About Tobias...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-7400
Email: Tobias

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Welcome!

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Steve Tobias and I will be serving this wonderful community as the Dean of Students for the 2020-2021 school year. I am so fortunate to work here with these wonderful students, dedicated staff, and involved parents.

My Education and Professional Background

Mr. Tobias has taught over ten years in middle school in the subjects of English Language Arts and Social Studies. For the past three years, he was a 7th Grade Social Studies teacher at Bogle Jr. High school having served on various committees and coached Flag Football and Track. Prior to coming to CUSD, he served communities as an Assistant Principal for four years. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in History, The University of Arizona -Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision, Arizona State University

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that students need lessons that are relevant to their lives and have teachers that are passionate and experts in their subject area. All students have the ability to learn what is being taught to them if they are willing to learn and have compassionate people teaching them.
 

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About Clark...
Position: Dean
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-7406
Email: Clark

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Clark's page!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a native of Arizona. I was born and raised in Chandler, and I'm proud to say that I am a product of the Chandler Unified School District. I attended Arizona State University after high school, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Master's degree in Administration and Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
-- Nelson Madela
 

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About Tuttle...
Position: Physiocal Education K-6
Room: MPR
Phone: 480-812-7415
Email: Tuttle

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Welcome!

I am a very active person and I try to help all my students to want to be active as well. We have a lot of fun in PE as well as learn about physical activity, health, muscles, nutrition, and much more. It is one of my goals to make sure that every child is successful while having fun every day in my class. I also try to follow my teaching motto everyday which is to out weird the weirds . Following this motto makes sure that I am having as much fun as the students.

My Education and Professional Background

Master's of Education From Grand Canyon University, Bachelor's of Arts in Education from Arizona State Universerity. 11 tears of teaching experience.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is tha tall students deserve the opportunity to learn and have equal opportunity for success in school. Teachers shoul be able to establish a connection with all students and give 100% effort all of the time. A school should be a possitive learning envirnment in which students feel safe and be a place they enjoy going to each day.
 

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About Knapik...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 2
Phone: 480-812-7432
Email: Knapik

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Welcome!

Welcome to Shumway Leadership Academy Kindergarten! I am excited to work with you as your child begins their academic journey. Kindergarten is an opportunity to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. I am looking forward to working with you and your child so that we can provide them the best experience possible.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my seventh year at Shumway Leadership Academy and my first year teaching kindergarten. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and a Post Secondary Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and Post Secondary Degree in Early Childhood Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is unique with different needs and learning styles. I also believe that every child is capable of learning and succeeding in life. My goal is to create not only a safe and positive learning environment that fosters a love of learning and success, but also a place where your child will feel loved and valued.
 

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About White...
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
Room: M2
Phone: 480-812-7462
Email: White

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Welcome!

Hello and Welcome to 3rd Grade! My name is Stacy White and I am so excited about being your child's teacher this year! Born a Chicago Bears fan, I moved from Midwestern Illinois to sunny Arizona in 2003 with my husband and three daughters. Now I am a grandmother of 3 beautiful children who keep me happy and busy! Although we are considered empty nesters, we have 3 dogs that keep us on our toes!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a Special Education degree. Over the years, I have been a Head Start coordinator, Special Education Teacher, Girl Scout leader for nine years, Substitute teacher, and here in AZ, a para educator for both special ed. and regular ed. classes, an Elementary Ed. teacher and Dean of Students. I know I was born to be a teacher because no matter what role I was employed or volunteered for, working with children and their families always filled my heart with joy!

My Educational Philosophy

When I was in 3rd grade, I told my parents that I will be a special education teacher when I grow up and help change the way others accept these unique learners. I believe that ALL students can learn and succeed given the encouragement and opportunity to reach their highest academic achievements! Every child is unique and sometimes finding the ingredient that helps make learning make sense is one of a teacher's most important goal. Creating a warm and caring classroom environment for ALL students is extremely important for me to create positive relationships for educational growth! I will do everything in my power to help my students achieve their potential both academically and socially!
 

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About Zinkhon...
Position: Priority PreK Teacher
Room: Room 9
Phone: 480-812-7439
Email: Zinkhon

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Welcome!

Hi PreK Families!

My Education and Professional Background

My name is Cathy Zinkhon (Ms. Cathy) and I am very excited�to be starting in the Chandler School District this year and especially at Shumway. I am coming from the Mesa School District after being there for the past 10 years. I began in Mesa as an Paraprofessional in a program very similar to the Priority PreK program here in Chandler. After about a year, I knew that I wanted to become a teacher. I have a B.A. in Psychology and my teaching certification in Early Childhood Special Education. A little personal information about me: I'm married and a mom of 2 daughters - one of whom has Autism. I love my pool and making fires in our fire pit to make hot dogs and S'mores. I enjoy watching movies, drinking coffee, and shopping on Amazon!

My Educational Philosophy

My approach to teaching and learning has always been 'You have to reach them, to teach them.' If students are not engaged, if the material isn't relatable to them or interesting to them, the likelihood of them learning and retaining new information is small. As a teacher, part of my job is to take the content and curriculum that is provided and mold and shape it into PreK-sized pieces that students will want to engage in and with. In addition to manipulating and presenting the material to students, as a Special Education teacher, I recognized that children with special needs and all children sometimes need more than just engagement, and they need individual support and instruction at times. Meeting children where they are at in their skill acquisition and moving them forward in their learning is building foundations for future learning.
 

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About Bradley...
Position: Third Grade Teacher
Room: M1
Phone: 480-812-7461
Email: Bradley

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Welcome!

Hi and welcome to Shumway Leadership Academy! I am so excited to get to know each and every one of you! We are going to be learning so many fun and exciting things in third grade. I am from northern California and moved to sunny Arizona four years ago to pursue my teaching career. I can't wait to meet you and I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with my degree in Elementary and Special Education in 2019. I started at Shumway in the Spring of 2020 as a special education teacher. I am excited to be here, and I can't wait for another great year.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all students have something special and unique to offer in our classroom. Throughout the year, I will help students discover their strengths and passions. As their teacher, I will help guide them in the direction of success. In my classroom everyone will be treated with respect and acceptance. Additionally, students will learn what it means to be a leader.
 

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About Telford...
Position: 4th grade
Room: M5
Phone: (480)812-7465
Email: Telford

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Welcome!

I am so excited to be a part of the Shumway Leadership Academy. I have been in education for a number of years and am so happy I am able to be a part of your learning for this academic year. I am originally from the state of Kansas, but have lived in Arizona for the past 28 years. I am married and have two children named Jack and Millie. I can hardly wait until the day we can be together in the same classroom, but in the meantime I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you very soon

My Education and Professional Background

I went to college in Kansas and moved to Arizona when I first began my teaching career. I have taught in 4 different districts, including Chandler Unified District. For the past seven years I have been working in the United Arab Emirates. I first was an Assistant Principal in the government school and then went back to teaching in a private school the past two years, mainly because I missed being with children in a classroom setting.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is that all children have the capacity to learn. We thrive best when we are interested in what we are learning. Presentation of lessons is vital to the learner, and I do my best to make things exciting and engaging. We will learn a lot this year, while having fun at the same time.
 

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About Shaffer...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 4
Phone: (480) 812-7434
Email: Shaffer

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Welcome!

Welcome everyone! Glad you are here! Please use this web page as a resource for our classroom learning and information!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Michigan in 2005. I also have an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems. I have taught in CUSD for many years, primarily working in elementary grades, although I have also taught in junior high. I am so honored to be a Shumway Star!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that we are here to learn together - students, parents, teachers and community members! I choose to make every day a fresh start with endless opportunities. I live for seeing every students light bulb come on! For them to find their strengths, overcome obstacles, persevere and learn! We can do hard things!
 

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About Longanbach...
Position: Special Education Resource Teacher
Room: 20
Phone: 480-812-7472
Email: Longanbach

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Welcome!

My name is Elizabeth Longanbach and I am a part-time resource teacher at Shumway. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping our students reach their goals!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. I completed my Masters degree at GCU in Elementary Education. I have taught the past ten years as a resource teacher in AZ and CA.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student has the ability to reach their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. I enjoy supporting students make progress at their own rate with support from school team member and parents.
 

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About Schoen...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: M4
Phone: 480-812-7464
Email: Schoen

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Schoen's 4th grade classroom! I'm really looking forward to a great year with you!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a dual certification degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in 2019. I spent the remaining 2019-2020 school year teaching 4th grade. I'm happy to be here another year!

My Educational Philosophy

All students have the capability of learning, each of them have a unique and different way of growing. They have special traits that they bring to the table and as their teacher I want to be able to help them find it. I want them to also know that they are valued, loved and are capable of success.
 

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About Foster...
Position: 3rd Grade Teacher
Room: M3
Phone: 480-812-7451
Email: Foster

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Welcome!

Hello and Welcome. My name is Veronica Foster and I am thrilled to be your 3rd grade teacher this year! I am originally from Kentucky, but have lived here most of my life. I live in Gilbert with my wonderful husband Robert and together we have 4 amazing children, Garrett, Brad, Alexandrea and Amanda. In my spare time I love to be with my family, cook, read and work in my garden.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, and received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I began my career with CUSD in 2003 working as a Para while my children were in school and then began substituting. I loved the school environment and working with the children so much, that I decided to start teaching full time. I love learning and am continually taking classes to help me to be the best teacher I can be for

My Educational Philosophy

I have always had a love of learning. As a teacher I hope I can instill this love of learning to my students. I believe in a safe environment. I work hard all year long building a classroom that encourages risk-taking thinking, respect, trust, and a sense of ownership among students. I can only hope that I will inspire my students in a way that creates not only a stimulating environment, but an environment in which they can be creative and thrive.
 

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About Tegtmeyer...
Position: Preschool/Reading
Room: 8
Phone: (480)-812-7438
Email: Tegtmeyer

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Welcome!

Welcome to Preschool! My name is Natalie Tegtmeyer and I am excited to be your child's teacher this year. I live in Chandler, Arizona with my husband, Dan. We have three adult children, Tanner (and a daughter-in-law, Amanda), Taylor and Riley and we love to spend time with them! I am looking forward to a great year. We will have fun learning and growing together in our Preschool classroom.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. I earned my Masters degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I have been teaching Kindergarten in the Chandler Unified School District for 28 years and am so exited to be a Preschool teacher this year!

My Educational Philosophy

It is my goal to foster a love of learning in my students and to encourage them to always do and be their very best. It is important to me to create a safe, nurturing and accepting environment where all children feel valued, respected, and willing to take risks. I look forward to being partners in your child's education.
 

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About Ochs...
Position: First Grade Teacher
Room: 7
Phone: 480-812-7437
Email: Ochs

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Welcome!

Hello Friends! I'm so glad you came by to visit our class website. Here you can find out all of the exciting things we are doing in our First Grade classroom in the Chandler Unified School District at Shumway Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching for early childhood education 12 years. While attending Arizona State University, I had the opportunity to teach preschool. I started teaching two year olds and then the following semester I assisted teaching four year olds. I absolutely fell in love with the way they saw the world when I introduced new things! Once I graduated from Arizona State University, I couldn't wait to teach the primary grades. It was why I went back to school! I was lucky to find a position at Shumway teaching preschool in the morning and kindergarten in the afternoon. I taught full-day kindergarten for 5 years and this is my eighth year teaching first grade! I strive to make learning successful for each child. It is fun to watch the growth the students make in just one 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 a 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, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
 

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About Milkovich...
Position: 1st Grade Teacher
Room: 5
Phone: 480-812-7435
Email: Milkovich

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Welcome!

Welcome to 1st grade. It is an exciting year where the class will learn how to read, write, add, subtract, and work on becoming real-life problem solvers. My goal is for your child to Begin with an end in mind . We will work together to achieve our goals. I look forward to the partnership between myself, my students, and my parents to make this year an outstanding year.

My Education and Professional Background

December 1999 Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an Emphasis on Early Childhood - Northern Arizona University, December 2002 - Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction - Northern Arizona University

My Educational Philosophy

My personal goal is to challenge each individual student and watch them grow to their full potential. I want to help students to accomplish goals at different levels to help them feel successful. In my classroom I would like every child to feel comfortable enough to share their ideas with their fellow classmates and teacher. The classroom is a warm environment where we will succeed with each other..
 

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About Gilbert...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 8
Phone: 480-812-7438
Email: Gilbert

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Welcome!

Hello! And welcome to our classroom website!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with my Bachelor's in Early childhood Education. I then graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2014 with my Master's in Curriculum Instruction with emphasis on Reading. I also attended Chandler schools from 2nd grade until high school graduation! I have worked in the Chandler District for the past 6 years. This is my fourth year at Shumway and my third year in 1st grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child deserves an opportunity for a quality education. Children are our future. We need to educate them, not only in academics, but in life. We are raising tomorrow's leaders. We need to show them their potential and everything they can achieve if they put their minds to it.
 

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About Murphy...
Position: K
Room: 2
Phone: (480) 812-7432
Email: Murphy

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am so pleased that your child will be part of our leaders learning community! Your child's unique gifts can help them learn to their highest potential. Families are a very important part in this process and I look forward to working with you!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a third-generation educator. This is my seventeenth year as a teacher. I began my career in Ohio. I have taught kindergarten, first, and third grade. My husband and I are proud parents of four wonderful children. I received a Master of Education degree from The Ohio State University with certification in elementary education (K-8) and also my Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. In addition to my classroom teaching experiences, I am a classically trained dancer and choreographer. During undergrad I performed as a member of The Ohio State University Dance Company. I have a special interest in working with students in such extracurricular activities as school musicals and other dance and choreographed movement opportunities including being the ballet mistress for a youth dance company, and a teacher of pre-ballet, ballet, and modern dance.

My Educational Philosophy

A teacher is blessed with an opportunity to interact with a student for an entire year. I am involved in the development of a human mind; I witness along with the family the stages the child progresses through life. I feel the greatest reward of teaching is when I see a break through with a student who has been struggling with an aspect of their learning. This is exciting because we accomplished something together. Also, I enjoy the challenge of teaching. Enriching the learning environment for highly motivated student and watching him or her move to the next level or unlocking a puzzle for a child who is struggling is hard work but very rewarding. Finally, I decided to become a teacher because I like learning. The process of acquiring education is an adventure into the unknown. I would like to be a part of a student's adventure and to encourage him or her to take risks and develop his or her own ideas. Teaching is where I want to be!
 

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About Hutchins...
Position: Reading Coach/Specialist
Room: 16
Phone: 480-812-7452
Email: Hutchins

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Welcome!

Welcome to Shumway's Reading All Stars, a place where reading grows and adventures begin! We work with all parents and educators to build fluency, vocabulary, comprehension skills and confidence in our All Star Readers.

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught in the elementary setting for over 17 years and specializing in reading for the past four years. I have a Masters in Elementary Education, with Reading, E.S.L., Early Childhood, and Media Specialist Endorsements.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student is a unique individual academically and emotionally. Each student is the leader of his/her goal setting and learning achievement. It is my responsibility, as an educator, to guide and provide students with the necessary academic tools for them to attain success in reading.
 

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About Shoot...
Position: Library/Media Specialist
Room: Library
Phone: 480-812-7401
Email: Shoot

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Shumway Library! I am extremely excited to combine my passions for teaching and my love of books with the students at Shumway. I pride myself in finding the right book for every student, regardless of their reading level or interests. I am excited to start my 4th year at Shumway Leadership Academy. Let the READING begin!!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my AA in Early Childhood Education from Mira Costa Community College in California. After teaching preschool for 2 years, I obtained my BA in Liberal Studies (teaching emphasis) from San Diego State University and my Elementary Teaching Credential from California State University, San Marcos. I have earned a Reading Specialist, Media Specialist & Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsements. I have experience teaching Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade and 5th grade. I love teaching kids of all ages and the Library is a perfect fit for me!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child is unique, loveable and capable of success! I believe a library should be a warm and welcoming environment and a place where students love to visit. I consider the Shumway Library to be the HUB of our school. I hope to inspire and encourage my kids through diligence and warmth. My ultimate goal for students is to realize that Library has a wealth of information and show students to be able to find that information independently.
 

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About Hernandez...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 3
Phone: (480) 812-7433
Email: Hernandez

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Jackie Hernandez and I am your child's kindergarten teacher! I am very excited to be teaching kindergarten for the 6th year in a row at Shumway. I grew up in Barrington, IL (a northwest suburb of Chicago) and moved to Chandler in June of 2015 with my husband. In October of 2019, we welcomed our son, Roman, into our family! When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, working out and keeping fit, and spending time with my baby and husband, family, and friends.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a degree in elementary education, with specializations in early childhood education and reading education from the University of Iowa. I earned my master’s degree in reading education from National-Louis University. I am also National Board certified in the area of early and middle childhood/literacy: reading language arts. This year will be my 16th year of teaching! My teaching history includes working as a teacher's aide in a self-contained special education classroom, working as a library resource teacher, teaching sixth grade, and teaching kindergarten.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child can learn and deserves the best education based on what they need to become successful and responsible life-long learners. My job is to provide a safe and fun environment where children are free to take risks, while enjoying the learning process. I will strive to teach my students the important components of the kindergarten curriculum at Shumway Leadership Academy, while also inspiring them to love learning.
 

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About Harmon...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: Room 21
Phone: 4808127451
Email: Harmon

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Welcome!

Welcome to Miss Harmon's 3rd Grade class!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I have endorsements in Structured English Immersion and Early Childhood Education. I also have a Master of Arts in Reading with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. I had the privledge of teaching second grade for two years and have been teaching third grade ever since.

My Educational Philosophy

Much like my quote, I am a firm believer in the balance and synchronization of life and learning. It is my philosophy and educational mission to show students how exciting learning can be when looked at the right way. I want students to be curious, compassionate, aware citizens. I feel honored and privileged helping them on their adventure.
 

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About Notley...
Position: EDGE 4-6 grades
Room: 12
Phone: 480-812-7442
Email: Notley

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Notley's Class!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education. Early on in my career, I provided Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention services at the middle school level for a substance abuse prevention program. I have previously taught 4th and 6th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all students have the ability to learn and become the best versions of themselves when given a caring, safe and enriched learning environment.
 

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About Soto...
Position: 5th Grade Teacher
Room: M-5
Phone: 480-812-7465
Email: Soto

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I hope you had an enjoyable summer relaxing and just having a lot of fun. I am excited about the upcoming school year and hope that you share my enthusiasm. I am looking forward to getting to know you better as students, parents, and people. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my expectations for 5th grade.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a native of Arizona and have lived in Mexico and Brazil. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-8 with Emphasis on Early Childhood/Montessori from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii and completed my Masters in Elementary Education with Distinction at Northern Arizona University. I am SEI certified, Bilingual/ESL experienced, and trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese). With over 20 years of diverse classroom experience at the elementary and junior high level, I have the desire to provide all students with an excellent education.

My Educational Philosophy

I have a strong passion to educate young minds and help shape reflective , self-directed learners who think critically and creatively. I believe creating a nurturing, motivational, and stimulating environment encourages ALL students to learn, develop, and succeed. I actively engage students in a variety of manipulatives, hands-on activities, and cooperative learning projects which accommodates multiple intelligences and incorporates differentiated instructional strategies. In my class students have an active role as part of a team, taking responsibility for their actions and problem solving to achieve success for ALL!
 

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About Hartnett...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: M-4
Phone: 480-812-7464
Email: Hartnett

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I am so excited to begin the school year and see all the progress that is made this year! Fifth graders will be experiencing many new and exciting hands on projects, writing assignments, and real-life applications of the curriculum. Fifth grade is an extremely pivotal time for students-a unique time because it is the bridge between the primary grades and middle school. Each student will be guided to excel to the best of their ability, both academically and socially.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University and graduated in 2011. This will be my fifth year teaching. I previously taught in the Balsz School District, teaching both fourth and fifth grade. Teaching has always been a passion of mine from the time I was a small child. I know that it is my true calling!

My Educational Philosophy

I want to make learning memorable and fun for all students. I believe that all students are unique and can learn. Not every child learns the same way and no one knows your child better than you. I believe that having a strong partnership between teachers and parents can help students to be their most effective selves. I welcome your support and input in the effort to help your child reach their individual goals this school year. I also believe that each child deserves an individualized education, based on their needs. This helps to ensure that each child can reach their greatest potential in fifth grade. Most importantly, I want to encourage students to become lifelong learners and love learning new things.
 

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About Dziczek...
Position: 5th and 6th grade band
Room: band
Phone: 480-812-7413
Email: Dziczek

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Welcome!

Welcome! Poke around, learn a thing or two, ask for whatever you need that you don't see here.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor of Music in Education from The College of New Jersey. I began teaching in 1999 and took two years off to move to Arizona and acquire a Master of Education in Counseling from Arizona State University. I am National Board Certified in Early and Middle Childhood Music with an emphasis in band. I have given nine clinics at professional conferences, conducted the Peoria Junior High Honor Band and the Arizona 6th Grade All State Band, and have written a beginning band curriculum that I use with my 5th graders.

My Educational Philosophy

Every student can do it. Some need more help in acquiring skills. Some need more help in acquiring motivation. Some need more help in lessening fear of failure. (You can't play an instrument well if you are afraid to fail.) I do my best to meet the needs of all of my students, setting in motion a lifelong love of music.
 

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About Rea...
Position: Self-Contained Special Education K-3 and Department Chair
Room: 13
Phone: 480-812-7443
Email: Rea

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Jamie Rea and I am one of the self-contained special education teachers at Shumway Leadership Academy. I work with students in grades kindergarten through third grade.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 2013 with a dual major in elementary education and special education. I taught third grade for two years, resource for three and a half years and I just made the switch to a self-contained classroom.

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.
 

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About Navarrete...
Position: Second
Room: 14
Phone: (480) 812-7444
Email: Navarrete

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Welcome!

Welcome to our site!

My Education and Professional Background

This is my twelfth year teaching second grade at Shumway. Before that, I taught third grade in Tucson for a little less than a year. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona. GO WILDCATS! I also received my masters degree from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every student has the potential to be successful! I enjoy seeing students realize this on their own. In my classroom, we use a lot of hands-on activities and try to make learning fun and memorable. I hope to motivate my students to always put forth their best effort and know that the sky is the limit! I also believe it is very important to have a teacher-parent-student relationship. The connection between home and school really does make a difference for each child
 

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About Saenz...
Position: Technology
Room: 17
Phone: (480)812-7447
Email: Saenz

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Welcome!

Welcome to Technology Lab!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education k-8. I taught 4th and 5th grade in New Mexico for 8 years before moving to Arizona. I joined our amazing Shumway community in 2012 and have had the opportunity to teach 6th grade and 4th grade. Now I have the privilege to teach all Shumway Stars as the new STEM and Technology Lab Teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe learning is gained through hard work. It is a process of overcoming mistakes and challenging one's ability by stretching beyond their comfort zone. It is my job to provide them with the tools and guide them toward success.
 

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About Ahsan...
Position: 2nd grade
Room: 18
Phone: (480) 812-7448
Email: Ahsan

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs.Ahsan's classroom website!

My Education and Professional Background

I attended and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Special and Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. During my time at NAU I had the opportunity to work with students in multiple settings. Both in the general education and special education classrooms I worked with students of varying ages and abilities, helping them and guiding them towards their academic and social goals.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is centered on the belief that children are unique individuals with extraordinary personalities & remarkable abilities. Based on my belief about the distinct abilities of children, I will create a learning environment that recognizes the varying skills among all my students & that caters to their diverse needs & learning styles. My classroom will be the place where my students would feel safe as they participate in their learning & gain effective learning experience.
 

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About Flynn...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: M-6
Phone: 480-812-7466
Email: Flynn

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Welcome!

Welcome to my website. Thank you for visiting.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with honors from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. My degree is in both, elementary education and special education. Before education I had two successful careers in automotive and home loans. As a teacher I have had 5 years of teaching and learning in a variety of special education and general education classrooms.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that education is only useful if you know what to do with the information gained. Within my classroom walls, I create experiences for students to use their new found knowledge. These experiences happen because there is a trust between classmates, where mistakes are proof that we are trying and correct answers are not what we are always looking for.
 

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About Rahberger...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 24
Phone: 480-812-7454
Email: Rahberger

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Rahberger's Class! Third grade is a very special and important year. Your child is now beginning their journey from the primary grades to the intermediate grades, which requires more responsibility and higher expectations in the classroom. I am honored to get to guide and support them along the way during this exciting time in their life.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my 15th year as an elementary education teacher and my fourth year at Shumway. My teaching experience includes 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and Reading for grades 3-6. I am an Arizona State University graduate. Go Devils! I have a degree in Elementary Education with an SEI Endorsement for grades K-12. I also earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I love being a part of the wonderful community at Shumway Leadership Academy!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all students can learn when they are accepted for who and where they are in their educational journey. I value the importance of establishing relationships with my students as well as their families. I believe in preparing students to become productive members of society by empowering them to become leaders in our classroom and beyond.
 

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About Tate...
Position: Speech and Language
Room: Psy Room
Phone: (480) 812-7406
Email: Tate

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Welcome!

Welcome to Speech at Shumway this year! My name is Christina Tate and I am the Speech Language Pathology Assistant working with students at Shumway on Thursdays and Fridays. I have been working in the district since 2014 and am a former student of CUSD as well. I am looking forward to another great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2013 from Arizona State University. I have worked with children from ages 2 to 20, both in the home and school settings

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is that all children are capable and have the right to learn and be heard.
 

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About Sawyer...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: M6
Phone: 480-812-7466
Email: Sawyer

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Welcome!

Welcome to fourth grade! I am confident that we will have a fantastic year. I have been busy planning lessons and activities that will challenge the students to grow both academically and socially.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from NAU in 2016 with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. This is my fourth year teaching 4th grade. I love being a Shumway Star!

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is to challenge my students and have them make a difference in the world. When the voice of each student is heard, and environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves. It is my desire as educator for all students to feel welcome, comfortable, and help them meet their fullest potential.
 

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About Horvath...
Position: Music
Room: Vocal Music Room
Phone: (480)812-7412
Email: Horvath

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Welcome!

What music verb did you use today? Create? Sing? Dance? Write? Cooperate? Analyze? Perform? These are a few of the verbs students engage in during general music class with me, Mrs. Horvath. I am very passionate about providing students an educational experience that encompasses all aspects of the wonderful world of music.

My Education and Professional Background

In 1991, I proudly became a teacher in Wisconsin, where I lived, until I moved to Arizona in 2016. I excitedly became a member of the Shumway Leadership Academy family in 2017! I have taught students in grades 4K-8th grade. I received my Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis in vocal and general music from Alverno College (Milwaukee Wisconsin) in 1991. Later, I returned to Alverno College and in 2007 earned my Masters of Arts in Education Degree with an emphasis in Administrative Leadership and Instructional Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

Respectful. Responsible. Problem-Solvers. This is an abbreviated version of my philosophy of education that I keep posted in my classroom. It serves as a daily reminder to all that enter the room of our overall goal. This philosophy fosters an engaged classroom that results in increased student learning and creation. I believe it is my responsibility to use every moment I am with students to encourage and inspire their love for learning, music, creativity, solutions, and kindness.
 

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About De Anda...
Position: 2nd Grade Teacher
Room: 15
Phone: 480-812-7445
Email: De Anda

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Welcome!

Welcome to our 2nd Grade website! It is going to be an amazing year of learning in 2nd grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I obtained my bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University. I also have a Masters Degree in Teacher Leadership from University of Phoenix. I have taught second grade ten years.

My Educational Philosophy

I intend to create a learning environment where all students feel valued and comfortable in taking learning risks. Taking learning risks will challenge students to use critical thinking and problem solving skills that are needed in today's world. I believe in motivating students to be critical thinkers, to show their personal best, and strive to achieve their learning goals. A strong partnership between students, families, and colleagues is necessary to ensure learner growth. I will help students to feel motivated about learning, be proud of their achievements and understand positive choices that keep them on a path to a bright future.
 

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About Lawlor...
Position: 5th, 6th, and Junior High Orchestra
Room: Stage
Phone: 480-812-7413
Email: Lawlor

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Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to Shumway Leadership Academy! My name is Miss Lawlor and I am the orchestra teacher. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

My Education and Professional Background

Miss Lawlor studied viola under Jacquelyn Schwandt at NAU where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. While attending NAU, she was an active member in the NAU Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras. Miss Lawlor also participated in the Suzuki training program at NAU. In her youth, she was a member of many orchestral groups including, the Arizona Youth Symphony, the East Valley Youth Symphony, and the Mesa Community College Community Orchestra. She also studied piano for 13 years under the instruction of Franchesa Retford. Before attending NAU, she was an assistant Suzuki strings instructor with Kevin Huang, a professional violinist from Julliard, and she volunteered at Blackbird Music Studio teaching a Suzuki violin class on Saturday mornings. Before joining the Chandler School District, Miss Lawlor was an orchestra director at Queen Creek Middle School and Gateway Preparatory Academy. She currently runs a private studio after school teaching piano and string lessons.

My Educational Philosophy

Music is an academic discipline. It incorporates aspects of math, language, history, reading, and science. It exercises the entire human brain with lessons in technique, rhythm, vocabulary, and notes reading. Students who participate in musical instruction benefit across all academic subjects. I believe every student can learn to appreciate music. Music transcends all other forms of communication. Student participation in orchestral groups encourages an environment of teamwork and self-discipline. It is exciting to watch students of varying abilities come together to achieve a common musical goal. It is my job to help students discover their individual musical potential and to help them develop a lifelong appreciation for this dynamic art.
 

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About Corbin...
Position: ELD
Room: 1
Phone: (480)812-7431
Email: Corbin

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Welcome!

Welcome to Shumway! I am proud to be part of the Shumway family of Shining Stars and to spend my day with our astounding students! This year, I am honored to be teaching English and to watch our children grow and develop into amazing Leaders!

My Education and Professional Background

As an NAU Lumberjack, I graduated with my BA in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in ESL. I continued on at NAU to complete my Masters Degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education. My first teaching position in 1994, was here in Chandler at Humphrey Elementary School in Second and Third Grades. After many years of teaching English and Reading in our community colleges and ASU, I returned home to CUSD as the Title I Coordinator and now the ELD/ILLP Teacher at Shumway Leadership Academy.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my personal belief that all of us have unique gifts, talents, and purpose. As an educator, I strive to help my students find their strengths and success in a safe and welcoming environment. I believe education should be cooperative, fun, and the basis of creating life long learners! Here at Shumway, this passion for growing up Leaders in our world, and finding the greatness in all of us, is guiding our classroom communities. I hope to cultivate a spirit of pride, honor, leadership, kindness, and knowledge as we celebrate the successes of our individual learners and community!
 

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About Koehler...
Position: Math 6th grade
Room: M2
Phone: (480) 812-7461
Email: Koehler

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Welcome!

Welcome to the 6th grade! I am excited to have a successful year of learning!

My Education and Professional Background

This will be my tenth year teaching in Arizona. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Phoenix in 2009. My previous teaching experience includes 6th, 7th and 8th grade math and science. I am excited to share my passion for learning with the sixth grade students here at Shumway!

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential. I believe in setting high expectations and provide meaningful instruction. I have the desire to provide all students the skills necessary to be successful.
 

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About Schnepf...
Position: Special Education Resource
Room: 26
Phone: (480)-812-7405
Email: Schnepf

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Welcome!

Welcome to the resource class! My name is Taylor Schnepf and I am one of the resource teachers at Shumway. I am working with kindergarten through sixth grade students this year, but love to say hi to anyone else that comes by!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a dual certified degree in Elementary and Special Education in December of 2018. I started out as just an elementary education major but then switch to being dual certified and am incredibly happy with it and everything it has brought to me!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student should come to school feeling accepted and ready to learn no matter who they are or where they came from. I believe that there is great potential in every student and I love to see it being used. I think students need to have fun but be pushed so they can truly succeed.
 

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About Hughes...
Position: First Grade
Room: 6
Phone: (480)812-7436
Email: Hughes

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade at Shumway Elementary School. I am so excited about getting to know your family. We will learn to do so many exciting things in first grade. Your child will learn to read, write stories, add, subtract and so much more! I hope to make this year a fun and exciting one!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching since 1988. I hold a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Missouri State University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University and hold Early Childhood and SEI Endorsements. Prior to moving to Arizona in 1996, I taught third grade for two years and first grade for six years in Springfield, Missouri. I have been teaching at Shumway since moving to Arizona. I taught Kindergarten for seven years but I truly love teaching first grade and was so excited when I had the opportunity to do so again. The most wonderful thing about teaching first grade is seeing the tremendous progress that each child makes during the year. My goal is that each child will develop a love for learning and feel successful each and every day in our classroom. I am so proud to teach at Shumway Elementary with a staff that is dedicated to academic excellence.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child will bring something unique and special to our classroom. I will help children develop their potential by believing in them as individuals and helping them learn to believe in themselves. My role as their teacher is to give them the tools to help them learn. I will teach to each child's needs so that all students are successful. My classroom is a caring, safe and accepting environment where all who are here are treated with respect. Students are taught to become responsible for themselves as well as responsible for their own learning. Learning is a continuous process. The children learn from each other, from me and I learn something new every year from them!
 

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About Craddock...
Position: Opportunity Teacher, 2nd-3rd Grade
Room: Room 11
Phone: 4808127441
Email: Craddock

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Cara Craddock. I am the teacher for the 2nd and 3rd grade Opportunity Program classroom here at Shumway Leadership Academy.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Saint Catherine University and my masters of education in curriculum and instruction of applied behavior analysis from Arizona State University. I am currently completing my Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentials. I have 5 years of experience in the classroom and the study and modification of behavior is my passion!

My Educational Philosophy

All students can learn through fun, differentiated instruction, structured choice, compassion, and empathy for the learner's needs and data driven decision-making.
 

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About Bisceglia...
Position: 6th Grade Social Studies and Reading Teacher
Room: M-2
Phone: (480)812-7462
Email: Bisceglia

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th Grade Social Studies and Reading. This year we will be focusing on Ancient Cultures and using non-fiction reading skills to learn about the past. We will be diving in and learning about Ancient Cultures and discovering how these cultures helped share our world today.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree in elementary education from Regis University in Denver Colorado and my Master's Degree from NAU. I taught 6th grade for 1 year in Mesa, 4th and 5th grade for 4 years at EDUPRIZE in Queen Creek, and 4th and 5th grade for 6 years with Denver Public Schools in Denver, Colorado.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all students are unique and need to be treated like individuals. They all have something special to bring to the classroom and I will work with them to help them let their individuality shine. I have high expectations for my students and work with them to help them reach those expectations. I encourage question and then help give the students the tools to seek the answers on their own. As a teacher, part of my job is to prepare my students to become well rounded adults who positively contribute to their communities. My goal is to help my students see their potential and set goals to reach it.
 

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About Simmons...
Position: Priority Preschool Teacher
Room: Room 10
Phone: 480-812-7440
Email: Simmons

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Welcome!

Welcome to the wonderful world of Miss Lisa's Priority Preschool classroom!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from NAU in 1986 with a dual major in special education and early childhood education; I have taught special education for the past 26 years in Irving, Texas, Peoria, Mesa, and now Chandler. I have worked as a self-contained teacher as well as an itinerant (traveling) teacher. It is my dream to spend the final 8-10 years of my career enjoying educational adventures with young children in Room 10 at Shumway Leadership Academy.

My Educational Philosophy

A warm smile, kind eyes, and a gentle touch communicates more than any words that might come out of my mouth. It is my job to inspire children to love school and the process of learning. Creating a safe and nurturing environment is important to me as we will soon become a classroom family .
 

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About Rycroft...
Position: Teacher - EDGE K-3
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-329-3015
Email: Rycroft

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to EDGE! I hope that we have the best year together and I cannot wait to enjoy this time with your child!

My Education and Professional Background

Registered Behavior Technician Bachelor's Degree in Educational Studies

My Educational Philosophy

My personal mission for my classroom and students is to challenge and further my students' academics, flexibility, independence and social aspects of their day. I believe that learning and growing should never stop for any child or myself; especially at the classroom door. I want to provide an environment where every child is supported individually and with as much respect as they deserve. I look forward to learning and utilizing as many strategies and information as I can to help my students co
 

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About Guthrie...
Position: Physical Education Teacher
Room: Multi Purpose room
Phone: 480-812-7415
Email: Guthrie

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to Shumway Leadership Academy physical education page. My name is Mr. Guthrie, and I am the PE teacher. Feel free to contact me any time if you have any questions.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a bachelors degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and am currently working on my masters for educational leadership at Concordia Nebraska. This is my 9th year as a P.E. teacher, with eight of it being taught in St. Paul Minnesota. This is my first year teaching in Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all children can learn regardless of circumstance.
 

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About Green...
Position: Sixth Grade Teacher
Room: M3
Phone: 480-812-7463
Email: Green

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Welcome!

Hello Shumway Stars! Welcome to Sixth grade!

My Education and Professional Background

Ottawa University - graduated 2000 Lock Haven University

My Educational Philosophy

All students require support, practice and time to achieve their learning goals. Teach with patience and passion.
 

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