|Subject / Grade||Kindergarten|
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My family and I moved to the East Valley 4 years ago. We had lived in the Denver area with our children for 18 wonderful years! My husband is an Assistant Principal with CUSD and our children attend(ed) CUSD schools too. We have one in college and 2 in high school. Our boys play baseball for their schools and our daughter is a dancer for her HS team.
My Education and Professional Background
I am going into my 22nd year of teaching and it will be my 5th year at Tarwater. I received my undergraduate degree from University of New Mexico in 1997 earning a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. Later in 2009, I pursued and earned my Master's degree in Teaching through Grand Canyon University. I started my teaching career in the Denver, CO area in 1997 teaching Preschool Special Education. The following year I taught Kindergarten morning and afternoon sessions. After 6 years of teaching Kindergarten, I decided to loop up with my students to teach 1st grade. I happily taught 1st grade for 10 years until I decided to go back to Kindergarten. I am passionate about Early Childhood and enjoy the look of 'light bulb' moments.
My Educational Philosophy
My goal each year is to provide a safe and loving environment in order for students to have the opportunity to succeed at their highest potential. I am passionate about helping students become independent thinkers who can problem solve. I help set goals and model how to pursue those goals with positive attitudes and good work ethics. I strongly believe and teach our Toro Targets: Respect, Responsibility, Courage, Compassion and Integrity. All Kinder students will know, define and live these words through the course of their first year. Also, it is my sincerest hope to help children become learners who are motivated to be real participants in their education.
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