About Houy...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Office
Phone: 480-812-7365
Email: Houy

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Welcome!

Welcome to Sanborn Elementary. Home of the Suns!

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career in Illinois in 1999. I began as a PE teacher and transitioned to administration. I have served as a Substitute Teacher, Teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. I started teaching in the Chandler School District in 2015. I graduated from Eastern Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. I earned two Masters Degrees from Southern Mississippi (Ed. Leadership) and National-Louis (Curriculum & Instruction). In 2012, I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe building strong, authentic relationships is crucial to a successful education. There is a proven connection between positive relationships and student achievement.
 

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About Cole...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-7300
Email: Cole

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Welcome!

Welcome to Sanborn where our motto is every student is "Born to Shine!" We believe challenging students with a rigorous and relevant curriculum in conjunction with providing a nurturing and compassionate environment where differences and diversity are honored is essential in helping prepare our students for success in life. We highly value our partnerships with parents and look forward to working together to make your child’s elementary career a positive, successful, and memorable one.

My Education and Professional Background

It’s an honor and privilege to be your principal! Throughout my career in education, I have also served as an Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, and Behavior Specialist. I spent 14 years in the classroom as a Resource Teacher, Intermediate Grades Teacher, and Gifted Education Teacher. I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and a Bachelors Degree in Family Studies and Child Development from the University of Arizona. I am certified in Elementary Education and Special Education (K-12), endorsed in Gifted and SEI education, and hold a Principal Certification. I am an Arizona native and live in Chandler with my husband and twin daughters. I am an avid sports fan, animal lover, and enjoy doing anything that allows me to spend time with my family and friends.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe a successful school is one that focuses on the social, emotional, and intellectual development of children and places what is best for students at the center of each and every decision. I believe all children can learn and it is our job as educators to find out what motivates and inspires each one of our students to learn in order to support them in realizing their dreams. A successful school is a place where genuine relationships are built between all stakeholders and honest and open communication is the norm.
 

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About Tobias...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-7300
Email: Tobias

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

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

My Educational Philosophy

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

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About Chavarria...
Position: Special Programs K-1
Room: K2
Phone: (480)812-7362
Email: Chavarria

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Welcome!

Hello Suns! I am very excited to meet you.

My Education and Professional Background

I have worked at Sanborn since 2018 as a Paraprofessional in Special Programs grades K-1st while working towards my degree. I received my degree from GCU in Adolescent Psychology. Working with kiddos is something I have always been passionate about. I have a lot of experience volunteering with organizations that work with children with disabilities. I am excited to continue my career as a Sanborn Sun!

My Educational Philosophy

Every child has a different way of learning, giving them a calming and loving environment where they can grow and learn will help them be successful. I know our learning is never fully done even myself as an educator will continue to learn and grow.
 

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About Peyer...
Position: Special Programs K-2
Room: K-1
Phone: 480-812-7361
Email: Peyer

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Welcome!

Welcome Sanborn Suns! I am very excited to meet everyone and have an amazing year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with my master’s in special education and elementary education in May of 2020. I interned in a 2nd and 3rd grade autism classroom and a Kindergarten general education classroom. I student taught in a 3rd – 6th grade functional SKILLS classroom and a 2nd grade general education classroom. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in human service leadership and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2017. I was born and raised in Wisconsin.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children are unique, and they must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my goal to create an environment where students feel respected by peers and staff, they are engaged in learning, and are bridging the gap to independence. I look forward to learning new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies throughout the years to enrich my students' learning.
 

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About Schlechty...
Position: Preschool lead teacher
Room: 9
Phone: 480-812-7339
Email: Schlechty

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Welcome!

Hello, my name is Margie Schlechty and I teach Preschool at Sanborn Elementary. I began teaching at Wilson head start in 2015 in Phoenix. For years, I taught three and four year old children in my own home preparing them for kindergarten. By letting children interact by themselves, it lets me see how they are exploring in their environment. We will do many STEM projects, hands-on learning, as well as focus on fundamentals.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated in 2011, from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, received several endorsements in Early Childhood Education, as well as English Instruction (SEI).

My Educational Philosophy

Hello, my name is Margie Schlechty. I began teaching Preschool at Sanborn Elementary in 2020. However, I am an experienced five year preschool teacher, coming from the Wilson Head Start program in Phoenix. For years, I taught three and four year old children in my own home preparing them for kindergarten. I graduated 2011, from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, received several endorsements in Early Childhood Education, as well as English Instruction (SEI). By letting children interact by themselves, it lets me see how they are exploring in their environment. We will do many STEM projects, hands-on learning, as well as focus on fundamental academic skills. One of my strongest beliefs is that children learn from their environment. We will be outside exploring nature as well as how to socially interact with each other through stories, singing and dancing. This is the beginning for your child to start their love for learning.
 

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About Casey-Kane...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 13
Phone: 480-812-7343
Email: Casey-Kane

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Welcome!

My name is Kara Casey-Kane and I am excited to be part of the Kindergarten team this year! Since my name is quite the tongue twister, I have the students just call me Mrs. Kane. I know this school year will be a fun-filled learning adventure for not only the students but for me as well. I am looking forward to being part of the Sanborn Suns team this year and watching our Suns shine!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University and completed my Early Childhood Education teaching certification at Rio Salado College. I have worked in various positions in education since 1999, with the majority of that time helping preschoolers and kindergarteners as they begin their educational journey. Along the way, I have worked in Montessori classrooms as well as inclusion classrooms that blend learners of all levels and abilities working together.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all students are able to learn at their own pace in their own time. When given encouragement and the tools they need to succeed, the sky is the limit for all my students. Hands on learning is much more powerful and long lasting, so I encourage exploration and critical thinking skills in our activities. Believing in my students fosters them having confidence in their own abilities.
 

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About Davies...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 10
Phone: (480) 812-7340
Email: Davies

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am excited to have an amazing year at Sanborn!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from ASU in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education (Go Devils!). I began my teaching journey in Mesa Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher. Afterward, I spent a year in the northern region of Spain (Basque Country) teaching English in a Basque Elementary School. I came back to the United States and taught 1st grade in the Creighton School District for a few years. I am now excited to continue my teaching career here at Sanborn.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child is unique and capable of success. My job as an educator is to help all students be successful, no matter the circumstances. I believe in holding high expectations for respect, and teaching students that they can persevere through any difficult problem. My classroom will always be a safe, creative, and inviting place for your child to grow into the best human and brightest student they can be.
 

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About Verplank...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: Room 3
Phone: 480-812-7333
Email: Verplank

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Welcome!

Welcome to Miss Verplank’s 2nd grade classroom! I am so excited to spend this year helping your child learn, grow, and have fun! I love working with the little ones and couldn’t see myself doing anything else!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated in 2015 with honors from Roosevelt University in Chicago. (Go Cubbies!) I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and my English as a Second Language Endorsement. I taught kindergarten in Chicago for fall of 2016. I moved out to Arizona in 2017 and taught 1st grade for 3 years in Glendale! I recently moved to Gilbert, and I’m super excited for this new adventure in 2nd grade at Sanborn! It’s going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to get the year started!

My Educational Philosophy

One of my main goals as a teacher is to help my students love school and love coming to class. I believe that if students are excited to come to school then they will want to do well in school! I also believe students learn the most when they can participate and are involved in lessons. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” I always reflect on how I can make a lesson more hands-on or engaging for my students. Overall, I believe a successful classroom is where everyone is interested, participating, having fun, being respectful, and showing growth along the way!
 

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About Thompson...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 20
Phone: 480-812-7350
Email: Thompson

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Welcome!

Hi and welcome! I could not be more excited to be a part of the Sanborn family and teaching your 4th grade student! I have known that I have wanted to be a teacher since I was very young and have chased that dream ever since! When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, baking, and visiting my family in California. I look forward to making lifelong memories with the class while fostering an inclusive environment of learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education in the Spring of 2020. During my last year of college, I was a student teacher here at Sanborn in Mrs. Lewis’ 3rd grade room.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every student who walks through my door should feel loved and accepted. It is my job to push them, challenge them, and get them to where they need to be. I believe that children are lifelong learners that need to have fun and be allowed to express the best version of themselves. My goal is to create a classroom community that fosters not only academic success, but love, happiness, and safety.
 

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About Alvarado...
Position: Resource Teacher
Room: M4
Phone: 480-812-7358
Email: Alvarado

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Welcome!

Hello there! Welcome to my page and thank you for taking time out of your day to visit!

My Education and Professional Background

My first experience in the classroom was my role as a educational assistant in a self contained middle school class. I loved every second of it! A few years after that, I graduated from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Science in Special Education. Right after that I moved to Arizona and began teaching right away. I spent my first two years teaching at a private placement school in Tempe. There, I was a middle school teacher for kiddos that struggled with behavior.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every student should feel welcome, safe, and loved. I strive to create lessons that encourage students and make them feel unstoppable! We live in a harsh world, leaving a lot of kiddos feeling defeated, unworthy, and unsure of what they are capable of accomplishing. I want to plant a seed of hope and desire in their minds to change this way of thinking. I believe that all begins in the classroom.
 

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About Zeig...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 11
Phone: 480-812-7341
Email: Zeig

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Welcome!

Thank you for stopping by. I love anything Disney, especially Minnie Mouse. This year, I have decorated my classroom to reflect my love of Disney. I have a passion for teaching Kindergarten and look forward to helping children learn through exploration and play as well as traditional methods of teaching.

My Education and Professional Background

I am an ASU graduate. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in May of 2003. My first job I after graduation in July of 2003 was teaching Kindergarten at Laveen Elementary with the Laveen Elementary School District. While working in Laveen I attended NAU to pursue a master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education with an endorsement in English as a Second language. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2006. After receiving my master’s degree, I began working for the Apache Junction Unified School District as an English language teacher. During my time in Apache Junction, I also taught Kindergarten and early kindergarten. I was employed with Apache Junction for five years. In July of 2012 I started working for the Chandler Unified School District as a Kindergarten teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child is a unique, complex learner. A child is a social being who learns through the development of relationships with peers and adults. Every child is entitled to learning environments that support optimal development of the whole child; is entitled to opportunities to learn through active exploration. Every child learns through child-initiated, child-directed, teacher-supported play.
 

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About Nelson...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 5
Phone: (480) 812-7335
Email: Nelson

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Welcome!

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child over this school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I started teaching at the wonderful Sanborn in April of 2013! I graduated from Arizona State University (GO DEVILS!) in December 2012 with a bachelors in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in Structured English Immersion.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. As an educator, I desire to help students meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supportive, and inviting.
 

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About DeHart...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 8
Phone: (480) 812-7338
Email: DeHart

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Welcome!

Welcome to 1st grade! After teaching kindergarten for 22 years, I am very excited to be looping with my class to first grade. It's going to be a fun year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 1996 with a Master of Science in Education. In September 1998, I taught my first class of Kindergartners at Winding Creek Elementary in Stafford, Virginia. At the completion of the school year, I moved to Arizona. Since July 1999 I have been teaching Kindergartners at Sanborn Elementary. I have an Early Childhood Endorsement as well as a Structured English Immersion Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

A former principal of Sanborn, Mrs. Hock, would always tell the children, “You are unique, loveable, and capable of success”. I am a firm believer of this. Not every child learns the same way or comes to school with the same knowledge. However, every child can learn and it is up to me, with the support of his/her parents, to provide the best learning experience for each child.
 

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About Schuttenberg...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 7
Phone: 480-812-7337
Email: Schuttenberg

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade! My name is Mrs. Schuttenberg. Some students like to call me Mrs. S for short, either one works for me. I am really excited to be part of Sanborn Elementary as your child’s first grade teacher!

My Education and Professional Background

My educational history includes, graduating from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s of art degree and then attending Ottawa University focusing on Elementary Education (K-8). I have attained Structured English Immersion K-12 and an Early Childhood Endorsement. I have experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, sixth grade and eighth grade. I have been working for Sanborn Elementary since 2006. I really enjoy teaching first grade as I see exceptional growth throughout the year.

My Educational Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to inspire student’s learning through engaging questions that deepen their understanding of the world around them. I believe students learn best through discovery learning. I create an environment that enables them to have hands on learning experiences and discussions with their peers. I promote a classroom with high expectations balanced with a fun learning environment. I truly believe if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
 

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About Latter...
Position: 1st
Room: 6
Phone: (480) 812-7600
Email: Latter

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Latter's 1st Grade Webpage.

My Education and Professional Background

I am pleased to introduce myself. My name is Heather Latter and this will be my eighth year teaching. I have previously taught kindergarten, second grade, third grade and first grade for 2 years. I am very excited to have this opportunity to be your child's teacher in first grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that as a teacher the ultimate goal is to inspire, educate, and motivate students to become lifelong learners. In order to make this happen, I will be a positive role model for all students. I will respect each and every one of my students, parents, and staff members. I will build a classroom community where each student feels safe and willing to take risks. I will ensure that each student reaches his/her full academic potential.
 

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About Maxwell...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 8
Phone: (480)812-7338
Email: Maxwell

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Maxwell’s class webpage! I am very excited to be your child’s 1st Grade teacher this year. I am looking forward to a wonderful and fun year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in December of 2007. I started teaching in July of 2008 at Sanborn Elementary in Chandler Unified School District. I have also previously taught 4th Grade and Kindergarten. I have an Early Childhood Endorsement, English as a Second Language Endorsement, and a Structured English Immersion Endorsement. In 2015, I received my Masters Degree from NAU in Educational Leadership and will be receiving my principal certification.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children are capable of learning, but all learn at a different pace and through different strategies. It is my job as your child’s teacher to create a positive and welcoming learning environment, free of judgement and fear, so that your child can reach their full academic potential. Differentiating instruction based off each child’s needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles will be utilized to encourage and promote lifelong learners ready for the world that awaits them!
 

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About Adams...
Position: 1st
Room: 7
Phone: (480) 812-7337
Email: Adams

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Welcome!

Welcome Sanborn I believe that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world, and that each child can achieve academic and personal success. My goal is to create a safe, nurturing classroom for my students that fosters mutual respect and raises self-esteem. My goal is to inspire young minds and promote a love of learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University in 2004. Additionally, I have an endorsement in Structured English Immersion. I have worked for CUSD since 2004.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world, and that each child can achieve academic and personal success. My goal is to create a safe, nurturing classroom for my students that fosters mutual respect and raises self-esteem. My goal is to inspire young minds and promote a love of learning.
 

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About Upperman...
Position: 1/2 ELD
Room: 32
Phone: 480-812-7320
Email: Upperman

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome! I am here to create a safe and successful atmosphere for my students. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email or call me and I will be there to help.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bacehlors Degree from ASU in Communication in 2002. I returned to ASU and received my Masters Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education in 2012. I began teaching in January of 2013.

My Educational Philosophy

One of our great American inventors, Thomas Edison, once said, "Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.” I find ways to motivate my students to do their best everyday. We all have the ability to learn. My job is to help the student on that path and to help them feel successful.
 

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About Pusch...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 1
Phone: (480) 812-7331
Email: Pusch

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Welcome!

Welcome to 2nd Grade! I am so very excited to guide your children as we learn and grow together. I’m looking forward to an exciting year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education with a certification in Early Childhood. I began my teaching career at Sanborn in 2015.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children learn differently. It is my goal to foster a love of learning in my students and to encourage them to challenge themselves. It is important to me to create a respectful, accepting, and exciting environment where all children feel safe. I believe that the ultimate goal as a teacher is to inspire and guide students to become lifelong learners.
 

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About Myers...
Position: 3rd
Room: 16
Phone: 480-812-7346
Email: Myers

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am excited to be teaching 3rd Grade this year. I look forward to an amazing year helping students succeed and reach their academic goals.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from ASU in 1994. I have a Reading Specialist Endorsement, as well as an Early Childhood Endorsement. I have taught at Sanborn Elementary since 2005 in both 1st and 2nd Grades.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy towards teaching is to provide a learning environment which generates inquiry, knowledge, creativity, and, of course, fun!
 

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About Vogt...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 3
Phone: (480) 812-7333
Email: Vogt

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Welcome!

Welcome to Miss Vogt's 2nd Grade Class!

My Education and Professional Background

I recieved my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012 from Northern Arizona University. I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Sign Language in 2007. I also have several endorsements including Structured English Immersion and Early Childhood Education.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my belief that children need to be empowered to believe in themselves. They must know that regardless of circumstance they can achieve their goals, whatever they may be. My teaching practices foster a sense of resilience and independence both in their academics and in life. In order to promote this confidence my classroom provides a fun learning environment where students feel safe to take risks and make mistakes without fear of judgment. Students will learn what it means to be a citizen of our community and world by learning how to accept people’s differences, work together cooperatively and be problem solvers. My intent is for children to leave me happy and driven with a love for knowledge, people and exploration.
 

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About Davis...
Position: 1st grade
Room: 6
Phone: 480-812-7336
Email: Davis

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Welcome!

Welcome to First Grade ! Thank you for visiting our class website. Please use links on the left to navigate our site. I am very excited to be part of the Sanborn family. Most importantly I am excited to be your teacher. It is going to be a great year full of new friends, new adventures, and new discoveries.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University for both my bachelors and master’s degree. I have been teaching at Sanborn since 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe each child is unique, loveable and capable of success. My goal for my students is for each of them to reach their fullest potential where they feel safe to take chances and share their ideas. I will differentiate instruction based on my student’s needs and abilities which will allow them grow as learners. I will create a fun, safe and caring learning environment where my students will become lifelong learners.
 

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About Jaramillo...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 4
Phone: (480) 812-7334
Email: Jaramillo

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am proud to be a part of your child's education. I look forward to a wonderful year of helping build memories and creating life long learners.

My Education and Professional Background

I have worked for the Chandler School District since 2004. I received a Bachelor's of Social Work Degree from Northern Arizona University. After several years working as a social worker, I went back to school and received a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education. In 2009, I received my M.Ed.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe my role as an educator is to inspire my students to want to be lifelong learners. In order to do this, I will be a positive role model for students. I will respect each student and provide a safe learning environment. My goal as an educator is to assist each student to reach their full potential. I believe every student is unique and learning should be fun. I strive to create an exciting and fun learning environment that every student will thrive in.
 

 | Email Kristin Jaramillo
About Lewis...
Position: 3rd
Room: 14
Phone: (480)812-7344
Email: Lewis

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Welcome!

Welcome to Third Grade! I am very excited to be your student’s teacher this year. I am looking forward to making lifelong memories with the class while creating a classroom community that fosters an enthusiasm for learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Beloit College in 2008 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education and Sociology. I began teaching 2nd grade in Wisconsin (GO PACK GO) in 2008. In 2010 I moved to Arizona and have been fortunate to be teaching at Sanborn ever since.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each student that steps foot in my door is capable of being successful. Each school year, my goal is to create a classroom community that fosters a love of learning. It is my job as their teacher to help determine where each student’s energy and motivation is and to teach them use that to drive their excitement for discovery.
 

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About Solien...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 15
Phone: 480-812-7345
Email: Solien

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Welcome!

Welcome to third grade! I am excited to be your child’s teacher. I know this will be a fun-filled year of learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2010. I also have endorsements in Early Childhood and Structured English Immersion.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child can achieve academic and personal success. Every student is unique, has individual strengths and is a valued part of our learning community. It is my goal as a teacher to instill a love of learning. I create a positive and caring learning environment so that my students feel respected, appreciated, and safe.
 

 | Email Samantha Solien
About Boone...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 2
Phone: (480) 812-7332
Email: Boone

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Welcome!

Welcome To Our Fantastic 4th Grade Classroom!!

My Education and Professional Background

I began working in the Chandler District as a kindergarten aide at Humphrey Elementary. I was with kindergarten for 3 years before I began working toward my degree in teaching. In the fall of 2005, I did my student teaching (4th grade) at Humphrey Elementary and graduated with my degree from Ottawa University. Following that, I was then hired at Sanborn in December for a position in resource, working with 5th and 6th graders. At the end of that school year, I was hired back at Sanborn to teach 3rd grade. I'm now in 4th grade and I love it!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in students believing in themselves. There is no stronger power than that to help them on their paths to their own successes. I want to provide opportunities for my students to share their thoughts and ideas in a safe, learning environment. When alternate ideas and thought processes are shared, it not only builds stronger connections to one another, but also gives my students several strategies to help them operate in the world around us. I believe in the power of shared learning and working as a team, as well as the power of each individual student. I enjoy seeing things through the eyes of my students and spending time with each one to understand how they think and reflect on their learning. I work hard to help struggling students master concepts and challenge those who are ready for it. In my mind, one of the best feeling s in the world is to see the look of success and inspiration on my students’ faces.
 

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About Brindley...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: 17
Phone: (480) 812-7347
Email: Brindley

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Welcome!

Welcome to third grade! I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher. The children are eager to learn and their personalities sparkle! I look forward to a fabulous year of learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University in 2002. I received my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University in 2009. I began teaching at Sanborn Elementary in 2005. I have an endorsement for Structured English Immersion.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child can achieve academic and personal success. Each student has a different style of learning and has individual strengths. My goal is to find out what works best for each child and inspire him or her to reach as high as they can. I want each child to feel appreciated and comfortable and to know that I will try to motivate them to do their finest.
 

 | Email Susie Brindley
About Hart...
Position: 1st
Room: 6
Phone: 480-812-7336
Email: Hart

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Welcome!

Welcome to another year at Sanborn Elementary. I am excited to be part of the first grade team this year. We have a lot of fun and educational activities planned for the students this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught in Chandler since 2000 and have been teaching since 1975. I love teaching such a diverse group of students. I enjoy traveling and have taught in Korea and Indonesia. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Hayward and I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University. I hold endorsements in Gifted Education, English as a Second Language, and Reading.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child can learn and become successful in life. Every student has different learning styles and strengths. My job is to find out how each child learns and help them to become the best they can be. I hope that every student is comfortable in my classroom and I will do my best to motivate them to be successful.
 

 | Email Marsha Hart
About Malizia...
Position: 4th grade
Room: 19
Phone: (480) 812-7349
Email: Malizia

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Welcome!

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My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education: University of Minnesota Duluth; Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Northern Arizona University

My Educational Philosophy

All children are unique, loveable and capable of success.
 

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About Johnson...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 18
Phone: 480-812-7348
Email: Johnson

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Welcome!

Welcome to 4th grade! We have an exciting year coming up! I look forward to getting to know you and your children this year! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Utah University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Reading. I have taught first grade, second grade, 3rd grade CATS and 4th grade. I have been teaching since 2001.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child is unique, loveable and capable of success! I want to be an inspiration for high achievement, meeting student needs and goals, and I want to be a positive role model to my students, colleagues and parents. I believe we all have to work together to ensure the success and education of each child. I want to create a fun, save and yet vigorous environment for learning, while creating lifelong learners socially, emotionally and academically!
 

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About Miller...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 19
Phone: (480) 812-7349
Email: Miller

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am extremely excited to be a Sanborn Sun and teaching 4th grade! I have wanted to be a teacher from the time when I was very young. My mother has been a teacher for 35+ years and she has been an amazing inspiration. When I am not teaching I love spending time with my husband and family. In my free time I enjoy reading, playing board games, and going on trips.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2011. I have been teaching since the fall of 2011 and have experience teaching 4th and 5th grades.

My Educational Philosophy

All students are unique and capable of learning to the highest levels. I strive to have each student reach success in all areas of education and life. To reach this goal it is my intention to create successful and productive relationships with all students. Our classroom is a community where all students feel comfortable taking risks and working hard to learn more than they knew they were capable of.
 

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About Wheeler...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 22
Phone: 480-812-7352
Email: Wheeler

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am so excited to be part of the Sanborn community. You will learn so much this year and hopefully have fun along the way!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University in 1999. My major was in Child Development and my minor was in Language Arts. While I was there I was fortunate enough to complete half of my student teaching experience in Perth, Australia. I taught in Michigan for two years before moving to Arizona in 2001. I received my Master’s Degree from NAU in 2005 in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement. I have taught first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades in my teaching journey.

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to create a warm, caring, structured learning environment for all students. I want my students to feel safe and comfortable so that they will take risks in their learning and feel successful on a daily basis. I believe all children are capable of success and will rise to the top when challenged.
 

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About Ellis...
Position: 5th grade
Room: 24
Phone: (480)812-7354
Email: Ellis

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Welcome!

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

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in May of 2013. I began teaching 5th grade in July of 2013 at Sanborn Elementary in Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

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

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About Vanlandingham...
Position: Technology Teacher
Room: Computer Lab
Phone: 480-812-7305
Email: Vanlandingham

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Welcome!

Welcome! I'm pleased to be teaching technology at Sanborn. I look forward to a great year where every student finds success!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Monmouth College in May of 1995 and earned my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NAU in December of 1999. The past 22 years have been spent teaching technology, pre-k, kinder, first, second and fifth grades at various CUSD schools.

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to develop an age appropriate, risk-safe learning environment for students of any age where every student feels challenged and supported, and to assist them in reaching their full potential. The best compliment I ever received from a student was that I made him feel like he could do anything.
 

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About Miller...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: M3
Phone: (480) 812-7357
Email: Miller

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am excited to have your child in my room and look forward to working together with you to ensure it is a fun and successful year.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Arizona State University. I also received a Master’s degrees in Bilingual/Multicultural Education and Administrations from Northern Arizona University. I hold a reading and ESL endorsement and am highly qualified in Science. I began teaching in Tempe and moved to Chandler Unified in 2008.

My Educational Philosophy

I will provide an inviting environment that makes it possible for all students to learn. They will be motivated and encouraged to take risks and learn from their mistakes. All students are unique and bring their own experiences to situations. I need to be perceptive and caring enough to really know my students. It is my responsibility to discover their individual strengthens as well as their needs. I can then focus on these strengths and help students use them to their best advantage. It is important for me to be flexible and consistently monitor the learning environment. I will adjust my teaching to maximize the learning of every student. Most importantly, I understand that in order to be a great teacher, I must continue to be an active learner.
 

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About Collier...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: 6
Phone: (480) 812-7336
Email: Collier

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Susan Collier. I have been teaching at Sanborn since 2015 and I love being a part of the community. Over the course of my career, I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. I am eager to teach first grade this year and look forward to working with my students. I have worked in CUSD since 2001 and began my teaching career in the Roosevelt District in 1996. I received my BA from ASU in 1996 and a Masters Degree from NAU in 2001. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned an Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in 1996. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2004. I am certified to teach K-8 and have a Bilingual Endorsement. I started my teaching career in the Roosevelt District and have been teaching in the Chandler District since 2001.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as an educator is to create a classroom where each student is successful. By creating a partnership between home and school, each student will succeed. I believe each student is unique and it is my goal to help each one learn in multiple ways as they become lifelong learners.
 

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About Fendrick...
Position: English Language Development
Room: 32
Phone: 480-812-7364
Email: Fendrick

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Welcome!

Hello Sanborn Friends and Families! I am the ELD pull-out teacher here at Sanborn and I love working with students who are learning to perfect their English! It is exciting to explore languages and cultures while we study grammar, writing, and communication in a small group setting. I am grateful to be at Sanborn where the staff and students are diverse, hard-working, and fun.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from ASU and then realized that I wanted a career in education. I received my Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification, followed by a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in the power of education and that every child deserves the opportunity to learn and reach his or her full potential. I am honored to be an educator and feel a great sense of responsibility to encourage and support students as they learn and grow. I strive to know each child as a learner and set high expectations for what he or she can achieve. I am in the classroom to guide, to teach, to care, and to prepare each child, as they grow and become a part of the global community.
 

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About Anderson...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 31
Phone: 480-812-7313
Email: Anderson

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade and a new year of learning experiences! I am originally from Texas, lived for some time in Nevada, and then moved to Arizona to pursue my dream of becoming an educator at ASU. When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies, drinking coffee, and spending time with my friends and family. My husband Bret and I have two children named Brodie and Adalynn. They keep us quite busy! We are Disney fanatics!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching since 2004. I have taught 6th grade, 4th grade, and 2nd grade. I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade!! In 2004, I received my Bachelors Degree from ASU in Elementary Education. In 2008, I received my Masters Degree from NAU in Curriculum and Instruction. I completed my second Masters in Educational Administration in 2015, and have my principal certification.

My Educational Philosophy

Students are changing. With each passing school year, students are bringing new changes and needs with them into the classroom. Students need new ways to become motivated about school and learning. It is the role of the teacher to take notice of the many changes students are going through and provide a unique educational experience that meets these ever changing needs.
 

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About Velez...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: M-1
Phone: (480) 812-7355
Email: Velez

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Welcome!

Hi! Welcome to 6th Grade – room M1! I am excited to be your child’s 6th Grade teacher here at Sanborn. I began working with CUSD in January of 2015, after being away from teaching for a few short years. During those years I was working at a Fortune 500 company, but my mind kept returning to teaching. I was lucky enough to obtain a position at CTA Liberty in January before making my way to Sanborn. I am much happier doing what I love – teaching.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my BA in General and Special Education from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, N.Y., and began teaching with the NYC Dept. of Education in 2001. Between N.Y.C and Phoenix, AZ, I have taught every grade from 3 – 6 including Special Education, General Education and Alternative Education

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that the best way to learn isn’t just through reading about something, it also includes discussion and the exchange of information and experiences. I feel that everyone, no matter their background or age, have experiences and knowledge that they can use to help and educate someone else, and I encourage my students to bring these things into the classroom. This helps to build a community of learners who begin to think outside of the box.
 

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About Rodriguez-Davis...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: M-2
Phone: (480) 812-7356
Email: Rodriguez-Davis

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am excited to be part of Sanborn Sun’s Family as your child’s sixth grade teacher. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts in 1991 and a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Learning Handicapped in 1998 from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. Over the course of two decades, I have taught fourth through eighth grade as a general education teacher as well as special education K-8 as a resource specialist. In 2012, I was named a Rodel Exemplary Teacher by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. When I am not devoting my time to my classroom and the needs of my students, I like to read, go to the movies, travel to exotic places and spend time with my husband.

My Educational Philosophy

Teaching is more to me than just a job. It is a commitment I take very seriously. My goal is to help your child succeed in school by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking and invites sharing of ideas. Thus, I hold high expectations for your child and I will do all I can to help him or her meet those expectations. In return I expect cooperation and respect from your child.
 

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About Hedman...
Position: Self-Contained K-1
Room: K-2
Phone: 480-812-7362
Email: Hedman

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Welcome!

Welcome to our happy class! My name is Patrice Hedman and I am so excited to have your child in our class this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career teaching preschool for 6 years and while teaching preschool I fell in love with teaching special needs children. I received my Bachelor degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and have also completed my Masters in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. I have been teaching at Sanborn Elementary in the ADPTS program since 2014.

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 DeAlba...
Position: Resource 3rd Grade
Room: 31
Phone: 480-812-7313
Email: DeAlba

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Mrs. De Alba’s page. I am a third grade resource teacher at Sanborn Elementary. I work with students in the areas of Language Arts, Math, and Social/Behavior Skills. Thank you for visiting my page, I look forward to an amazing year!

My Education and Professional Background

I was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. I lived there until I graduated from high school. Upon graduating I moved to Tucson, Arizona to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. After graduating from U of A I worked in social work. After two years, my husband and I moved to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and I decided to pursue a graduate degree in education. I attended Arizona State University and completed a master’s degree in Special Education. Upon graduating, I received a position working in the Chandler Unified School district as an ADPTS (Autism, Disorder, Programming, Training, and Support) Teacher where I taught for 5 years before becoming a resource teacher.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children are special and capable of learning. I also believe that every child is unique. By celebrating and recognizing each child’s strengths and by helping and challenging them to overcome weaknesses I believe every child can grow and achieve.
 

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About Davis...
Position: General Music, K-6
Room: Music
Phone: (480)812-7312
Email: Davis

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Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my website. I will update upcoming events for grade level performances, Choir events,Jazz Band, and Battle of the Books.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching General Music at Sanborn since 2006. I have also taught Choir and Social Studies at the junior high school level and Sociology, Choir, Piano, Music Appreciation, and Government at the high school level. I have a Bachelor's of Vocal Music from the University of Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

It is my belief that my job is to teach the individual, not just my subject content. Music encompasses so many other subjects that many of my lessons naturally become social studies, math, or science lessons. My goal is to model life long learning through reading and interest in subjects.
 

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About Lewkowski...
Position: Physical Education
Room: Multi-Purpose Room
Phone: 480-812-7315
Email: Lewkowski

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Hello! My name is Paul Lewkowski and I am the PE teacher at Sanborn. I am married and have three boys. I love to do anything fun and active especially hiking, biking and frisbee/disc golf.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with a bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute in May of 1995. I graduated from Willamette University in 2003 with a Master of Arts in Education. I began teaching Physical Education in 2003 in Woodburn, Oregon. I have been teaching Physical Education in the Chandler Unified School District at Sanborn Elementary since 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

I have many goals for my students but my biggest is to instill a love to move and have fun. I want to give them the tools necessary to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives. No matter what level of ability, there will always be something that they can do well. Some enjoy simple activities like walking, skating or biking while others will want more competitive sports. Either way, as long as they choose movement, they will be staying healthy.
 

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About Williams...
Position: Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: 480-812-7321
Email: Williams

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Welcome!

Hello my name is Kerri Williams and I am very happy to be the Media Specialist for Sanborn Elementary. This is my 12th year as an Elementary school Media Specialist and my 14th year as an educator. In my spare time I enjoy reading, camping, biking and hanging out with my two sons and husband. If you have any questions please call or email me. The library is always looking for parent volunteers if you are interested in volunteering please let me know.

My Education and Professional Background

Northern Arizona University (2012) Master of Education, Elementary Education University of Arizona (2011) Master of Arts, Information Resources and Library Science Northern Arizona University (2004) Master of Education, Educational Leadership Endorsements: Reading Specialist, K-12 Media Specialist, Early Childhood, Structured English Immersion

My Educational Philosophy

The school library media center is the heart of a school and as such reflects the goals of the school and district. The media center is committed to creating critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners and readers. Who are able to use a variety of resources to achieve and exceed in today's age of information.
 

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About Meyer...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 12
Phone: 480-812-7342
Email: Meyer

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Meyer's Page! I moved from New Mexico to Arizona in 1998. I am a product of the Chandler Unified School District from elementary to high school. Go Huskies! I worked my way up and became a teacher in the best District around and I could not be happier to be a part of it! I look forward to another great school year. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Associates in Elementary Education from Chandler Gilbert Community College. From there I graduated from Northern Arizona University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began teaching in 2013 at Sanborn Elementary in the Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as teacher is to help shape my students to become successful members of our community. To get to this point, I will educate my students to become lifelong learners by motivating and encouraging them to act upon their strengths and learn from their weaknesses. I will advocate for my student to ask questions, take chances, and celebrate successes.
 

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Leanna Farmer

About Farmer...
Position: Counselor
Room: Office
Phone: 480-812-7309
Email: Farmer

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Welcome!

I am grateful for another year serving as a part-time counselor at Sanborn. If there is ANYTHING myself or Mrs. Fletcher can do for you, please contact us. This is my 35th year in CUSD and so far, it is a year like no other. We’re here to support you; our families and community. We are all treading new waters and millions of people are negatively affected by the closure of schools, I believe we should stick together to make each other stronger. I remain hopeful for all of us.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my BA in education in 1983 from ASU and began my teaching career in 1986 at Galveston. While working at Galveston, I earned my MA in Administration from NAU. In 1998 we opened Bologna and I taught 3rd grade there for 13 years. I earned my Counseling degree from Ottowa in 2007. I left the classroom in 2012 when I became our Association President part-time and administration or counseling the other part. I have loved my experience in CUSD and Sanborn is overall my favorite school I’ve ever worked.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe we thrive once we realize our value. It is up to the adults in our schools to model and teach our students how valuable they are.
 

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About TurneyBest...
Position: Resource Teacher
Room: SpEd 2
Phone: 480-812-7367
Email: TurneyBest

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. TurneyBest's homepage!

My Education and Professional Background

I am pleased to introduce myself. My name is Marlene TurneyBest. Most students call me Mrs T. My professional teaching career began overseas where I taught first and second grade as well as High School. I am certified K-8 Elementary, Cross Categorical Special Education K-12 and hold and Structured English Immersion K-12 endorsement. I began teaching at Sanborn in 2013. I am very excited to have this opportunity to be part of the Sanborn Family.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all students learn differently and it is my goal to find that in every student to help them become successful. I will be a positive role model for all students. I believe that as a teacher the ultimate goal is to inspire, educate, and motivate students to become the best at whatever they choose to do. I will build a classroom community where each student feels safe and respected at all times.
 

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About Johnson...
Position: Resource/ 4th & 6th
Room: M5
Phone: 480-812-7359
Email: Johnson

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Welcome!

Welcome!Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my page. I have been teaching in the Special Education Department at Sanborn since 2013. I work with 4th, 5th and 6th grade resource students, primarily focusing on math, reading and writing. I'm truly excited and thankful to be at Sanborn where I've been able to work with the wonderful group of teachers and students we have here.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my undergraduate degree in Physical Education from ASU, and my Master's Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from ASU as well. I previously taught at Shumway Elementary in the resource department, and I started at Chandler High School where I taught special education and Physical Education. I also coach high school football in the east valley, which I’ve been doing since 2012. I believe that all students have the ability to learn, no matter what their disability. All students process information differently and at different speeds but are quite capable of success. I hope to direct students to achieve academic skills while at the same time facilitate their social and emotional development, with a goal of becoming lifelong learners. I strive to help students not only with their academic needs, but also to develop strong character.

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About Bruce...
Position: School Psychologist
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-7326
Email: Bruce

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