15
Phone: (480) 883-4800
Email: Borden
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."
-- John Lennon

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Welcome!

Hello! I'm deeply grateful to have this teaching position at Navarrete. It is a dream to be able to teach a subject that is dear to my heart. I am anxious to share my love for music with my students, to watch them grown in confidence as they develop new skills and talents, and to help them find a way to express themselves through song.

My Education and Professional Background

Studied Music Education & General Elementary Education thru MCC & Ottawa University; Taught private piano lessons for 18 years; Musical Theater, Marching Band, & Advanced Vocal Ensemble experience; Plays the Piano, Clarinet, Guitar, & Ukulele

My Educational Philosophy

I want all my students to know that music is for EVERYONE. It's a vehicle to express themselves as individuals, to share feelings and emotions, and when they develop their musical talents it is a gift they can use to share with the world.
 

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About Wronski...
Subject / Grade 1-3 Teacher
Room: A17
Phone: (480)883-4847
Email: Wronski
"Throw happiness around like confetti!"
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to our classroom! Our classroom is full of smiles, caring hearts and active learners.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in psychology. I am currently a student as well working on my certification through Rio Salado.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is to provide an environment that keeps kids happy, healthy, safe while learning, growing and learning skills for life.
 

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About Ariola...
Subject / Grade Speech Language Pathologist
Room: E12
Phone: (480)883-4842
Email: Ariola
"The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human being is unique and of value."
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

Welcome to speech! My name is April Ariola and I am the Speech Language Pathologist at Navarette Elementary. I am originally from Nevada but have been in Arizona since 2004. I live in Chandler with my husband, children and our chocolate lab. I'm excited to help your child have a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have worked in a variety of settings; birth -3, school setting and private practice in Kansas, Nevada and Arizona. I have been with Chandler Unified School District as an SLP since 2018.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in celebrating every success - no matter how big or small. My goal is for all of my students to find their voice, become a successful communicator and achieve their full potential.
 

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About Silvertooth...
Subject / Grade Priority Preschool
Room: A19
Phone: (480)883-4849
Email: Silvertooth
"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
-- Diane Ackerman

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Welcome!

Welcome to Priority Preschool. I am excited to be your child’s teacher this year. We have so many things to learn and goals to reach. I am eager to have you and your child join me on this educational journey through PLAY!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU (Go Devils!) in 2002 with a degree in Special Education. I taught preschool in the Gilbert School District and in a home-based preschool environment for a combined total of 11 years. I added the Early Childhood Endorsement to my teaching certificate in the Spring of 2018. I am very excited to be teaching here at Navarrete Elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

This school year, your child will be exposed to a variety of new activities and “play” that fosters the development of language, social skills, life/functional skills, academics and motor skills. Our days will be focused on nurturing growth in all five areas of development. Here’s to a great year of learning while we PLAY!
 

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About Caris...
Subject / Grade K-2 Teacher
Room: A16
Phone: (480)883-4433
Email: Caris
"Comparison is the thief of joy."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Valerie Caris and this is my 8th year teaching Special Education in Chandler. I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts but have lived in Arizona since 2008. I live in Gilbert with my husband, our dog named Tuukka and we are expecting our first child this September! I am looking forward to all the adventures and memories this new school year will bring!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona (go Wildcats :) ). After I graduated in 2012, I moved to the Phoenix area and have been teaching in Chandler ever since.

My Educational Philosophy

Our Classroom Philosophy: Our job is to foster independence, both functionally and academically in our students. Our students have some disadvantages, therefore they need to learn to self-advocate. When given a crutch, anyone will use it (learned helplessness). In the long run, we're not educating children, we're educating future citizens. They are developing life-long habits in learning, behavior and functional skills.
 

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