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Welcome to 7th grade ELA! My name is Ms. Kurtenbach and I am so happy to be your ELA teacher this year! I have lived in the Phoenix area for the last 21 years and this will by my 13th year working in DVUSD. This is my first year at Union Park and I am so happy to be a Toro!
I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After working in the financial field for numerous years, I discovered my passion for education and subsequently obtained my teaching credentials as well as my middle school language arts certification. Becoming an educator was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I truly love teaching and I believe that I am in the most rewarding profession there is! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, doing just about anything outdoors, reading, and watching movies.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns. Since I will not be able to communicate by phone for the majority of the school day, the easiest way to get in touch with me is by e-mail. I look forward to working with you to make it a GREAT year!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”