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About Bessette...
Subject / Grade Band
Room: C13/ Band room
Phone: (480) 224-2484
Email: Bessette
"Without music, life would be a mistake"
 Friedrich Nietzsche

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Welcome!

Welcome to band!

My Education and Professional Background

CUSD alumni, graduated Chandler HS in 1997. Bachelor's in music education, ASU 2002

My Educational Philosophy

To teach students all that I can about all kinds of music. Students will learn to love and appreciate music, and will work hard on becoming the finest and most knowledgeable musicians they can be!
 

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About Plumb...
Subject / Grade 8th Grade Language Arts
Room: E29
Phone: 480-224-2459
Email: Plumb
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
 Audrey Hepburn

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Welcome!

Welcome to 8th Grade Language Arts! I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you as we learn and grow together toward success this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my bachelors degree in Secondary Education - English. This is my first year on the Payne Team and I am so excited to be working with an amazing group of teachers whose goals are only to help students succeed. Go Panthers!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in high expectations, a rigorous curriculum, and challenging students to take responsibility for their education. As their instructor, it is my job to create a learning community in which free thought, risk-taking, and exploration is encouraged and to provide them with the resources necessary to succeed in their education and/or their future careers.
 

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About Brenn...
Subject / Grade 8th / Math - Pre Algebra & Algebra
Room: E47
Phone: 480-224-2477
Email: Brenn
"If you can dream it, you can do it"
 Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Brenn's 8th grade Math Class. It is going to be an exciting new year.

My Education and Professional Background

I am an Arizona Native and graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. I have been a math teacher since 1994 and love every minute and day of it. I have been at Payne Junior High since 2013, and am very excited for another great school year.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that ALL students can achieve at a high level of success, if given the opportunity. My job as a teacher is to encourage my students and guide them so they will be life long learners.
 

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About Brigham...
Subject / Grade 7th / Language Arts
Room: B7
Phone: (480) 224-2437
Email: Brigham
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
 Aristotle

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th grade English Language Arts. I am confident that you will have a fantastic year here at Payne. I am excited to work with each and every one of you!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Kansas. This is my 17th year teaching, with my first nine years being in upper elementary.

My Educational Philosophy

Being a part of a community of learners is such an exciting opportunity for students. We can learn so much about ourselves and our world through reading literature and through thoughtful discussion. How fun is that?!
 

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About Ciero...
Subject / Grade 7th / Language Arts
Room: B19
Phone: 480-224-2449
Email: Ciero
"Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort"
 Theodore Roosevelt

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th grade language arts! I look forward to a great year at Payne and the opportunity to get to know another great group of Payne Panthers!

My Education and Professional Background

I have worked as a teacher in Chandler Unified School District since 1994. I have a B.B.A from Texas A&M University and my M.Ed. from Arizona State University. I have been teaching at Payne since the doors opened and am proud to be an original Payne panther.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student will be successful in school when they are challenged, supported and respected. Their unique differences and contributions to our learning community will not only impact others but help them better prepare for their future.
 

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About Collier...
Subject / Grade 7th and 8th Grade
Room: E37
Phone: 480-224-2467
Email: Collier
"Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge."
 Carl Sagan

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Welcome!

Welcome to Payne JHS and to my science class! I love to learn and I love to share my excitement about learning with others. We are going to have a very fun year exploring science through a series of interactive activities.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching at Payne since 2013 in both 7th and 8th grades. After earning an M.S. in Geology I spent 23 years working in industry in the field of electron microscopy. When it was time for a change I went back to school at ASU to get my M.Ed. and become a science teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that learning science should be a fun experience full of intellectual challenges and rewards. Whenever possible the learning should be through hands-on experiences that will guide the student to a deeper understanding of the topic.
 

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About Cress...
Subject / Grade 8th / Math
Room: E32
Phone: (480)-224-2462
Email: Cress
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken."
 Oscar Wilde

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mr. Cress' Math Class

My Education and Professional Background

I Graduated from ASU in 2008. This will be my 9th year teaching and my 4th year teaching at Payne.

My Educational Philosophy

My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential.
 

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About Davis...
Subject / Grade 7th and 8th Grade Girls/Boys PE and Volleyball Coach
Room: D7
Phone: 480-224-2494
Email: Davis
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
 Mahatma Gandhi

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Welcome!

Welcome back Panthers! It is going to be a great year full of success and fun.

My Education and Professional Background

BS from Grand Canyon University 2003; Elementary Physical Education '04-'11; Payne Jr. high '11-present Boys and Girls Volleyball Coach 7th and 8th grade '11-present; EVJ Club Volleyball Coach '03-present

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in all my students to become a better them. Hard work and dedication pays off in all subject areas.
 

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About Durst...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th Boys PE
Room: D7
Phone: (480) 224-2492
Email: Durst
"Reputation is what you are perceived to be. Character is what you are."
 John Wooden

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th and 8th grade Physical Education

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I have been teaching for 15 years.

My Educational Philosophy

The Physical Education staff at Payne has developed a comprehensive program to provide your child with a broad variety of activities and experiences that will promote lifetime fitness
 

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About Emerich...
Subject / Grade 8th /Science
Room: E37
Phone: (480)224-2467
Email: Emerich
"Imagination is everything. It's the preview of life's coming attractions."
 Albert Einstein

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Welcome!

Welcome to Science! I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my career in 7th and 8th grade education is 1995. Prior to beginning my career, I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and a Post baccalaureate in Secondary Education. I hold an ESL and middle grades science endorsements. I joined the Payne family in 2011.

My Educational Philosophy

Education is providing experiences that engage students in their learning and maximize the potential of every child.
 

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About Torre...
Subject / Grade 8th Grade Pre Algebra / Algebra
Room: E44
Phone: (480)224-2474
Email: Torre
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Welcome!

Welcome to another exciting year at Payne Junior High! I am looking forward to teaching your child this year in Math and anticipate an enjoyable and rewarding year for us all.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University where I received my Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Elementary Education (k-8) with an endorsement in Mathematics. This is my 8th year teaching and my 7th year teaching junior high math.

My Educational Philosophy

My role as a teacher is to provide students with a high quality instruction that meets the individual needs of each of my students, to create an inspiring and engaging learning environment in which students feel safe and secure, and lastly, to give my students the the motivation needed to be lifelong learners.
 

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About Eyanson...
Subject / Grade 8th / Science
Room: E40
Phone: 480-224-2470
Email: Eyanson
"Education is Not Preparation for Life; Education is Life Itself."
 We Build Too Many Walls and Not Enough Bridges -- Isaac Newton

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Welcome!

Welcome to Science with Mr. Eyanson! It's going to be a great year expanding our knowledge within the different topic areas.

My Education and Professional Background

I went to school at a variety of places, but finally settled down with a teaching degree from Ottawa University. I have been working here at Payne since the first year that it opened in 2005.

My Educational Philosophy

Education is a tool that we use in our lives everyday. Respect the tools, and what you build will be nothing short of amazing.
 

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About Roessler...
Subject / Grade 7th / Language Arts
Room: B17
Phone: 480-224-2447
Email: Roessler
"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."
 Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome Payne Panthers! I am filled with enthusiasm as we enter the new school year. We have a lot of exciting things happening this year so be sure to check this site daily. If you are absent please refer to the classroom calendar to see what you missed. Also, be sure to check the back bin when you return to school. I'm looking forward to an exciting year with all of you!

My Education and Professional Background

I completed my undergraduate studies at Arizona State University where I received my Bachelor's of Arts degree in Secondary Education English. From there, I went onto complete my graduate studies at Grand Canyon State University where I obtained my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Reading. During the 2013-2014 school year, I began teaching at Payne Junior High and couldn't imagine teaching elsewhere.

My Educational Philosophy

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela
 

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About Giaramita...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th / Gifted Language Arts
Room: E28
Phone: (480) 224-2458
Email: Giaramita
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."
 Malcolm S. Forbes

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Welcome!

Gifted students require a special type of education where they are challenged, taught to use their intelligence in an effective manner, and exposed to new ideas. I have devoted my teaching career to furthering these goals by tailoring the teaching of reading and writing to the unique audience of gifted children.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of the College of Staten Island where I earned my Bachelor of History. I also hold two Master Degrees, one in School Administration from Northern Arizona State University and the other in Education from Arizona State University. I've been teaching Language Arts for 17 years and have taught in New York, Scottsdale, and Chandler. This is my ninth year teaching gifted students.

My Educational Philosophy

In my classroom students will be presented with challenging problems and learn how to strategically think about them as well as articulate their ideas in powerful language. They will often read dense, abstract text and learn how to interpret, understand, and make connections between their world and the written page. I will teach your students everything I know about reading, writing, and thinking. I will expose them to new ideas, challenge them daily, and foster a supportive environment to help them grow.
 

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About Gillette...
Subject / Grade Project Lead the Way/ Digital Media
Room: B9
Phone: 480-224-2439
Email: Gillette
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."
 Mark Van Doren

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Welcome!

Welcome to an exciting year of learning!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my BS degree in Education from Arizona State. I have a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas Austin (hook 'em horns!)

My Educational Philosophy

I am excited to start my 18th year of teaching. I started teaching at Payne Jr. High in 2016. I taught 10 years in Kyrene and 7 years at Hope Christian Academy. Junior High is a great time for kids to experience a variety of disciplines through electives. You never know where they'll find their passion or where it might take them!
 

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About Glashagel...
Subject / Grade 7th / Special Education teacher
Room: B5
Phone: 480-224-2435
Email: Glashagel
"Life is too short not to be happy!"
 Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.....Willie Nelson

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Welcome!

Welcome from Ms. Glashagel....I look forward to another great year at Payne. Be ready for a new and positive year at Jr. High.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my BA from NAU in 2008 and received my teaching certification from Rio Salado. I have been in the teaching environment for 15 years and been working in special education for the past 9 years.

My Educational Philosophy

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

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About Grimes...
Subject / Grade 7th Science & 7th/8th Accelerated Science
Room: B11
Phone: 480-224-2441
Email: Grimes
"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."
 Abraham Lincoln

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Welcome!

Welcome to Science with Mrs. Grimes! It's going to be a great year expanding our knowledge!

My Education and Professional Background

I've been in education as a teacher, administrator, and college professor since 1993. I earned my bachelors in education and masters in administration. I've been a science teacher at Payne since 2011.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all students can learn and achieve high levels of success with a good teacher.
 

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About Hansen...
Subject / Grade Gifted Science 7th and 8th
Room: B-10
Phone: (480) 224-2440
Email: Hansen
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
 Albert Einstein

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Welcome!

Welcome to C.A.T.S. Science! This year is going to be filled with opportunities to explore our natural world through Geology, Astronomy, Genetics, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. I am a mom to four children, one currently attending high school in Chandler. I have lived the challenges of educating C.A.T.S. as a parent and as a teacher. Teaching is not just a calling, but a passion. I am a lifelong learner who is always working to perfect my skills and grow as a teacher.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU, Summa Cum Laude with ASU's Highly Qualified certifications in middle school science, STEM, and am completing my gifted certification. I've also earned a certificate in Environmental Education. This past summer, I attended the Honeywell Educator's Science Academy, and I can't wait to bring what I learned to my students. Teaching is my second career, having come from a Human Resources background in the Construction and Mining industries.

My Educational Philosophy

I utilize a variety of best teaching practices and methods of classroom management. High expectations, differentiation, student centered teaching, and knowing my student's individual needs form our classroom instruction. Because of my STEM and science background, I implement project/problem based learning to enrich our classroom experiences My primary goal is to help form lifelong learners who are productive citizens of a global community. Students will learn 21st Century Life Skills: Critical Thinking/Doing, Creativity, Collaboration, Cross-cultural Understanding, Communication, Computing, Career and Self-Sufficiency. Good science acts as the platform to launch your student toward responsible citizenry.
 

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About Heady...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th / C.A.T.S Social Studies
Room: B26
Phone: (480) 224-2456
Email: Heady
"It's difficult to be humble when you know that you're great."
 Frank Lloyd Wright

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th and 8th Grade CATS Social Studies with Chris Heady. We're going to have a fun and exciting year learning about American History, while hopefully having a great deal of fun in the process.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 2014 with a degree in Secondary Education (History). I taught middle school social studies for a year in Mesa and taught 7th grade at Payne before moving over to the CATS program.

My Educational Philosophy

I truly believe that every student has the ability to learn, and should therefore be afforded every opportunity to do so. I try to facilitate this by creating a safe environment in which to learn, in combination with creating a variety of lessons that engage and challenge all students, regardless of their particular learning style.
 

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About Herz...
Subject / Grade 7th / Math
Room: B18
Phone: 480-224-2448
Email: Herz
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th grade Math at PJHS!

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught in Chandler since 2011. Prior to my move to Chandler, I taught elementary and middle school in Tempe. I obtained a Bachelors degree from Portland State University, and I also earned a Master's degree from ASU.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student has the potential to learn and succeed. I believe that challenge, collaboration, and hard work are essential for learning. I strive to provide a rigorous and supportive environment where students are encouraged to grow and meet their potential.
 

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About Heschke...
Subject / Grade 8th Grade Social Studies
Room: E45
Phone: 480-224-2475
Email: Heschke
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference."
 Winston Churchill

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Welcome!

Welcome to 8th grade Social Studies! Here you will find everything you need to catch up, refresh and be in the know! We're going to have a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in 2002 after graduating from Iowa State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I earned my matster's degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2007. I began teaching in 2002 and have taught 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th math, 7th social studies and 8th social studies.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every student has the right to learn in an environment that is safe and it is the shared responsibility of the student and teacher to ensure that this occurs.
 

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About Jacques...
Subject / Grade Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: (480)224-2401
Email: Jacques
"One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."
 Cassandra Clare

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new school year at Payne Jr High! I am excited about starting a new year and the media center has great things planned for this year, so be sure to stay tuned!

My Education and Professional Background

I've been at Payne Junior High School since 2012. I previously worked as a special education teacher for 17 years. I made the transition to media specialist in 2015. I have a bachelors degree from Arizona State in History and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that there are no students who don't like to read, only students who have not yet found the right book.
 

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About Kussy...
Subject / Grade 8th / Social Studies
Room: E48
Phone: (480) 224-2478
Email: Kussy
"Learn as if your life depended on it. It does!"
 Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mr. Kussy's Social Studies class. I am so excited and honored to be your teacher. This year we will be studying the American Revolution, and World War II through the Modern Day.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree from Arizona State and began teaching in 1999. I completed my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Northern Arizona in 2009. I have taught Social Studies throughout my entire teaching career. I have been here at Payne since 2008 and look forward to many more years.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child that enters my class is a unique individual with differing personalities, emotions, and learning styles. My goal is to provide an environment for each student to grow intellectually and emotionally to assist them in reaching their full potential.
 

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About Lamberth...
Subject / Grade Choir & AVID
Room: C10
Phone: (480) 224-2483
Email: Lamberth
"Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this... only the best is good enough for a child."
 Zoltan Kodaly

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Welcome!

Welcome to Choir and AVID! My name is Mrs. Lamberth and I teach both Choir and AVID at Payne JHS. In Choir, students learn healthy vocal technique, sight-reading skills and learn to sing a variety of choral literature. For information about AVID, please visit the clubs page of our website.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City-Conservatory of Music. I have been teaching since 2001. I began my career teaching elementary music in Texas. After two years, I moved to Arizona and began working for the Phoenix Children's Chorus as the Prep Choir Director and the Music Literacy Instructor. I worked for the Phoenix Children's Chorus for four years. In 2008, I began teaching elementary music at CTA-Independence. I taught music and choir at CTA-Independence for seven years. In 2015, I began teaching choir and AVID at Payne JHS. I am certified in Kodaly Level 1 and Orff Level 1. I am also a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child is born a musician. It is my privilege to help students realize and embrace this.
 

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About LeBaron...
Subject / Grade 8th / Science and Investigative Science
Room: E39
Phone: 480-224-2469
Email: LeBaron
"If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties."
 Sir Francis Bacon

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Welcome!

Welcome to 8th Grade Science! I am excited to lead you in scientific discoveries.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education specializing in Secondary Education in Biology from Arizona State University. I taught 8th grade science for 5 years in Tempe and have been teaching at PJHS since 2008. I also coach track and field and teach for Chandler Online Academy. Mrs. LeBaron’s Science tutoring is on Friday mornings any time after 8:30. Students can also make an appointment for tutoring for any other morning or after school.

My Educational Philosophy

By DOING science we learn about our world!
 

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About Loftis...
Subject / Grade 7th Grade Science
Room: B13
Phone: (480) 224-2443
Email: Loftis
"If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you."
 Unknown

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th Grade Science!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BA in Secondary Education in 2007. I joined Payne Junior High in 2014.

My Educational Philosophy

One of the most important jobs I have as a teacher is to go beyond teaching the objectives. It is my goal to give the students a sense of power and desire to learn. I strive to provide a safe, fun, and academically rich learning environment with lessons that will encourage a student to choose to participate in the acquisition of learning. I am honored to be a part of the education of my students and the role I play in developing them as individuals.
 

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About Luongo...
Subject / Grade Art & Ceramics
Room: B12
Phone: 480-224-2442
Email: Luongo
"Every child is an artist, the challenge is how to remain one once he/she grows up."
 Pablo Picasso

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Welcome!

Welcome to Art & Ceramics at Payne Junior High!

My Education and Professional Background

BFA from State University of New York at Purchase

My Educational Philosophy

Students deserve to be treated with respect to create an environment of exploration, comfort to take challenges, & mutual respect for all individuals.
 

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About Manning...
Subject / Grade Language Arts/Math co-teacher/Strategies
Room: E41
Phone: 480-224-2471
Email: Manning
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Welcome!

Welcome to Payne Junior High School, home of the Panthers. I co-teach with a team in language arts and math and lead a Strategies class.

My Education and Professional Background

Cross Categorical Resource Room: SanTan Elementary School: 2005-2016 Bachelor of Science Degree, Special Education and Master of Arts in Special Education, Learning Disabilities

My Educational Philosophy

I look forward to working with your child. My goal is to help all students become confident independent learners. In addition to supporting academic growth I will work to help students understand their learning style and developing skills and strategies that will lead to their personal success. It is my goal as a teacher to provide a safe learning environment that allows risk-taking and encourages sharing of ideas and talents. I anticipate a great year!
 

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About Martinez...
Subject / Grade Special Education / Self-Contained ABLE classroom
Room: B16
Phone: 480-224-2446
Email: Martinez
"If it's both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it."
 Erada

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Welcome!

My goal this school year is for my students to think about education with a positive mind set. I want my students to come to school ready to show off their asets and ready to grow. Every child deserves to learn the way that supports them and it's my job to support their growth to the best of my abilities.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State in the Spring with a BA in Special Education and Elementary Education. I interned in Chandler schools during my time at ASU and fell in love with the district.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student is unique and in order for them to learn you have to first figure out how they learn as a student and how they are as a person. This is done through communication with that student, other colleagues, teachers and their parent/ guardians. That being said feel free to contact me, mmy door is always open. As long as we work together we can provide your student with the most sucessful education and enviornment.
 

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About Mattison...
Subject / Grade 7th Grade Social Studies
Room: B1
Phone: (480) 224-2431
Email: Mattison
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."
 Kid President

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Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my webpage. Please use the links provided to find information and assignments related to my classes. Email me anytime with questions.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and a master's degree from Northern Arizona University. I started teaching at Payne in 2005, and in my time at Payne I’ve worked with AVID, NJHS, and Student Council!

My Educational Philosophy

I truly believe every person is capable of learning, and with hard work and guidance, our potential is endless.
 

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About McVay...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th / Resource
Room: E52
Phone: 480-224-2482
Email: McVay
"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
 John F. Kennedy

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Welcome!

Welcome to Payne Junior High School, home of the Panthers. I co-teach with a team in language arts and math. I also lead a Strategies class.

My Education and Professional Background

Payne Jr. High School 2014 to present. Monticello Middle School, Monticello, Iowa 2006-2014. Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Bachelor of Science Degree, Elementary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each child is an unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my goal as a teacher to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe learning environment that allows risk-taking and encourages sharing of ideas and talents.
 

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About Messenger...
Subject / Grade 8th / Social Studies
Room: E33
Phone: 480-224-2463
Email: Messenger
"It will all come out in the wash."
 Ian Messenger

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Welcome!

Welcome to the place of learning!

My Education and Professional Background

I've been teaching Social Studies at Payne Junior High school since 2014. I received my bachelors degree in History and my Master degree in Education at ASU.

My Educational Philosophy

We are all here to learn, teachers included.
 

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About O'Roark...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th / Gifted Math / Algebra 1 & 2 / Geometry
Room: E27
Phone: (480) 224-2457
Email: O'Roark
"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be"
 Maya Angelou

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Welcome!

Welcome to Geometry and Algebra!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001 with a double major in Elementary Education and French. I completed my Masters in Teaching and Learning in 2005 at Saint Xavier University.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is that students learn math best when they have an opportunity to engage with mathematics, can practice and formalize their understanding and are able to apply the mathematics to real-world situations.
 

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About Penland...
Subject / Grade 8th / Language Arts
Room: E41
Phone: (480) 224-2471
Email: Penland
"Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't"
 Jerry Rice

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Welcome!

I am Andrew Penland and I would like to welcome everyone to 8th grade Language Arts. This year is going to be a fun, challenging experience designed to be interactive and thought provoking. You are going to be asked to complete many different reading and writing activities that will help provide a solid educational foundation you will need to not only be successful in high school, but college and the real world as well.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a graduate of Northern Arizona University where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. I have dual minors in History and English. I have been in the teaching profession since 2003 and a member of the Payne staff since 2008 where I have taught both 8th grade Language Arts and 8th grade Honors Language Arts.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe education is vital to becoming a well-balanced individual and in order to make that educational experience the most successful it can be takes a partnership of all parties involved. For students to prosper it is not only dependent on them, but also the teacher, parents and community. When true collaboration is reached young people reap the positive rewards and thrive in this ever changing and demanding world.
 

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About Tambone...
Subject / Grade 7th and 8th grade Spanish
Room: B2
Phone: 480-224-2432
Email: Tambone
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela"
 The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on.-Barack Obama

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Welcome!

Welcome to Spanish! I am very excited to be here at Payne. This year you will learn a lot! Be prepared to give your best every day, learn to problem-solve and make firends. It's going to be a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Rockford College, in Rockford, Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and a minor in Business. My Master's Degree is in Curriculum and Instrcution from Arizona State University. I am Highly Qualified in Spanish and certified to teach Dual Enrollment for the Maricopa Community College System. My endorsements are in Structured English Immersion and Gifted Education.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student can learn. It is realistic to make mistakes, but always learn from your mistakes. Make every day about learning and you will be fulfilled.
 

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About Emrick...
Subject / Grade 7th & 8th Grade Math: Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Room: E30
Phone: (480)224-2460
Email: Emrick
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
 Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Emrick's 8th grade Math Class! I'm hoping my love of math becomes contagious!

My Education and Professional Background

This will be my 20th year teaching in Arizona. I graduated from Arizona State University in 1996 with a degree in Special Education. I also received a Master's in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Currently I hold the following certificates: Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities, and Sped. Mild Moderate Mental Handicap. Prior to coming to Chandler in 1999, I taught 2 years in the Laveen School District. Since being in the CUSD district I have had the pleasure of teaching at Knox Elementary, CTA Goodman, and this will be my second year here at Payne Junior High. I have always carried a love for math, and now I am fortunate enough to focus on my true passion.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as a teacher is to provide children with a safe and rich environment where they feel confident enough to take chances, explore, and freely share their ideas with others. I strive to make each child's education a TEAM endeavor which includes the parents, teachers, and the child.
 

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About Schlechty...
Subject / Grade 7th / Science & Accelerated Science
Room: B25
Phone: (480) 224-2455
Email: Schlechty
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops."
 Henry Brooks Adams

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Welcome!

Welcome to 7th Grade Science and Accelerated Science. I look forward to having each child in the classroom. We will engage in as many hands-on and cooperative learning activities as possible this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelors of Education degree for science. I also possess Masters of Education degrees in guidance counseling and curriculum and instruction for English language learners. I addition, I have a Reading Specialist Endorsement. I have been teaching since 1998. Most of my teaching experience has been at the junior high school level.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is that all students are capable of learning. The teacher must tap into the learning style of each student. In addition, students must learn to collaborate and become good citizens.
 

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About Schlossberg...
Subject / Grade 7th / Math
Room: B23
Phone: (480) 224-2453
Email: Schlossberg
"Manning, lobs it, Burress alone. Touchdown NEW YORK!"
 Joe Buck

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mr. Schlossberg's 7th Grade Math Page!

My Education and Professional Background

Elementary Education Major at The University of Arizona. I have been teaching since 2011.

My Educational Philosophy

All children can learn and succeed in math. Math might be tough, but I believe all students can persevere and succeed.
 

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About Smith...
Subject / Grade Special Education / Self-Contained classroom
Room: B15
Phone: 480-224-2445
Email: Smith
"If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."
 Chinese Proverb

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Welcome!

My goal this school year is to allow each student to see the positive impact they can have on their surroundings and to believe in themselves and their abilities. I believe strongly in being an advocate for my students' and ensuring that their educational lives can be successful as possible.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been in the teaching profession since 1995, working with students with who have intellectual disabilities. I have a BA degree from ASU in Special Education with an emphasis in, students with Intellectual Disabilities. In December 2011, I received my MA in curriculum and Instruction from NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that regular communication is the key to success. Please feel free to contact me at any time by phone, email or in-person. My door is always open. If you cannot get in touch with me immediately, kindly leave a message either on voicemail or with the office staff and I will return your call as quickly as possible. I check my emails several times a day, so you should receive replies to your emails within a few hours. Keep in mind that emails are considered public record, so confidential I want you to know that I am not here only for your child; I consider it a privilege to work with the whole family. I realize that the parents are the child's most valuable resource and I want to work together as much as possible. If your child knows that you and I are on the same page, he/she will feel well cared for and will know that we will hold him or her accountable for their success.
 

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About Spengler...
Subject / Grade 8th / Language Arts
Room: E46
Phone: 480-224-2476
Email: Spengler
""Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world""
 Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

Welcome to 8th Grade Langauge Arts! I'm excited to spend another year at Payne helping students grow and doing what I love.

My Education and Professional Background

I hold a bachelors degree from Arizona State University in Broadcast Journalism/Mass Communication with a minor in Human Communication. After completing my degree I took a position in higher education and quickly realized that my passion for education was best utilized in the classroom. As a result I returned to school and earned my Masters in Secondary Education- English in 2012. In 2018 I became a National Board Certified Teacher by earning National Board Certification in Adolescent Youth.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is that every student is capable of more than they think they are. In the classroom I strive to lead students to a respect and appreciation for the educational process. I work daily to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in the academic world as well as life outside the classroom. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for Language Arts with them. I feel there is a need for passionate individuals who are excited lifelong learners.
 

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About Stevens...
Subject / Grade 7th / Social Studies
Room: B20
Phone: 480-224-2450
Email: Stevens
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
 A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. - Mark Twain

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Welcome!

Welcome to my website.

My Education and Professional Background

Undergraduate California State University, Long Beach. Post graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach, Arizona State University and Mesa Community College 25 years in the private and government sectors. 9 years as a secondary instructor.

My Educational Philosophy

Work hard, study and use your imagination to see beyond what is already known and understood.
 

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About Stevens...
Subject / Grade 8th / Social Studies
Room: E31
Phone: 480-224-2461
Email: Stevens
"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."
 Calvin Coolidge

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Welcome!

Welcome to Social Studies, our study of American History, World History, Civics, Geography, & Economics!

My Education and Professional Background

I have an Undergraduate Degree in History, and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education. This will be my 4th year at Payne Junior High School.

My Educational Philosophy

Meet others where they are, and we all can move forward together.
 

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About Lago...
Subject / Grade 8th Grade Science and Yearbook
Room: E36
Phone: (480) 224-2466
Email: Lago
"The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday."
 Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Lago's Science Class!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, Masters Degree in Counseling/HR from Northern Arizona University, 12 years of teaching

My Educational Philosophy

The world is constantly changing. We need to prepare students to face these changes and the problems that will arise as these changes occur.
 

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About Wells...
Subject / Grade 7th / Math
Room: B6
Phone: 480-224-2436
Email: Wells
"You never know when the next day could be your last, so live every day to the fullest!"
 Anonymous

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my page!

My Education and Professional Background

B.A. in Elementary Education, Middle School Math Endorsement

My Educational Philosophy

I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to my students, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the children as well.
 

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