Degrees and Certifications:
Welcome! My name is Beth Rodriguez and I am your child's 4th grade teacher. This is my 24th year teaching, and my 11th here at Sunset Ridge. I was born and raised in Illinois, and have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Ed. and English from Augustana College, as well as a Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Illinois ~ Go Illini! I also have endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Library Media. In 2016, I had the honor of being selected as one of Deer Valley's Teachers of the Year.
I am proud that teaching runs in my family. My Dad was a high school asst. principal in the 1960's before moving on to university-level administration. My Mom taught elementary P.E. her entire career. My husband, Eddie, is a guidance counselor at Barry Goldwater High School. I hope to bring my family's passion for education to your family, too.
Eddie & I have been married for 21 years, and we have a son, Eric, who is a Junior in High School. It seems like just yesterday that he was a 4th grader like you guys! My family likes a lot of the things I'm sure your family enjoys - movies, swimming, playing games, and cheering on the Cardinals, NCAA Hoops (we're Wildcats!), and Diamondbacks. I grew up in StL Cardinals country, so the Dbacks are my second favorite baseball team!
My 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Abbey, and she was one of my very favorite teachers. My best memory of her was how she read to us every day with LOTS of voice and expression. My favorite part of the day is reading to the class, too!
I look forward to getting to know my students and parents throughout the year!