About Bender...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: 37
Phone: (480) 224-3867
Email: Bender

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Welcome to 6th grade at Carlson Elementary! I joined the Carlson family in 2017 and am so happy to be here! As 6th grade classic students, you will rotate between me, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Murrieta for your classes. I will teach Math; Mrs. Goldberg will integrate Science, Social Studies and Writing and Mrs. Murrieta will teach Reading and Language. We are excited to get to know and work with all of you!

My Education and Professional Background

I’m originally from Minnesota, where I grew up and received my BA. Out of college, I moved to southwest Kansas where I began teaching and also earned my MA in Educational Leadership. My husband, Keith and I moved to Arizona over 20 years ago when I continued teaching at the Kyrene and Dysart districts. For over a decade, I worked as a Principal, but found my heart is really with the kiddos in the classroom, so I’ve found my way back to what I believe is the best district in the state and I’m proud to be here!

BA in Spanish Education (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN)
MA in Educational Leadership (Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS)
AZ Certification in Elementary, Middle Level Math, K-12 Spanish, and SEI

My Educational Philosophy

It’s important to me that my students grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and in their awareness of how they can contribute to the well-being of other people and society. I will instill a love of learning and help them better understand the world with which we live. I believe that for students to achieve optimal intellectual, emotional and social growth, we need to have a partnership between student, teacher and parent.

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