Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Michelle Wark
My name is Michelle Wark and I am excited to be starting my second year at Desert Sage! I graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education from NAU in 2019, and completed my student teaching right here at Desert Sage. I earned by cross-categorical certification in K-12 Special Education as well as a certification of Elementary Education K-8. I have been in Arizona for about 18 years now but am originally from Olympia, Washington. Some things that I love are cooking, gardening, Thai food, camping, and hiking. I live here in Glendale with my husband, Chad, our 2 boys, Gavin (4 yo), and Damon (2 yo), and our 3 fur babies. We are going to have a great year!
I believe that all students can and will learn in a safe, nurturing classroom environment which celebrates individuality, student strengths and interests, and personal growth. My ultimate goal is to impart a sense of pride, perseverence, and a lifelong love of learning to all of the students who enter my classroom.
As an educator, I am dedicated to creating a learning community for my students where they feel safe, included, and excited to learn and grow. I believe all students deserve an educator that takes into account the importance of their physical, mental, and social well-being which plays such a huge role in their overall success. I intend to teach my students to view mistakes as opportunities for growth, why it is so important to develop skills in effective communication, and that hard work yeilds amazing results!