About Burrell...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: C3
Phone: (480) 424-8553
Email: Burrell

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Hello! I am Kristian Burrell and I am thrilled to be a Rice Rhino! This year is going to be a fun filled year with a lot of learning and growing along with many fun activities mixed in. I look forward to getting to know your family. Rice Elementary is the place to be!

My Education and Professional Background

I graduated from Arizona State-Polytechnic with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2007. I began my teaching career soon after in August 2007. I am grateful I’ve been able to teach kindergarten all these years. In 2010 I received my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Early Childhood. I am also endorsed in Structured English Immersion and trained in Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Wilson Fundations.

My Educational Philosophy

Kindergarten is a once in a lifetime experience in a child’s life. It is not only the beginning of their formal education, but it is the first step toward lifelong learning and social participation. I believe it is my role as a teacher to foster a safe and nurturing environment for my students as they make the transition to a formal school setting. It is important to form a positive and open partnership with the parents, principal, and support staff in order to support the learning and developmental needs of my students. Like the famous proverb says, “it takes a village to raise a child”, but it also takes a village to educate a child. To end, I believe Magda Gerber sums up my educational philosophy well, “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.” Kindergarten is a journey, not a race and I look forward to starting this journey.

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