About Smith...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-883-4908
Email: Smith

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My Education and Professional Background

Mr. Smith has been in the Chandler Unified School District since 1998 and taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 6th. He served as the dean of students for Ryan Elementary and CTA Independence before becoming a principal at Andersen Elementary, CTA Freedom Elementary, and now CTA Liberty. Mr. Smith grew up in the small mining town of Bagdad, Arizona. He attended Mesa Community College and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from ASU. He attended NAU and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to teaching, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army and the Arizona National Guard for over ten years. He proudly served with the 101st Airborne as an enlisted Infantry soldier and with Arizona National Guard as a Field Artillery Captain. He currently lives in Chandler with his wife, Yvette and his two children Ryan and Aubrey. In his spare time he enjoys reading, running, hiking, yard work, and watching the Cardinals and D-backs.

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About Parrilla...
Position: 4th Grade Teacher
Room: Room 28
Phone: (480)883-4948
Email: Parrilla

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Hello and welcome to 4th Grade! I am so excited to have you in my class this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in history from Northern Arizona University. I am a Spalding Certified Teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my belief that every child is able to learn and achieve. As a teacher, I am here to support and foster a safe learning environment that allows each child to grow and learn.
 

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About Marsh...
Position: 1st Grade Teacher
Room: Room 7
Phone: (480)883-4927
Email: Marsh

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Welcome to 1st grade! My name is Alison Marsh. I grew up in Tempe and currently live in Chandler with my husband and two children: Connor (7) and Juliette (5). Our family enjoys swimming, hiking, playing with our dogs and vacationing.

My Education and Professional Background

My early experience working with school-aged children at an after-school program led me to pursue a degree in education. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught for ten years in the Kyrene School District and in 2018 took a break to care for my children. During my time at Kyrene de la Colina I taught K, 1st and 2nd grade. I enjoy planning engaging lessons that meet the needs of all learners. Over the summer I took a Spalding course. I am confident in implementing The Spalding Method along with Daily 5, Thinking Maps, educational games and technology throughout the learning day.

My Educational Philosophy

My teaching philosophy starts with connecting with students and their families. The goal is to work as a team so each child can be successful and reach their full potential. I use Love and Logic in my classroom. The process of empathizing with students and giving them the tools to solve their own problems creates a healthy classroom community. I am looking forward to starting my first year at CTA Liberty and getting to know you and your child as we work together to help them reach their full potential!
 

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About Lerma...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-883-4909
Email: Lerma

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Welcome!

I am honored to be a part of the Chandler Unified School district. I was born and raised in Arizona. I am a proud Sun Devil and Lumberjack. I live in Chandler with my husband and daughter along with one fur baby, Lady, our loving dog. When I am not with your amazing children, I am a swim mom, cheering my daughter on at the pool or spending time with family and friends. I look forward to an exciting and successful school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree in Family Studies from ASU. My love of learning took me back to school to receive my first Masters in Education from NAU and because I loved it so much, another Masters in Education Leadership from NAU four years later. I am a conitnual learner and hope to instill that in all students.

My Educational Philosophy

I create an environment that is safe for learners to take risks and celebrate mistakes and wonder what comes next. I work with students and faculty to create a school community where we learn from each other and celebrate our differences. I believe that schools and families work together to create a positive learning team that will guide the students throughout their academic career.
 

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About Martinez...
Position: 2nd grade
Room: 12
Phone: (480)883-4632
Email: Martinez

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to second grade! I am filled with excitement and joy to teach your child this year...it's going to be a year to remember!

My Education and Professional Background

I am an Arizona State graduate (GO DEVILS!) with a major in Elementary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children have the ability to do amazing things and grow when provided the right tools that are catered to who they are as unique individuals. In my classroom I strive to create an environment where students are safe, inspired, and supported as they grow socially, emotionally and intellectually.
 

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About Ramsdell...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 20
Phone: (480)883-4940
Email: Ramsdell

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Hello! Welcome to Mrs.Ramsdell's first grade class!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching since 2007. I attended Arizona State University and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Later, I earned my Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University in Early Childhood Education. I have endorsements in Early Childhood Education, Reading and Structured English Immersion.

My Educational Philosophy

I do my best to create a positive, nurturing classroom community where every child can learn and feel successful. I hold high expectations and strive to help all of my students foster a love of learning.
 

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About Butters...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: Room 2
Phone: (480) 883-4922
Email: Butters

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Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Beth Butters! I grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and moved to Chandler, Arizona when I was seven. I attended Chandler Public Schools from second through twelfth grade, and graduated from Chandler High School. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I married my high school sweetheart, Matt, and we have two amazing children, Austin and Lily! I'm looking forward to a wonderful school year!

My Education and Professional Background

In May 2007, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary Education and a content emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I completed my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in February 2010. In May 2011, I completed the necessary requirements and am now a Spalding Certified Teacher. I received my Early Childhood Endorsement in January 2012. I've been a part of the CTA-Liberty family since July 2007.

My Educational Philosophy

As an educator, I want to help each of my students be successful in all that they do, help build their confidence, and show them that learning is fun. My ultimate goal is to teach every student the necessary skills and tools for them to be successful and to assist them in reaching their fullest potential while in my classroom. I am dedicated to your child's success and helping them get there. This is going to be a great school year, and I can't wait to see the children's growth and help prepare them for 1st grade.
 

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About Wilson...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: Room 1
Phone: 480-883-4921
Email: Wilson

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Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Alison Wilson. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved out to Arizona in 1997. I enjoying spending time with my husband Dave, my baby girl Emily, and our dogs The Gooch and The General. I also like hiking, spending time with my friends, watching movies, and finding yummy places to eat! I look forward to another great year at Liberty with you and your child.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Elementary Education degree from ASU in 2002 and my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from NAU in 2005. I am Spalding Certified and a Spalding Instructor. I have been in the teaching profession since 2002 and I have had the pleasure of teaching at CTA-Liberty the second year it was open. I am so lucky to be apart of this staff, school, and community.

My Educational Philosophy

In our classroom, I feel it is important for each child to know what is expected and to be held responsible for their choices. In order to achieve these goals, I will have our class help contribute and create our classroom expectations and rules. I feel discipline is preventive in nature and when students know what is expected of them, the consequences of their choices and positive reinforcement is provided for appropriate behavior, every child can and will be successful. I want all my students to learn in a safe, comfortable learning environment where everyone tries their best and feels like an important part of our classroom community.
 

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About Soyland...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 3
Phone: 480-883-4923
Email: Soyland

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Welcome!

I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten this year! I grew up in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Chandler in 2002. I have a wonderful husband named Jason and two great boys, Asher and Andrew. I love to spend time with my family, read, workout, and travel.

My Education and Professional Background

I obtained my Bacherlors Degree from the University of Arizona and my Masters Degree from University of Phoenix. I have been teaching at CTA Liberty since 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

I am here to encourage, prepare and listen to each child. My goal is for each child to reach their full potential. I believe that teaching is a partnership between myself and parents and that an open line of communication is necessary.
 

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About Hull...
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Room: Room 1
Phone: 480-883-4921
Email: Hull

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I am very excited to be teaching again at CTA Liberty this year! I have been teaching kindergarten since 2009. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a native Arizonan and went through Chandler Schools as well. I received my Bachelors degree from Arizona State Univeristy in Elementary Education. I also received my Masters degree in Early Childhood Education through Arizona State University.

My Educational Philosophy

I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.
 

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About Martin...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: Room 8
Phone: 480-883-4900
Email: Martin

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Hello! I'd like to introduce myself to you. I am an Arizona Native but soon after college and my first year of teaching, my husband and I settled down in Ozark, Missouri and began our family. We have three daughters. They bring great joy to our family. Upon returning to Arizona in 2003, I entered into the workforce once again. I have been teaching at CTA Liberty since 2006. CTA has a great caring community and I am excited to be a part of your child's education while they are here.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Shortly after earning that degree I went back to school for my degree in Education. Since then I have also become endorsed in ELL and Early Childhood education. Being a part of CTA, I have also embraced being a Spalding Certified Teacher as well.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each child is unique and has something special they can bring to the world. I am here to help teach and guide each child so they can be independent thinkers and learners allowing them to contribute to our future in a productive manner.
 

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About Wright...
Position: First Grade Spanish DLI Teacher
Room: 22
Phone: 480-883-4900
Email: Wright

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Welcome!

Welcome to 1st grade! My name is Luz Wright and I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. I have 2 children; Kenny is a junior at Hamilton High School and JT is a 7th grader at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Gilbert. I also have two dogs named Cody and Snowball. I am originally from Wyoming (Go Cowboys!) I have been teaching for 20 years and I have the best job in the world where I get to play all day!

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in Tucson and I have been teaching in Chandler since 2004. I am a University of Arizona graduate (Go Wildcats!!) and I have my Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others. Every classroom has its own unique community; my role as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles.
 

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About Jauregui...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: Room 9
Phone: (480) 883-4929
Email: Jauregui

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Welcome!

Hi! My name is Kristina Jauregui and I am so excited to be a your child's teacher here at CTA Liberty! I am eager to get to know each and every one of you, as we go through the amazing journey of learning together. Let me start by telling you a little about myself.

My Education and Professional Background

After graduating from Northern Arizona University in May of 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, I began teaching. I continued my education and graduated with my Master's Degree from NAU, in Bilingual and Multicultural Education in July of 2011. I chose to become a teacher because I love working with children and enjoy seeing them succeed.

My Educational Philosophy

In our classroom, I believe all students can learn. I strive every year for each of my students to want to learn. I will do this by creating a safe, inspiring, and motivating environment in the class.
 

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About Whitmire...
Position: Technology
Room: Room 21
Phone: (480)883-4905
Email: Whitmire

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Welcome to CTA Liberty! Wisconsin is were I was born and raised. After college, I began my teaching career in Texas, where I lived for 10 years. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2000, and we have enjoyed raising our 2 children in Gilbert. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. Teaching students about how technology can enhance their learning is a passion of mine.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin in 1991. My teaching career began in Houston, Texas. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for 7+ years in Texas, I moved to sunny Arizona with my husband and found joy in raising my children. I could not stay away from teaching for very long. When a position opened up at CTA Liberty in 2007, I decided it was the perfect opportunity for me to share my love for teaching once again.

My Educational Philosophy

Teaching is my passion, and I hope to instill a love for learning in each and every child. Each and every child should be given the opportunity to reach their true potential. Children should not be questioned IF they can reach their goals, but instead HOW they WILL reach their goals. My job as a teacher is to help guide students to think critically and to explain their thinking in order to expand on their connections and knowledge.
 

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About Scott...
Position: 6th Grade Spalding & Language Arts
Room: Room 25
Phone: 480-883-4945
Email: Scott

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th Grade! The school year will be an exciting time at Liberty while we establish a strong 6th grade classroom community. In advance, thank you parents for helping to make this a rewarding year for your student.

My Education and Professional Background

After earning my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from ASU, I was blessed to become part of the wonderful Liberty Team! I am a Spalding Certified Teacher, Coach, and Teacher Instructor.

My Educational Philosophy

A hands-on teacher, I enjoy being a part of a team-focused environment that demonstrates integrity, respect, and a strong communicative work ethic. While actively teaching, it is my goal to enhance the educational environment for all learners. I look forward to identifying and implementing solutions to ensure success for all learners. Dedicated to motivating and challenging students, I wish to take an active role in each child's education by listening to their voice, inspiring them to succeed, and... having a sense of humor! It's quite fun to share a laugh, giggle, and smile! :)
 

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About Rinne...
Position: 6th Grade Math 07 & Writing 06
Room: C1
Phone: (480) 883-4961
Email: Rinne

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Welcome to sixth grade! I'm excited about the opportunity to get to know you, and I'm looking forward to a wonderful and productive school year. I love teaching here at CTA Liberty and have been part of the Liberty Eagle family since 2006. Besides teaching, I enjoy traveling in my RV, watching movies, and I am a college and pro sports fanatic! "Go Blue!" and "Go DBacks, Cardinals, Suns and Mercury!" Once again, welcome to sixth grade. Let's work together to make this the best year ever!

My Education and Professional Background

My years in the classroom (both as a student and teacher) provide a strong foundation of knowledge and real world experiences. I hold a Master's in Elementary Education, which I received from Northern Arizona University. My teaching certification credential and mathematics endorsement was obtained by completing course work at Arizona State University. Prior to teaching, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration from Fresno State University. As I continue to pursue teaching with passion and dedication, I'm continually looking for ways to educate myself and grow professionally as an educator in order to give the best possible education to my students.

My Educational Philosophy

Education is a door of opportunity for each and every child to learn, grow, and strive to "individually" be the best they can be! The classroom is a secure, nurturing, and caring place where learning and growth occurs. It is an equitable atmosphere where each child is challenged, encouraged, and inspired emotionally, intellectually, and socially. Every year I acknowledge and respect the fact that my classroom is filled with unique individuals who vary in talents, abilities, and interests. Thus, as an educator, I strive to provide each child with the opportunities, experiences, and tools necessary to be successful at their current educational level, be prepared for the next educational level, and ultimately reach their fullest potential in all they strive to be and do. This motivates me on a daily basis to be dedicated to giving my personal best to each and every child, knowing that what they experience yearly in my classroom is just one step in the lifelong learning process.
 

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About Smedstad...
Position: 4th Grade DLI Math and Language Arts
Room: Room 26
Phone: 480-883-4946
Email: Smedstad

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Welcome to fourth grade! I am so excited to be teaching your child this year! I am looking forward to a fabulous year full of collaborating, exploring, and acquiring new knowledge. I live in Gilbert, AZ with my husband. We have a zoo of animals including two dogs, a cat, and a tortoise.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned by Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona in 2002. I have two endorsements, SEI (Structured English Immersion) and Early Childhood Education. I am a Spalding Certified Teacher. I love learning new things and being an educator!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is a unique individual who brings something special to the learning environment. I will foster an encouraging, supportive, and respectful classroom. As a team, we will work together to promote success in all of our endeavors and learn and grow together.
 

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About Battani...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: Room 13
Phone: 480-883-4933
Email: Battani

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Dear Parents, Welcome to 3rd grade. I am excited to welcome new students to the classroom. My name is Stephanie Battani and I was born in Des Moines, Iowa. I moved to Chandler in 1996. I have taught at the elementary and junior high levels and am excited to be teaching 3rd grade. Parents are an essential part of the educational process at our school and it is important to maintain open communication throughout the year.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a 1996 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish. In 2001 I graduated with a Masters in curriculum and instruction. I completed my Administrative Certification Coursework in December of 2008. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, Administrative Certification.

My Educational Philosophy

My personal goal for my future classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential. I want to take students at different levels and see them develop together for the betterment of each individual. Therefore, group work is the key to having a successful class and is something I value, especially with older students. The impact of group work, when students help fellow students, changes each person and transforms the atmosphere of the class as a whole.
 

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About Plamondon...
Position: Physical Education Specialist
Room: MRP
Phone: 480-883-4915
Email: Plamondon

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Welcome!

Since opening the school back in 2002, I have always enjoyed working with the students here at Liberty, and I look forward to working with your children again this year in PE! We will try new things. We will work hard. We will do our best. We will have FUN!

My Education and Professional Background

Before working towards my Principal Certification, I earned a M.Ed. in Leadership and a second M.Ed. in Human relations from NAU. Before that, ‘back in the day,’ I earned a BA in Secondary Education, Physical Education from ASU. I have also enjoyed serving the community in various venues including serving on the AzAHPERD board (Arizona Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) from 2005 through 2010.

My Educational Philosophy

The PE curriculum used in Chandler, "Dynamic Physical Education," focuses on "fitness for life.” In the program, children are exposed to a wide variety of activities (and no, Dodge ball isn’t one of them). :o) The program is process oriented rather than product oriented to encourage active participation of all students. PE is taught in a positive environment where all children have the opportunity to experience success and gain skills helping them maintain an active lifestyle in the future. As in a regular classroom at Liberty, expectations are high as there are educational and curricular content and standards to be covered. All students will be expected to participate to the best of their abilities and respect is a must. With everyone respectful and working hard, though we may not get to do everyone’s favorite sport, we will do many sport related skills and activities for everyone …while having a lot of fun doing them!
 

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About Husky...
Position: Music/Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth Grades
Room: 19
Phone: (480)883-4939
Email: Husky

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Hello and Greetings from the Music Room! My name is Andrea "Dalene" Husky and I am so excited to be a part of the CTA Liberty family! I have been teaching music since 1984. I love being able to share my love for music with our wonderful students! I am originally from Texas, so you might hear me say “y'all”! I do, however, absolutely love living in Arizona.

My Education and Professional Background

My bachelor's degree in the Fine Arts came from University of Texas at Tyler. I received a Master's Degree in Music Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. I am also a Kodaly certified teacher, trained in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

My Educational Philosophy

My goals for this school year include continuing to foster the enthusiasm, the excitement, and the love of music for each and every child. Developing musical literacy, songs and singing games from various cultures, listening activities, movement activities, playing instruments, performance opportunities, as well as attending performances are all part of the Arizona Standards for Music and will be experienced in the classroom through general music and choir. I look forward to continuing the journey.
 

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About Zaire...
Position: Speech and Language Therapy
Room: 17
Phone: 480-883-4937
Email: Zaire

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My name is Sonita Zaire. I have been a Chandler USD Speech/Language Therapist since 2006. Before that I was a Speech Therapist in New Jersey.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree in Communication disorders (Speech Pathology) from William Patterson University. I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from University of Phoenix. I have completed my Doctoral program in Educational Leadership from Argosy University and currently working on my dissertation focusing on “The relationship between teacher preparation and student achievement in Arizona public schools”. I am certified and licensed through the state of Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe the study of communication, is practiced and applied by our students and ourselves on a daily basis. As a result, we teach by what we do in the classroom as much as by what we say. By modeling good communication for our students, within the subject matter we also teach with enthusiasm. I strongly value the diversity of learning styles as well as the unique perspectives that my students may bring to the therapy room and their classroom.
 

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About Wright...
Position: First Grade Spanish DLI Teacher
Room: 22
Phone: 480-883-4900
Email: Wright

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Welcome to 1st grade! My name is Luz Wright and I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. I have 2 children; Kenny is a junior at Hamilton High School and JT is a 7th grader at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Gilbert. I also have two dogs named Cody and Snowball. I am originally from Wyoming (Go Cowboys!) I have been teaching for 20 years and I have the best job in the world where I get to play all day!

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in Tucson and I have been teaching in Chandler since 2004. I am a University of Arizona graduate (Go Wildcats!!) and I have my Masters of Education from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well as embrace the differences of others. Every classroom has its own unique community; my role as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles.
 

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About Logston...
Position: 5th Grade Math, Science, Social Sciences
Room: 31
Phone: (480)883-4951
Email: Logston

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Lisa Logston and I am so excited to teach your child this year! I have been teaching 5th grade since 2003. I moved to the East Valley in 1995 with my husband Jay and our two kids. My hobbies include traveling, and spending time with my family. I look forward to spending the next year nurturing your child to their fullest potential!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from ASU in 2002 and my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from NAU in 2010.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my belief that through hard work and open communication all students can learn and succeed. In my classroom I will strive to create a safe and comfortable environment in order to foster learning for each and every student.
 

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About Clayton...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: Room 30
Phone: 480-883-4950
Email: Clayton

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Welcome!

Welcome Liberty Eagles to our Room 30 Learning Team!!! We have a great year ahead, and I'm excited to be your guide on the journey through 5th grade.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I joined the 3rd grade team at CTA Liberty in 2016. I am also an advisor for our Student Council and Kindness Is Awesome Club.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that education is a tool for empowerment. I encourage every student to realize they can take control of their future and achieve their dreams by developing their academic skills and a strong work ethic. Of equal importance, is my desire that students experience how enjoyable learning can be and grow as citizens in the classroom.
 

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About Ramirez...
Position: Special Education K-6
Room: 18
Phone: (480) 883-4938
Email: Ramirez

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Welcome!

Hello my name is Carlie Ramirez and I am a full time Resource teacher here at CTA Liberty. I work with Kindergarten through 6th grade in reading, writing, math , and behaviors.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with my Masters Degree from ASU in 2013, majoring in elementary (1-6) and special education (k-12). I have been working as a resource teacher at Washington School District for a few years. I recently moved to Chandler and will be working in the Chandler District starting 2016-2017 school year.

My Educational Philosophy

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. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment: the teacher acting as a guide, allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and promoting respect for all things and all people.
 

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About Mizzi...
Position: Spanish DLI 3rd Grade
Room: 16
Phone: 480-883-4936
Email: Mizzi

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd Grade at CTA Liberty. Let's reach for the stars! I feel fortunate to be teaching your child this year. I look forward to an exciting school year filled with rich positive learning experiences. I live in Gilbert with my husband and two amazing teenage daughters. I love to spend time with my family and friends as much as possible.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Education from Queens College, N.Y. Henceforth, I have been teaching since the year 2000. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. I am Spalding trained. In addition, I have been trained in Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning. I hold an SEI (Structured English Immersion) endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

At CTA-Liberty, we are preparing all students with the academic and social skills necessary to pursue any dream.
 

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About Walker...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 11
Phone: 480-883-4931
Email: Walker

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Welcome!

I am super excited to be teaching third grade! I moved to the valley in 2014 from Kingman, Arizona! I absolutely love living in Chandler. I enjoy reading and being outdoors.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my bachelor's degree from Ottawa Universty. I began teaching at CTA Liberty in 2017.

My Educational Philosophy

I am here to help students reach their full potential. Every student has the ability to learn, it just may be different than another student. I want to work with students along with parents to help them grow in second grade.
 

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About Duffy...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 22
Phone: 480-883-4942
Email: Duffy

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Welcome!

Welcome to second grade! I am happy to be your child's second grade teacher. I am an Arizona native, raised in Tempe. My husband and I are the proud parents of three fabulous children who attend school here at Liberty. We reside in Chandler.

My Education and Professional Background

I received a Bachelor's of Science in Sociology from ASU and a Master's of Elementary Education from NAU. I am trained in Spalding and also have a SEI endorsement. I taught first grade at CTA-Freedom from 2006-2010. After staying home with my children for the last seven years I am now back in the classroom. During that time at home I taught online for Rio Salado Community College.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that education is the foundation to achieving greater things in life. My hope for your child will be for he or she to blossom as a reader, writer, problem-solver, decision -maker, caring person and confident learner. When children meet with success in school situations, their self esteem will soar. This is a trait that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
 

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About Hight...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 14
Phone: 480- 883 4934
Email: Hight

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd grade

My Education and Professional Background

In 2019, I became a Spalding Certified Instructor. In 2009, I earned my master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Curriculum and Instruction. That same year I became a Spalding Certified Teacher. In 2001, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with and ELL endorsement. I began my teaching career in 4th grade in the Gilbert School District, the I transferred to CTA Independence in 2006 when it opened. I transferred to CTA Freedom to be closer to home. I taught 3rd and 6th grade there, then had the opportunity to move my son to the DLI program here at Liberty. I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade again at CTA Liberty. I was born in Texas but spent most of my elementary education years moving since my family liked traveling and new adventures. I moved from Texas to California to Colorado, and Rhode Island, finally settling in Oklahoma.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which to grow intellectually and socially. Students will reach high expectations when they are given support, encouragement, and genuine feedback and praise.
 

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About Tollefson...
Position: Media Specialist
Room: Library/Media Center
Phone: 480-883-4901
Email: Tollefson

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Welcome to Mrs. Tollefson's Website! Look around to learn about our library and those who learn inside it!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University 2004 Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading focus from Northern Arizona University 2007 Library- Media Specialist Endorsement 2016

My Educational Philosophy

I will provide a positive learning environment for my students to learn and grow. Students will work hard, take risks, and motivate each other. In my classroom, I will be accountable, comforting, encouraging and challenging. My students will know how much I care and believe in them. I want students to know that the world opens to them when they read a book.
 

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About Loera...
Position: Spanish DLI 4th grade
Room: 27
Phone: 480-883-4947
Email: Loera

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Welcome to 4th grade. I am very excited to be your child's teacher. I know that together we can create life long learners that will be positive contributors to our society. Welcome to Liberty!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a proud graduate of Arizona State University where I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education in 2001. In 2003, I earned my masters in Curriculum Instruction from Arizona State University. As you can tell I am a HUGE ASU fan!!! This summer I earned my Master of Education in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. Before coming to the Chandler School District in 2002 I taught 5 years in the Creighton School District. I have taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I am also a proud member of our Chandler Education Association (CEA).

My Educational Philosophy

Why I Teach: Teaching is an opportunity to create lifelong learners and problem solvers. I want my students to have a safe and fun learning environment to look forward to every day. I am a passionate, dedicated teacher who believes each child has something special to offer the world
 

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About Schmerfeld...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: M1
Phone: (480)883-4943
Email: Schmerfeld

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Welcome to 4th grade! I am super excited to be teaching your child this year. I grew up in Eagar, AZ with both of my parents working as teachers. I live in Chandler with my husband, 6 children (all who have attended Liberty), dogs, chickens, fish, and a hedgehog.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University and completed my teaching certificate with Rio Salado College.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that students learn best when they are in a positive and productive learning environment where they feel welcomed and safe. In my classroom it is okay to make mistakes because that is how we learn.
 

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About Prater...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: M2
Phone: (480) 883-4944
Email: Prater

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Welcome to 4th grade at CTA Liberty! I am very excited to be part of the CTA family!

My Education and Professional Background

B.S. Elementary Education from Western Michigan University

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, I believe that it is my obligation to help students fulfil their potential ultilizing all strategies available.
 

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About Lerma...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-883-4909
Email: Lerma

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Welcome!

I am honored to be a part of the Chandler Unified School district. I was born and raised in Arizona. I am a proud Sun Devil and Lumberjack. I live in Chandler with my husband and daughter along with one fur baby, Lady, our loving dog. When I am not with your amazing children, I am a swim mom, cheering my daughter on at the pool or spending time with family and friends. I look forward to an exciting and successful school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree in Family Studies from ASU. My love of learning took me back to school to receive my first Masters in Education from NAU and because I loved it so much, another Masters in Education Leadership from NAU four years later. I am a conitnual learner and hope to instill that in all students.

My Educational Philosophy

I create an environment that is safe for learners to take risks and celebrate mistakes and wonder what comes next. I work with students and faculty to create a school community where we learn from each other and celebrate our differences. I believe that schools and families work together to create a positive learning team that will guide the students throughout their academic career.
 

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