Tiffani Norton

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Position: Kindergarten
Room: A9
Phone: (480) 224-3439
Email: Norton

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Norton and I am SO THRILLED to be your teacher this year. This school year will be like no other year that we've had but I’m excited to embark on this adventure together. We will be learning a lot while working continuously on our growth mindset and building positive relationships in our classroom and school community. Go Riggs Roadrunners!

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About Sands...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 224-3409
Email: Sands

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Welcome!

Welcome, Roadrunners! I am so excited to be your Dean of Students this year. I look forward to meeting your family.

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About Muraco...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: B8
Phone: 480-224-3468
Email: Muraco

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Welcome!

Welcome to 2nd grade! My name is Mrs. Muraco. I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and having movie nights with my family. I am married and have 2 sons. I am thrilled to be teaching at Riggs Elementary. I know this is going to be an amazing year together. I am excited to share my love of teaching and learning with you.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from The University of North Dakota in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. I decided to escape the cold winters and move to Arizona to begin my teaching career. I spent 8 years teaching 2nd grade in Mesa and transferred to Chandler Public Schools in 2013. I taught 2nd grade for 2 years in Chandler before moving to Missouri. My family and I returned to Arizona in 2018 and I was lucky enough to come back and teach in Chandler. I am so excited to be a part of the 2nd grade team at Riggs!

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to provide a positive classroom where all students feel safe and excited to learn. I believe that it is important to engage in what you are learning, so I try and make things meaningful to students and explain how the material being taught can be used in daily life. I also feel it is important to persevere and understand that it is okay to try things many times before getting it right. Kindness is also something I expect everyone to practice in and out of the classroom. When we focus on kindness, trying our best, and perseverance, we can do anything.
 

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About Fenton...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: B11
Phone: 480-224-3471
Email: Fenton

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Cara Fenton and welcome to 3rd grade! I am so excited to be part of the Riggs family. I am a product of the Chandler District and am thrilled to represent such a great district. This site has helpful resources and links to support my students at home. I know this is going to be an amazing year together. I am excited to share my love of teaching and learning with you.

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About Garcia...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: B1
Phone: 480-224-3461
Email: Garcia

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Geri F. Garcia. I am a native of Arizona and when I'm not teaching, I enjoy its beauty by hiking and camping.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a B.S. in education from Grand Canyon University and M. Ed. from Northern Arizona University. I am endorsed in SEI and early childhood and have taught grades K-3rd, reading intervention and K-6 ELD.

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About Goolsby...
Position: Physical therapist for the district
Room: A5
Phone: 480-224-3435
Email: Goolsby

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Welcome!

Welcome to my page, my name is Ms. Erica and I am one of the physical therapists in the Special Education Department for Chandler School District.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my bachelor degree in Human Biology from Grand Canyon University and my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2002 from AZ School of Health Sciences (now called A.T. Still University). I have worked in many PT settings mostly with children. I have worked in aquatic therapy, home based therapy, clinic based therapy and have worked in the school setting for the last 10 years.

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About Larson...
Position: Preschool
Room: A8
Phone: 480-224-3438
Email: Larson

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Welcome!

Welcome! PreK is a wonderful time for discovery, exploration, and growth. Teaching young children is my passion and I look forward to working with you as we help your student build a lifelong love of learning.

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About Agostini...
Position: Fourth Grade
Room: A15
Phone: 480-224-3445
Email: Agostini

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Welcome!

Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Kim Agostini. I have two boys at home. My oldest son is Tyler and my youngest is Greyson. My husband, Nate, is a high school Athletic Director. I love doing fun things with my family such as hiking, visiting the beach, and traveling. I love to read anything!!

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About Anderson...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: B6
Phone: 480-224-3466
Email: Anderson

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Welcome!

Welcome!!!

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About Brooks...
Position: Resource K-3
Room: A21
Phone: (480)224-3451
Email: Brooks

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Welcome!

Welcome to Miss Brooks' Resource Room! We are going to have a FANTASTIC year at Riggs! A little about me: I was born in New Jersey and moved to Arizona for high school where I attended Hamilton High! Go Huskies! When I'm not at school I love to play and watch sports (Go Yankees and Giants), go to the movies, and spend time with my family and friends.

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About Dafoe...
Position: First Grade Teacher
Room: A17
Phone: (480) 294-3447
Email: Dafoe

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Welcome!

First grade is a huge year of learning and growth for your child, and I am thrilled to be able to be part of it.

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About Dumas...
Position: Kindergarten Teacher
Room: A3
Phone: (480) 224-3433
Email: Dumas

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

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I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, a full Structured English Immersion Endorsement, and hold an Early Childhood Endorsement. I previously taught 2nd grade before taking time off to raise my two daughters. I love teaching kindergarten here at Riggs Elementary.

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About Edwards...
Position: Second Grade
Room: B3
Phone: 480-224-3463
Email: Edwards

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Welcome!

My name is Dawnielle Edwards and I am a second grade teacher at Riggs Elementary!

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About From...
Position: 5th Grade Teacher
Room: C11
Phone: (480) 224-3491
Email: From

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Welcome!

Welcome to fifth grade at Riggs Elementary! You will absolutely love Riggs! We have the best bunch of students, parents, and staff around!

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About Gagnon...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: B5
Phone: 480-224-3465
Email: Gagnon

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Welcome!

I would like to welcome you to 3rd Grade at Riggs Elementary! I am very excited to begin our learning adventure together.

My Education and Professional Background

I began working at Riggs in August of 2009. I initially started out as a Speech Therapy and Special Education Aide. I then moved into a one-on-one aide position working with a student from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. My work at Riggs inspired me to return to school to obtain my teaching degree. I currently hold a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix, and a Master's in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University

My Educational Philosophy

I like to provide a student centered and collaborative learning environment that encourages students to use their experiences and perspectives to make sense of what they are learning, apply it to their world beyond the classroom setting, and to help students share their ideas and learn to communicate effectively and respectfully with their peers. I provide opportunities for students to develop their problem solving skills through a balanced approach of teacher support and productive struggle strategies to help them learn to become a more independent student. Our classroom community promotes acceptance, recognizes diversity, and acknowledges value in all members of the classroom and within the school.
 

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About Giordano...
Position: Math & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C4
Phone: 480-224-3484
Email: Giordano

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Welcome!

Hello, welcome to 6th Grade..... where we work and play hard.

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About Glenn...
Position: Sixth Grade
Room: C1
Phone: 480-224-3481
Email: Glenn

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Welcome!

Welcome to the sixth grade at Riggs Elementary School! A wonderful world of learning!

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About Hankinson...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: A14
Phone: 480-224-3444
Email: Hankinson

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Welcome!

Welcome to 4th grade at Riggs Elementary School. This is an amazing school and I look forward to helping your child learn and grow. We are going to have a fantastic year!

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About Hamilton...
Position: 3rd grade
Room: B10
Phone: (480) 224-3470
Email: Hamilton

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am looking forward to a fantastic year filled with learning and, of course, some fun. My greatest achievements are seeing the light bulbs turn on to new and exciting things!

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About Houvener...
Position: Student Services
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-224-3406
Email: Houvener

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Welcome!

Welcome to Riggs! A little bit about who I am. I am married, a native of Arizona, I have 5 grown children (blended family) and they all live somewhere in the valley. I enjoy fitness activities, hiking, crafting, gardening and volunteering at least once a month with various non-profit groups.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Elementary Education degree as well as Special Education degree from Arizona State University, Go devils! I have my Masters of Educatio nin Curriculum and Instruction with honors from Northern Arizona. I have certificates and endorsements in Early Childhood Education, SEI, MR, EH, LD and Adult learning and coaching/mentoring adults. I am an Adjunct teacher for Maricopa Community college and have taught with them since 1999, where I teach courses in the area of Child Development, Family Child Care and Human Development. I am a strong proponent of continuing education throughout a lifetime.I am a member of the 2004 Children's Defense fund and was lucky to participate in Washington DC for a few years with talking to Senators and Legislation on issues that are important for Children.

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About Huot...
Position: Priority Preschool
Room: A1
Phone: 480-224-3431
Email: Huot

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Welcome to my website!

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About Johnson...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: C6
Phone: (480) 224-3486
Email: Johnson

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Welcome!

Welcome 6th Grade Roadrunners! I am Mrs. Johnson and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be your teacher. I am anxious to start this incredible adventure together and think that we'll have a fabulous year exploring, making discoveries and learning all of the awesome things we have planned.

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Students learn because they are inspired to do so. The interactions with peers open their minds to new ideas and develop their ability to communicate. The opportunities to make their own discoveries through inquiry create problem solvers and critical thinkers. Students learn best in an environment that recognizes and provides for individual needs. A classroom should be a place that is inviting, comfortable and stimulating. All students should feel a sense of belonging which contributes to the cohesiveness of the class. High expectations motivate and guide students to be responsible and keep them actively engaged in their learning.
 

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About Krzykowski...
Position: Preschool
Room: A7
Phone: (480)224-3437
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Welcome!

My name is Jamie Krzykowski and I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Riggs staff this year. I was born and raised in Gilbert. I now reside in San Tan Valley with my husband and two children. We love the outdoor and enjoy boating, camping, skiing and so much more.

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I have been in education since 2009 and can't wait to see what this year holds. I graduated from Arizona State University! Go Devils! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time.

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About Kussy...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: A4
Phone: 480-224-3434
Email: Kussy

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Welcome!

Welcome! It will be an awesome year of growing, playing, and learning in Kindergarten!

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My name is Traci Kussy and I am excited to get to know your family. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction! I am an Arizona native and truly love what I do! Your child's academic achievement, safety and well-being are my first priority. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Happy New Year!

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About Larson...
Position: Science & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C1
Phone: 480-224-3481
Email: Larson

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Welcome!

I am pleased to welcome you to 6th grade! It’s going to be an exciting year of learning! I’ll mainly be teaching science this year which has always been one of my favorite subjects. I strive to provide a motivating and fun filled learning environment

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About Folmsbee...
Position: 1st Grade Teacher
Room: A16
Phone: 480-224-3446
Email: Folmsbee

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Welcome to Mrs. Folmsbee's 1st Grade!

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About Lee...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: B1
Phone: 480-244-3461
Email: Lee

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Welcome to our amazing 2nd grade classroom!

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About Fiscalini...
Position: Resource
Room: B7
Phone: (480)224-3467
Email: Fiscalini

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Welcome!

Welcome! My name is Amy Fiscalini and I look forward to another fantastic year here at Riggs. I am originally from Southern California and moved to Arizona in 2010. I am married and have 3 children who also attend Chandler schools. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and going to the movies. Meet the Teacher July 19: PreK, 2nd- 4:30-5:10 3rd- 5:20-6:00 5th- 6:10-6:50 July 20: K, 1st- 4:30-5:10 6th- 5:20-6:00 4th- 6:10-6:50

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About Mack...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: B5
Phone: 480-224-3465
Email: Mack

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Welcome!

Greeting and welcome to third grade at Riggs Elementary School.

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I have a great love for working with children and their parents to meet their educational goals. Education is my lifetime career. I have specific goals for this year. First, I like to make school an enjoyable experience. I want your child to love to learn as much as I do. I believe, with the right support, all children can experience success. This is a wondrous time when your child will not only learn new things, but also develop an 'academic independence' where students will begin to take on more responsibilities in school and at home. I look forward to working with you and your child as a team to make this an exceptional school year.
 

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About Mahon...
Position: Fifth Grade
Room: C8
Phone: 480-224-3488
Email: Mahon

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Mrs. Mahon, and I would like to welcome you to Riggs Elementary. I was born in Crosby, North Dakota, but have lived in Chandler since I was a little over a year old. I am a product of the Chandler District and am thrilled to represent such a great district. I am married to my best friend and we raise his (our) high school age son together. I can't wait to begin my teaching career!

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About Artist...
Position: Band/Grades 5-6
Room: C29
Phone: (480)224-3477
Email: Artist

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Welcome!

Welcome to Band! I teach at Riggs, Ryan, Hancock, and Chandler Online. I am so excited that your child chose to learn an instrument. It can be one of the most rewarding experiences. I hope your child enjoys learning their instrument as much as I enjoy teaching it. I thank you for supporting your child with this endeavor. Feel free to email me(name/school) with ANY questions or concerns you may have and anything else you feel I should know about your child to make this experience most enjoyable.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my music education degree in 1995 from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. My main instruments are flute and oboe but I learned to play ALL instruments in college, including strings. I have taught many areas and levels of music from grades k-12 such as general music, choir, and concert band as well as marching band and jazz band. I have been teaching with Chandler Unified School District since 2006 and have taught at almost a dozen district schools including Basha High. I attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Beyond the classroom, I'm a private lesson instructor, a freelance musician and a colorguard tech for the WGAZ circuit.

My Educational Philosophy

Music is a universal language, 'the language of emotions'. For children, music has many benefits. It boosts their brain power and improves their memory. Music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas It teaches them confidence, patience, coordination and socialization. Music can be a much needed connection for kids in ways that other things will not allow. It teaches discipline, fosters creativity and is a great form of expression. Music is Math, langUage, hiStory, readIng, sCience! All of which is food for the mind, body, and soul!
 

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About Marianella...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: B12
Phone: 480-224-3472
Email: Marianella

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Welcome!

Welcome to an amazing new year at Riggs Elementary! This year will be full of knowledgeable lessons, incredible experiments and projects, and of course, all around priceless learning! Our goal this year is to have fun and show our classroom successes throughout our year!

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About McCaffrey...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: A-18
Phone: 480-224-3448
Email: McCaffrey

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Welcome!

I would like to welcome you and your child to 1st grade! Riggs Elementary is a wonderful place to learn and truly is a school family. We have an amazing staff, great students, a wonderful PTO, and many dedicated volunteers.

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In terms of my philosophy of education, it is important to know that I am intensely committed to doing all that it takes to help each student learn to their fullest potential. My goal is to help the students grow academically, socially and become life-long learners. I believe in and deliver differentiated instruction and will make learning enjoyable for every child! I absolutely love being a part of their growth and seeing their eyes light up when they learn new, exciting things! I love teaching and am very passionate about it. I feel very blessed to have these kids in my life every day and knowing that I am making a difference!
 

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About Mesquita...
Position: 2nd
Room: B4
Phone: (480) 224-3464
Email: Mesquita

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Welcome!

Welcome to Riggs elementary and Second Grade! Meet the Teacher Monday, July 19th 4:30-5:10

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B.A.Degree from ASU & Master's Degree in Educational Curriculum & Design from NAU 27 Years in the Great Chandler Unified School District!

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About Meyn...
Position: 6th grade (team teaching)
Room: C1
Phone: (480) 224-3481
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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th Grade at Riggs Elementary. My name is Victoria Meyn and I am thrilled to be your teacher this year! I grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, where my entire family still resides. My husband (who is also a CUSD teacher) and I, along with our 2 sons, travel back to visit as often as possible. In my free time, I love vacationing on the beach in San Diego with my family or spending time in our kitchen baking!

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About Nally...
Position: Fourth Grade
Room: B11
Phone: 480-224-3471
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Welcome!

My name is Theresa Nally, welcome to 4thd Grade at Riggs! We have an amazing team here in 4th Grade and are looking forward to getting to know all of our families this year.

My Education and Professional Background

My family of six relocated to Arizona in 2006, from Ohio. I graduated with Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Akron. In addition to my undergraduate degree, I completed my Masters in Education with a reading endorsement from NAU. My teaching experience in both Ohio and Arizona includes grades, 3,4, 5, and 6th. I joined the Riggs Roadrunners in 2009 and have been attached ever since. I truly enjoy working and being involved at Riggs Elementary. Teaching elementary school is my passion.

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About Oerter...
Position: Social Studies & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C2
Phone: (480) 224-3482
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Welcome!

Welcome, get ready to explore the mysteries of learning!

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B.A.Arts in Elementary Education University of Nebraska at Kearney M.A. Elementary Education Northern Arizona University

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About Partusch...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: B9
Phone: (480)224-3469
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Welcome!

Hi, I'm Nicole Partusch and welcome to third grade! I am anxiously awaiting the amazing school year ahead of us. I am so proud to be a part of the amazing Riggs family. I have a beautiful daughter Ashley, who will be attending Riggs Elementary! She is truly the light of my life and such an active, talented, and loving child! When I'm not doing my first love teaching, I enjoy spending my free time with my daughter and cheering on our Sun Devils.

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About Pope...
Position: Language Arts 5th grade
Room: C7
Phone: (480) 224-3487
Email: Pope

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Welcome!

Welcome to our class website. Check out the links page and feel free to read my biography.

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A teacher's role is to guide, allowing access to information instead of acting as the primary source of information. The students' learning process is created as they learn to find answers to their questions. In order to build knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic ways. Providing students access to activities and allowing appropriate time and space to use materials that reinforce the topic of learning, creates a positive learning environment.
 

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About Raphael...
Position: First
Room: A16
Phone: 480-224-3446
Email: Raphael

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Welcome!

Hi! My name is Stephanie Raphael and I am extremely excited to be teaching first grade at Riggs Elementary! When I am not teaching, I love to travel, shop, and spend time with my family and friends. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach another group of first grade students and I look forward to a fantastic year!

My Education and Professional Background

I grew up in Southern California and I moved to Arizona to attend college. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. After graduating from the University of Arizona, I taught second grade for two years in the Washington Elementary School District. When I decided to teach in Chandler, I also decided to move grade levels as well. I absolutely love teaching first grade! This will be my fourteenth year teaching first grade in the Chandler Unified School District.

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About Reid...
Position: Speech-Language Pathologist (Priority and Community Preschool)
Room: A9
Phone: 480-224-3439
Email: Reid

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Welcome!

Welcome to Priority and Community Preschool Speech-Language Therapy! I am so excited to be working with your child! Please contact me should you have any questions or wish to talk about your child and their specific needs.

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About Reininga...
Position: Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: 480-224-3401
Email: Reininga

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Welcome!

Welcome to our Media Center! Books, building, technology, STEM, we have it all! Come on in and have some fun with us!

My Education and Professional Background

Mrs. Reininga has a Bachelors Degree from Iowa State University in Elementary Education and Instructional Technology. She also has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Drake University.

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About Rockwell...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: C12
Phone: 480-224-3492
Email: Rockwell

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Welcome!

Welcome to our 5th grade class, Riggs families! My name is Kristina Rockwell, and I am thrilled to be teaching your child this year. I am looking forward to an amazing year of learning with our students. Although I've called many states "home", I have been an Arizona resident for 25 years. When I'm not at school, I enjoy exercising, reading, movies, and spending time with loved ones.

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About Rotert...
Position: First Grade Teacher
Room: A-19
Phone: 480-224-3449
Email: Rotert

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Rotert's 1st Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I moved to sunny Arizona in 1995 from Iowa. There, I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a minor in Health Education. I have been and educator since 1994 and have taught Kindergarten and First Grade! I thoroughly enjoy watching these young children grow and mature in many ways. Teaching is my passion!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe children learn best in a rich, hands-on environment where the teacher will guide students in gaining knowledge to their utmost potential. We will create a sense of 'community' in our classroom, where each child feels safe, respected, and supported. I feel very fortunate each day to have the opportunity to influence and mold the minds of the children of our future. I always look forward to our adventures ahead in First Grade at Riggs!
 

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About Ruiz...
Position: Language Arts/6th Grade
Room: C5
Phone: (480) 224-3485
Email: Ruiz

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th Grade!My name is Richard Ruiz and I will be your child’s language arts teacher this year. I am enthusiastically anticipating a great school year filled with lots of learning and hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!On a personal note, I was born in Payson, Utah, however I have lived in Arizona since I was 1 year old. I enjoy reading, writing, camping, playing video games and spending time with my yellow Labrador Rocco and my German Shepherd Toby.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 2002. I received my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Arizona State University and my master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Arizona University as well as a second master's degree in educational technology from Arizona State University. While working for the Chandler Unified School District I have taught media, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. I also currently teach graduate courses in educational technology at Grand Canyon University.

My Educational Philosophy

I firmly believe that through hard work and determination no goal is unattainable and that every individual is responsible for their own success. It is my goal to create a positive influence with every child in my classroom by challenging them through captivating lessons and instruction through a structured yet dynamic learning environment, that will eventually help build self-confidence, critical thinking skills, self-discipline, strength in character and many of the other skills that will be needed to help prepare your child to be a successful leader in the 21st century.
 

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About Lucas-Sheffield...
Position: Assistant Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-224-3409
Email: Lucas-Sheffield

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Welcome!

Welcome Riggs Roadrunners! We have many interesting and exciting things happening at our school this year. Please take a look around and check back often.

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I believe that all children deserve a high quality education, as it is the surest way for them to overcome obstacles, strengthen their character and obtain success. It is imperative that schools provide students with a safe, equitable and rigorous environment filled with collaborative and virtuous educators who love them while simultaneously holding them to the highest standards of academic achievement. Our most important responsibility is educating children and we must do so in a way that values diversity, develops their character and prepares them to compete and win globally.
 

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About Shaw...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: A-11
Phone: 480-244-3441
Email: Shaw

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Welcome!

Welcome! It will be an awesome year of growing, playing, and learning in Kindergarten!

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I believe that a respectful and caring relationship along with open communication with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful kindergarten experience. I bring love, laughter, passion, and meaningful work into my kindergarten class. I always look for ways to personalize learning and engage the child's imagination. My high expectations for learning keep my students (and myself) challenged and reflective. I believe in hands-on and multiple 'ways of knowing and doing' while promoting creative and higher-order thinking. I believe that my students deserve to be in an environment where they feel safe and can take risks in learning. I want them to be in a caring community, 'a school family', where they feel valued, celebrated, and can develop a love of learning!
 

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About Stewart...
Position: General music K-6
Room: C28
Phone: (480)224-3478
Email: Stewart

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Welcome!

Welcome to my website. My name is Mrs. Stewart and I love to teach general music! In addition to teaching music, my favorite things are my family (two older sons and one Siamese Chantilly Rose cat "Tilly"), Mexican food, kittens, beaches with waves and surfers, and television- especially home improvement and history channels.

My Education and Professional Background

I hold a BA in Music education and an MA in Education (NAU) I have been teaching elementary general music classes since 1983.

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About Swint...
Position: Math & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C-3
Phone: 4802243483
Email: Swint

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Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to sixth grade here at Riggs Elementary. I look forward to the opportunity to play a part in your child's education this year. Please don't hesitate to call, e-mail, or swing by my class if ever you have a question for me.

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Saira Urbina

About Urbina...
Position: Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Room: A13
Phone: 480-224-3443
Email: Urbina

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Welcome!

Welcome to Riggs Elementary Pre- Kindergarten. My name is Saira Urbina, and I will be your child's teacher this year. This will be an exciting year full of learning, discovery, and exploration.

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