About Ferrell...
Subject / Grade Science
Room: 105
Phone: 480-812-7175
Email: Ferrell
"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
-- Stephen Hawking

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Science Department at Hill Learning Academy.

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching for the Chandler School District in 2012. Working with "at risk" students was the primary motivator behind my becoming an educator. I received my degree in Secondary Education from North Central University and also hold a degree in Information Technology.

My Educational Philosophy

I relocated from Chicago to Phoenix in 1994 with my wife and have since produced three beautiful children. my hobbies include running, hiking, camping, and cinema.
 

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About Durham...
Subject / Grade IEP Services Department Chair
Room: 207
Phone: 480-812-7180
Email: Durham
"It is better to learn late than never."
-- Publilius Syrus

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Welcome!

Working together as a team we are sure to achieve much for students!

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in 1995 after completing my Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program at the University of Phoenix. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Arizona in 1990 and am a Wildcat for life. I completed my Masters of Arts in Education at University of Phoenix in 1998. I taught General Education Junior High English and Social Studies from 1995-2001. I then taught 8th grade self-contained at an alternative school at which time I decided to pursue my certification in Special Education which I received in 2003. I have worked in an inclusion setting at both the junior high and high school levels for the last 12 years.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all students have the potential to be learners. With desire, hard work and support our students can achieve more than they think possible. Education is a process that must start with high expectations and flexibility in order for students to reach their highest potential. High standards, clear expectations, and positive classroom management play integral parts in the educational journey. My own personal expectations as an educator provide a model for my students. I believe that when we challenge students, they reach heights in their learning they never believed they were capable of reaching. Education needs to be a well-thought out process. This journey is so important in a child's life; planning is essential. Having high expectations and creating a safe, positive environment allows for extraordinary opportunities for the future to become a brighter place.
 

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About Hartley...
Subject / Grade Language Arts 9th through 12th grade
Room: 201, 204, and ICAN
Phone: 480-812-7150
Email: Hartley
"There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements."
-- Gorden B. Hinkley

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Welcome!

I began teaching at Chief Hill Learning Academy in 2008. I enjoy working in the Chandler district and working with the student population at our site.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in English. After I moved to Arizona I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters degree in Secondary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I work with students to help them become better communicators and better people and my goal for my classroom is that the students take what they learn here and apply to the rest of their lives.
 

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About Porras...
Subject / Grade 7-12 English
Room: 201/202
Phone: 480-812-7150
Email: Porras
""Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.""
-- Chinese Proverb

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Welcome!

I began teaching at Chief Hill Learning Academy during the 2012-13 school year. Prior to moving to Chandler, I taught for 16 years in Phoenix. I am currently teaching high school English and 7th and 8th grade Language Arts.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Business Education and received my Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I enjoy being a facilitator of learning for students and work hard to assist them in preparing for their future successes.
 

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About Raj...
Subject / Grade High School Social Studies
Room: 207
Phone: (480) 812-7150
Email: Raj
""If you don't stand for anything, you will fall for anything!""
-- Malcolm X

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Welcome!

Welcome to Hill Learning Academy's Social Studies Department

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor's in History from Hope College Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University

My Educational Philosophy

Everyone deserves a quality education
 

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About McKay...
Subject / Grade Math / 7 - 12
Room: 203
Phone: (480) 812-7183
Email: McKay
"There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask "What if I fall?" Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?"
-- Erin Hanson

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. McKay's webpage! I have been teaching at Chief Hill Learning Academy since 2012. I enjoy challenging students to use their problem solving skills to be successful in school and in their everyday lives.

My Education and Professional Background

I have always enjoyed math. I graduated from the University of Illinois with an engineering degree and I completed my teaching certification requirements through Rio Salado College. I am certified to teach Secondary Math and Career and Technical Education courses. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family. Some of us love to cook and some of us love to eat, so our activities usually involve lots of good food. I love to be outdoors and have hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and to the top of Mount Humphrys (highest point in Arizona).

My Educational Philosophy

 

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About Davis...
Subject / Grade PE
Room: 109
Phone: (480) 812-7168
Email: Davis
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel."
-- Socrates

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Welcome!

Welcome to Chief Hill Learning Academy Physical Education.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated Cum Laude in Physical Education and Community Health Promotion from Northern Arizona University. I have taught Physical Education in Elementary and High School for the past 12 years in Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

Be active, eat healthy, and treat each other well.
 

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