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About Mr. Wood
Dear students, parents and guardians,
I hope everyone is excited to start another great school year at Sonoran Foothills, home of the Bobcats! I, Mr. Wood, will be your son/daughter’s language arts and/or public speaking teacher over the next 10 months. I like writing a letter at the beginning of each year to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my background.
First off, I grew up in the Central and Northern Phoenix areas and have remained an Arizona resident for all, now 30 (felt old on that birthday), years of my life. Both of my parents were award-winning teachers, so I caught the education bug early. I have a younger brother, Jack, who works in sales in Portland, OR, and I also have two twin sisters, Erin and Brooke, who look as much alike as myself and Brad Pitt. I graduated from Horizon High School some years back and was fortunate enough to play basketball over my 4 years there. During the course of my senior year, I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion in education, thus I decided to major in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona. Unfortunately, Coach Miller didn’t want my 5’9, nonathletic self on the basketball team, so I found a second passion in life as a coach. I have had an amazing time coaching girls and boys at the middle and high school levels over the past 10 years, and I will continue my role as an assistant with the boys and girls volleyball teams on campus, as well as my high school role with the boys varsity basketball team at nearby NVCA. I graduated in May of 2012 from the University of Arizona and did my student teaching in a middle school language arts class. I am now coming in to my 9th full year as an educator. The unique teaching methods I’ve learned, wonderful relationships I’ve made, and demanding (yet sometimes lenient) disciplinary techniques I have picked up over my time in this field are all things I fully incorporate into my classes here at SF.
When I am not teaching, I like be active with a wide range of hobbies. I am a die-hard U of A and Arizona sports fan, and a large portion of my family is from the San Francisco Bay Area, so I also support my Giants, Warriors, and 49ers. When I am not watching sports you can catch my wife of almost 6 years, Courtney, and I fly fishing in Montana, hitting the beach in South Carolina, golfing whenever we have a free minute, and playing with our 95 pound black lab, Callahan. We also just recently welcomed our daughter, Chandler, into the world. She is our first, so she has been keeping us on our toes, but we would not have it any other way.
In terms of this school year, we have a fun and exciting curriculum planned in language arts, advanced language arts, and our exploratory courses. While following the College and Career Readiness Standards, students will continue to hone their skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, analyzing, comprehension, fluency and listening. We will read from a variety of texts and novels, write many of our own unique pieces, create some innovative projects, and get numerous opportunities to present our work to classmates. Everything taught in this class will develop students’ ELA skills and prepare them for high school, college, and a bright future out in the real world. Students will see language arts in a whole new light this year and try some things they may not have had an opportunity to in the past. It is our hope that students walk into each class with an open mind. I like to say that there is a “method to our madness,” and the madness has seemed to pay off, for our 8th grade team's standardized test scores have been at or near the top in the district over recent years.
Materials needed for both of these classes are on our school website. For my class specifically, students will need pencils, pens, markers/colored pencils, at least 2 notebooks, and glue.
I hope to get the opportunity to meet you all over the course of this year. If you have any questions or concerns, I am very flexible and willing to do whatever I can to clarify them. My goal is to have every single student excel in the classroom. If students work hard, turn assignments in on time, participate in class, and have a good attitude, there is no reason an A grade isn’t possible. Go Cats!
- Mr. Wood
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