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About Cauthen...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: 23
Phone: (480) 224-2641
Email: Cauthen
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

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Welcome!

Hello, welcome to kindergarten at CTA Freedom. I am so excited to embark on this learning journey with your child! This year will be filled with exploration and new experiences, great memories and milestones, and astounding accomplishments. I am honored to guide your child’s development in kindergarten here at CTA Freedom!

My Education and Professional Background

I have bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Spanish, as well as a minor in Early Childhood from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. I have spent summers studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Valladolid, Spain. I taught kindergarten in Structured English Immersion (SEI) classrooms for five years prior to teaching at CTA Freedom. I started teaching kindergarten at Freedom in 2013 and I feel lucky to be a part of the Freedom Family!

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to foster a life-long excitement and drive to learn in students. Aside from learning "reading, writing, and arithmetic", we also spend time developing our character. We learn to cooperate, share, support and care for each other. I emphasize life skills such as: being respectful to themselves, others, and our community; being responsible for themselves and supporting others in making responsible choices; and most importantly being self-motivated to work hard, do their best. Education is a collaborative effort with families. I value the time and effort spent helping with homework and following up at home. Students get excited to share their new knowledge with you. Your child will notice the dedication you put forth in their education. It shows how much you care for them and how important school is to you. I appreciate your commitment immensely and I cannot express my gratitude enough for your time and support!
 

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About Childress...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: 16
Phone: 480 224-2636
Email: Childress
"It's not what you pour into a person, but what you plant."
-- Unknown

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Welcome!

Welcome to CTA Freedom's First Grade! I am delighted to have your children in my class and look forward to sharing the year with them. Room 16 is a family of teacher, parents and students. I endeavor to create an educational partnership with you and your student that will foster and encourage, character, determination and passion for knowledge. Together we will nurture and guide each student toward their academic success in 1st Grade.

My Education and Professional Background

Fifteen plus years of teaching experience with twelve years in first and second grade. Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Master of Science in Elementary Education

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is that students should have the freedom to express themselves creatively along their learning journey. No one student is alike and their uniqueness should be recognized and nurtured to help them reach their full potential.
 

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About Linder...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: 13
Phone: (480) 224-2633
Email: Linder
"Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And Dreams are forever."
-- -Walt Disney

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Welcome!

Welcome to fourth grade! My name is Tina Linder, and I will have the pleasure of being your child's fourth grade teacher this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I have my Bachelor's degree in elementary education. I am certified to teach the Spalding Method, and I am also Structured English Immersion certified.

My Educational Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based around my belief that every child can learn. I believe in creating a learning environment that allows students to strive to reach their full potential. My students will feel safe in a classroom that functions as a community and family. It is important for my students to know that I care about them and believe in them. I will teach students to respect one another and to be respectful of me. The best way to do this is to show the students that they are respected and valued. Making mistakes is one of the greatest sources of learning, so my classroom creates an environment which allows the students to feel safe and secure to take chances. In order to build this sense of security, my classroom will be a place of acceptance and tolerance.
 

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About Personale...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: 27
Phone: 480-224-2647
Email: Personale
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
-- Vince Lombardi

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Welcome!

Hello! I love teaching at CTA Freedom. I enjoy working with the staff, families and children at our school. They are the best!

My Education and Professional Background

BA from Arizona State University, Teaching certificate, Ottawa University, Endorsements: Early Childhood, Structured English Immersion, Spalding Trained. Teaching Experience: 17th year teaching 1st grade, 5 years teaching 2nd, 3rd, 6th

My Educational Philosophy

My goal as an educator can be summarized as follows: 1) To help students identify, in themselves, what is unique. 2) To help students reach their own potential. 3) To help students become worthwhile contributing members of society. 4) To help students gain pride and self-esteem so necessary for positive learning. By my example, support, and assistance, I want to encourage students to set goals for themselves. I want to give students the necessary tools to become life-long learners; to be compassionate; to be consistent; and to be fair.
 

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About Johnson...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B2
Phone: 602-224-2654
Email: Johnson
"'Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.'"
-- Henry Ford

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Welcome!

Welcome to our Fifth Grade class website.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from A.S.U. in 1986. I started teaching in 1988. I received a Master Degree from N.A.U. I have also taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child is important. Each child comes with unique experiences, interests, and learning styles. My goal is to help your child succeed. I feel children learn the best in a positive environment. Children need to respect and demonstrate kindness towards others in the classroom while striving to achieve individual academic excellence.
 

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About Mortensen...
Subject / Grade 2nd grade
Room: 26
Phone: 480 224-2646
Email: Mortensen
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-- Robert Louis Stevenson

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Welcome!

Welcome to second grade! I am so excited to be your teacher this year. There is so much to learn and do in second grade, and I am thrilled to be part of your journey.

My Education and Professional Background

I received both my bachelor and master's degree from ASU. I have had the privilege of teaching second grade since 1998. I started in the Gilbert District and moved to CTA Freedom in 2006.

My Educational Philosophy

Because I have always loved learning, I want to instill that same love of learning in my students. I want them to realize that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. I want them to learn to never be afraid to make mistakes, because some of the greatest learning takes place when mistakes are made. I want the classroom to be a place of refuge where students can learn from each other with complete acceptance.
 

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About Webster...
Subject / Grade 1st Grade
Room: 15
Phone: (480) 224-2635
Email: Webster
"Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles"
-- Mike Greenberg

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Welcome!

Welcome to first grade! My name is Kristin Webster and I am thrilled to be your child's first grade teacher! In my class everyone is part of the Webster's Winners team because we are all winners! Part of being a 'Webster Winner' is someone who works hard to achieve success. Communication between the teacher and families is very important, which is why I have an open door policy. Together we can make this a wonderful school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from Northern Arizona University. I also earned an Early Childhood Endorsement from the University of Phoenix. I began my teaching career here at CTA Freedom in 2005 when it first opened. I taught first grade for four years before moving to North Carolina where I taught for two years (1st grade Reading and Kindergarten). Since returning to Arizona I have taught kindergarten in Scottsdale. I was fortunate enough to come back to Freedom in 2014 to teach first grade again for one year before having the opportunity to teach second grade for three years. I had the privilege of returning to first grade again and am loving it!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all children are capable of learning. My job as a teacher is to draw out the best in every child. Everyone learns differently and at different paces. A good teacher challenges her students and makes them feel successful by fulfilling each child's individual learning needs. It is important to always be positive and understand that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something!
 

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About Cederstrom...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: 30
Phone: 480-224-2650
Email: Cederstrom
"Children learn through gentle direction and persuasive teaching. They search for models to imitate, knowledge to acquire, and things to do."
-- T.S. Monson

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Welcome!

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am so excited to be teaching your amazing child this year! I am looking forward to a fantastic year full of learning and fun. I enjoy long walks in the park, dinner by candlelight, and watching the sunset with my Sweet Heart. I have three wonderful boys and two beautiful daughters that love to terrorize me when I am home.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my teaching degree through NAU. I started my teaching career in 2000, and have been at CTA since the campus opened. I have also earned two Master degrees, one in Leadership and the other in Bilingual Multicultural Education through NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child has worth and can learn. A teacher needs to provide an environment to best serve each individual child. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. Teaching should be a cohesive effort between school and home. Having a good rapport with the students is key to creating happy, thinking students who in turn will become the constructive civil society of the world.
 

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About Sheridan...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 5
Phone: (480) 224-2625
Email: Sheridan
"If you can dream it you can do it."
-- Walt Disney

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Welcome!

My name is Kristen Sheridan. I have been teaching since 1995. I am married and have a daughter named Nicole. We have two adorable dogs named Cooper and Hunter and a cat named Boo. We love to travel especially to Disneyland. It is our "happiest place on Earth."

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bacholor's Degree in Elementary Education. I am endorsed in Sheltered English Immersion and have taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. I have taught in the Chandler School District since 1995 and love teaching 3rd grade.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal for my class is to create a supportive learning environment where all students are valued for their abilities. I provide a happy, safe classroom in which students can feel successful.
 

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About McMahon...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 7
Phone: 480-224-2627
Email: McMahon
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Welcome!

Welcome to our third grade class website. This website was designed to give you a peek into what goes on inside our classroom. Take a look around and you will find helpful curriculum information, classroom information, and fun links for third grade students. I hope you enjoy your visit and I encourage you to stop by often.

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught 2nd grade, Special Education, 5th grade, and 3rd grade since 1997. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. My Master's Degree is in Educational Leadership. I hold Endorsements in Reading, Early Childhood, and Sheltered English Immersion, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities.

My Educational Philosophy

I view education as a life-long event where students are constantly redefining themselves through the knowledge and insights they have gained, varied experiences they have encountered, and values they possess. Students will be treated with respect and have opportunities to learn the skills necessary to be productive members of their learning community. Together, we can create a classroom climate that is nurturing of the students' self-esteem and academic performance. Each day, I will be sharing real life experiences and positive interactions with my students. The relationship that we establish together will help to guide us through our learning goals using care, warmth, respect, and encouragement.
 

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About Lucero...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: 12
Phone: 480-224-2600 ext. 2632
Email: Lucero
"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."
-- Mark Van Doren

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Welcome!

Welcome to my class! I am looking forward to a great year! In my classroom I make sure that everyone is treated with respect and kindness and I expect my students to give me their best effort. I make learning fun, yet still set high expectations for all of my students.

My Education and Professional Background

My name is Veronica Lucero and I have been teaching since 1998. I have a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso with a specialization in Early Childhood. I also have a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I am certified in Spalding, Thinking Maps, and Write from the Beginning. I have previously taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 7th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each child is a special individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment so that they may grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my hope as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites the sharing of ideas. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students so that they can successfully pursue their goals and dreams.
 

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About Woodman...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: 4
Phone: 480-224-2600
Email: Woodman
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-- Aristotle

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd grade! I am very excited to be teaching 3rd Grade at CTA Freedom! I am very passionate about teaching and I look forward to fostering a love of learning in my students. I am excited to meet my students and families as we dive into 3rd grade. Our year will be full of discovery and learning!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor Degree in Health Science from BYU 20 years later, I decided to get a Master in Education. I have been teaching Elementary School since 2008. I have been trained in Spalding and Thinking Maps. My past teaching experience includes Title 1 language development and Project Based Learning for STEM. I am married with 4 children and a grandson. Our family loves to watch the San Francisco Giants play!

My Educational Philosophy

It is my goal to foster a love for learning that will continue after 3rd grade. Each child will be an important part of our classroom environment. I hope to provide each student with guidance and support to help them reach their fullest potential. I believe that education helps to prepare students for life in a meaningful way, and a person is never too young or too old to be a student.
 

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About Chombah...
Subject / Grade 4th grade
Room: 14
Phone: 480-224-2634
Email: Chombah
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-- A.A. Milne

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Welcome!

Welcome to our class webpage! Thank you for your partnership in your child's education. I'm so happy to be your child's teacher!

My Education and Professional Background

Since 2006, I've taught 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade. Of course, 4th is my favorite! I went to ASU for both my undergraduate and graduate work, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education.

My Educational Philosophy

All children want to be successful and learn and can do this with guidance and support from their teacher and parents. It takes a village to raise a child . Education is a team effort! I value your partnership in your child's education!
 

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About Morgan...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade ELA
Room: B6
Phone: (480) 224-2658
Email: Morgan
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-- Albus Dumbledore

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade! I joined the CTA Freedom family in 2012, and I’m excited for another great school year. I am passionate about teaching ELA, and we are going to learn and grow so much this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I received a B.A. in Sociology from Northern Arizona University, M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, and M.Ed. in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I am certified in Middle Grades English and K-8 education. I became a Spalding certified teacher in 2014.

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to motivate all my students to become life-long learners. I strive to create a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages authentic learning experiences each day. I set high expectations for my students and challenge them to become independent thinkers and problem solvers.
 

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About Bennett...
Subject / Grade 2nd Grade
Room: 29
Phone: (480)224-2649
Email: Bennett
"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Welcome!

Welcome to an amazing new year! I am thrilled to be your child’s Second Grade Teacher! I love spending time with my wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Our family is always busy with activities like swimming, golfing, ice-skating, biking, and playing in the yard. My favorite place to be is at the beach!

My Education and Professional Background

I am so excited to be your child’s Second Grade Teacher! I have many years of combined experience teaching Fourth Grade, Special Education, and Eighth Grade Chemistry and Physics. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Arizona State University and then obtained my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Counseling, from Northern Arizona University. I am Spalding and Write from the Beginning trained. I also hold endorsements in ESL and Middle School English Language Arts.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, I strive to create a calm environment where your child will feel safe and successful. I look forward to learning about your child, their strengths, and their interests. I promise to keep high expectations for your child while also doing whatever I can to make the curriculum fun and interesting. I hope that you will always feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
 

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About Pretzer...
Subject / Grade 4th Grade
Room: 9
Phone: (480) 224-2629
Email: Pretzer
""Not just for school...but for life we learn""
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to 4th grade! Please check back often for information about what is going on in our room.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Biola University in Southern California with my degree in Elementary Education. After moving to Arizona I taught 3rd grade in Casa Grande for a year before getting a job in Chandler. I taught 4th grade at CTA Goodman for 8 years and I have been part of the Freedom Falcon family since 2015!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that it is my job as a teacher to prepare students for the rest of the educational career as well as for life. It is my hope that my students will develop a love of learning, or at least an appreciation toward the subjects that may not be their favorite.
 

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About Jackson...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade, ELA
Room: B5
Phone: (480) 224-2657
Email: Jackson
"Always be a little kinder than necessary."
-- J.M. Barrie

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Welcome!

Welcome to sixth grade! It is going to be a phenomenal year. I currently live in Gilbert with my husband and children. This coming year my oldest daughter will be a Freshman at Colorado State University – Pueblo. My second daughter is a Freshman at Casteel High School and I am fortunate that my youngest son will be a 4th grader here CTA Freedom.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!!) with a Business Degree in 1993. I later received my teaching certificate. I also received my Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University in 2012. I am proud to be an educator with 20 years of classroom experience. I have taught in both Mesa and Chandler. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. I have loved every single grade level.

My Educational Philosophy

I realize that teaching your child is a privilege, as well as a tremendous responsibility. I will do my best this year to ensure that each student has a motivating and safe learning experience in the classroom. However, I cannot do this alone, I need your help. I would like you to be my partner so that we can both help your child succeed.
 

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About Marxman...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B8
Phone: (480) 224-2660
Email: Marxman
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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I have been teaching since 2001 and have loved every minute. I have taught 4th-8th grade and feel fortunate to be in a profession that I can help and teach young people. I'm pleased to be a part of Chandler School District and CTA Freedom, where I enjoy the students, families, and staff. I am truly blessed to be at a great school with wonderful programs and a community that is involved.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Ottawa University in 2001. In 2003, I received my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership at NAU. I currently hold endorsements in Structured English Immersion for K-12 and Early Childhood. I am a Spalding I and II Certified Teacher. I have also been trained in Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that each student is unique and possesses a variety of talent. Each student deserves the opportunity to be successful and celebrate their accomplishments. I believe opportunities for “teachable moments” arise throughout our day and we must use them to teach our students skills that will help them as they go through the journey of life.
 

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About Pekara...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade
Room: B1
Phone: (480)224-2653
Email: Pekara
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-- Henry Stanley Haskins

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th Grade! I am looking forward to a productive year filled with discovering new concepts and building a caring community. I live in Gilbert with my husband Ron and son Braylon. In my spare time, I love to read, do various types of puzzles, and play with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's degree in education from Concordia University: River Forest, Illinois in 1997. In 2010, I earned my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Language and Literacy from ASU. I have my English Language Learning endorsement, Reading endorsement, and English as an Approved Area of instruction. Thinking Maps, Write from the Beginning, and Read Naturally are just a few of the programs in which I am trained. I began teaching in 1999, took two years off to be home with my son, Braylon, and returned to teaching in 2008. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade with most of my years being in 5th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all people are capable of learning. As a teacher, I facilitate the learning process by providing a safe environment for students to take educational risks. My goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.
 

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About White...
Subject / Grade 5th Grade - Science & Social Studies
Room: B7
Phone: 480-224-2600
Email: White
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-- Robert L. Stevenson

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Welcome!

Welcome to our 5th grade class! I am very excited to be teaching at C.T.A. Freedom. I have been teaching here since the school opened and I'm very proud of all of our accomplishments.

My Education and Professional Background

I originally went to Northeast Missouri State University. Today it is called Truman State. I transferred to Arizona and then graduated from Arizona State University with a teaching degree. I am a big Sun Devil fan. I went on to get my master's degree from Northern Arizona University. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, 2nd grade, and now 5th grade.

My Educational Philosophy

Philosophy of Teaching: I believe each child should have the opportunity to expand on their natural curiosity about our wonderful world and explore different areas that are enlightening and enjoyable for them. One of my priority goals are that each child will develop positive social skills in dealing with other children and teachers. I believe children learn best by being active participants and by being able to use all of their five senses. Knowledge is not something that is given to children as though they are empty vessels to be filled. It is gained through healthy interaction with objects and people. Each child is unique and special.
 

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About Liu...
Subject / Grade Technology
Room: Computer Lab
Phone: 480224-2662
Email: Liu
"The mind is everything. What you think you become."
-- Buddha

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Welcome!

Welcome to the technology classroom!!!! I feel honored to be part of the Freedom Family. I value the opportunity I have to be a role model in every child's life. I believe providing an environment that allows students to grow as individuals creates confident, life-long learners. I am very passionate about learning and I cannot wait to see all the accomplishments your child makes this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught in the Chandler Unified School District since 2002. I taught third grade for 10 years, sixth grade for 5 years and currently will be your child's technology teacher. I received my Bachelors of Science in Education from NAU in 2002. I also completed my Master's Degree and reading endorsement in 2010 from NAU.

My Educational Philosophy

Teaching is a passion of mine! I am excited to be apart of your child's educational journey. I believe that each child comes to the classroom with a set of talents that we all can value. Each child can learn in a positive and safe learning environment. Every classroom has a unique mix of children and my position as an educator is to give each individual student the tools needed to fabricate their own knowledge.
 

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About Mendoza...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade - Media Specialist
Room: Media Center
Phone: 480-224-2601
Email: Mendoza
"Children are not a distraction from more important work, they ARE the most important work."
-- C.S. Lewis

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Welcome!

Welcome to Mrs. Mendoza's Website, a place where you can keep updated on what is going on in the media center and school-wide reading programs

My Education and Professional Background

I've been teaching since 1995. I have taught preschool, Kindergarten, Third Grade, and Sixth Grade. People have often asked me what is the best? I tell them, whatever I'm teaching at the moment. Now, that I work in the Media Center, I can enjoy them all! I have a bachelor's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NMSU and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU. Go Devils!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that parents are a child's first educator. I am on your team as a secondary educator.
 

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About West...
Subject / Grade 6th Grade - Math
Room: B4
Phone: (480) 224-2656
Email: West
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
-- J.K. Rowling

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade math! We are in for a fun filled year with a lot of learning! Please check out my page for information about assignments and links for help.

My Education and Professional Background

I have a passion for math and am highly qualified in Middle Grades Mathematics as well as K-8 education. I graduated from the University of Arizona and am a proud Wildcat! I attended the Chandler Unified School District throughout my entire education and am happy to be working for the school district I attended.

My Educational Philosophy

My mission statement is to positively influence the life of all people that I come into contact with as a teacher. I try to live by this each day. I believe that all students are able to achieve anything that you put before them and provide the support to help them. As a teacher, I hope to not only teach my students, but also to help shape them as human beings. I strongly believe in growth mindset and teach the students about it throughout the year. Each person and child is destined for greatness; they just need someone to believe in them. I hope to be that person for your child!
 

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About Sejkora...
Subject / Grade K-6 Music
Room: 10
Phone: (480)224-2630
Email: Sejkora
"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning."
-- Plato (428-348); classical Greek philosopher, mathematician

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Welcome!

Welcome! Freedom Elementary students experience a wide variety of activities throughout the year. These activities are based on the Chandler Unified School district music curriculum, which is derived from the Arizona and National Standards for music education. The Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze methods are employed by reading and writing music, singing, playing instruments, listening and evaluating, moving and dancing, composing, team work and FUN!

My Education and Professional Background

My degrees include Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Arizona State University. I have been a music educator since 1980 at the elementary, junior high, and college levels. I am also certified in the Orff and Kodaly methods.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all children can learn. Music offers a child a way to learn through expression and creativity. Music education should be an extension of core subject areas as well as a means of teaching self-discipline and self-esteem. It is my mission to provide a balanced, sequential and comprehensive music education to all students. I strive to help my students become life-long learners who appreciate all types of music with an open mind.
 

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About Wong...
Subject / Grade K-6 Physical Education
Room: Gym
Phone: (480) 224-2615
Email: Wong
"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up."
-- Vince Lombardi

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Welcome!

I am excited to work with your child/children in PE this year!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor of Education and Master of Physical Education Degree from Arizona State University

My Educational Philosophy

My goal is to make physical education a positive experience for all my students. Children will be given the opportunity and time to learn and practice skills at their own pace and level of ability. Students will also learn about responsibility, self-control, and working cooperatively with others. My hope is that students will enjoy their experiences in physical education and continue to maintain an active lifestyle as adults.
 

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About Baldwin...
Subject / Grade Music/Band
Room: B1
Phone: (480) 224-2653
Email: Baldwin
"One foot in front of the other!"
-- Winners do what others won't.

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Welcome!

5th and 6th graders are welcome to join band. It is an opportunity to learn something new and fun! We learn how to play the instruments, read musical notation, and how to care for the instrument. Playing in band develops self-confidence, responsibility, and requires the students to work cooperatively as a team. We give concerts during the school year and also play at flag raising assemblies. I hope to see you in band!

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan Masters degree in Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University

My Educational Philosophy

All children should have the opportunity to learn about music and how to play an instrument. Music forces the brain to work in full capacity. Music speaks beyond the spoken word, and across cultures. We must keep music in our schools so culture is not lost. No matter what your skill level is, I would like to help you learn.
 

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About Hensley...
Subject / Grade Student Services Coordinator
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 224-2606
Email: Hensley
"“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”"
-- A.A. Milne

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Welcome!

I am excited and proud to be a staff member of CTA Freedom! I have a strong commitment to children and ensuring they receive a quality and appropriate education. If there are questions about your child that I can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1985, specializing in early childhood education. Out of college, I was hired to teach first grade in the Kyrene School District. I continued to teach and expanded my horizons by teaching fourth and fifth grades. I completed my Master's Degree in Special Education in 1988 from Northern Arizona University. I took time off from work and spent time raising our children. In 2012, I returned to teaching and began a new experience of teaching Special Education in grades K-6 in the Chandler Unified School District. The Student Services Coordinator position came open in 2015 and I was excited to take on a new challenge.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that children are precious and unique individuals who need a structured, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their potential.
 

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About Ocampo...
Subject / Grade Speech
Room: 21
Phone: (480) 224-2641
Email: Ocampo
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-- Maya Angelou

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Welcome!

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the CTA-Freedom Speech Team. I absolutely love what I do and am looking forward to teaching and learning with your child this year!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been the speech therapist at Freedom since 2013. This is my 7th year working as a speech therapist in all, and in the seven years prior to that I worked as a special education teacher. As far as my academic experience, I have a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University, and an M.A. in Special Education also from New Mexico State University. And in 2014, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology!

My Educational Philosophy

I firmly believe that my purpose as an educator is to provide my students with high quality instruction in communication development that meets individual needs and is provided in an emotionally- and academically-safe environment. I believe that the highest quality of teaching and learning occurs when there exists a collaboration between student, parent and teacher that is grounded in mutual respect and trust. I strive to exude enthusiasm for my field so as to model my genuine and care for my student’s progress. Lastly, I work diligently to provide equitable opportunities for my students to succeed in the general educational curriculum.
 

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About Brown...
Subject / Grade Pre-K STEM Program
Room: 20
Phone: (480) 224-2645
Email: Brown
"When we work together, we win together!"
-- Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Pre-K STEM, where learning and play go hand in hand.

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Ottawa University SEI Endorsed. Lindamood-Bell Trained.

My Educational Philosophy

Children learn best by doing hands on activities which promote a deeper connection and understanding.
 

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About Yubeta...
Subject / Grade 6th grade Science & Social Studies
Room: B3
Phone: 480 224-2655
Email: Yubeta
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Welcome!

Welcome to 6th grade Science & Social Studies at Freedom Elementary. I am honored to join the Freedom family and thrilled to take part in this very special year with your child. We are going to have an amazing year!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated in 2004 with an undergraduate degree in Business Management. I later earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. I began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher and had the fortunate opportunity to teach at three other CUSD schools prior joining the amazing Freedom family!

My Educational Philosophy

It is my honor to be your child's teacher. I believe that every student that walks through my door should feel like my classroom is their classroom. My intention with every class is to foster a family atmosphere where students feel free to express themselves, take risks, and have fun while learning. I strive to create a learning environment where students not only can reach their highest academic potential but grow both socially and emotionally through peer interactions and collaboration.
 

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About Nelson...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: 22
Phone: (480) 224-2600
Email: Nelson
"Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best that they possibly can be."
-- Rita Pierson

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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Kindergarten at CTA Freedom! I am absolutely honored to be your precious child's teacher this year and look forward to a year filled with learning, laughing, and growing together!

My Education and Professional Background

I recently relocated from California, where I taught for 12 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, am Spalding trained, and have an Early Childhood Education Endorsement from the state of Arizona.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that our charge as educators is to develop the whole child. Our children deserve our focused attention as we actively engage to help them grow academically, emotionally, and socially. We must intentionally model and teach citizenship, respect, responsibility, and lifelong learning to children, while continuously extending grace and patience. Children should always know that they are treasured, and should be given a welcoming environment where they feel safe to try new things and are encouraged to grow in new areas. It is my absolute pleasure to work with your children!
 

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About Lockard...
Subject / Grade Reggio Inspired Pre-K
Room: 28
Phone: 480-224-2648
Email: Lockard
"Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"
-- Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus)

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Welcome!

My name is Angie Lockard and I am so excited to be teaching Pre-K this year.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my Bachelor's in Liberal Studies, specializing in math, from San Diego State University. I taught 7th and 8th grade math for five years and preschool for eight years. I love both equally.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child to walk through my door is unique. As a teacher I will make sure each child is able to be successful in whatever they do in their own unique way.
 

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About Gott...
Subject / Grade Orchestra 5th & 6th Grade
Room:
Phone: (480) 224-2600
Email: Gott
"Where words fail, music speaks."
-- Hans Christian Andersen

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Welcome!

Hello, my name is Jon Gott and I will be teaching Orchestra at CTA Freedom, Haley, Basha, and Weinberg (2nd grade General Music as well).

My Education and Professional Background

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I learned how to play the cello. As a Sophomore I moved to Chandler, Arizona where I graduated high school from Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ. I attended college at Grand Canyon University, where I studied under Dr. Sheila Corley. I did my student teaching in CUSD at Basha High School. This is my third year of teaching, and I couldn't be happier to be in such a fabulous district teaching your student.

My Educational Philosophy

From singing in the car, playing instruments in small groups, to performing in front of thousands, I want to help my students become life long musicians. Orchestra is a open to any student who desires to learn an orchestral instrument and read musical notation. In class, the students will receive instruction in proper technique, posture, note and rhythm reading, tone, intonation, dynamics, and ensemble playing. Orchestra is also a class designed to help build self-esteem, cooperation, self-motivation, life skills through the study of your chosen instrument, and group performance experience.
 

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About Bickley...
Subject / Grade Kindergarten
Room: 19
Phone: (480) 224-2600
Email: Bickley
"It's not what the world holds for you, it's what you bring to it."
-- Anne Shirley

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Welcome!

Welcome to Kindergarten at CTA Freedom! I am so honored to be your child’s teacher this year! It is going to be a great year full of new friends, new adventures, and new discoveries!

My Education and Professional Background

This will be my second year teaching Kindergarten at CTA Freedom. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona where I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I am a fourth generation educator and a prodigy of the Chandler Unified School District. I am so honored to be a part of the CTA Freedom family!

My Educational Philosophy

I strive to instill a life-long love for learning in every student through the creation of a positive, safe, and welcoming atmosphere where the students feel valued. I feel the role of a teacher goes far beyond teaching the core subjects. They are our future. It is our job to equip them with the necessary tools to fuel their self-confidence and guide them towards success. I welcome parent involvement as a partnership. I appreciate the time and effort you spend helping your child at home. Together we will help your child soar to new heights in kindergarten!
 

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About Anderson...
Subject / Grade 3rd Grade
Room: Room 6
Phone: 480-224-2600 ext. 2626
Email: Anderson
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-- Nelson Mandela

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Welcome!

I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Arizona State University. I live in Gilbert Arizona with my husband and two sons. I have been an educator for 27 years. I have taught KDG, 1st and 6th grade. I am excited to add a new chapter to my teaching resume...3rd Grade!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's degree in Education from ASU in 1991. I received my Master's degree from ASU in 1995. I taught briefly before I had my children and chose to stay at home with them until they were in school. I went back to teaching in 2008.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. All children have something special that they can bring to their own education. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.
 

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About Halpin...
Subject / Grade Priority Preschool
Room: 20
Phone: 4802242640
Email: Halpin
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Till you are a good is better and your better is best. St. Jerome"
-- Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing. Anonymous

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Welcome!

Welcome to Priority Preschool, where the foundation for life is built through playing and caring.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a parent of a special needs son who inspires me daily. I received a dual certification in Pre school through 6 the grade in special and elementary education in New York at Saint Joseph's College . Followed by. MA in teaching the Deaf and hard of hearing. I taught special needs preschool in New York for four years. Then moved to Arizona where I spent 8 years in the Gilbert Public Schools as an Adaptive Physical Educator for preschool age through high school students with special needs .

My Educational Philosophy

There are three ways to ultimate success; the first way to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third ways to be kind. ~ Fred Rogers
 

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