About Anguiano...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6700
Email: Anguiano

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Welcome!

I am the proud principal of Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. I believe that every child can learn. We work hard to create an inclusive school environment, where students have the opportunity to connect with school. I encourage you to be our partner in education. Please advocate for your child. There are a lot of ways in which you can become involved in our school. I look forward to working with you and your child. Please stop by and introduce yourself. Welcome!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Iowa State University in 1994. My first teaching job was in Houston, Texas. I joined the Chandler Unified district in July of 1998. I taught at San Marcos, worked at the IRC and was a principal at Santan Elementary. I joined the Hartford community in July of 2011. I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. I also hold an administrative certificate.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn. It is our job to reach each child. Every decision should be made on what is best for children. I also believe that positive relationships are a critical component of a successful school
 

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About Castorena...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6700
Email: Castorena

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Welcome!

Hello Huskies! My name is Erica Castorena and I am thrilled to be the Dean of Students at Hartford! I am originally from El Paso, Texas where I grew up with my wonderful family. I am married to my best friend and we share our love with our two dogs. I love Arizona and the diversity of people that live in this beautiful state. I am looking forward to building positive relationships with the students, parents, and members of the Hartford community.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Arizona State University where I attained a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I also attained my masters' degree in Administration in Education from Grand Canyon University.

My Educational Philosophy

As a Dean of Students, I strive to build positive relationships with all students and help promote an environment where they feel safe and valued. I also believe that effective communication with parents and students alike will result in a great overall educational experience for our Hartford families.
 

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About Sheffield...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6712
Email: Sheffield

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Welcome!

I am so happy to be joining the Hartford community this year. I am looking forward to working with the families and staff of our school to continue the amazing initiatives and programs already in place here at Hartford. If I can ever be of any support, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you see me around campus please say hello and introduce yourself!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned my BA in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University, my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Elementary Literacy from Grand Canyon University and my second MEd in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I taught 3rd grade in the Balsz Elementary School District and 6th grade at Basha Elementary School in Chandler Unified School District.

My Educational Philosophy

Every learner is a unique individual who requires a caring, safe, and engaging environment in which to learn and grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Children must be provided a space in which they can safely explore and discover new content. Educators must seek out multiple methods to assess student learning and allow students to demonstrate mastery of content in a variety of ways.
 

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About Rodriguez...
Position: Administrative Assistant
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-6707
Email: Rodriguez

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Welcome!

Welcome to Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary, home of the Huskies!

My Education and Professional Background

I have been at Hartford for 5 years. I love working with all my staff, students and parents.

My Educational Philosophy

I look forward in helping you...
 

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About Vierthaler...
Position: ELD kindergarten
Room: 6
Phone: (480) 812-6726
Email: Vierthaler

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Welcome!

Welcome to Room 6, where we are 'rocking' in our school shoes! This website is meant to keep you informed about your child's school experience. Kindergarten is a great year filled with lots of wonderful memories. Use this website as a tool to help you stay involved and informed about what is going on in your child's world. I look forward to a great year with you and your Husky!

My Education and Professional Background

I am excited to be a part of your child's education. I love teaching Kindergarten at Hartford Sylvia Encinas! In addition to kindergarten, I have taught preschool, first grade, and teachers continuing education online. I graduated from ASU with a Master of Education. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona. I also hold an Early Childhood endorsement and an English Language Learner endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I Believe... 1. All students can learn and should have opportunity to learn, grow, and make progress. 2. Students learn best through engaging, hands-on learning experiences. 3. Students should be reading, writing, and counting everyday. 4. Students learn better in a supportive environment where they give and receive respect and honesty. 5. Learning and the love of learning is an on-going process that is built-upon each day. 6. Learning does not only occur at school; it needs to be supported at home. 7. All students need to be met and worked with on their individual level. 8. Praise, Encouragement, and Routines are all VERY powerful! 9. Children need to have natural consequences for their choices. 10. Children can be taught to have great social skills and should be taught how to solve their own problems in an appropriate manner.
 

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About Mazariegos...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 28
Phone: 480-812-6758
Email: Mazariegos

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Welcome!

Welcome to Ms. Mazariegos' Room 28.

My Education and Professional Background

I am native of Arizona and have lived in the Phoenix Metro area since 1993. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Design and Post-Bac in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Go Devils!!!In 2012, I received my Master of Education in Elementary Ed. from Northern Arizona University. It is an honor to be part of the Hartford Sylvia Encinas staff & community!

My Educational Philosophy

I have been teaching since 2005 in CUSD. I enjoy teaching young minds to explore, question and ponder new ideas as they learn in all academic areas. I have high expectations for student behavior and learning. I enjoy reading whole-group read-alouds that expose my students to new worlds and different perspectives. Also, students are encourage to take on various leadership roles, both in class and school-wide as they review and use the 7 Habits of Happy Kids at school.
 

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About Moore...
Position: Technology
Room: PC Lab
Phone: 480-812-6705
Email: Moore

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Welcome!

Welcome to Hartford, I am so excited for this school year!

My Education and Professional Background

I earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Arizona State University. Go Sun Devils! I studied communications for my Bachelor's degree. After graduating I went into the professional world and gained priceless experience. A few years went by then, I realized I wanted to go back to school for my real passion, teaching. I graduated from ASU in 2016 with my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I have been in the Chandler Unified School District since 2018 and have taught 3rd and 4th grade, as well as technology.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is, everyone deserves to learn in a way that is unique to their individual strengths. It is essential to recognize that every person has their own cognitive understanding and rate at which they learn and develop.
 

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About Edwards...
Position: 4th Grade TOP
Room: 24
Phone: (480) 812-6754
Email: Edwards

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Welcome!

Welcome to 4th Grade TOP! I am so excited to be the 4th grade TOP teacher here at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary and I look forward to an amazing year of fun-filled learning!

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Science from BYU-Idaho upon completion of student teaching in a 5th grade classroom. From there I went on to teach 8th and 9th grade science. I realized very quickly my love for teaching upper elementary and was the 5th grade TOP teacher at Hartford last year. I am thrilled to be teaching 4th grade this year and to continue being a part of this amazing TOP program!

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that learning should be hands on whenever possible and that my job as an educator is to design instruction so it engages your child while achieving high academic results. In the TOP program this year, we will be focusing on setting and reaching goals and on challenging students to reach their full potential!
 

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About Neal...
Position: Behavior Interventionist
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6723
Email: Neal

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Welcome!

Welcome, I look forward to working with you.

My Education and Professional Background

I have worked for CUSD for three years and enjoying every minute of it. I earned a BS from DePaul University. I have worked in Foster/Adoptive care for 10+ years, providing crisis intervention, parenting skills and written reports to the AZ Juvenile Courts regarding both foster and biological families.

My Educational Philosophy

All Students can succeed if given equal opportunities.
 

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About Perez...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 7
Phone: (480) 812-6737
Email: Perez

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Welcome!

This website is meant to keep you informed about your child's school experience. Kindergarten is a great year filled with lots of wonderful memories. Use this website as a tool for you to stay involved and informed about what's going on in your child's world. I look forward to a great year with you and your Huskie!

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Kansas, Phoenix and Chandler. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. I also have an Early Childhood Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn. It is my job to find the way that helps them learn the material in a way that they are able to apply the information. I believe that children should be encouraged to reach well beyond their goals. There is truly no limit to learning. My job is to teach them and take them beyond to become critical thinkers and real world problem solvers. Children can and will achieve greatness with the right tools and direction.
 

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About Alcala...
Position: Parent Liaison
Room: Parent Center
Phone: (480) 812-6714
Email: Alcala

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Welcome!

Welcome! Hello, my name is Yanai Alcala and I am delighted to be part of the Husky family. I want to invite you to come by the Parent Center as you please. As your Parent Liaison it is my pleasure to assist our families, students and staff by providing the necessary resources. Together we can help our students succeed in their educational goals.

My Education and Professional Background

In May of 2015 I received my Associates in Arts in Elementary Education from Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The past three semesters I have had the pleasure of volunteering at three different schools ranging from grades Pre-K to 6th grade. I really enjoy working with children and helping families.

My Educational Philosophy

It is important to create a strong relationship between parents, teachers and students. The stronger the relationship the more beneficial it is for the child's success. As a Parent Liaison I am the bridge to help build a strong, positive relationship providing the necessary resources and engaging parents in their child's education. Each child is a unique individual and with our help they can reach their full potential.
 

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About Foster...
Position: Third Grade Teacher
Room: 15
Phone: (480) 812-6745
Email: Foster

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Welcome!

I am excited to be apart of the Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary staff as a third grade teacher this coming school year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child. I believe our partnership will benefit us through the classroom community we create. Please contact me with any comments or questions.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in May of 2012 where I was an iTeachAZ teacher candidate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. We were required to student teach for a full year under a mentor teacher's supervision and I completed that assignment in the Kyrene School District. I am highly qualified and SEI indorsed. Before earning my Elementary Education degree, I held several positions in the retail business forum as a department manager and regional trainer. I earned an Associates of Arts degree several years ago and decided in 2010 to return to college after being employed as a special needs paraprofessional in the Chandler Unified School District for three years. My last position was a sixth grade teacher for two years in Gilbert.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher, I get excited about the learning potential of each student. My goal is to assist every child to achieve success in their own ways of learning and to reach their full potential. Creating passion and excitement in regards to learning is important to me. I want to build a strong classroom community with trust, respect, and appreciation as the foundation.
 

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About Kester...
Position: Technology Teacher
Room: PC Lab
Phone: (480) 812-6700
Email: Kester

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Kerry Kester. I grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Arizona shortly after I graduated from college with a degree in Elementary Education. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family. My husband, David, is a mortgage broker. We are the proud parents of two amazing children who are products of our top-notch CUSD schools. I am honored to be on the staff at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School and serve as the technology teacher.

My Education and Professional Background

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Westfield State College (Westfield, MA); Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University; Early Childhood Endorsement; English as a Second Language Endorsement, and Math Endorsement 1994-1997 - Fourth Grade teacher - Holbrook, AZ; 1997-Present - 2nd grade, 3rd, grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, technology teacher and math coach - Chandler Unified School District

My Educational Philosophy

I consider teaching an amazing opportunity to inspire today's world. My lessons are designed to meet the needs and desires of the students. Each student is accepted as an individual with specific needs, talents, and ambitions. My lessons stress continuous progress toward challenging yet attainable goals. To me, teaching is about making a lasting impression in the heart and the mind of each student whose life I have the opportunity to be a part of. In turn, I trust that those students will ignite a love of learning in others. It is a privilege to be a teacher, a person who has the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of so many. I recognize that I must be a positive role model for all students. I exemplify compassion, curiosity, and a love for learning; characteristics that I strive to promote among my students. I love teaching because it allows me to learn something new, either from continuing education, staff development, or even better yet, from my students, each day!
 

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About Carl...
Position: Special Education Resource K-6
Room: Resource
Phone: 480-812-6700
Email: Carl

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Welcome!

I truly feel each day is a gift to learn just one thing. Looking forward to a great year.

My Education and Professional Background

I am thrilled to be a part of the Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary family. I will be teaching Special Education Resource math and reading. I received my Elementary/Special Education teaching degree from Northern Arizona University 2012 and my Masters in Education in Curriculum and Learning -Applied Behavioral Analysis/Autism in 2014.

My Educational Philosophy

Any person can teach a child, it takes a great teacher to know and understand her students unique way of learning to inspire them. Each child deserves the best education offered, while some are able to obtain this others need a voice in the educational system, I chose to be their voice.
 

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About Rabara...
Position: Reading Specialist
Room: M-3
Phone: (480)812-6770
Email: Rabara

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Michelle Rabara. I grew up in North Dakota and moved to Chandler shortly after I graduated from the University of North Dakota with my teaching degree. When I am not working with students, I am spending time with my husband and two sons traveling, camping, playing golf, and watching movies.

My Education and Professional Background

I began teaching in 1990. My first 6 years, I taught 5th grade in the Littleton School District. I then joined the Chandler District and taught 5th and 4th grades at Weinberg Elementary for 18 years. In 2014 I joined Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary as a Reading Specialist. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I also have a Reading Endorsement as well as an English as a Second Language endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

My responsibility as a teacher involves fostering a sense of excitement to learn within each student and encouraging all of my students to achieve to their greatest potential. I believe it is vital to establish a positive rapport with students by creating a warm, caring environment where students feel valued and respected. I am deeply committed to supporting, encouraging, and guiding students to become successful readers and life-long learners.
 

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About Hussey (Oliden)...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: 29
Phone: 480-812-6759
Email: Hussey (Oliden)

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Welcome!

Welcome to 4th Grade! My name is Miss Oliden. I, myself, grew up going to school in the Chandler Unified School District so I am very excited to teach here at Hartford where I can show my Chandler pride. One of my favorite things to do is discover new places and cultures. I believe that each student is unique in their own way, and that is something that should be celebrated in our classroom. I hope you're ready for an exciting year filled with memorable learning experiences!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education and I began teaching at Hartford in the fall of 2015! While attending school at a satellite campus here in Chandler, I had the opportunity to complete several internships within the Chandler Unified School District. I was able to experience all grade levels but felt that I was meant to teach the intermediate grades (4th – 6th). I absolutely love teaching at Hartford because of the amazing community that it is surrounded by. Throughout my teaching career, I have had multiple opportunities to expand myself as a teacher through professional development. It is very important to me that I continue to grow as a teacher and learn new ways to engage students.

My Educational Philosophy

As a committed teacher, it is my goal to supply effective learning opportunities to each and every one of my students. It is important that students are provided a hands-on learning environment that allows them to make connections with what is taught to the outside world. I am dedicated to making lessons that are appropriate to each student's different learning style. I will be devoted to educate my students so they may successfully build a brighter future.
 

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About Bennett...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: 5
Phone: (480) 812-6735
Email: Bennett

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Welcome!

Welcome to room 5, it is the place to "BEE"! This website is meant to keep you informed about your child's school experience. Kindergarten is a great year filled with lots of wonderful memories and growth. Use this website as a tool to help you stay involved and informed about what is going on in your child's world. I look forward to a great year with you and your growing Husky!

My Education and Professional Background

I have taught kindergarten at Hartford Sylvia Encinas since 2009. In 2016, I moved up with my class and taught first grade, but moved back to teach kindergarten in 2017. I also taught second grade for four years back in my home state of Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Wayne State University. I also hold an Early Childhood Endorsement and a Structured English Immersion Endorsement. I have had additional training in: Dibels, Thinking Maps and Fundations.

My Educational Philosophy

My approach to teaching can be summed up in one word...POSITIVE! Children learn best through positive experiences and should be encouraged to take risk in the learning environment. I believe that all children can learn and I encourage them to reach beyond their goals. Classroom instruction should be individualized so that each child's learning needs are met. It is my job as an educator to discover how each child learns, and to provide them with the tools necessary to apply new learning.
 

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About Menapace...
Position: Technology
Room: Tech Lab
Phone: 480-812-6705
Email: Menapace

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Welcome!

Hello! Welcome to first grade! I am delighted to be your teacher this year. I am a product of Chandler schools from elementary, go Marshalls to high school, go wolves. This is my 12th year teaching. I look forward to all the

My Education and Professional Background

I love ASU!. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelors degree in elementary education. Then in 2008, I received my Masters degree in bilingual education. I have a full bilingual endorsement and an early childhood one. I am also specialized in reading.

My Educational Philosophy

Since I was in third grade I wanted to be a teacher. I believe working as a team, parent and teacher, we can accomplish achieving our common goal, student success. Teamwork is the key to your child's achievement. I look forward to working with you and your child.
 

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About Klier...
Position: First Grade TOP
Room: 2
Phone: 480- 812-6732
Email: Klier

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Mrs. Klier. I am honored to be teaching your child this year. We will work together as a team to make this school year successful for your child.

My Education and Professional Background

I've been teaching for almost 20 years. Previously, I've taught second grade for two years, kindergarten for five years and special education for one year. I have been teaching first grade for over ten years. I attended Eastern Illinois University and received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. I also have an endorsement in special education and early childhood.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy in teaching is to promote life long learners. I've been told in the past, that my teaching style is firm but very loving and nurturing. I set high standards for my students as well as for myself. I like structure and routine.
 

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About Humphrey...
Position: Second Grade TOP
Room: 3
Phone: (480) 812-6733
Email: Humphrey

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Caitlin Humphrey and I have been teaching at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary since 2014! I am excited to get to know you and your family this year as my student! Second grade is a wonderful year full of adventures and learning! It is a privilege to be teaching at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary and to be part of the wonderful staff and families here!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2013. I have a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. I student taught at Hartford for a full year in two different classrooms and I was also a substitute teacher for the Chandler Unified School District for 6 months before accepting a teaching position here at Hartford!

My Educational Philosophy

My passion for teaching started as a young high school student, I have had many experiences and mentors along the way to help me in my professional development and have loved the teaching profession since I stepped foot in a classroom. Teaching is a passion of mine, as well as coming alongside our students to create the best and most positive environment for their learning. All children learn differently, I am a huge advocate of teaching to the child's needs and learning style.
 

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About Strawn Williams...
Position: Second Grade
Room: 11
Phone: 480-812-6741
Email: Strawn Williams

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my website. I am very excited to work with you and your child for their 3rd grade adventure. Third grade is full of new learning experiences that I can't wait to share with you.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Purdue University in Indiana with an elementary education and special education degree. Later, I earned my Master's Degress in Education and Curriculum from NAU. I began teaching at Hartford in 2014. I started my teaching career in Chandler in 2004. Previously, I taught in Chicago and Indianapolis for 8 years.

My Educational Philosophy

Teaching is truly my lifeline; it is my purpose. I love the challenges and rewards of teaching. It is a joy to witness the small successes that each child makes and the miracles that happen everyday in the classroom. The students in my classroom become my family each year and they teach me far more than I teach them throughout the year. It is quite a humbling profession that I will not give up on! Each child is capable of learning with a trained, effective, and caring teacher at the helm.
 

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About Lee...
Position: Second Grade
Room: 19
Phone: (480) 812-6749
Email: Lee

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Welcome!

I am proud to be a Hartford Husky! I started at Hartford in 2002. I have taught kindergarten, first and third grades previously. I am excited to teach 2nd grade this year and look forward to learning new things with my students.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor's degree in elementary education from ASU. I also have a Master's degree in Early Childhood from NAU. I have been teaching since 1996.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every child brings something unique and special to our classroom. I not only want my students to learn the standards for 3rd grade, I want them to discover what unique individuals they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas.
 

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About Aguirre-Acedo...
Position: Language Arts/6th
Room: 32
Phone: (480)812-6762
Email: Aguirre-Acedo

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Welcome!

Welcome to Sixth Grade! We are going to have a fabulous year! I am excited to have new and rich experiences through a variety of literature and writing opportunities. I am looking forward to working with your child and learning from them as well. Feel free to contact me at any time.

My Education and Professional Background

I started my teaching career in January 1992 in Phoenix, AZ. I have taught grades 3-6, been a reading specialist, reading coach and a reading program facilitator. I received both my bachelor's in Elementary Education and my Master's in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. I have a reading endorsement and a full bilingual endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

My philosophy is very simple. I believe that every child deserves an opportunity to learn. I believe that every child regardless of their socioeconomic status, language status, or educational status can and WILL learn in my classroom.
 

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About Rico...
Position: 6th grade
Room: 31
Phone: 480-812-6761
Email: Rico

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Welcome!

Welcome and get ready for an AWESOME school year!

My Education and Professional Background

Graduated from UTEP (University of Texas in Paso) in 1997.

My Educational Philosophy

Every child can learn! High expectations with no excuses!
 

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About Plitz...
Position: 3rd Grade TOPS
Room: 17
Phone: (480)812-6747
Email: Plitz

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Welcome!

Welcome to 3rd grade! I am excited to be working with you and your child this year! The third grade is a wonderful year where the students have the opportunity to to take big steps forward with their learning.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Rutgers University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After working and exploring the country for a few years, I got my Master of Education degree from the University of Phoenix in 2011 and have been teaching ever since. I have been at Hartford S.E. Elementary School since 2013.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn. In the classroom, I use differentiation to ensure that the needs of a diverse learning population are being met. Student engagement is crucial to the educational process. Therefore, lessons are delivered with kinesthetic, auditory, and visual stimuli to help keep students focused and on track. It is important that students have a safe, community oriented classroom to learn in. My classroom is a place where students can take risks and will feel supported by their peers and not have to worry about being ridiculed.
 

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About Jaffe...
Position: 3rd grade
Room: Room 25
Phone: (480) 221-8287
Email: Jaffe

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Welcome!

I have been teaching at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School since 2000. I have taught sixth grade, fifth grade, fourth grade and am currently teaching third grade. Third grade is my passion! When I am not teaching I love to spend time with family and friends, travel and READ!

My Education and Professional Background

I have a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children have the right to a quality education and are capable of being taught based on their own unique needs. In order for this to happen it is imperative for there to be close collaboration between teachers, students, administrators and parents. Everyone is an essential piece of the puzzle!
 

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About Hensley...
Position: Media Specialist
Room: Library
Phone: (480)812-6721
Email: Hensley

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Welcome!

Welcome! I am excited to be part of Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary as a media specialist. I have a passion for reading and helping children grow as readers.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I earned my Master of Education from Northern Arizona University along with my K-12 reading specialist endorsement. In 2008, I became a National Board Certified Teacher in literacy. I began teaching in 1994 in the Chandler Unified School District at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. In addition to my current teaching position as a media specialist, I was a K-6 reading coach and specialist for ten years and I taught first grade for thirteen years.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe all children can learn. I strive to provide a warm, caring, positive, and engaging environment where my students are supported and challenged to reach their fullest potential. My goal as a media specialist is to foster a love of reading and to help students become independent readers.
 

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About McHugh...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: 22
Phone: (480) 812-6752
Email: McHugh

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Welcome!

Welcome to 5th grade! I am thrilled to be able to guide your child in building on their academic foundations and gaining the skills necessary to become a self-sufficient, life-long learner.

My Education and Professional Background

In 1997 I completed my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education at Arizona State University and began my career. Later, I went on to earn my ESL endorsement with coursework from the University of Phoenix and my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University. I continue to build my knowledge and strengthen my expertise by taking advantage of the many professional development opportunities offered in CUSD.

My Educational Philosophy

Education should provide children with academic and social foundations which inspire them to become thinkers who develop the problem solving abilities needed to take ownership of their learning, pursue their passions, and have the confidence to work through challenges. It is my privilege, as a teacher, to guide and support them as they build these foundations and begin their journey on the path to success.
 

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About Nguyen...
Position: General Music K-6
Room: 38
Phone: 480-812-6768
Email: Nguyen

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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my web page! I love teaching music at Hartford, and I do many other things too: Student Council, Variety Show, tutoring. Just to name a few. I've had the wonderful opportunity to work with most of our Hartford students, so please feel free to say hello to me and let me know how I can help you and your children.

My Education and Professional Background

New England Conservatory/Arizona State University. Bachelors, Masters of Music Performance, Post-Baccalaureate Music Education

My Educational Philosophy

Many people say that they don't have musical talent or that they can't play music. I don't think that's true. What those people really are saying is, I haven't been taught how to play, I haven't had the chance to learn. Music is a wonderful language that is not limited to a gifted few. Rather, music is something that everybody can learn to do and enjoy.
 

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About Bui...
Position: 6th Grade TOP
Room: 25
Phone: (480)812-6755
Email: Bui

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Welcome!

My name is Mary Bui. This is my first year at Hartford Sylvia Encinas, but my ninth year of teaching. I am married and have two wonderful children, ages 3 and 1. I was born and raised in Chandler and love it here. In my free time I love to read, watch movies, play tennis, and spend time with family.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2005. Then in 2011 completed my Masters in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. I am certified in middle school math as well. I taught fifth and sixth grade at Santan Elementary for 8 years. I have a passion for math education and believe strongly that all children can be good at math.

My Educational Philosophy

By encouraging hard work and perseverance every child will learn and grow. I will provide students an environment to explore patterns, work through engaging tasks, and to learn to work flexibly with numbers. Mistakes are valued as an important part of the learning process. Rather than just delivering the information to students, I will ask questions and guide students to construct their own understanding. Students will collaborate and share ideas often. And hopefully they will have fun along the way.
 

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About Anguiano...
Position: Principal
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6700
Email: Anguiano

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I am the proud principal of Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. I believe that every child can learn. We work hard to create an inclusive school environment, where students have the opportunity to connect with school. I encourage you to be our partner in education. Please advocate for your child. There are a lot of ways in which you can become involved in our school. I look forward to working with you and your child. Please stop by and introduce yourself. Welcome!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Iowa State University in 1994. My first teaching job was in Houston, Texas. I joined the Chandler Unified district in July of 1998. I taught at San Marcos, worked at the IRC and was a principal at Santan Elementary. I joined the Hartford community in July of 2011. I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. I also hold an administrative certificate.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that all children can learn. It is our job to reach each child. Every decision should be made on what is best for children. I also believe that positive relationships are a critical component of a successful school
 

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About Robles...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: 20
Phone: (480) 812-6750
Email: Robles

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Welcome to Ms. Robles's Second Grade Class! Bienvenidos a Segundo grado! I am a native of Arizona and live here in Chandler. I am committed to making a difference to Hartford students and I love being a part of a learning community.

My Education and Professional Background

I obtained my Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, with an ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement. I have taught first grade and am currently teaching second grade.

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 Wilson...
Position: 4th Grade/TOP
Room: 35
Phone: 480-812-6765
Email: Wilson

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Hello, my name is Sylvia Wilson. I am very happy to have your child in my class this year. I am a native of Arizona and live here in Chandler. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children. I also enjoy traveling, watching football, and reading.

My Education and Professional Background

I obtained my Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from Arizona State University. In addition, I have an ESL (English as a Second Langugae) endorsement, a BLE (Bilingual) endorsement, and a Gifted endorsement. I began my teaching career in 1999. I have been teaching at Hartford Sylvia Encinas since 2004 and I’ve taught grades 1st -4th.

My Educational Philosophy

As a teacher I believe that all children are capable of success. I set high expectations for my students. I expect my students to do their best and always try their hardest. I will provide a safe learning environment that will facilitate thinking and encourage risk-thinking. I look forward to working with you and your fourth grader.
 

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About Steele...
Position: Special Education - Resource
Room: 4b
Phone: 480 812-6716
Email: Steele

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Welcome to Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Special Education Department

My Education and Professional Background

I completed my undergraduate degree in Education from ASU. My Master degree in ED from NAU. I have been teaching special education since 1978.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe that every child is a unique individual. Every child needs a secure, safe and stimulating environment to learn in. My role as a teacher is to provide an environment that is safe, secure and supports risk-taking and sharing of ideas.
 

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About Trick...
Position: Third Grade
Room: 21
Phone: 480-821-6751
Email: Trick

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Welcome!

Hello second grade families! It is an honor to be a part of Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary team. Second grade will be an exciting and adventurous year and I'm excited to get to know my students as well as their families.

My Education and Professional Background

I was lucky enough to complete my student teaching at Hartford Sylvia Encinas. I later graduated from Northern Arizona University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. I loved Hartford so much, I didn’t want to leave! During my time in the classroom, I was able to complete a Master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Educational Leadership and Administration.

My Educational Philosophy

As a committed teacher, my goal is to create life longer learners. I believe that all children and learn with the right tools. My job is to allow students to be their unique, authentic selves while providing them with tools they need to be the most successful not only in the classroom but beyond it. It is my desire as an educator to make sure students are reaching their full potential and achieve greatness.
 

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About Contreras...
Position: First Grade
Room: 17
Phone: 480-812-6747
Email: Contreras

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Hello! Thank you for visiting my website. I am a teacher at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. Hartford Sylvia Encinas is a wonderful school. The staff at the school and the people in the community have truly joined as one big family.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces New Mexico where I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education for grades K-8 with an ESL (English as a Second Language) and an Early Childhood Endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I am committed to instilling A LOVE of learning in children, helping them accomplish their goals and valuing their individual differences. I absolutely love young minds. I have experience working with students grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. I truly love my job and am devoted to ensuring that my students love coming to school everyday! I have high expectations for my students. Children make my everyday spectacular.
 

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About Stewart...
Position: Third Grade
Room: 14
Phone: 480-817-6744
Email: Stewart

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Hello! Welcome to room 23. I am so excited to have your child in class this year. I look forward to working with you and your child. This is going to be a great school year.

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006 with a bachelors in Elementary Education. I spent my first 7 years teaching fourth grade in Tempe before coming to chandler in 2013. I earned my masters in Multicultural Educations with an emphasis in ESL.

My Educational Philosophy

William Butler Yates stated that, “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I believe that teachers cannot just teach students facts and information but they need to spark the interest of a child. I strive to make learning fun and exciting by coming up with lessons that are hands on, engaging and educational. My goal is to make all students live long learners.
 

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About Butler...
Position: ILLP
Room: 14
Phone: 480-812-6744
Email: Butler

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Hello, Hartford Huskies! I began teaching in 1982 and have been smiling ever since! I am originally from Texas and moved to Arizona in 1989. I have two grown children and two silly pets. I love teaching! Each child who enters my room will feel successful as we discover, problem-solve, and learn together!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education. I received a Master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education and I hold a Structured English Immersion endorsement.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe in teaching children to believe in themselves, to ask questions, to accept challenges, to encourage each other in struggles, and to celebrate successes. As their teacher, I will encourage creativity, stimulate critical thinking, and provide a quality education for all students.
 

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About Howell...
Position: Counselor
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-6706
Email: Howell

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Welcome!

Hello my name is Mrs. Howell and I am the Counselor here at Hartford Elementary. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of the fantastic students and families here at Hartford. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns about your child and their emotional well-being or with any concern that I could help with as a Counselor.

My Education and Professional Background

I did my undergraduate and graduate work at Arizona State University, go sun devils! I was an elementary school teacher for 4 years before I went back to school to become a Counselor. I loved being a teacher, however I wanted to be able to work with students and their families to create healthy and happy home environments. I am passionate about Education and have seen the wonderful things that have happened in my life because of it.

My Educational Philosophy

I firmly believe that each and every student can be successful in school. With the support of their teachers/administrators, peers, and families the sky's the limit to what can be achieved. I believe in working hard and asking for help when necessary, since we all need it sometimes. I am here to be a part of that help and support, as we help our students achieve academic success.
 

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About Morales Ruan...
Position: 5th Grade TOP
Room: 35
Phone: 480-812-6765
Email: Morales Ruan

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Hola, Hartford Huskies! Welcome, bienvenidos to Hartford and classroom #4. To help you be ready to have a successful year, please keep the following in mind: show up every day, ask lots of questions, perseverance is key, and read many books! Parents, remember your support is crucial to the success of your child in school. Please don’t hesitate to call me as often as necessary to help your child.

My Education and Professional Background

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, I attended jewelry design school, completed a pre-med program, earned my Master’s degree in Education with a dual certification in K-8 and special education, and I’m certified in Spanish. My passions include Shakespeare, critical thinking programs like Odyssey of the Mind and LEGO Robotics, and coding. I hope to see many Hartford students participate in these programs.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational philosophy is quite simple. I try to teach my students that we are all natural learners and must not fear failure. It is due to making mistakes that will make us smarter, stronger in character, and fearless in risking an answer to a question in class. I’ll assist them in developing critical thinking and interpersonal skills while preserving curiosity and creativity along the way.
 

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About Perala...
Position: Psychologist
Room: 22a
Phone: (480) 812-6711
Email: Perala

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Welcome!

Hello! My name is Sonia Perala and have been a bilingual school psychologist in the Chandler Unified School District since 2005.

My Education and