• monkey My name is Jeff Lyons and this will be my 25th year as a teacher, 14th year as a Sierra Verde Viper, and my 16th year in the Deer Valley Unified School District.  Prior to coming to Deer Valley USD, I spent five years teaching in the Alhambra Elementary School District, and then I tought for 4 years, overseas in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  I taught at an international school that catered to foreign diplomats and people who worked in the business community.  Tashkent sits in the heart of Central Asia and on the ancient "Silk Road."  While there, my family and I had the opportunity to explore fascinating old cities and learn about various cultures.  While I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and gained a wealth of knowledge, I am happy to be living in the Valley, and especially happy to be a Sierra Verde Viper.

    Favorites:

    Books:

    • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    • Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    • Any book by Max Luccado :0)
    • Bo's Cafe by John Lynch
    • On My Worst Day by John Lynch
    • Historical Fiction
    • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Fiction

    Movies:

    • So many to choose from...probably Gone With the Wind for the historical perspective of the Civil War
    • Monty Python's The Holy Grail...so many quotes to choose from
    • Anything with Morgan Freeman in it.
    • Any movie/show by Gary Marshall
    • Notting Hill
    • Transformers
    • All Marvel Movies
    • Some DC Movies
    • Mr. Holland's Opus
    • When Harry Met Sally
    • Stripes

    TV Shows:

    • Madame Secretary
    • CSI (any of them)
    • Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD
    • Law and Order/Law and Order SVU
    • Blacklist
    • Deadliest Catch
    • Stranger Things
    • Sports
    • Friends


    Food: Seafood or Asian, Anything from the Fox Group of Restaurants. 

    Favorite Fast Food: Panda Express, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle, In and Out Burger, and Chick-fil-A

    Favorite Snacks: Pistachios, orange slices, popcorn, and kettlecorn

    Coffee: Black Rock Carmel Blonde, Better Buzz (San Diego) Carmel Buzz, Starbucks white chocolate mocha, Starbucks Carmel Frappuccino or Green Tea Lemonade, Well Coffee- White Chocolate Mocha

    Place to visit: San Diego (La Jolla/Del Mar), Kauai, Hawaii and Ouray, Colorado, The Pacific Northwest :-)

    Superhero: Spiderman

    Dream Vacation: Stilt Huts in clear blue ocean (Bora Bora or any place similar), Egypt: Cruise on the Nile to see the Valley of the Kings (taught about Egypt for 5 years and now I want to go experience it!), or Cruise the Mediterranean Sea. 

    Favorite Classroom Authors/Books: Andrew Clements - School Story, Frindle, Rodman Philbrick - R.E.M. World , and the Dr. Cuthbert Soup - A Whole Nother Story series. 

    Favorite Stores: Amazon, Target, Costco, JCPenny, Apple Store

    Favorite Sports Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma Sooners (College)

    Favorite Season: Winter - Truly - Can't beat it in AZ. 

    Favorite Quote: Whether you think you can, or you think can't, you're right. ~ Henry Ford