Degrees and Certifications:
Hello, my name is Mrs. Burtis, and I am going to be your first grade teacher. This is going to be an exciting year filled with learning and new adventures. This will be my sixth year teaching 1st grade at Highland Lakes, but this will be my twentieth year teaching. I have taught special education for twelve years and 1st grade for two years in the Pendergast District. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. I also hold a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English as a second language and reading instruction.
I was born and raised in Glendale, AZ. I have been married for 21 years and have 2 daughters and 1 son. My oldest daughter Jennifer is 18 and will be starting as a freshman at Grand Canyon University majoring in forensic science. Samantha is my 14 year old who will be a freshman at Mountain Ridge this year. My youngest, Garrison, will turn 11 this summer. He absolutely loves sports and thinks the whole family should too! I have 1 German Shepherd named Laina, and a Freench Bulldog named Lola. My house is a very busy place and I enjoy every minute of it.
I am so excited to be your teacher this year. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning, exploring and fun in room 504.