Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Major: History Minor: Political Science M.A.T: Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education with Social Studies Emphasis
Mrs. Tiffany Ellis
Education Background: In 1998 I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. That year, I enrolled in the School of Education's graduate program for teachers, and in 1999 I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Education (social studies emphasis). In college, I worked as an intern at the Washington State History Museum creating history curriculum trunks for elementary teachers.
I began my first three years of teaching at Illahee Junior High School in Federal Way, Washington and then moved to Arizona where I began teaching both middle and high school history. I have been working in the DVUSD district since 2006 and this will be my 10th year at O'Connor.
Special Recognition and Awards:
---2008, I was awarded an opportunity to attend a Gilder Lehrman history seminar at Columbia University in New York. In addition, I have been a guest speaker for Linda Sargent Wood, Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University, presenting teaching methods to new teachers.
---2010-2011 school year, I won a monetary stipend to attend the Western History Association's National Conference in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. While I was there, I attended a Library of Congress workshop and lectures on history of the
---2011, I presented at the National Conference for Social Studies in Denver, Colorado. I presented information on creating standards based rubrics and differentiation strategies for social studies teachers.
---2011, I also participated in the GLYPH teacher trip to Boston, Massachusetts and Advanced Placement training in Long Island, New York.
---2012, I trained teachers on formative assessment methods in the secondary classroom and I presented again at the National Conference for Social Studies in Seattle, Washington in November.
---2013-2014 year, I was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award for the Deer Valley Unified School District! It was a special honor to receive this award.
---2015 I was nominated for the "Great Moments in Teaching" award throught the Arizona Council for the Social Studies
---2017 I won the Military History Prize for an lesson plan entry on American Indians during the French and Indian War. ----2017-present I serve as the New Teacher liason on campus, and will eventually be teaching a new AP Course in the 2021 school year-AP Human Geography.
The 2020 school year will be my 22nd year of teaching. I will be teaching two sections of Advanced Placement United States History, two sections of Dual Enrollment US History 103/104 and one class of US1 History Honors for the Academy of American Studies.
Personal Life and Interests
Personal Life and Interests
One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my family outside. We like to travel (I love national parks), and camp. I love the outdoors. If teaching had not been my calling, I would currently be working for the forest service or as a park ranger. I also enjoy hiking, fishing, reading, and photography. This year, I am currently learning how to play golf.
This summer (2020), I read many books and took a road trip to Washington state with my family. I am a true history nerd and many of the books I choose to read our history related in some way.