There's something I would like to share about myself... I love school! I always have since I was a child. I love school so much, that I attended all three universities in Arizona. I received a B.A. in Media Arts/Journalism from the University of Arizona. A Post-Bac in Elementary Education from ASU West, and a Masters in Elementary Education from NAU. But, do you know what's amazing? Even though I hold these degrees...there's still so much to learn about education! Therefore, I'm always learning. And, what I learned through all my years of teaching, is that education is always evolving. Which leads me to my teaching philosophy..."Treat students fairly, not equally."
With that said, I'm currently in my 25th year of teaching, and have been in Deer Valley all 25 years. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th grade. I'm honored to be a part of the Mountain Shadows Elementary family, as this will be my first year here. I look forward to meeting my students, new staff, and building a community of learners.
Well, as much as I enjoy school, I don't always spend my time here. I do like to step outside, and I love spending time with my husband and two kids. We enjoy hiking, running, camping and we're also involved in cross country and track, so you'll probably hear me talk about my daughter's high school meets throughout the year. Our family also includes our five dogs...Mica, Glory, Josey, Olive, and Minnie. They enjoy camping and hiking too. Finally, something you didn't know about me is that I hiked the John Muir Trail, which begins in California at Mt. Whitney and ends in Yosemite = 300+ miles! At the end of this backpacking trip, I was so hungry that I ate a half dozen chocolate doughnuts. It was a great experience...hiking, not the doughnuts.
I look forward to a wonderful school year and hope you're excited too!
"I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist