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About Agostini...
Subject / Grade Fourth Grade
Room: B4
Phone: 480-224-3464
Email: Agostini
"Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times."
-- Unknown

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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!!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching since 2000. I started teaching in Chandler in 2004. I received by Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University and my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

In the classroom I try to encourage students to challenge themselves. This can make school fun and exciting! I like to connect academics to real-life learning as often as possible. We also focus on building a positive classroom community. We learn about the character traits of belonging, kindness, compassion, perseverance, and solving conflicts. We have classroom meetings where we try to problem solve any issues we are having in our classroom.
 

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About Anderson...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: B6
Phone: 480-224-3466
Email: Anderson
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
-- Einstein

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Welcome!

Welcome!!!

My Education and Professional Background

This is my 17th year teaching 3rd grade.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is simple..Reaching every child no matter what it takes.
 

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About Brooks...
Subject / Grade Resource K-3
Room: A21
Phone: (480)224-3451
Email: Brooks
"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 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.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and went on to receive my teaching certification and Masters Degree in Special Education from Arizona State. I have now been teaching resource in Chandler Unified since 2013. I have earned my Structured English Immersion endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student is unique and learns differently. Each student has special talents and it is my job to discover those talents and bring them to life. As a teacher, it is my goal to make each child feel loved, valued and capable of success.
 

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About Dafoe...
Subject / Grade First Grade Teacher
Room: A17
Phone: (480) 294-3447
Email: Dafoe
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark."
-- Chinese proverb

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

I was, also, a teacher trainer for a county in suburban Detroit, assisting teachers in developing optimal language arts instruction in their classrooms. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Michigan University and have my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wayne State University in Detroit. We moved to Arizona a little over eight years ago, and love the weather.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that First grade should be taught in a safe, comfortable and caring environment. We will work together to create a community in our class where we can work together and respect one another. I intend to provide learning experiences that are exciting, challenging, and positive for every student. First grade is about academics, as well as social growth.
 

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About Dumas...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten Teacher
Room: A3
Phone: (480) 224-3433
Email: Dumas
"Only you can control your future!"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

My Education and Professional Background

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.

My Educational Philosophy

I have a passion for education and love teaching! My goal is for the students to grow academically, socially, and to have a love of learning! I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Riggs community and I am looking forward to making this a fantastic year!
 

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About Edwards...
Subject / Grade Second Grade
Room: B3
Phone: 480-224-3463
Email: Edwards
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier."
-- Mother Teresa

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

I am originally from Ohio and attended Kent State University where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Arizona to student teach and I have been here ever since! I am currently teaching my eighth class of first graders!

My Educational Philosophy

I love teaching second grade because students grow by leaps and bounds at this age. It's so rewarding to be a part of that! In addition to academics, character is very important. My students learn about five important P words: perseverance, patience, participation, problem-solving, and being polite! Being bucket fillers is a BIG part of our learning environment, as well.
 

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About From...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade Teacher
Room: C11
Phone: (480) 224-3491
Email: From
"Everyone's story has its own path. Do not follow others' paths. Instead, let your story highlight your own path."
-- Anonymous

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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!

My Education and Professional Background

I love teaching 5th grade! I have been in the Chandler School District since 2000 and have taught 5th grade since I started teaching! My dream of becoming a teacher started at an early age! I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Grand Canyon University in 2000. I then went on to earn my Master's Degree, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, from Northern Arizona University in 2003.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. I believe that I do whatever it takes to help my students become life-long learners!
 

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About Gagnon...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: B5
Phone: 480-224-3465
Email: Gagnon
"Be the change you want to see in the world. Gandhi"
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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...
Subject / Grade Math & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C4
Phone: 480-224-3484
Email: Giordano
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-- MLK

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

Have been a teacher for 20 years, 15 of them in the Chandler School District. I attended Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
 

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About Glenn...
Subject / Grade Fifth Grade
Room: C12
Phone: 480-224-3492
Email: Glenn
"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my teaching degree from Grand Canyon University and two Master Degrees both from Northern Arizona University. I have taught grades four, five, and six. I especially enjoy my 5th graders. Their personality and sense of humor make each day unique and fun.

My Educational Philosophy

Learning should be fun and exciting! My classroom will be an inviting and safe place where children will feel comfortable.
 

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About Goolsby...
Subject / Grade Physical therapist for the district
Room: A5
Phone: 480-224-3435
Email: Goolsby
"Every adventure requires a first step"
-- The Cheshire Cat

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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.

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to help students with physical limitations access the school setting, including the classroom, campus, and playground, to the best of their ability.
 

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About Hicks...
Subject / Grade Second Grade
Room: A8
Phone: 480-224-3438
Email: Hicks
"Laughter is timeless, Imagination has no age, Dreams are forever!"
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to second grade! I look forward to sharing more information with you about the exciting year we have planned for your Riggs Roadrunner!

My Education and Professional Background

BA in Early Childhood Education

My Educational Philosophy

To empower my young learners within a positive learning environment.
 

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About Hankinson...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: A14
Phone: 480-224-3444
Email: Hankinson
""To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.""
-- ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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!

My Education and Professional Background

This will be my 15th year teaching and my 12th year here at Riggs. I have taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grade. I love learning so it is pretty exciting to have a career that allows me to share what I love. I have a Bachelor and a Masters degree in education from Ottawa University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Arizona State University (Go Devils!).

My Educational Philosophy

Each student has unique, individual strengths and is a valued part of our learning community. Learning is a lifelong adventure and my goal is to instill a love of learning in all of my students. I believe it is important to create and maintain a positive, caring, and engaging learning environment where students feel respected, appreciated, and safe. In our classroom, we respect each other, we try our best, we are a team, we learn from mistakes, and we celebrate each other’s success.
 

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About Hamilton...
Subject / Grade 3rd grade
Room: B10
Phone: (480) 224-3470
Email: Hamilton
""Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.""
-- Anonymous

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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!

My Education and Professional Background

Graduated with a bachelor's degree in business management from University of Phoenix in 2009. Graduated with a master's degree in elementary education from University of Phoenix in 2015 Completed my student teaching in 4th grade in the Chandler School District.

My Educational Philosophy

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." ~John F. Kennedy. Being that every child is different, we can still come together in a classroom of diversified learning abilities and levels and create greatness! My biggest desire to ensure that every student achieves growth!
 

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About Houvener...
Subject / Grade Student Services
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-224-3406
Email: Houvener
"To learn you must take on challenges, to grow you must challenge yourself to learn."
-- Lanci 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.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all children should have opportunities to learn in the most efficient and safe environment for them. I strive to reach children where they are at and bring them up from this point to have a love for learning and be able to learn. My heart is for all children and adults in providing and giving them the best opportunity for learning and success.
 

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About Huot...
Subject / Grade Priority Preschool
Room: A1
Phone: 480-224-3431
Email: Huot
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."
-- Angela Schwindt

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Welcome!

Welcome to my website!

My Education and Professional Background

I have Bachelor degrees in Early Childhood Education as well as Special Education Cross Categorical K-12. Prior to Riggs I taught for 9 years in a self-contained program for students with autism and now I am very excited about teaching priority preschool.

My Educational Philosophy

I am a firm believer that every child is capable of learning, progressing and surprising us with what they are able to do if they just have someone who believes in them. We have to find the avenue in which they are able to demonstrate those things to us in order to help them build self-esteem and to be successful.
 

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About Johnson...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade
Room: C6
Phone: (480) 224-3486
Email: Johnson
"I have the privilege to spark curiosity, ignite a passion, make a connection and influence a mind. My privilege is to be a teacher."
-- Anonymous

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my teaching degree from Kansas State University and my Masters in Education from NAU. I started my teaching career in the Kyrene School District teaching second grade. I moved to Chandler, where I taught third grade at Conley Elementary and fifth grade at Hull Elementary before moving to 4th grade at Riggs. And now I am part of the 6th grade team. I love being part of the Roadrunner Family!

My Educational Philosophy

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 Kennedy...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B13
Phone: 480-224-3473
Email: Kennedy
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-- Mahatma Gandi

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Welcome!

Hello, I’m Mrs. Kennedy and welcome to Fourth Grade at Riggs Elementary! I look forward to getting to know your family this year and having a productive year with your child!

My Education and Professional Background

In 2010, I earned my Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo I moved to Arizona from New York to teach second grade in Phoenix. In 2012, I received my Masters from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy. Since beginning my teaching career I have taught both second and fourth grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn when given the necessary tools to acquire knowledge. I work hard to challenge students throughout the year and have them realize their full potential as a learner and citizen of their community. I also believe that communication with my classroom parents is key for a successful year. I look forward to communicating with you throughout the year and working together to have a wonderful year.
 

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About Krzykowski...
Subject / Grade Resource
Room: A6
Phone: (480)224-3436
Email: Krzykowski
"Every Child is GIFTED. They Just Unwrap Their Packages at Different Times"
-- Anonymous

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been in education sense 2009 and can't wait to see what this year holds. I graduated from Arizona State University! Go Devils! I service 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at any time.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal this year is to make sure that I provide a safe and comforting environment in which your child can learn and grow. I want them to be comfortable and confident in our classroom. The teachers of the kindergarten team will be planning together so that we will all be on the same page this year. I look forward to getting to know you over the course of the next year. My classroom has an open door policy, so please let me know if I can help you in anyway.
 

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About Kussy...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A4
Phone: 480-224-3434
Email: Kussy
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."
-- Dr. Suess

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

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! 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!

My Educational Philosophy

Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning, but also capable of succeeding.
 

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About Larson...
Subject / Grade Science & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C1
Phone: 480-224-3481
Email: Larson
"“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”"
-- George Washington Carver

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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

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my B.A. from Eastern Illinois University. A few years later, I returned to school and got my teaching credentials from Arizona State University in 1994 and have been teaching ever since. In 2006, I completed my Masters in Curriculum & Instruction through ASU.

My Educational Philosophy

Each child is unique and I believe all children need a safe, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in order to be successful. I look forward to helping your child grow and mature academically, emotionally and socially. My goal is to help prepare children to be life-long learners who are ready to take on the future. This means providing opportunities for students to make their own discoveries through inquiry in order to develop into problem solvers and critical thinkers.
 

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About Folmsbee...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade Teacher
Room: A16
Phone: 480-224-3446
Email: Folmsbee
"Oh the places you'll go, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so... get on your way!"
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Folmsbee's 1st Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. My masters degree is in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from Grand Canyon University. I have taught three years in second grade, two years in first grade, and one year in fourth grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in a happy, cooperative, and supportive classroom where all students can thrive to the best of their ability.
 

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About Lee...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: B1
Phone: 480-244-3461
Email: Lee
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to our amazing 2nd grade classroom!

My Education and Professional Background

My teaching career began with the Kyrene School District. I have been teaching 2nd grade in Chandler for many years.

My Educational Philosophy

'I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.' - Maya Angelou
 

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About Fiscalini...
Subject / Grade 4th-5th Grade Resource
Room: B7
Phone: (480)224-3467
Email: Fiscalini
"You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think."
-- ~ Winnie-the-Pooh

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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. I have an 18 year old daughter, a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and going to the movies.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master's degree from Grand Canyon University in Elementary Education with a Reading Specialist emphasis. I previously taught in Gilbert Public Schools before coming to Riggs. This is my fourth year teaching at Riggs.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child can be successful and should be given the chance to do so.
 

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About Mack...
Subject / Grade 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.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree from Ottawa University. In the past, I have been involved with teaching district level classes, helping teachers set up their classroom, and a part of the Teachers Assisting Teacher team. I have been teaching since 2003.

My Educational Philosophy

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...
Subject / Grade Fifth Grade
Room: C8
Phone: 480-224-3488
Email: Mahon
""A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.""
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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!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in May 2016. Prior to teaching, I worked full-time in the mortgage and insurance field while pursuing my teaching degree at night. I enjoyed what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to make a difference. After spending time in my older sister's classroom I realized that teaching was my passion.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student should have the opportunity to receive the best education possible. I want my students to feel welcomed, respected, and safe. In order to do that, building a comfortable community of learners is my main objective. I want to develop skills and provide a safe place to learn and grow. By creating an environment that respects student input, a willingness to participate naturally enfolds. I hope to impact your child and invite them into our safe place.
 

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About Mallek...
Subject / Grade Band/Grades 5-6
Room: C29
Phone: (480)224-3477
Email: Mallek
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
-- Victor Hugo

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Welcome!

Welcome to Band! I teach at Riggs, Ryan, Bologna and Hancock. 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. Please 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...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: B12
Phone: 480-224-3472
Email: Marianella
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
-- Walt Disney

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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!

My Education and Professional Background

In 2004, I earned my Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the GREATEST college ~ Arizona State ~ GO DEVILS! In 2010, I received my Masters from Northern Arizona University in Curriculum and Instruction. I love learning and I hope that my passion for teaching will help motivate my students to be lifelong learners.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in creating a positive learning environment where students are willing to take chances, feel loved, valued and confident in their abilities. I strive to create a positive and strong relationship with each of my students and their families as we work together and become a team to ensure success for every child. I look forward to getting to know each of my students and their families.
 

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About McCaffrey...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: A-18
Phone: 480-224-3448
Email: McCaffrey
"'The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.'"
-- ― William Arthur Ward

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

My passion for education started many years ago. I received my Bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in Michigan with an emphasis on Elementary Education, and I majored in English/Language Arts. I have my Reading Specialist certification and my Master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Curriculum & Instruction.

My Educational Philosophy

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...
Subject / Grade 2nd
Room: B2
Phone: (480) 224-3462
Email: Mesquita
"I can't control the wave, but I can learn how to surf."
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Riggs elementary and Second Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

B.A.Degree from ASU & Master's Degree in Educational Curriculum & Design from NAU 24 Years in the Great Chandler Unified School District!

My Educational Philosophy

To be a genuine teacher, I must continue to also be a student & learn right along with mine.
 

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About Meyn...
Subject / Grade 5th grade (team teaching)
Room: C12
Phone: (480) 224-3492
Email: Meyn
"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th 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!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, with a minor in reading and Biology. I began teaching kindergarten in 1998 in inner-city Philadelphia, before heading out west. I was fortunate to receive a position with CUSD in 2001 and have been with the district ever since. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth grades!

My Educational Philosophy

'Work Hard and Be Nice'. Our class motto stems from my philosophy of education. If you give 100% every day (hard work and respect), you can and will be successful. It is my goal to help students discover their passion for learning through interactive and challenging experiences where they can explore their true potential at their own pace and level. Through collaboration with their peers and teacher, students will see endless opportunities unfold before their eyes.
 

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About Nally...
Subject / Grade Third Grade Math, Science, Social Studies
Room: B10
Phone: 480-2243470
Email: Nally
"Remember, with great power. comes great responsibility. ~Spiderman"
-- The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.~ Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

My name is Theresa Nally, welcome to 3rd Grade at Riggs! We have an amazing team here in 3rd 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.

My Educational Philosophy

Here at Riggs I commit to the academic and social development of all students! I believe our classroom will instill the ability and desire to be life long learners. In our class we will learn to be active investigators, think critically, be self directed learners and effective communicators.
 

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About Oerter...
Subject / Grade Social Studies & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C2
Phone: (480) 224-3482
Email: Oerter
"Do one thing everyday that scares you."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

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Welcome!

Welcome, get ready to explore the mysteries of learning!

My Education and Professional Background

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

My Educational Philosophy

A teacher is a facilitator of learning that provides a meaningful, caring, responsible learning community. As a teacher I will foster academic stamina and individual accountability. It is my goal to challenge all students no matter their academic level.
 

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About Partusch...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: B9
Phone: (480)224-3469
Email: Partusch
"I call my students my kids because in our year together they aren't just kids on my class list, they become a part of my heart."
-- ~ Unknown

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in 2004 (go SUN DEVILS) and graduated in 2006 with my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I am looking forward to a wonderful year at Riggs! I am passionate about making our classroom the students home away from home. I strongly believe that the parents, home, and community are what make a child an individual. It is very important to have positive communication, cooperation, and support between these three important elements. The rewards I receive from teaching are endless and I am really looking forward to making your family a major part of my family!
 

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About Pope...
Subject / Grade Language Arts 5th grade
Room: C7
Phone: (480) 224-3487
Email: Pope
"To believe a thing impossible is to make it so."
-- ~French proverb

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated Northern Arizona University with a dual degree in special and elementary education. My first two years of teaching I was a resource teacher here at Riggs for 4th-6th grades. I have been teaching fifth grade ever since 2010.

My Educational Philosophy

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...
Subject / Grade First
Room: A16
Phone: 480-224-3446
Email: Raphael
"Whether you think you can or think you can't-you are right.'"
-- Henry Ford

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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.

My Educational Philosophy

As your child's teacher, I will create a safe, comfortable, and caring environment in order to help each student be successful and learn. I will encourage your child to always try his/her best. Henry Ford once said, 'Whether you think you can or think you can't-you are right.' I feel that attitude is extremely important, and I try to teach my students each and everyday that their attitude will directly effect their success in life.
 

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About Reid...
Subject / Grade Speech-Language Pathologist (Priority and Community Preschool)
Room: A9
Phone: 480-224-3439
Email: Reid
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
-- Brad Henry

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

Mrs. Reid has a Master's in Elementary Education from NAU and a Master's in Speech Pathology from University of Northern Colorado

My Educational Philosophy

Be the best you can be!
 

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About Reininga...
Subject / Grade Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: 480-224-3401
Email: Reininga
"You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather."
-- Pema Chodron

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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.

My Educational Philosophy

Create, Collaborate, Communicate, Think Critically and Problem Solve.
 

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About Rockwell...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: C9
Phone: 480-224-3489
Email: Rockwell
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
-- Winston Churchill

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Welcome!

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 20 years. When I'm not at school, I enjoy exercising, reading, movies, and spending time with loved ones.

My Education and Professional Background

Educational Background and Experience I attended college at Indiana University, where I earned a B.S. in English and a B.A. in Elementary Education. I also hold endorsements in ELL and Reading. I began my career in 1995 teaching 5th grade in Utah. Since my relocation to sunny Arizona, I have taught 1st and 3rd grades, and I've also worked with K-3rd graders as Literacy Coach. Fifth grade is my favorite, and I feel elated about spending my days with this age group.

My Educational Philosophy

Educational Philosophy My motivation for teaching is to help children experience social, emotional and behavioral growth. All children are capable of learning and achieving great things! I believe that we get out of learning what we put into it, so it's important to hold kids accountable for active participation and best efforts. I also feel that character, leadership and relationship-building are crucial to success in every facet of our lives. I want students to learn how to bring out the best in themselves and others.
 

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About Rotert...
Subject / Grade First Grade Teacher
Room: A-19
Phone: 480-224-3449
Email: Rotert
"'Have courage and be kind.'"
-- Cinderella

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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...
Subject / Grade Language Arts/6th Grade
Room: C5
Phone: (480) 224-3485
Email: Ruiz
"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
-- Maya Angelou

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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...
Subject / Grade Assistant Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-224-3409
Email: Lucas-Sheffield
"Optimism Is The Faith That Leads To Achievement. Nothing Can Be Done Without Hope and Confidence"
-- ~Helen Keller

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

• Teach for America Corps Member • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities-Pre Law & Women’s Studies (Michigan State University) • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (Arizona State University) • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Principalship (Arizona State University) • SEI Endorsement

My Educational Philosophy

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...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: A-11
Phone: 480-244-3441
Email: Shaw
"'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.'"
-- Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching Kindergarten and 2nd Grade since 2001. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Education and an ESL endorsement. I also have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Reading Specialist Endorsement from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

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...
Subject / Grade General music K-6
Room: C28
Phone: (480)224-3478
Email: Stewart
"'To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.' Ludwig van Beethoven"
-- Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here! Professor Albus Dumbledore (Hogwarts)

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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 (a devoted husband, two older sons, and one calico cat), 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.

My Educational Philosophy

My favorite words to hear are, Is music over already? When students say this, I know that I have successfully planned a fun and engaging lesson for them.
 

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About Swint...
Subject / Grade Math & Reading/6th Grade
Room: C-3
Phone: 4802243483
Email: Swint
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
-- Ferris Bueller

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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.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Criminal Justice from Cal-State East Bay. I also have a California teaching Credential from Saint Mary's College and a Masters in Early Education from NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that education is a process intended to improve life and to produce life long learners. In my classroom I will incorporate real-life curriculum with a problem-solving approach; students will be active participates in the learning process. As your child's teacher it is my job to provide a safe and fun-learning environment.
 

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Saira Urbina

About Urbina...
Subject / Grade Kindercademy/ Community Preschool
Room: A13
Phone: 480-224-3443
Email: Urbina
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."
-- Albert Einstein

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Welcome!

Welcome to Riggs Elementary Kindercademy and Community Preschool. 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.<