About Abrahamson...
Subject / Grade Band
Room: C16
Phone: (480) 224-3600
Email: Abrahamson
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning ."
-- Plato

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Welcome!

Welcome to band at Patterson Elementary! I am excited to spend another year teaching our 5th and 6th graders to make wonderful music in band. Please familiarize yourself with the resources on this website, and always feel free to contact me with any questions.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin. Prior to graduating, I completed my teaching internship at Roberto Clemente High School in inner-city Chicago where I taught band and steel band. I began teaching music in CUSD in 2005 and since then I have taught at Basha High School, Payne Junior High School, Chandler Traditional Junior High (now ACP Oakland), Patterson Elementary, Weinberg Elementary, Santan Elementary, Haley Elementary, CTA Freedom Elementary, and Humphrey Elementary. Subjects that I have taught include elementary band, junior high band, jazz band, AP music theory, general music, and steel band. I have been involved in the Chandler Academy for the Performing Arts (CAPA), and am currently in the process of earning my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.

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About Ackerman...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: A12
Phone: (480)224-3642
Email: Ackerman
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he could and might be, he will become what he ought to be."
-- Goethe

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Welcome!

Hello! Please allow me to introduce myself. I was raised in a teaching family in my native state of Washington. In 1987 I graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. I was a professional flutist for several years while I began raising a family. Since that time, I have mothered four permanent and sixteen foster children. I added two adult children in 2010 when I remarried.

My Education and Professional Background

Throughout the years I spent countless hours in schools as a volunteer, aide, and substitute teacher before I became a teacher in 2009. I worked with the emotionally disabled children for several years at Patterson before becoming a 1st-grade CTA teacher here. I have extensive experience with children who have special needs. My children have experienced physical disabilities (arthritis, dwarfism, heart problems), learning disabilities (brain injury), visual impairment (cortical blindness), I am comfortable with medical issues because of years of living in and out of hospitals. I also have experience with accellerated learners, thanks to son number two, who now works in the US Army Intelligence Division as a Ranger.

My Educational Philosophy

I regard each child as an individual with different interests and abilities. My favorite thing to do is to figure out what makes a child tick and then see how far they can go with help.
 

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About Mogowski...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: A10
Phone: (480) 224-3640
Email: Mogowski
"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
-- C.S. Lewis

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Welcome!

Welcome to First Grade! I am thrilled to be able to teach your child this year. We will be making new discoveries, learning, and growing daily. My goal is for your child to come to school excited and leave enriched.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from NAU with my Bachelors in Education. Before coming to Patterson spent 8 years teaching first grade and 2 years teaching second grade. I have been at Patterson since 2015. It is my delight and joy to teach children.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to instill a love of learning into every student I teach. I believe that if a student enjoys school when they are young, that love for learning will continue throughout their education. This foundation is critical in building lifelong learners. I believe we never stop learning and making new discoveries. I love to learn and am excited about our daily activities. I strive to pass that excitement onto my students. In my classroom students know they are important, valued, and capable of success.
 

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About Barnett...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B12
Phone: 480-224-3672
Email: Barnett
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
-- Charles R. Swindoll

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th Grade! I am originally from West Lafayette, Indiana. My wife, Julie, is a physical therapist and my daughter, Jalelle, is a 7th grader this year at San Tan Junior High. We have 2 cats (GiGi and Lem Lem). I am a US Army Veteran and very thankful for all who have served. Fun Facts: I love Africa and Asia, I travel there every chance I get.

My Education and Professional Background

I have many years of teaching experience and have been at Patterson since 2013. My education background includes a Bachelors from Purdue University and a Masters from The University of Arizona. GO CATS! I have a K-8 Teaching Certificate, Principal Certificate, and a K-12 Gifted Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that if you create an environment where kids can feel safe and have fun, they are going to learn. When parents tell me that their child loves to come to school and is excited about learning, then I know that I have done my job well.
 

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About Barz...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: A19
Phone: 480-224-3649
Email: Barz
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Hello, I'm Mrs. Barz! I am married and have two children. I enjoy scrapbooking and vacationing at Disneyland or Disneyworld. My family has also discovered Disney Cruising!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. I also have a Reading Endorsement, Early Childhood Endorsement, and SEI Endorsement. This is my 25th year of teaching in the Chandler Unified School District. I have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and resource. I thoroughly enjoy teaching second grade! We get to do so many fun and exciting things. I know we are going to have a great year!

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is to challenge my students and watch them grow to their full potential. I want to help in their development of becoming well-rounded citizens. I believe that is is important to enjoy the students and everything that they have to offer.
 

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About Boyd...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: A13
Phone: (480)224-3643
Email: Boyd
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Welcome!

Hello! My family and I moved from southern California to Arizona. I currently live in Gilbert with my husband, David, our 3 children and 3 dogs. My oldest son, Jake, is an avid reader and writer and is a recent graduate from ASU. My middle son, Nick, is attending CGCC and will be is working part time at Old Navy. He and his dad love playing sand volleyball. My youngest, Brenna, is attending NAU on a Lumberjack Scholarship. I love to read, play games with my family, swim and shop.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Ottawa University. I began teaching Kindergarten in 1990. After teaching for 2 years I became a Child Abuse Counselor at an emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children. I worked in that capacity for 6 years. I then stayed home with my children for the next 6 years. When my youngest child began first grade I came back to teaching and began teaching 1st grade in 2005. In 2008 I was fortunate enough to become a 1st grade teacher at Patterson and helped open the school. In 2015 I moved up to second grade. I am so excited I did because I LOVE second grade!

My Educational Philosophy

Welcome to second grade. This will be a very important year for your child. Our classroom is a community of learners where the students support one another and everyone is treated with respect. Teamwork and cooperative learning is a very important part of our daily learning. The students will continue to learn how to be a responsible student and become more independent learners. Second grade is a time to learn good habits that will help them as they grow from year to year.It is important to me that we work as a team to make your child's experience in second grade the best it can possibly be.
 

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About Bragg...
Subject / Grade Physical Education
Room: C30
Phone: (480) 224-3615
Email: Bragg
"What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it."
-- Dean Smith (UNC Basketball Coach).

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Welcome!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I'm privileged to be able to teach Elementary Physical Education this year at Patterson and Hancock Elementary Schools. I also Coach High School Football at Hamilton High School. My wife and I live in the Chandler Community and our two daughters attend Jacobson Elementary School. Chandler is a great place to live and raise a family. If your child is in my PE Class, and you have a question or concern, the best way to reach me is through e-mail.

My Education and Professional Background

Master's Degree/Educational Leadership/Northern Arizona University, Bachelor's Degree/Physical Education/University of South Florida, United States Air Force/Military Police/Security Forces/Operation Desert Storm Veteran, Teaching and Coaching Experience consists of over 14 years teaching and coaching students K-12 (Alternative, Special Needs, Elementary, Secondary, Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Head Junior Varsity Football Coach, Special Olympics Coach).

My Educational Philosophy

As a Physical Education Teacher in Chandler Unified School District, my goal is to use multiple sports and activities as a tool to make a positive impact on students now and in the future. If I can teach a primary student the concept of spacial awareness, fundamental throwing, catching, and kicking skills, he or she will be prepared to participate in any youth sports organizations throughout the community. My goal is to also teach and demonstrate fair play. Secondary students will learn how to give maximum effort and demonstrate good sportsmanship with teammates and opponents regardless if they win or lose. If students are active, research says that his/her performance will improve in the classroom.
 

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About Chase...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B10
Phone: 480-224-3670
Email: Chase
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops."
-- Henry Brooks Adams

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Welcome!

I grew up on a farm in Iowa where we had pigs, horses, goats, chickens, cows, cats, dogs, and turkeys at one time or another. I learned to drive on a tractor and was a pro at pulling the manure spreader. Sometimes I miss the smell of hay, but I sure don't miss the smell of the hog house! My husband, Mike, works for a finance company as well as the NFL. Tyler graduated from ASU and is now teaching algebra at Chandler High School. Ethan is attending ASU where he is studying nursing.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my BA from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990 and moved to Arizona in July of that same year. I began my teaching career at Toltec Elementary (near Casa Grande) where I taught 3rd grade until 1998. I moved to Chandler and taught 1st grade for a year at Shumway, then moved to 5th grade in 1999. I earned my MA from Northern Arizona University in 2001. I joined the Patterson Pride in the fall of 2013.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child is able to grow and experience success, whether it be intellectually, socially, and/or emotionally. In order for growth and success to happen, the environment surrounding that student must feel safe and support risk-taking along with sharing of ideas.That means my role is to be a guide, allow curiosity to direct learning, and promote respect for others.
 

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About Chavez...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: A9
Phone: 480 224-3639
Email: Chavez
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to First Grade! My name is Dianna Chavez & I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year. This will be my 8th year at Patterson & I feel very blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of teachers, parents, and students. I look forward to learning & growing with your child throughout the year.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education with an ELL Endorsement. I started teaching right after I graduated in Mesa Public Schools where I taught First Grade for 4 years, and Second grade for one year. I continued working in Mesa Public Schools until I had my youngest son, Aidan in 2003 & then became a stay-at-home mom for 6 years. I slowly went back into teaching by teaching preschool at Lil Einsteins in Gilbert for 5 years. It was there, that I met my wonderful friend, Mrs. Schibi (who teaches 4th grade here at Patterson). She suggested that I come to Patterson for an interview to teach First Grade & here I am...7 years later & love every minute of it.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each child is unique & special in their own way. In believing that, I also feel as a teacher, I need to always look for a variety of teaching methods so each child's needs can be met. I want all my students to feel successful & celebrate their learning each day. I want to instill a sense of community in our classroom so each child knows they are a part of something very important. I want them to feel comfortable participating in class and I want them to know they can walk into our classroom each day and feel comfortable being themselves. In developing that sense of community I also feel parental involvement is extremely important during the school year, and I look forward to working with all of you to help your child be successful in first grade!
 

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About Cosper...
Subject / Grade 3rd grade
Room: D1
Phone: 480-224-3681
Email: Cosper
"Just remember, football is 80% mental and 40% physical."
-- The Movie Little Giants

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mr. Cosper's 3rd grade class. I am excited to get the year started and get these kids to where they need to be by the end of the year. We have a long way to go and I can't wait to see what these kids can do.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Gilbert High School in 2001. I attended Ottawa University and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education in 2005 as well as my masters in Educational Leadership in 2009. This will be my 11th year teaching. I taught for a year in the Florence District teaching kindergarten. I spent eight years in the Queen Creek District where I taught 1st grade for three years, 2nd grade for 4 years, and 4th grade for one year. This is my second year here at Patterson where I teach 3rd grade.

My Educational Philosophy

Education to me is very important for every student no matter who they are or where they come from. It is necessary for students to work their hardest, try their best, and make mistakes so that they can grow and reach their highest potential. School is just one form of education for a child. I believe that extracurricular activities, whether they are physical or mental, play a huge role in the outcome of a child's academics and success.
 

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About Dwyer...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: D4
Phone: 480-224-3684
Email: Dwyer
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to third grade! It is a year full of responsibilities and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to a great and exciting year.

My Education and Professional Background

This is my 25th year teaching, 23 in the Chandler District, and my fourth year at Patterson. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and 5th grade. This will be my fourth year teaching 3rd grade. I graduated from NAU in 1991 with a degree in elementary education. In 1996 I went back and got my masters in Educational Leadership at NAU, but decided I loved the classroom too much to leave.

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 Glander...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B13
Phone: (480)224-3673
Email: Glander
"A person who wants something will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

I take the responsibility you as parents have placed on me very seriously.I look forward to working with you as a team helping our students reach their goals.

My Education and Professional Background

In 2001, I received my bachelor's degree from Boise State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. In 2009, I received my master's degree from University of Phoenix in Elementary Education. In August of 2015 I recieved my Masters in Administration. I began teaching in 2009 and joined the Patterson team in 2010. I have worked with many teams and groups since joining the Patterson staff and look forward to new adventures.

My Educational Philosophy

My objective as your child's teacher is not to just have students succeed academically, but prepare each child for tomorrow. After 180 days I want students to walk out of my classroom with life-long skills, knowledge, and a strong work ethic. I believe hard work conquers all, confidence is a key part of success and kindness opens up doors. I want to instill that in my students. School is not just about information learned, but it's about who we are and who we want to become.
 

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About Hoppal...
Subject / Grade Technology
Room: B22
Phone: 480-224-3605
Email: Hoppal
"It's okay to not know but it's not okay to not try."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Technology Lab!! I am so excited to help your child develop the 21st century skills needed for them to be successful in their current and future endeavors.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University and received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2008. Shortly after I received my Masters degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2010. In 2017, I earned my second Masters in STEM Leadership. I have been teaching at Patterson since the school opened in 2008, so this is my second home. I have taught third, fourth, and now technology.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as an educator is to challenge every student to go beyond where they thought possible. I want foster relationships with the students and families because when we work togther we provide the best education for each child.
 

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About Hough...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B7
Phone: (480)224-3667
Email: Hough
"Never, never, never, never give up."
-- Winston Churchill

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Welcome!

Welcome to fifth grade! I'm Beth Hough and I'm very excited to be your child's fifth grade teacher! Since joining Patterson, I've taught resource (K-3) and first grade, and this will be my fourth year teaching fifth. Additionally, I'm a very busy mom of three, all of whom attended CUSD since kindergarten. My daughters Baylee and Ally with both be attending ASU this fall, and my son Brian is a freshman at Basha HS.

My Education and Professional Background

I completed my Masters in Education at ASU and prior to that, earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!). Prior to teaching I was a stay-at-home mom and before that I held a variety of positions in the business sector. My love of teaching my own children is what led me to pursue teaching as a second career.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy as an educator is to help each of my students reach their individual full potential.
 

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About Hufford...
Subject / Grade Media Specialist
Room: B21
Phone: 480-224-3621
Email: Hufford
"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks."
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

I am thrilled to introduce myself as Media Specialist at Patterson. As a classroom teacher for 15 years, my passion has always been to create a love for literacy with my students. Now I have the opportunity to inspire all of the students who enter Patterson’s doors! My goal is to create a welcoming environment where everyone belongs. In addition to appreciating literature, students will practice life skills of collaborating, problem solving, and communicating productively with others.

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor of Science in Education from Grand Canyon University and a Masters in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University Reading Endorsement from Northern Arizona University

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that a successful teacher builds relationships with students. Once that relationship is formed the learning potentional grows! Students buy in to what we are teaching. They desire to please us, and in turn we celebrate their successes and growth. The greatest result of this relationship cycle is that our students develop confidence in themselves. Once a child believes he can accomplish something, he can literally accomplish anything! And it all starts with that relationship.
 

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About Kaesler...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B11
Phone: 480-224-3671
Email: Kaesler
"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations."
-- Bob Beauprez

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Welcome!

Welcome to fourth grade and thank you for visiting my homepage. My name is Kyle Kaesler and I am excited to be your child’s 4th grade teacher. I am married to a wonderful woman named Sarah who is a speech pathologist. She and I have three sons and one daughter whose ages range from 9 to 20. I am an Arizona native who enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and playing sports.

My Education and Professional Background

In 2001, I graduated from Ottawa University with a degree in elementary education. I received my master’s degree from NAU in 2004. I began my teaching career in the Queen Creek School District. During my time in Queen Creek, I worked for 13 years as a fourth grade teacher prior to joining the Patterson staff. While at Patterson, I taught 5th grade classic for five years. Next year, I will be returning to 4th grade where I will be teaching CTA.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe students are limited only by the expectations we provide them with. I believe students will arrive and achieve what we as teachers and parents expect from them no matter how lofty they appear on the onset.
 

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About Walden...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: A16
Phone: 480-224-3646
Email: Walden
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am so excited to be your teacher this year. A little about myself... I was born in Michigan but grew up in Florida and Arizona. I love the warmer weather! I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. During my free time I like camping and being outdoors or just hanging out with my husband, our dog, and our two cats. I also enjoy shopping and watching college football on Saturdays. I am so very proud to be part of the Patterson family!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of Arizona State University...Go Sun Devils! I received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications in 2001 and earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 2010. I also have an endorsement in Structured English Immersion. Previously, I worked as a paraprofessional in grades 3rd, 5th & 6th at Basha Elementary School.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist children in discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.
 

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About Kross...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B8
Phone: (480) 224-3668
Email: Kross
"All things are difficult before they are easy."
-- Thomas Fuller

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Welcome!

Welcome! Allow me to introduce myself. I grew up in Wisconsin and moved out to Arizona in 1991. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful daughter who is starting college this year in Minnesota. I love to play the piano, read, watch my daughter play soccer and play with my family's two dogs. I look forward to getting to know all of you this year.

My Education and Professional Background

A few years after graduating with a bachelors degree in psychology from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, I received my teaching certificate from ASU. I taught 6th grade for 7 years in the Pendergast School District before moving out to the East Valley. Since then, I taught 5th grade at Goodman Elementary and 6th grade for Weinberg (when Weinberg 6th grade was located on Payne Jr. High's campus). Since 2008 I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach 5th grade here at Patterson Elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

I love to teach because I enjoy helping children learn. I believe all children are capable of doing amazing things. My job is to give them tools to become the best person they can be. Learning is not always easy, and I am here to help students achieve more than they think they can.
 

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About Manmano...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A5
Phone: 480-224-3635
Email: Manmano
"Everything that you imagine, you can do.... And whatever you dream will come true"
-- Learning is not a spectator sport. ~Anonymous

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Welcome!

Kindergarten at Patterson is a great place to be everyday! We do a lot of learning and a lot of having fun. I look forward to enjoying your child each day this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. Later, I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I have Early Childhood and English Language endorsements also. I love being a teacher and love learning!

My Educational Philosophy

Each day when a child comes to kindergarten, they should expect to discover new things and practice old skills while becoming respectful, responsible, and caring citizens of their kindergarten classroom.
 

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About Miller...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: A18
Phone: 480-224-3648
Email: Miller
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Hi! I am Courtney Miller! I am from Chandler, Arizona. I have a dog, Carolina, who I spend a lot of time with! I love to hike, read, and travel to new and exciting places. I am a big ASU fan. I love nothing more than going to Sun Devil Stadium for a football game!

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University and graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Human Communication. I also recieved my Master's Degree in Education from Arizona State University. I started my teaching career in Tucson, Arizona. I then moved back to Chandler and joined the Patterson team in 2012. I am so excited that I have found my home here.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals. I love to help children discover who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. Ideally, I would love the world to be a place where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, because that is what makes life so fascinating.
 

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About Redford...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A1
Phone: (480) 224-3631
Email: Redford
"Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try."
-- Gail Devers

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Pride! Kindergarten is a great place to be!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my B.A.E. and M.Ed. at Arizona State University. I have endorsements in the areas of Early Childhood Education and English as a Second Language Education.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is that the greatest asset a child can have is the love of learning. I believe if we work together we can create an environment where children are excited to learn and give their best effort in all that they do. Each day is a new opportunity to achieve more than the day before.
 

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About Richie...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A7
Phone: 480-224-3637
Email: Richie
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Welcome!

Welcome to my class! My name is Janine Richie. I have been married for 30 years and I have six children and seven grandchildren. This is my 12th year in the classroom and it is very rewarding for me. I look forward to getting to know you better.

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor's & Master's, SEI & Early Childhood endorsements, certified the Arizona Department of Education to teach K-8 and Adults Ashford University BS & MEd

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in respecting every child. Every child who is in my class will be treated with respect and kindness. I also have high expectations for every child in my class. I believe that a child needs to feel safe and secure in order for learning to begin. I also feel that each child needs to feel confident and proud of the accomplishments that they have made.
 

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About Rupa...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B2
Phone: 480 224-3662
Email: Rupa
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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade! I'm looking forward to the new school year and working with your child this year. Many exciting learning experiences await your sixth grader!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Although I loved teaching 2nd grade and 4th grade when I lived in Texas, 6th grade has found a special place in my heart ever since I moved to Arizona in 2006. I consider myself a "Patterson original" since I helped open the school in 2008. I've watched the immense growth that has made this school what it is today.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child can learn, grow, and be successful when given the right tools to be a life long learner.
 

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About Schmidt...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A3
Phone: 480-224-3633
Email: Schmidt
"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!'"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Schmidt's Kindergarten class! Kindergarten is a fun-filled year of learning and exploration. I look forward to being a part of your child's success here at Patterson Elementary.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Ottawa University with a BA in Elementary Education. I also have an Early Childhood Endorsement. I have been teaching at Patterson since 2009. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 4th grade, and 6th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe Kindergarten provides the foundation for a child's education. It is my goal to provide my students with a safe, nurturing and fun environment. This enables each child to develop the necessary skills and knowledge that will support them in being capable, confident and competent lifelong learners.
 

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About Smith...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B3
Phone: (480) 224-3663
Email: Smith
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-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to CTA 6th grade at Patterson! I am excited for another year with a great group of students. I live in Gilbert with my husband, Travis, and two spoiled dogs, Walter and Ozzy. My stepson, Austin, is currently serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, and my stepdaughter, Kallie, attends Northern Arizona University. Outside of the classroom I love reading, decorating, motorcycle rides, and spending time with family and friends. I am also a volunteer reader for Sun Sounds of Arizona.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my bachelor degree in 1999 from ASU, and upon graduating I went to work for the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department, supervising kids in the detention center. Most of the youth I worked with hadn't been to school in years, and many couldn't read. A belief in the power of education, and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children led me to this career change. I earned my teacher certification and began teaching in CUSD in 2006, and finished my Master of Education degree at ASU in 2008. I am also a certified Write from the Beginning and Thinking Maps trainer.

My Educational Philosophy

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

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About Speer...
Subject / Grade 2nd grade
Room: A15
Phone: 480-224-3645
Email: Speer
"I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
-- Robert Frost

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my website! Please let me know if you have questions or concerns. Let's have a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my teaching degree from Radford University in Virginia. I received my master's degree in teaching from NAU in Arizona. I have been teaching since 2003; first in Virginia and then in Arizona. I have been with Chandler since 2007. I taught one year at Weinberg and then Patterson, since it opened in 2008.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe everyone is a life-long learner!
 

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About Sterling...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B9
Phone: (480) 224-3669
Email: Sterling
"My teacher thought I was smarter than I was - so I was."
-- Six-year-old

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade CTA at Patterson Elementary! My name is Christina Sterling and I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Patterson Pride family. This year is guaranteed to be full of learning, hard work, and fun! My goal is for each and every one of my students to grow academically as well as develop the skills needed to be a successful citizen of our school and community. Let's start this journey together! I'm ready... Are you?

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 and am a huge Sun Devils fan! I have been teaching 5th grade since 2009 and I have been at Patterson Elementary since 2012. My first five years of teaching were down in Maricopa at Santa Cruz Elementary School. By the end of each school year, my 5th graders are not only my students, but they become my family! I truly love this age and love seeing them blossom and grow throughout the year.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each and every child can be successful, and I know that my role as a teacher plays a big part in this. Every child brings a different set of abilities, life experiences, and dreams to school with them each and every day. What I love to do more than anything is get my students to use these special and unique qualities in the classroom and have them develop a love of learning that they may not have had before. I believe that if children believe that they can, then they will.
 

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About Walker...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A4
Phone: 480-224-3634
Email: Walker
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
-- Abraham Lincoln

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am very excited to get to know you and your kinder this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BA in elementary education. I have an early childhood endorsement. I have been teaching kindergarten since 2009.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher it is my goal to instill a love for learning in my students and to create a safe, loving, positive and a fun learning environment for my students. I want to help create a love for learning in my students and encourage them to be lifelong learners.
 

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About Weil...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B4
Phone: (480) 224-3664
Email: Weil
"Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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Welcome!

I love sixth grade! This year will be an exciting adventure; we will be learning and growing together! I have been married for 35+ years. Our daughter graduated from ASU and is working for ADOT as a civil engineer. We have dogs, cats, and lots of goldfish to keep us busy.

My Education and Professional Background

I was born in Germany, lived in the Dakotas, and then moved to Arizona when I was ten. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Photography degree from Arizona State University. My Masters of Education came from the University of Phoenix. Joining my father, step mother, brother, husband, and various relatives in teaching has been quite the learning adventure - I love it!

My Educational Philosophy

Effort is my favorite word! Our classroom will have students questioning, collaborating, and growing intellectually! I consider myself to be a life-long learner and love to share that passion with my students. Every student has great potential!
 

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About Lutz...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B1
Phone: (480) 224-3661
Email: Lutz
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-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Greetings from 6th grade! I am excited to be working with you and your child in the upcoming school year. Your child's growth and success are important to me. I believe education is the best reward one can give themselves with hard work and dedication. Every student is special and can reach their full potential. I am proud to be part of a team; parent, teacher, student.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a math and middle school endorsement. I have taught over 10 years in both private and public schools, but have been in education for over 15 years. Patterson is my "second" home and I'm excited to be a part of an awesome team.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child can learn, grow, and be successful when given the right tools to be a life long learner.
 

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About Franzen...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: D2
Phone: (480) 224-3682
Email: Franzen
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-- Albus Dumbledore, from Harry Potter

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Welcome!

Welcome to Third Grade! My name is Aimee Franzen and I could not be more delighted to be your child's teacher this year. I am originally from Indiana and moved to Arizona in 2012. My husband and I, and our four boys love to camp and do anything outdoors! I am also a HUGE Harry Potter fan! I just know that we are going to have a fantastic year getting to know each other and growing together. Let the magic begin!

My Education and Professional Background

As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. The teachers and experiences that I had in elementary school paved my way towards education. In 2005, I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Then, I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home and raise my four boys. After moving from Indiana to Arizona in 2012, I decided to get back into my profession as a teacher. I taught first grade for three years here at Patterson and am thrilled to start my new adventure as part of the wonderful Third Grade team.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to instill a lifelong passion for learning by creating a safe, caring, and challenging environment for your child. I believe that the key to academic and social success starts by building a relationship with your student and their families. I look forward to working alongside you to make sure your child has a successful year!
 

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About Lutostanski...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: D3
Phone: (480)224-3683
Email: Lutostanski
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-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to the 3rd grade! I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year and am excited for the year ahead!

My Education and Professional Background

I recently graduated ASU in May 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I previously worked in the Higley Unified School District teaching in a traditional 3rd grader classroom and am excited to teach in a traditional 3rd grade classroom again.

My Educational Philosophy

All students are able to learn and thrive within the classroom and community. It is my responsibility to get each student to their potential by being a student, teacher, and thinker. Every student has the ability to learn from one another within the classroom, and through extracurricular activities, and it is my desire for all students to feel welcome, comfortable, and critical thinkers within the classroom.
 

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About Landon...
Subject / Grade Music K-6
Room: C14
Phone: (480)224-3625
Email: Landon
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-- Master Shifu, Kung Fu Panda

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Welcome!

Welcome to Patterson’s music program! Thank you for visiting my webpage.

My Education and Professional Background

I was so inspired by my own experience with music that I wanted to share it with others. I studied Music Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I graduated in1998 with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. I started my teaching career in Indiana for four years and then moved to Arizona. I have taught all ages from K-12 throughout my career, but my heart belongs at the elementary level. I love starting students on their musical journey! We are able to experience music in so many ways! While I've taken many graduate courses to continue my learning, I've found one type of class that really enhances my teaching. The Orff Process, which is a method of teaching music to children, has transformed my classroom. By using the Orff Process, students can immediately take part in music activities by moving creatively, playing instruments, and singing. Every child is able to experience the joy of music right away!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child is capable of singing and enjoying music. I believe every child can read, sing, play, move and create music. We start at a simple level by exploring all kinds of musical experiences and build our way to reading, writing and creating music. We can easily add in creative and choreographed movement and instruments. Music is a natural and vital part of our human experience. It feeds the soul and allows us to see and feel more of the beauty in the world. Beyond music's inherent points, it is all around us in our lives. We are surrounded by it in our TV shows, movies, ipods, holidays, classrooms, and more. Studying some of the patterns and building blocks of music allows us to appreciate the music around us in a deeper way. Enjoy the music around you!
 

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About Medina...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B6
Phone: 480-224-3666
Email: Medina
"'The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it'"
-- Samuel Johnson

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Welcome!

Welcome to CTA 6th grade!I am super excited to be a member of the PRIDE here at Patterson as we embark upon this milestone year. Many great adventures await! I am originally from sunny Southern California. My family and I relocated to Colorful Colorado in 2006. We left the majestic Rocky Mountains in December to embark upon a new journey here in the Valley of the Sun. I have been married to my husband, Dave, for 24 years. We have two amazing sons, Chandler and Tyler.

My Education and Professional Background

I obtained my Bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton and my teaching credentials from UCLA. I am currently working on a Master's in Education degree at Grand Canyon University. I have taught multiple grade levels since 2005. 6th grade will surely be the best!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all students have the capacity to learn. It is my job as an educator to cultivate a safe and inviting environment for learning to take place. Our classroom is a community of learners where mutual respect and support leads to great accomplishments.
 

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About LaRue...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: B5
Phone: 480-224-3665
Email: LaRue
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-- John Quincy Adams

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am excited to be a part of the Patterson Elementary team as your child's sixth grade teacher. I am looking forward to a wonderful year and to help create a community of lifelong leaders and learners!

My Education and Professional Background

I received a Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in 2001 and my first Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2003. I received my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2014. I received my third Masters degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University in 2016. I have been teaching since 2001 in the Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is to inspire, educate, and motivate students to become lifelong leaders and learners. I will be a positive role model and leader for students. I will respect each of my students, parents, staff and community members. In my classroom, I will build a community where each student feels safe and willing to take risks. I will ensure that each student reaches their academic potential by adjusting my teaching based on their needs. I will motivate students to do the best they can, each and every day.
 

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About Ellegard...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B17
Phone: (480) 224-3677
Email: Ellegard
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
-- Les Brown

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Ellegard's class! I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! Here's a little info about me. I have 3 wonderful girls, and 2 also attend Chandler schools. My daughter Kaylee is a 6th grader at Fulton, and my daughter Ashley is a junior at Perry. My youngest daughter Brinley is in pre-k. I have an amazing husband, Rory, who has always supported me in following my dream of teaching. I am looking forward to a fun and successful year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU with a Master's in Elementary Education. I also obtained my bachelor's degree from ASU. Go Devils! This is my 6th year teaching in the Chandler District, and my second year teaching 4th grade at Patterson. I love this amazing staff and wonderful community here at Patterson.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in teaching to the whole child. I do that by creating a fun and safe learning enviornment where students feel accepted for who they are. I will do whatever it takes to help your child be successful and reach his/her full potential.
 

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About Mayes...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A2
Phone: (480) 264-3632
Email: Mayes
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am so excited to have your child in my class. I know this year is going to be full of learning, new experiences and fun! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University where I got my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Following that, I attended Northern Arizona University and got my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching since 2009 and have taught Kindergarten, First and Second grades.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is that school should be a safe and fun place where children are allowed to take risks and experience new things. I believe that creating a classroom community is essential to each child's success. Every child deserves to feel special and included in the school family. My goal is to teach them to work together and love learning!
 

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About Hollaar...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: A8
Phone: (480) 224-3638
Email: Hollaar
"The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome! My name is Ashleigh Hollaar and I am so very excited to have your student in my class!

My Education and Professional Background

For most of my life I have dreamed of becoming a teacher! I have been shaped by the teachers in my life and hope to do the same with the students in my classroom. In 2017, I graduated from Grand Canyon University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in mathematics. I began my career as a site based substitute in the Chandler Unified School District. Having done my student teaching here at Patterson I could not be more excited to return as part of the Patterson Pride.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each student brings unique and valuable ideas into the classroom which makes them capable to succeed. My goal, as their teacher, is to create an environment to foster, support and encourage them in their academics and social growth. My plan is that each and every child that come into our classroom feels included, supported, and safe.
 

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About Rasmussen...
Subject / Grade 3rd grade
Room: B20
Phone: (480) 224-3680
Email: Rasmussen
"Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Laura Rasmussen and I am a CTA teacher here at Patterson Elementary. I graduated from Arizona State University-Polytechnic with my degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 2009. I love the community within our district and look forward to another amazing year!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Arizona State University Polytechnic, December 2008 SEI Endorsement

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to help each of my students reach their fullest potential. I will strive to create a warm, nurturing, and safe environment in my classroom. I am looking forward to getting to know each of my students and their families.
 

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About Benoche...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B18
Phone: (480) 224-3678
Email: Benoche
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Welcome!

Welcome families! My name is Mrs. Benoche (BEN-OSH). I am married with two children and six fur babies. My children attend Chandler Schools and my husband is an administrator with the Kyrene School District. I am an ASU graduate and bleed maroon and gold. We are huge Sun Devil Men's Basketball fans and are season ticket holders. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing golf.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and received my MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. My career began with 5th grade in the Apache Junction School District. I was there for two years until I switched to Mesa Public Schools. I taught 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades in Mesa for 17 yrs. For 6 years I was at Franklin East Elementary, which is one of Mesa’s choice schools and is a back to basics traditional school. I have been a grade level team lead, student council adviser, spelling bee coordinator, and yearbook sponsor. Throughout my career, I have been trained in Spalding, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), and PBIS (Positive Behavior and Instructional Systems). I have a lot of experience with technology and have trained teachers to use technology.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that anyone with a nourishing and encouraging environment can be the best they can be. Students are the makers of their own destiny and behavior is the consequence of human choice. The focus in my classroom is to have a growth mindset. I also believe students’ interests are important, as is integration of thinking, feeling, and doing. I believe school should help students develop personal and social values so that they can become thoughtful, productive citizens.
 

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About Santos...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: A17
Phone: (480) 224-3647
Email: Santos
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
-- Benjamin Franklin

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Welcome!

Welcome to Santos Second Grade Learning Safari! Come join in the adventures of learning! Explore fiction and non-fiction stories, express and explain your adventures through writing and spelling. I will help you create an understanding of science and social studies to understand and explore our world around us. Then we will explore the world of numbers and graphs to explain how we account for everything. Lastly,together will explore the challenges of problem solving through STEM activities.

My Education and Professional Background

Graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. I have a Bachelors of Science/Education and Special education endorsed. I was a teacher assistant for 16 years and have taught 12 years, K through 4 grades.

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.
 

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About Glandon...
Subject / Grade Speech-Language Pathologist
Room: A6
Phone: (480) 224-3610
Email: Glandon
"No one has ever become poor by giving."
-- Anne Frank

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Welcome!

Welcome, Patterson Pride! I am so excited to begin a new school year with such amazing students, faculty and staff. I grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona and then lived in Columbia, Missouri for seven years. I am grateful to be back in the sunshine helping students become the best people and students they can be as they make forward progress in their speech and language skills!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2013, and my Master of Health Science in Communication Science and Disorders with an emphasis in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Missouri in 2016. I have experience working as a speech-language pathologist in the elementary, middle and high school setting.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that caring for students as people first is imperative to their success in and out of the educational setting. I want students to know that I am there for them through any struggle or triumph. I always want to individually tailor speech and language therapy as much as I can to make students feel loved, respected, and appreciated.
 

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About Lee...
Subject / Grade Resource
Room: A22
Phone: (480) 224-3652
Email: Lee
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Welcome!

This will be a great year full of fun, and I can't wait to work with you.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been involved in education since 2000. I graduated with my Bachelor's in Child Development from California State University of Sacramento. In 2010, I graduated from Arizona State University with a Master's in Special Education. This will be my 2nd year here at Patterson Elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

All students can achieve greatness if given the right tool!
 

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About Soriano...
Subject / Grade School Psychologist
Room: A21
Phone: (480) 224-3611
Email: Soriano
"It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed."
-- Napoleon Hill

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Welcome!

I am a new school psychologist with CUSD. Prior to coming to CUSD I was a psychologist in several other districts, as well as a contract school psychologist, statewide. I am very happy to have Patterson and Navarrete as my assignments. The entire school community is awesome! I look forward to a fantastic year!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology. I am also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

My Educational Philosophy

Our MISSION at Charlotte Upham Patterson Elementary School is to create a learning environment that is challenging, nurturing, safe, and inspiring. We are committed to fostering academic excellence, encouraging self-sufficiency, and promoting high expectations for all students. We will partner with the Patterson community to instill within each student a love of learning as we guide students on their paths to becoming productive members of society.
 

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About Borruso...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: C6
Phone: (480)224-3624
Email: Borruso