|Position:||Dean of Students|
|"Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."|
|-- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.|
Welcome back Andersen Astronauts! My name is Mr. Torie Brown, this is my 3rd year at Andersen and my first year as the Dean of Students here at Andersen Elementary. I am extremely eager to meet all of the new families here at Andersen and I look forward to seeing all of the returning families for an outstanding 2018-2019 school year.
My Education and Professional Background
I was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri. My family and I moved to Arizona in 2010 so that I could pursue my Master's Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. I am currently back at ASU obtaining my certification in Educational Leadership. I am married to my wife Merideth, who is also a teacher in the CUSD family. We have three daughters, Whitney a junior at ASU, Maiya a sophomore at Perry High School, and Alyea a freshman at Basha High School. I began teaching third grade right here in the CUSD family. From there I transferred to Andersen and began teaching fifth grade.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom. In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, I think that teachers must fully understand the importance of their job. First, I believe that teachers must consider teaching to be a lifestyle, not a mere forty-hour-a-week job, because a teacher's goals for his/her students encompass much more than relaying out-of-context facts to passive students. As professionals entrusted with the education of young minds, teachers must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically. By providing a quality education to each individual in one's classroom, a teacher equips children with the tools necessary for success in life.
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