•  Learn More About Mrs. DeVargas   
                                                                    Third Grade Student                                                                     




    Family life:
    Married and had a baby on 7/7/07. My husband, Thomas, and I have seven children together (yours, mine, ours), Jessica (33), Brittany (26), Breea (25), Briggs (23), Braxton (21), Brandon (21), and Tayla Brynn (12). 
    • Jessica works hard splitting her time between work and being Brandon's habilitation and respite provider,
    • Brittany is a dental assistant and yoga instructor while attending ASU,
    • Breea graduated from NAU/GCC with a Nursing degree and works at Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital, 
    • Briggs graduated from UofA with double majors in BS in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science/Molecular and Cellular Biology and a BSHS in Physiology and is currently pursuing his Masters in World Health at UofA,
    • Braxton graduated from ACU with a degree in Finance and works part-time jobs while looking for a full-time job,
    • Brandon practices life skills at Trilogy while working a part-time job,
    • Tayla is in 7th Grade at Hillcrest and she is training to be a Girl Scout camp counselor.
    • We currently have no pets :(

    I love to read, stalk Pinterest, go to the movies, cook, bake, shop, hang with friends and family and eat sushi, burritos, and pasta but not at the same time.  I like Yoga, weight training, hiking and swimming to keep me in shape. My fascination with how food affects the human body led me to become a holistic nutritionist.  I love being around water, lakes or oceans. I have an extra love of fashion, healthy living, shoes, and babies.

    Personal Philosophy:
    My personal responsibility as a teacher is to provide a safe place and the necessary accommodations to help students become independent thinkers and problem solvers.  A key component to success for students is when they can persevere when struggling through problems. Learning to develop successful coping skills will begin when children experience more challenges in a safe environment and being OK with being uncomfortable. Students who have successful coping skills develop independence and self-confidence in school and at home. This success helps pave the way for them to discover their unique gifts and purpose in this world.  I also believe it is important to teach students to give back to the community.