About Mrs. WillisI was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvanina. I completed my undergraduate studies in elementary education and early childhood education at the University of Delaware. I then earned a master's degree in reading and language arts from the University of Pennsylvania.I taught first grade in Pennsylvania for five years before marrying my husband Dave and starting a family. When our children were young we moved around a bit living in Delaware, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and finally settling in Arizona.Since coming to Sierra Verde School twenty years ago I have had the opportunity to teach kindergarten, second grade and first grade I have a total of 24 years of teaching experience in the primary classroom.I love teaching! I knew I wanted to be a teacher from the moment I entered kindergarten! I have always loved learning and sharing that excitement with others. I also enjoy the challenge of teaching children to read, write and develop important mathematical concepts. I cherish every opportunity I have to engage and excite young children to learn all they can about the world around them.Outside of school during my free time I enjoy reading, exercising,cooking,traveling and spending time with my family. My husband Dave and I have been blessed with an incredible family. Our oldest, Ted, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a video editor and videographer. He has traveled the world filming his experiences and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Our middle daughter, Natalie, graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Nursing. She is now a labor and delivery nurse living in Albuquerque,NM with her husband Nick and their two toddlers. Our youngest, Dana, is also a U of A. graduate! She lives and works in Tucson with her husband Matt. All three of my successful kids are of Sierra Verde graduates.
A Few of My Favorite Things:
Favorite Colors: Pink and GreenFavorite Restaurants: Babbo's, Fired Pie, Pita JungleFavorite Foods:salad, sushiFavorite Drink: Water (sparkling or still) or or unsweetened teaFavorite Snacks:fruit, pretzels, veggies and hummus, almondsFavorite Candy : dark chocolate with almondsFavorite Hobbies:traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, reading, cookingFavorite Scent:sunflower (spring/summer)pumpkin spice (fall/winter)