About Houy...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 883-4718
Email: Houy

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santan Elementary, home of the Storm!

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career in Illinois in 1999. I began as a PE teacher and transitioned to administration. I have served as a Substitute Teacher, Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. I started teaching in the Chandler School District in 2015. I graduated from Eastern Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. I earned two Masters Degrees from Southern Mississippi (Ed. Leadership) and National-Louis (Curriculum & Instruction). In 2012, I earned my Doctorate in Ed. Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe building strong, authentic relationships is crucial to a successful education. There is a proven connection between positive relationships and student achievement.
 

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About Bouvier (Miss B)...
Position: Resource Teacher
Room: 27
Phone: (480)883-4777
Email: Bouvier (Miss B)

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Welcome!

I am excited to be part of your child's learning experience here at Santan Elementary!! I look forward to working with the fabulous Santan staff and providing your child with an excellent educational experience! Go Stormers!!!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University *Go Devils!* in May of 1998 with my Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Special Education. I have my teacher certifications in Learning Disability, Emotional Disability, and Intellectual Disability. I am fully endorsed in Structured English Immersion. I taught in Mesa Public Schools from August 1998 until December 2002 when I took “early retirement” to start my family. I am a first generation Arizona native growing up in Tempe. I went to Curry Elementary, Connolly Junior High and McClintock High School (Once a Charger, Always a Charger!) I am a lifelong learner and retained my teacher certifications during my hiatus. I have worked with people with various disabilities throughout my lifetime.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn if given the “toolbox of knowledge!” I understand that all children learn in different ways and at their own pace. I have built a large repertoire of teaching techniques to assist in every child’s learning. I believe that no child should be excluded due to their learning abilities.
 

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About Lee...
Position: Counselor
Room: Bldg. F
Phone: 480-883-4709
Email: Lee

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Welcome!

My name is Sharon Lee and I am so thrilled to join Santan Elementary School as your counselor! It Is my first year with CUSD and I am looking forward to meeting you and having a successful, fun-filled school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I am almost an Arizona native, having lived here most of my life, since my senior year in high school. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Arizona State University and my Master’s degree in School Counseling & Guidance at the University of Arizona. Before coming to Santan Elementary I was a counselor at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. Before coming to CUSD I was a counselor at Jack Barnes Elementary School in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Most of my background has been in higher education but my passion has always been to work with K-12 students, especially elementary!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that we are life-long learners and that everyone is deserving of a quality education. I believe that we have the responsibility to provide all the necessary tools for young learners to succeed in school as this sets the foundation for their entire future success in academics and careers. Each student is capable of learning and it is my goal to help students find and utilize methods that allow them to be successful, not only in the classroom but in their lives outside of school. I love learning and could be a student my entire life! Therefore, my goal is to share this enthusiasm with students and hope to instill a love of learning with them.
 

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About Guerrero...
Position: Speech Language Pathologist
Room: Room 33
Phone: 480-883-4753
Email: Guerrero

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Welcome!

My given name is Virginia Guerrero but please call me Ginny. I grew up in IN then I joined the Army where I met my husband, Carlos. We have 5 beautiful children, 1 gorgeous granddaughter and an awesome dog. Our family activities keep us very busy. I enjoy watching movies, attending my younger kids' sporting events, and hanging out with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Wichita State University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1997 and my Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences specializing in Speech Language Pathology in 2000. I have enjoyed providing speech and language services to students of all ages in the school settings in KS, CO, and AZ since that time. I currently hold an Arizona Teaching Certificate for Pre-K-12 in Speech Language Pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and I am licensed to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

All students can make progress toward their goals with practice and hard work.
 

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About Torres...
Position: Resource Teacher
Room: Building H
Phone: 480-883-4784
Email: Torres

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Welcome!

Hello, I am Miss Torres and I am happy to be part of the Santan resource team this year. I am excited to be working with your students this year. I am looking forward to a fun year of learning and helping students succeed.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Special Education. This is my second year as part of the Santan Resource Team and my fifth year working in the Chandler District.

My Educational Philosophy

To cultivate a love of learning in my students to become life-long learners. To help students reach their fullest potential, in order to succeed.
 

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About Smith...
Position: 2-3 Specialized Classroom
Room: 5
Phone: (480) 883-4725
Email: Smith

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Welcome!

Welcome to Room 5!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.A in Secondary Education English and a M.Ed in Elementary Education and Special Education from Arizona State University.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in helping all students reach their full potential, through diverse teaching techniques.
 

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About Cada...
Position: Lead Physical Therapist
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 883-4716
Email: Cada

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Welcome!

Welcome!

My Education and Professional Background

MSPT from Barry University, 37 years experience in Physical Therapy - 23 years as PT in the Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

Everyone counts
 

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About Thomas...
Position: PE Teacher
Room: MPR
Phone: (480)883-4614
Email: Thomas

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Welcome!

My name is Jeffrey Thomas and I am excited to be at Santan! I am an Arizona native and a product of CUSD (Knox and Conley Elementary, Andersen Jr. High, Hamilton High). I attended Arizona State (GO Devils!) and was Sparky the Sun Devil from 2010-2014. I enjoy working out, playing and watching sports, and traveling!

My Education and Professional Background

Education: Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Physical Education K-12, 2008-12 Professional Background: Zaharis Elementary (Mesa Public Schools) 2012-2017 Conley Elementary (CUSD) 2017-2020 Santan Jr. High (CUSD) 2020-Present

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that Physical Education is one of the most important classes a student will take. I hope to help your child enhance their cardiovascular, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance levels through a health-related fitness program. I plan on introducing your child to a variety of new and fun activities, as well as incorporating some traditional games as well. My goal is to help your child come to enjoy being physically active!
 

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About McPhail...
Position: Choir
Room: GYM Building - Room 103
Phone: (480)883-4696
Email: McPhail

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Welcome!

Come sing with the choirs and express yourself in a whole new way. From Blues to Broadway, and Lullabies to Love songs, singing with others teaches you how to feel all your emotions when words by themselves just aren’t enough.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my Music Education career in central Pennsylvania after receiving a Music Education degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to Chandler, I also worked as a Museum Curator in museums in Georgia and Alabama. However, when I and my family first came to Arizona in the middle of hot summer day, I knew I had arrived in the right place because I love the heat!

My Educational Philosophy

If animals in nature can sing beautifully, then certainly you can too. Becoming a better singer means first learning how to trust that the audience will listen – starting with yourself. Then you can be taught how to change thoughts, words, actions, and feelings into beautiful and powerful melodies and harmonies. Music is all around us, and when we sing while others listen, we are connected.
 

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About Hancock...
Position: Instrumental Music
Room: 102
Phone: (480) 883-4694
Email: Hancock

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Santan Band Website! This page will be updated with concert dates, handbook, practice logs and other band related documents. Please contact me if you have any questions at all.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University before teaching middle school music in Casa Grande for ten years. My duties in Casa Grande included conducting concert bands, percussion ensembles, choir, and an indoor marching percussion ensemble. In 2014 I received my Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy comes from the quote "No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship." I firmly believe that each student must have a connection with their teacher and feel valued before they can produce work at their highest potential. My goal is to use the power of music as the vehicle to teach more than the notes on the page and instill values that will serve my students through their adult lives.
 

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About Watson...
Position: Speech Language Pathologist
Room: Speech Room
Phone: (480) 883- 4783
Email: Watson

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Welcome!

Welcome to Speech! I can't wait to meet/work with you!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 2019 with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in providing an inclusive environment and education to all students. I believe it is highly important to emphasize each individual student's abilities to foster growth and success in the educational environment.
 

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About Moy...
Position: Occupational Therapist
Room: Room 4
Phone: (480)883-4724
Email: Moy

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Welcome!

Welcome back! I recently moved to Gilbert and I am just so excited to be here at Santan and to work with the children. I am a mother of 2 beautiful boys, Ace and Max that also motivates me everyday to be a better occupational therapist!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my bachelor’s of science in Business Management at Arizona State University and graduated in 2005. For a couple of years I explored different types of positions, one of which was a youth care worker working with troubled youths in a juvenile center. This is when I knew that working in public service involving children was a right fit for me and was the most meaningful! So after much research, I found out about occupational therapy and never looked back! I earned my master’s of science in occupational therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ in 2010. Since 2013, I have worked full-time with children in the school setting.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to support the students so that they can participate, be more independent, confident and successful in the educational environment and beyond. I am here to also support the teachers and staff so that we can all rejoice in the progress, no matter how small or significant, the students achieve everyday. “Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much.”
 

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About Hehl...
Position: Dean
Room: 107
Phone: (480)883-4718
Email: Hehl

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Welcome!

Welcome Storm! I am excited to join the CUSD family. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I am originally from California and moved to Arizona in 2005. I began teaching in 2001 and have taught 4th grade, 6th grade, and physical education for grades K-9th. I have been an administrator since 2016, as athletic director, teacher on special assignment, and assistant principal. I have a master’s degree in both Physical Education and Educational Administration.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child has the ability learn and excel to make their dreams a reality. I believe that fostering positive relationships is the key to student success. When students feel safe and loved, they can achieve anything.
 

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About Daffara...
Position: Preschool Teacher
Room: 3
Phone: (480)883-4723
Email: Daffara

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Welcome!

Welcome to preschool! I am so excited to get know all the students this year. Preschool is such a fun time, it is often a child's first experience with school and being with their peers. In preschool, students learn and grow so much in a very short period of time. I love to see how much each child changes and grows over the course of the school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Family Resources in 2002, and a master’s in special education from Northern Arizona University in 2010. I taught special education preschool in Phoenix Elementary District before coming to Chandler district in 2016.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that young children learn best through hands on experiences. Making learning fun and relevant to preschoolers is key. Our curriculum and weekly lesson activities foster learning through our senses and are adapted for each child’s individual needs to make it meaningful for all. I believe that much of preschool is learning social skills, and being able to interact positively with teachers and peers. The teacher, paraprofessionals, and therapist work together to develop a relationship with each child so they feel safe and cared for in our classroom community.
 

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About Castaneda...
Position: Speech Therapist
Room: Speech Room
Phone: (480)883-4724
Email: Castaneda

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Welcome!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am honored to be a member of a team including the teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, and your family to support your child’s communication development.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 and this is my 11th year providing speech services in CUSD. I have worked with students ranging from PK-12th grade during my time in the district. I am a licensed speech-language therapist with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe it takes a team effort to facilitate and support a student’s growth throughout their educational experience. Every student has their own unique interests, strengths, and learning styles. I enjoy building relationships with each student and combining those things to support their communication development! I love that my job provides never ending learning opportunities, as each student teaches me something, too!
 

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About Dethlefsen...
Position: Elementary General Music Teacher
Room: 46
Phone: 480-883-4766
Email: Dethlefsen

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Welcome!

My name is Barbara Dethlefsen and I am thrilled to be the music teacher at Santan Elementary School!! I have been teaching music in Chandler since 2008. I have taught music in Michigan as well and have over 22 years of experience. I am a Michigan State University graduate (Go Spartans!). In my spare time I love to walk, read, play piano, play with my grandchildren and go to music events. I am looking forward to teaching your children!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.A. In Music Education and Music Therapy from Michigan State University. I am certified at Levels I and II In the Orff Schulwerk Approach. I have 23 years combined teaching experience in both Michigan and Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

An appreciation for music develops beautiful human beings. I believe that all children should have music experiences as young as possible. All can become musically literate as they are language literate. Through various experiences in music; singing, movement, listening and instrument experimentation children will internalize musicianship skills. They will learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, style, dynamics and form. Inner hearing should precede playing music.
 

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About Humbert-Hughes...
Position: Orchestra Teacher
Room: 47
Phone: 480-883-4647
Email: Humbert-Hughes

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Welcome!

I'm very happy to be teaching for the Chandler School District. I grew up in Mesa, AZ and have taught strings since 1997 in various parts of the States and overseas. I'm thankful to be back in the Valley of the Sun and to bring my experience as a teacher and professional musician to my students in Chandler.

My Education and Professional Background

My various teaching positions have led me to various parts of the States and overseas. I have had the privilege to serve as the Director for the Suzuki Academy of Columbia in South Carolina and also as an adjunct instructor in String Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. I played regularly on violin and viola in various churches and in the South Carolina Philharmonic. Prior to living in South Carolina, I was in England where I taught Suzuki students in Cambridge and at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall and performed with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Other places that I have played and taught include Shreveport, LA, Eugene, OR, and Mesa, AZ. I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of Oregon, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Arizona State University.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn to play a musical instrument and should for the development of the brain, the body and the soul. Learning to play an instrument is a skill that can last a lifetime and promotes other skills such as coordination, discipline, goal-setting, self-confidence and self-expression.
 

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About Groessl...
Position: Media Specialist
Room: Library
Phone: (480) 883-4601
Email: Groessl

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Welcome!

Hello, Santan Stormers! My name is Maureen Groessl and I am super excited to be your Media Specialist. I have been in education since 1996 and before becoming the media specialist, 12 of those years were here at Santan, where I taught 2nd and 3rd grade. I also taught in the Kyrene School District and Mesa Public Schools as a teacher and Reading Specialist. I am looking forward to a fabulous school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Ottawa University with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I continued my education by getting my master's degree in education at NAU. I also have a Reading Specialist Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, and an Early Childhood Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to help each student excel and achieve maximum potential by creating a welcoming learning environment and fostering a love of reading. I will promote the value of the library as an accessible source of information for lifelong learning and stimulate interest in reading for pleasure.
 

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About Cai...
Position: Speech Language Pathologist
Room: Speech Room
Phone: 480-883-4700
Email: Cai

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Welcome!

Welcome to Speech!

My Education and Professional Background

Julia earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Disorders and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Arizona State University. She spent time in her Masters program studying the neurobiology of audiovisual integration following stroke. Julia has experience providing speech therapy services across the age-span, but currently provides services for the preschool-aged population.

My Educational Philosophy

We're in this together! I truly believe your child's success is a combined effort.
 

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About Swint...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 41
Phone: 480-883-4761
Email: Swint

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Welcome!

Welcome to our website!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a degree from ASU in Elementary Education. I also hold a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. I am endorsed to be a Reading Specialist, K-12. I have my Structured English Immersion certificate, K-12, and an Early Childhood, Birth-Age 8 endorsement. I have taught First Grade since 2002 and am now teaching 2nd.

My Educational Philosophy

Each child has the ability to learn, achieve, and grow socially, emotionally, and educationally to their optimal potential with guidance and caring.
 

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About Eberhart...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: 13
Phone: (480)883-4733
Email: Eberhart

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a bachelors degree from Widener University in Hotel/Restaurant Management, and then went back for my teaching certificate in Texas. I came to Arizona and have been working at Santan since 2003. In 2007, I received my Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

All students have the ability to learn, and we just have to find the way that works best for them.
 

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About Evans...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 32
Phone: (480) 883-4752
Email: Evans

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Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to Fourth Grade! I'm excited you're here and I know that we'll have a great year together! If you have questions, concerns, or need other information, please do not hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeast Missouri State University with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish and hold a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. I hold a Reading Specialist Certificate with training from Arizona State University and have had extensive math training through the Chandler Intel Math Academy, the Vanderbilt University Data Modeling and Statistics Project, and Arizona Mathematics Partnership. I have been in CUSD since 1999! I have taught first, second, fourth, and sixth grade in CUSD. Prior to teaching in CUSD I taught on the Gila River Indian Reservation.

My Educational Philosophy

Critical thinking is necessary in today's fast-paced world! In my classroom I strive to create critical thinkers and problem-solvers in a safe environment where all students are valued and differences are seen as strengths. I strive to give students the tools and strategies they need to become lifelong learners and successful in academia and beyond. With the right tools, you can do anything!
 

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About Feldman...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 35
Phone: (480) 883-4755
Email: Feldman

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd grade at Santan Elementary! I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. I am married and have 2 daughters that attend a CUSD school. I look forward to a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. I earned my teaching certificate from Northern Arizona University in 2004 and my Masters Degree in Elementary Education in 2006. I have previously taught 5th grade for Mesa Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn and grow. It is my goal to help them by providing a safe and nurturing environment to become life long learners.
 

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About Gardner...
Position: 2nd grade
Room: 44
Phone: (480) 883-4764
Email: Gardner

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Welcome!

Welcome to Second Grade! This school year will be one of excitement, energy, discovery, learning and most of all – FUN!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Gilbert High. I received my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Science from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I have been teaching at Santan Elementary since 2005.

My Educational Philosophy

I feel strongly that our children need to be prepared for the future. They must be willing to take risks and rise above the minimum expectations while furthering their knowledge. It is the job of teachers and parents to model, encourage, set high expectations, and praise students through the learning process. I am looking forward to working with your children and you, the parents, to provide a great learning experience for the students, one that will stay with them throughout their education. I understand the importance of a good education and will give my best to provide each child that opportunity. I am dedicated to providing a safe, healthy environment in which your children will be able to learn and succeed while being cherished and praised as they take risks.
 

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About Goldring...
Position: K-1 Specialized Classroom
Room: 6
Phone: (480)883-4726
Email: Goldring

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Welcome!

Welcome to Room 6!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a BA in Special Education and Elementary Education from Arizona State University and also a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis)

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in helping all students reach their full potential, through diverse teaching techniques.
 

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About Hughes...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 10
Phone: (480) 883-4730
Email: Hughes

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Hughes' Kindergarten Class! Kindergarten will hold many exciting adventures this year. I am excited to be a part of your child's learning journey!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching for over 10 years. I have taught first grade, preschool, and kindergarten for CUSD. I truly enjoy teaching the little ones . It makes my day to see a child's smile when they learn something new. My students amaze me each day with their love of learning, their energy level, and their ability to melt my heart. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction. I also hold the following endorsements; Reading Specialist, Early Childhood and SEI Endorsements.

My Educational Philosophy

Each year, my goal is to cultivate a classroom community that fosters a love for learning and success. My goal is to provide students with a safe, positive and engaging learning environment in which each child strives to reach his or her full potential. I believe that each child is a unique person who has something special to contribute to our class. I love to inspire lifelong learning and independence in each child in my classroom.
 

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About King...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 36
Phone: (480) 883-4756
Email: King

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Welcome!

Mrs. King has been teaching at Santan since 2005. In her spare time, Mrs. King loves to spend time with her husband and her two children; Keith and Tommy. She also enjoys going out to dinner.

My Education and Professional Background

Before coming to Santan to teach second grade, Mrs. King was a Marketing Manager for GE Capital. Mrs. King graduated from San Francisco State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Business. In 2004, Mrs. King received her Masters in Education in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix.

My Educational Philosophy

I am thrilled to be able to share my experiences with your child. I believe that every child can succeed when given the right encouragement and support. By creating and maintaining a risk-free and engaging classroom environment, students are challenged to be the best they can be.
 

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About Kochanski...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 31
Phone: 480-883-4751
Email: Kochanski

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Kochanski's Class!

My Education and Professional Background

After graduating from Arizona State University, I joined Mesa Public Schools and spent my first 5 years teaching there before coming to Santan and CUSD in 2004.

My Educational Philosophy

To nurture students into becoming self thinkers and problem solvers in order to become a productive member of society.
 

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About Lassen...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 43
Phone: 480-883-4763
Email: Lassen

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Lassen's First Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education K-8 from the University of Arizona. I have a Master's in Education in Bilingual Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. I have an Early Childhood Endorsement as well as an ESL Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

My students will receive hands on differentiated experiences to better prepare them for their academic future. I will instill a love of learning and a caring environment.
 

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About McBurney...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 37
Phone: 480-883-4757
Email: McBurney

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Welcome!

My name is Karen McBurney and I'm excited to be teaching 1st grade this year at Santan Elementary. I have been teaching in the Chandler School District since 1999. I have been teaching at Santan since the school opened and I absolutely love being a Santan Stormer! I have taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, I'm looking forward to a fantastic school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education. I completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2002. I also have an English as a Second Language endorsement and an Early Childhood endorsement. In 2014 I became a National Board Certified Teacher, my certification is Middle Child Generalist. I enjoy being an elementary school teacher!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each child in my class is special, unique and has the ability to be successful. My classroom has an environment that is a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable place to learn each day. I desire to develop partnerships with parents, create lifelong learners who strive to do their personal best and provide opportunities for children to create wonderful memories.
 

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About Navarro...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: 14
Phone: (480) 883-4734
Email: Navarro

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade! I have been at Santan Elementary since 2008 and look forward to having you in my class this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and an Early Childhood Endorsement. I started teaching at Santan in 2008 and have also taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades.

My Educational Philosophy

The three most important things I believe in with education are Respect, Responsibility, and Fun. I want my students to learn with these traits in mind, and I focus my teaching on these traits as well. I expect students to respect themselves, their peers, and their education. I want them to be responsible for doing the best they can. And I want them to enjoy as much of the experience as they can. In turn, it is my responsibility to respect their individual personalities and learning styles and to make sure they are able to laugh every day.
 

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About Norman...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 29
Phone: 480-883-4749
Email: Norman

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Norman's Fourth Grade!!!! I am so excited to be working with our new fourth graders as they embark on a new adventure in their education. I have a lot of fun activities planned for the year and I look forward to getting to know each of my students.

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in 2009 and began teaching at Santan as well as the Chandler Unified School District in 2013. I have worked in kindergarten and sixth-grade classrooms as well as taught second and fourth grade for a number of years. I am a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. I also received my Master's degrees from Northern Arizona University (2012) and Grand Canyon University (2013, 2017).

My Educational Philosophy

When it comes to teaching, I feel that I have the best job in the whole world. Education is an exciting and rewarding profession. It is truly a joy working with children and helping them reach goals as they develop a love of learning.
 

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About Penneman...
Position: 4-6 Grade Specialized Classroom
Room: 45
Phone: (480) 883-4645
Email: Penneman

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Welcome!

Welcome parents and students! My name is Shannan Penneman. I am a native of Tempe, Arizona! I have been at Santan Elementary since 2013. I am currently one of the fabulous Special Education teachers on campus! I teach the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Self-Contained students.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a Chemical Dependency background in adolescents as well as completed the post BAC programs in both Elementary Education and Special Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the classroom and to the world around them. I strive to create an environment that is safe, supports students, and invites a sharing of ideas. My vision of a successful classroom is where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us.
 

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About Portugal...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 26
Phone: 480-883-4746
Email: Portugal

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Welcome!

My name is Christine Portugal and I am super excited to be back in fifth grade! I have two children who both attended Santan Elementary. I am very involved with my children and when I am not teaching, I am a full-time mom. My kids are involved with sports and of course, academics comes first! We spend many hours transporting each of them to their practices, games, and just supporting them on the sidelines.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching for over 10 years and I have been at Santan for most of them. I have taught 3rd grade, 5th grade and 6th grade. I received my Bachelors in Education from Ottawa and my Masters from NAU. Fifth grade is a great year with a lot of curriculum and fun field trips!

My Educational Philosophy

My personal goal is to challenge students and watch them grow to their fullest potential. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. A valuable education is one that helps students learn to be accountable, responsible, and respectful. The ability to reflect on and learn from all aspects of learning will help students far into the future.
 

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About Prince...
Position: Technology
Room: 38
Phone: (480)883-4758
Email: Prince

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Welcome!

Welcome to technology! This year is going to be a very exciting and rewarding year. I am very excited to share all the moments with you. I cannot wait to get to know all of you.

My Education and Professional Background

I am actually a product of the Chandler Unified School District. I went to elementary school at Shumway Elementary, junior high at Willis Junior High, and high school at Hamilton High. After high school, I left Chandler and went to school in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University. In 2004 I graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 2007, I completed my masters in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU. I started teaching 3rd grade in 2004 and since have taught 4th grade and am now teaching technology.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, I am dedicated to providing students with all the necessary ways and tools to be successful in their learning. In our classroom we work together as a team and always show mutual respect. I believe that students need a mixture of hands on learning, cooperative learning and as well as independent study. Every student needs a protected, caring, and stimulating classroom environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, academically, and socially. I strive to create that environment to help students meet their potential in these areas by creating a class climate that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites students to share their ideas and thoughts.
 

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About Roberts...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 23
Phone: 480-883-4743
Email: Roberts

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I am excited that you will be a part of our educational journey! Fifth grade is a fantastic year filled with exciting new concepts to learn, fabulous field trips and fun activities to participate in. Click on the links to the left to learn more about our classroom!

My Education and Professional Background

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you this year. To briefly tell you a little about myself, I have been teaching since 2001, all within the Chandler Unified School District. I have taught 4th, 5th and 6th grades, I have been here at Santan since the school opened and have loved it here every step of the way. We keep growing and changing and it is great to be a part of such an awesome school. I was born and raised in Arizona and I graduated from Arizona State University��GO DEVILS!!

My Educational Philosophy

I am a very family oriented person and my children are very important to me, as I know yours are to you. It is my hope that each and every day I will work with your child, help them to grow and be successful and to treat them as I hope my children will be treated.
 

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About Ross...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 39
Phone: 480-883-4759
Email: Ross

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T: Together E: Everyone A: Accomplishes M: More Please register for our website as it will give you updates of important information, provide helpful links for monthly projects, and information and ideas to help your student be as successful

My Education and Professional Background

Mrs. Ross attended Ottawa University for her Bachelor of Arts degree and earned her Master of Education degree from Northern Arizona University

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to have a classroom that I would have wanted to be in when I was 10 & 11 and to treat your children like I would want someone to treat my own. I really do run my classroom like a team -my job is to take care of them and their job is to take care of each other. It is understood that school is a place to practice, not to be perfect!
 

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About Saadi...
Position: K-6 Physical Education
Room: MPR
Phone: 480-883-4768
Email: Saadi

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Kelly Saadi. I have been teaching as a Santan Stormer PE teacher since 2010, and it has been a great place to call home! I have been teaching PE since 2003. In 2002, I earned a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University. WE ARE...PENN STATE! When I have some free time...I love to hike, golf, take road trips, play the guitar, coach, cook, spend time with my dog Chance, play sports, and travel.

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor of Science - Kinesiology - Penn State University

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as a Physical Education teacher is to teach my students the skills they need to become healthy and active individuals for a lifetime. I hope to accomplish this by offering lessons which include exciting, age appropriate activities and games in which they look forward to continuing outside of their Physical Education class.
 

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About Sanford...
Position: 6th grade
Room: 22
Phone: 480-883-4742
Email: Sanford

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Welcome!

Dear Future Students and Parents, Welcome to an incredible sixth grade year! We will learn and experience many new things together. You will be both amazed and proud at all that you have accomplished by the time our journey together ends. I am looking forward to getting to know you so that we may begin working as a team to create a successful sixth grade year. Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of sixth grade! I look forward to working together! Sincerely, Ms. Kim Sanford

My Education and Professional Background

I spent my first two years after graduating from high school at the University of California at Santa Cruz. After some consideration, I found that Arizona State University has a program more tailored to my goals. I graduated with a BS in Family Resources and Human Development and a minor in Psychology. A few years later I went be to receive my Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification. I student taught at Santan Elementary and was hired to teach sixth grade the following year! In 2019 I earned my National Board Teacher Certification in Literacy:Reading-Language Arts-Early and Middle Childhood.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child deserves an environment in which they can learn and demonstrate what they know and what they can do. I believe that this environment must be fostered within a classroom between students and teacher where a child feels valued and accepted in order for them to work to their best abilities. This comes with structure, high expectations for all students, and the support needed for student to strive for success. Additionally, education is a team effort between the student, teacher, and their care givers. All three have to work together to have a student grow and thrive, both socially and academically.
 

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About Sloan...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 25
Phone: (480) 883-4745
Email: Sloan

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Welcome!

Welcome and get ready to embark on a mission. A mission to make 5th grade the best year yet! We will undergo rigorous training as we MASTER our skills and reach for the STARS! I am excited to join you on this journey and cannot wait to see what this school year has in store.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching at Santan since 2014 and I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of such a great school and community. I began teaching in 2006. I taught 4th grade in Gilbert for eight years before becoming a Santan Stormer. I received my degree in elementary education from Arizona State University. I also have a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, and I am one class away from receiving my master's in Leadership and Administration from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in a classroom environment in which children have an active voice in their learning. I encourage students to embrace their differences and to be proud in who they are. All students are unique and have different learning styles and I try to adapt to those styles in my instruction. I also believe that we should always strive to be the best we can be each day in terms of how we treat others, the effort we put forth, and in the things we say and do.
 

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About Stewart...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 42
Phone: 480-883-4762
Email: Stewart

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Welcome!

I would like to welcome both parents and students to the beginning of a fun and knowledgeable year in Room 42! I am excited about embarking on this school year with your child and look forward to getting to know all of you.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I have made it a point to continue my education after college, receiving a master's degree in the area of Curriculum and Instruction as well as earning a reading endorsement through my course of study

My Educational Philosophy

I chose a career in teaching due to my strong desire to be of importance in the lives of many children. I felt that the teaching profession would fulfill my need to help children, as well as create a path of skillful knowledge for all the students in my class. In our classroom students are guaranteed to be greeted each day, know that they were missed if they happen to be absent, and will leave each day knowing that they are not only important in our classroom, but as a unique individual.
 

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About Velarde...
Position: Pre-K
Room: 2
Phone: 480-883-4724
Email: Velarde

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santan Pre-K, Room 2!

My Education and Professional Background

My name is Leticia Velarde, or Ms.Tish to my preschoolers. I have many years teaching experience in the early childhood and special education. I hold a M.Ed. in Special Education and Special Ed. Pre-K as well as an B.A. in Education. I am so very honored to be your child's classroom teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

My pedagogy is that all students have opportunities to learn in an environment that promotes self-determination, self-advocacy, exploration, and discovery. Hands on learning that focus on cooperative and collaborative engaging activities.
 

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About Weber...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 34
Phone: 480-883-4754
Email: Weber

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Welcome!

Third grade is an exciting time in a child's development and I am looking forward to sharing this next school year with your child and your family! My hope is that we can work together to support your child's individual growth. I am looking forward to an exciting year full of learning opportunities!

My Education and Professional Background

Welcome to third grade! My name is Stacey Weber and I am thrilled to be a part of the amazing third grade team at Santan Elementary. I graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and received my Master of Education Degree from NAU. I have several endorsements including Early Childhood, Reading Specialist, Structured English Immersion, and am currently participating in gifted training to complete the Gifted Endorsement. In CUSD, I have taught Community Education Preschool and Kindergarten. I have also taught first, second, and fourth grades in Minnesota and California. In addition to teaching in the classroom setting, I have also enjoyed working as a reading specialist, private tutor, substitute teacher, and volunteering. My children proudly attend CUSD schools and I am happy to be teaching in CUSD!

My Educational Philosophy

Learning is a process that should be celebrated. I believe that if we work together as a team towards the same goal, a love of learning, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. I work with students to develop learning and behavior goals that will encourage them to take an active role in being a motivated learner with a strong sense of community. Every day has the potential to be the best day ever!
 

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About Houy...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 883-4718
Email: Houy

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santan Elementary, home of the Storm!

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career in Illinois in 1999. I began as a PE teacher and transitioned to administration. I have served as a Substitute Teacher, Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. I started teaching in the Chandler School District in 2015. I graduated from Eastern Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. I earned two Masters Degrees from Southern Mississippi (Ed. Leadership) and National-Louis (Curriculum & Instruction). In 2012, I earned my Doctorate in Ed. Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe building strong, authentic relationships is crucial to a successful education. There is a proven connection between positive relationships and student achievement.
 

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About Schroeder...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 28
Phone: (480)883-4748
Email: Schroeder

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Welcome!

My name is Danica Schroeder and I am thrilled to be teaching 4th grade this year at Santan Elementary. I began teaching in July of 2016 and I am beyond ecstatic to continue my teaching career in 4th grade! I grew up attending Chandler Schools and I am very passionate about teaching all subjects, though science is my absolute favorite. I am looking forward to having a fantastic school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and an English as a Second Language Endorsement. I completed many internships in a variety of grade levels, as well as completed my student teaching in the spring of 2016 here at Santan. As the years progress, I would love to continue my education through professional growth classes and eventually get a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and in Counseling.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child in my class is unique, talented, and has the ability to be successful. As a teacher, my job is to provide a safe, nurturing, interactive, and engaging classroom environment where students have the confidence within themselves to know they can make mistakes and be successful. My students will be lifelong learners and I strive to encourage students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and to always try their personal best. I desire to create positive, professional partnerships with parents and ensure my students have the best and most beneficial educational experience throughout each year in my classroom.
 

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About Edwards...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 24
Phone: (480)883-4744
Email: Edwards

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Welcome!

Welcome!My name is Tisha Edwards and I am happy to be teaching fifth grade at Santan Elementary school. Teaching is a passion for me. I have dedicated myself to educating children since 1999. I have been teaching at an elementary level since 2012. I have taught bilingual kindergarten, third grade, fifth grade, and many years of preschool.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement. I am continually striving to learn more through reading, research, and continued education.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child is a capable learner. It is the job of teachers and schools to provide an environment that promotes learning for all students. It is my goal to understand each child’s individual needs, preferences, and strengths. Through my unique relationships with my students, I hope to create an enjoyable classroom environment where children are able to learn using different modalities, pursue their strengths, and grow in areas of weakness. I believe that learning does not stop at school. Promoting learning opportunities at home is equally important to life-long educational success as providing a good school experience. Because of that, I believe that the parent-teacher connection is key to student success within my classroom. I am grateful for opportunities to communicate with and get to know my students’ families.
 

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About Delsante...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: 12
Phone: (480) 883-4732
Email: Delsante

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Welcome!

My name is Katrina Delsante and I have been teaching 6th grade at Santan Elementary since 2017. I am a New Jersey native and a Penn State University graduate. My husband and I have three children and all of them are either current or former CUSD students. When the school day ends and homework is complete, you can find us either at a softball field or hockey rink. It's a crazy busy life but we wouldn't trade it for anything!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University and received my Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education in May 2017. Teaching is a second career for me. Upon graduating Penn State, I worked in New York as an executive for both Saks Fifth Avenue and the Ralph Lauren Corporation in their retail buying offices. My husband and I relocated to Arizona in 2001 where we both have embarked upon new career endeavors.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy in the classroom is to encourage students to discover their natural strengths and to use those strengths as a foundation for areas in need of further development. In Room 12 we work hard but we find time to laugh. We build from our natural abilities but take risks by stepping out of our comfort zones. We celebrate our differences but also work together as a community. Sixth grade, the bridge between elementary school and junior high, is a unique year filled with new experiences and elevated expectations. I am honored to be a part of this extraordinary time in a student’s life.
 

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About Curland...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 40
Phone: (480)883-4760
Email: Curland

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Welcome!

Welcome to First Grade! It is going to be a fun and exciting year.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher's College at Arizona State University. I have been teaching since 2013.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in creating life long learners. I want each child to love school. I believe in teaching each student about being kind, caring, respectful,responsible, fair and how to become good citizens.
 

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About Weber...
Position: Resource Teacher
Room: 27A
Phone: (480)883-4747
Email: Weber

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Welcome!

I am so excited to be a part of the Santan Elementary Team. I look forward to working with your students and helping them to have an amazing and successful school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in 2011 from Western Governor's University. I have worked in Special Education since 2013, and I began teaching Resource in the 2017 to 2018 school year.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that we should never stop being students, and we should never stop learning. There is beauty in learning something new every day.
 

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About Artist...
Position: Band
Room: 47
Phone: (480) 883-4647
Email: Artist

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Welcome!

Welcome to Band! I teach at Riggs, Ryan, Bologna and Santan. I am so excited that your child chose to learn an instrument. It can be one of the most rewarding experiences. I hope your child enjoys learning their instrument as much as I enjoy teaching it. I thank you for supporting your child with this endeavor. Please feel free to email me(name/school) with ANY questions or concerns you may have and anything else you feel I should know about your child to make this experience most enjoyable.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my music education degree in 1995 from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. My main instruments are flute and oboe but I learned to play ALL instruments in college, including strings. I have taught many areas and levels of music from grades k-12 such as general music, choir, and concert band as well as marching band and jazz band. I have been teaching with Chandler Unified School District since 2006 and have taught at almost a dozen district schools including Basha High. I attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Beyond the classroom, I'm a private lesson instructor, a freelance musician and a colorguard tech for the WGAZ circuit.

My Educational Philosophy

Music is a universal language, 'the language of emotions'. For children, music has many benefits. It boosts their brain power and improves their memory. Music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas It teaches them confidence, patience, coordination and socialization. Music can be a much needed connection for kids in ways that other things will not allow. It teaches discipline, fosters creativity and is a great form of expression. Music is Math, langUage, hiStory, readIng, sCience! All of which is food for the mind, body, and soul!
 

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