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Mrs. Crystal Patti
Hello! My name is Mrs. Patti and I am honored to be a second grade teacher at Sierra Verde School! This is my 16th year of teaching and my 12th year to work with second graders. Prior to second grade, I taught third grade for two years and first grade for two years. Prior to having my own classroom, I worked in Deer Valley as a paraprofessional for 8 years.
My interest in education has been life long! I still recall those days when I turned my home into a classroom and taught my childhood friends the world of reading, writing, and arithmetic. My first job as a certified child care provider introduced me to the wonderment of taking classes to educate and further enrich children's lives. In the Fall of 1991, I took a serious look at turning my heart's desire into a career and I enrolled part-time at a Community College.
I continued my education while raising my own children. In May of 2000, I earned my first degree with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Teaching. That summer, I also received a Child Development Associate with a Preschool Endorsement through the National Credentialing Program.
In the fall of 1994, I began working as a paraprofessional in the Deer Valley Unified School District. For the next eight years, I earned valuable experience by working with children, parents, educators and administrators in the school setting while completing my teaching degree.
My proud moment finally arrived when I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Arts in 2003. In July 2007, I also completed my Master's Degree with a Reading Endorsement.
In addition to my teaching career, I have a fabulous husband and we've been married for 37 years. He also works for the Deer Valley School District and has been with them for the last twenty-two years. We have three wonderful children, as well. Our oldest son is also a fulltime employee of our district. Our middle son is a firefighter for the city of Phoenix in addition to being a dad to two boyss. Our youngest daughter works in the restaurant business as well as being a full-time mom. She also has two young boys.
In addition to my human family, I am the proud owner of a Maltese dog (who truly believes he is human). He is a joy and I love spending time with him. Although teaching is my passion, in my spare time I "Sharpen the Saw" by attending music concerts, spending time with my grandsons, traveling, reading, hiking and scrapbooking.