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About Chiaramonte...
Subject / Grade Special Education Teacher
Room: 27
Phone: 480-883-4777
Email: Chiaramonte
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle ."
-- Christian D. Larson

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Welcome!

I am excited to be an Inclusion/Resource Specialist at Santan Elementary. I am also the Special Education team lead. I look forward to working with all of the students.

My Education and Professional Background

I am from Long Island, NY. I received my Bachelor's in Childhood Education: Concentration in English from Oneonta State College, Oneonta, NY. Master's in Special Education: Learning Disabilities from Hunter College and Master's in Special Education: Cross Categorical from Grand Canyon University. I taught for 5 years in the Bronx in NY in grades 2-4. I taught for 4 years in Maricopa in a Resource setting in grades 4-8. This is my third year teaching at Santan Elementary in an Inclusion/Resource setting for 5th and 6th graders.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is that all students can learn, it is my job to find out what is the best way he/she learns and to foster that learning.
 

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About Swint...
Subject / Grade 1st
Room: 41
Phone: 480-883-4761
Email: Swint
"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. - Aristotle"
-- Be who you are and say what you mean. Because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind! Dr. Seuss

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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.

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...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: 13
Phone: (480)883-4733
Email: Eberhart
"It takes a dream to get started, desire to keep going and determination to finish."
-- Eddie Harris, Jr

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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 Ems...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: 26
Phone: (480) 883-4746
Email: Ems
"School is a place to practice, not to be perfect."
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

I am delighted to be teaching at Santan! I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at the elementary level in Chandler and I have also taught at the college level for the College of Education at Arizona State University. I have two children and we enjoy playing sports and spending time outside. Most of our weekends revolve around baseball and softball, which I love.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended ASU and received my Bachelor's Degree and then continued my education and received my Master's Degree through NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that ALL children are capable of great things! They will all find their strengths in different places and it is my job to help them be successful throughout their fifth grade year and life. I enjoy seeing a student get excited about their learning and love planning lessons that will bring that out in them!
 

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About Evans...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: 32
Phone: (480) 883-4752
Email: Evans
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-- Henry Ford

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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...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 35
Phone: (480) 883-4755
Email: Feldman
"If you can dream it, you can do it!"
-- Walt Disney

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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...
Subject / Grade 2nd grade
Room: 44
Phone: (480) 883-4764
Email: Gardner
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
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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...
Subject / Grade K-1 Self Contained
Room: 6
Phone: (480)883-4726
Email: Goldring
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
-- Benjamin Franklin

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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.

My Educational Philosophy

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

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About Hughes...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: 10
Phone: (480) 883-4730
Email: Hughes
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
-- William Butler Yeats

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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...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: Room 40
Phone: (480) 883-4760
Email: King
"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds"
-- Anonymous

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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...
Subject / Grade First Grade
Room: 31
Phone: 480-883-4751
Email: Kochanski
"Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be."
-- Rita Pierson

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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...
Subject / Grade First Grade Teacher
Room: 30
Phone: 480-883-4750
Email: Lassen
"Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive."
-- Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you. - Dr. Seuss

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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 Logan...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade Teacher
Room: Room 36
Phone: 480-883-4756
Email: Logan
"Live as if you were going to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever"
-- Gandhi

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santan and especially to third grade in Room 36! I am so excited for another amazing year in third grade. It is my goal that I can instill a love of learning in your child that will last a lifetime as we prepare them for the challenges of the future. I look forward to building a safe, respectful and stimulating learning environment for your children that fosters academic and emotional growth!

My Education and Professional Background

I originally began teaching in California where I received my BS in Child Development and CA Teaching Credential from C.S.U. Fullerton. I later earned my MA in Elementary Education, Reading Specialist K-12 Endorsement from NAU, and my Early Childhood Endorsement. My family and I moved from California to Arizona many years ago and I began teaching at Scales Professional Development School in the Tempe Elementary School District. I was then hired by CUSD in 1994, teaching second, third, and fourth grade. I have received the Silver Apple for excellence in teaching twice, the Sunlakes Rotary Teacher of the month, and have been a master teacher for CUSD.

My Educational Philosophy

Education has changed since all of us were in school, but many of my beliefs have not. I feel every child needs: •To feel loved and valued •To learn to problem solve •To work cooperatively with a group as well as individually •To take responsibility for learning •To develop strong basic skills •To be involved with activities that develop thinking and the desire to be life long learners.
 

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About Marmie...
Subject / Grade Second Grade
Room: 39
Phone: 480-883-4759
Email: Marmie
"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Hello, I'm Ms. Marmie and I welcome you to second grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I've been teaching since graduating from Arizona State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Go Devils!! I student taught at Ryan Elementary, also a CUSD school. I've taught first grade for the last seven years at Santan Elementary and love it here at Santan.

My Educational Philosophy

I'm passionate about teaching and want to create connections and create a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning for your child. By working as a team between school and home, we will have the best chance at being successful in reaching this goal!
 

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About McBurney...
Subject / Grade Second Grade
Room: 37
Phone: 480-883-4757
Email: McBurney
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel."
-- Carl W. Buechner

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Welcome!

My name is Karen McBurney and I'm excited to be teaching 2nd grade this year at Santan Elementary. This is my 17th year teaching in the Chandler School District. 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...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: 14
Phone: (480) 883-4734
Email: Navarro
"I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it."
-- Frank A. Clark

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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...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: 29
Phone: 480-883-4749
Email: Norman
"Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

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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...
Subject / Grade Special Education Teacher
Room: 45
Phone: (480) 883-4645
Email: Penneman
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
-- Chinese Proverb

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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...
Subject / Grade Fifth Grade
Room: 26
Phone: 480-883-4746
Email: Portugal
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing."
-- #NAME?

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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. Sixth 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...
Subject / Grade Technology
Room: 38
Phone: (480)883-4758
Email: Prince
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
-- Dr. Seuss

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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 Rittenhouse...
Subject / Grade General Music and Choir/K-6
Room: 46
Phone: (480) 883-4766
Email: Rittenhouse
"Where words fail, music speaks."
-- Hans Christian Andersen

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Welcome!

Welcome to music! I teach General Music and Choir at Santan Elementary. (Grades K-6) Music is offered to every student at Santan K-4. When students enter 5th grade, they get to pick from the three options: Band, Orchestra, or General Music. Choir Club is also offered to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. (We meed at 7:45am on Tuesdays) If you have questions, please feel free to email me at rittenhouse.lisa@cusd80.com. I look forward to teaching and learning from your child.

My Education and Professional Background

My name is Lisa Rittenhouse and I am originally from Napa, California. I grew up in the Bay Area, so I am a huge SF Giants Fan! I moved to Flagstaff to go to NAU for Music Education and have made Chandler my home! I have both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees from NAU in Music Performance/Education. I began teaching in 2004 and would never do anything else! I truly enjoy making music everyday with children and love seeing the joy in their eyes that it brings them.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that music is a universal language that everyone can speak. I am a firm believer that children can communicate through this language. My classroom is a place where children can sing, play, dance, read, compose, listen, and create.
 

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About Roberts...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: 23
Phone: 480-883-4743
Email: Roberts
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."
-- Oscar Wilde

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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...
Subject / Grade 5th grade ELA and SS
Room: 33
Phone: 480-883-4753
Email: Ross
"School is a place to practice, not to be perfect"
-- unknown

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Welcome!

T: Together E: Everyone A: Accomplishes M: More For the 3rd year we are lucky enough to pair together. We like to brag that we are a well-oiled machine !!! We are excited to work together and support each others instruction giving your children a deeper and more meaningful learning experience. 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...
Subject / Grade K-6 Physical Education
Room: MPR
Phone: 480-883-4768
Email: Saadi
""Never let the fear of striking out get in your way""
-- Babe Ruth

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Kelly Saadi. I am currently enjoying my 6th year as a Santan Stormer PE teacher, and it has been a great place to call home! I have been teaching PE for 13 years. 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...
Subject / Grade 6th grade
Room: 22
Phone: 480-883-4742
Email: Sanford
"Be one who nurtures and builds. Be one who has an understanding and forgiving heart, who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them."
-- Marvin J. Ashton

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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!

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...
Subject / Grade 4th
Room: 25
Phone: (480) 883-4745
Email: Sloan
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
-- Thomas Edison

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Welcome!

Welcome and get ready to embark on a mission. A mission to make 4th 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 the 2018-2019 school year has in store.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my fifth year at Santan, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of such a great school and community. 2018 will mark my thirteent year of teaching. 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...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 42
Phone: 480-883-4762
Email: Stewart
"I facilitate thinking, I engage minds, I listen to questions, I encourage risk, I support struggle, I cultivate dreams, I learn every day I teach."
-- I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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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...
Subject / Grade Pre-K SPED
Room: 4
Phone: 480-883-4724
Email: Velarde
"Guiding young minds to imagine, discover, and explore the possibilities in early childhood."
-- Leticia Velarde

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Welcome!

Santan Priority Preschool Room 4 Priority Preschool enrolls 3-5 year old children with special needs. Priority Preschool has three sessions: A.M. Class (M, W, F); P.M. Class (M, T, Th) and the Triangle Class (T AM, W PM, Th AM)

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...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 34
Phone: 480-883-4754
Email: Weber
"“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”"
-- Fred Rogers

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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 Broomfield...
Subject / Grade Orchestra
Room: 31
Phone: (480) 883-4751
Email: Broomfield
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COMING SOON

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About Schroeder...
Subject / Grade 4th
Room: 28
Phone: (480)883-4748
Email: Schroeder
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!"
-- Dr. Seuss

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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 Daffara...
Subject / Grade Pre-School
Room: 3
Phone: (480) 883-4723
Email: Daffara
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COMING SOON

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COMING SOON

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COMING SOON
 

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About Edwards...
Subject / Grade Fifth 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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