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Meet Mrs. Pawling

This is my twenty-fourth year teaching and will be my seventh at Desert Sky Middle School.  I have taught all subjects in 5th and 6th grades, as well as several years of 8th grade math and algebra. I've coached baseball at the middle school level, and high school and middle school volleyball.  I have my master's degree in educational leadership and hope to work as an educational administrator in the future; but right now, I prefer to stay in the classroom.  My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this year!  We have two children. My daughter, Cassie, is 33 and graduated from Mountain Ridge High School and earned a math and business degree from ASU.  She now lives in San Francisco, CA, and is the Talent Partner for a private equity firm.  My son, Jonny, graduated from Boulder Creek High School.  He owns a car customization business.  I love staying active and busy.  I play competitive volleyball leagues and tournaments several times a week and on weekends, hike the beautiful desert mountains around the Phoenix area, and have found a new love in kayaking.    I am very passionate about education and strive to make math meaningful and understandable for all of my students.  I believe in creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment, where everyone takes risks and supports each other.  Learning math can be a challenge and even a little scary, but if you are willing to put forth your best effort, we will succeed together! I truly believe that every one of my students can have everything they want from life!