Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Special Education
Hi, I'm Tamara Anderson, and I am thrilled to be your child's 5th-grade Science teacher. Teaching has always been my passion, and I am excited to embark on this educational journey with your child.
Ever since I was in first grade, I knew that teaching was my calling. School was my happy place, and instead of tidying up my room as I was supposed to, I would spend hours there, playing school with my dolls and stuffed animals. I eagerly tutored my friends and volunteered to help my teachers whenever I could. However, it was my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. May, who truly ignited my love for teaching. She provided me with the incredible opportunity to work one-on-one with a classmate who had special needs. Mrs. May became my role model and inspired me to pursue a dual bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education.
I am proud to say that this year marks my 26th year teaching in the Deer Valley Unified School District. Throughout my career, I have taught students across various grade levels, from 1st to 6th grade. However, 5th grade has always held a special place in my heart. It is a grade where we get to explore the fascinating world of science together, and I can't wait to dive into our fun-filled year of scientific discovery!
When I am not at school, you will find me enjoying precious moments with my family. I have been happily married to my husband Richard for nearly 24 years, and together we have three incredible children—two daughters and one son. Our oldest daughter lives and works in Mesa. She is an exceptionally creative and talented individual. Our younger daughter is currently a senior at the University of Arizona, pursuing a degree in business marketing. She has an incredible talent for photography and has recently started her own photography business, capturing beautiful family and senior portraits. Our son has just begun his first year at Southern Utah University and is eagerly looking forward to hitting the football field this fall. Go Thunderbirds!
I couldn't be prouder of my children, and spending time with them brings me immense joy. They truly are the best! Their accomplishments and passions inspire me daily, reminding me of the importance of nurturing and supporting each child's unique talents and dreams.
I am dedicated to creating a positive and engaging learning environment for your child. I believe that education goes beyond textbooks and tests—it is about fostering curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for exploration. Together, we will embark on an exciting journey of scientific inquiry and discovery.
Thank you for visiting my website, and I look forward to an incredible year ahead, filled with growth, learning, and unforgettable experiences!
These are a few of my favorite things...
My birthday: July 31st
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite foods: Ice cream and candy
Favorite restaurants: Valle Luna, Carrabba's, Biscuit's Cafe
Favorite fast food: Salad and Go, Chick-fil-A, Fired Pie
Favorite drink: Caramel or white chocolate coffee drinks, and peach iced tea
Favorite places to shop: Amazon, DSW, Maurice's, and Old Navy
Favorite vacation spot- Anywhere with mountains, pine trees, a lake, and blue skies.
Favorite science topics- The human body, and space.