Phone: 623-445-7671


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Liberal Arts, Standard Elementary K-8 Certificate, Middle School ELA Endorsement, Gifted Education Endorsement, ESL K-12 Endorsement, and K-3 Early Education Endorsement DVUSD Teacher of the Year 2022-2023

Mrs. Buffy Vandenboom --- Mrs. V.

Welcome, Titan Voyagers!
From a young age, I was exposed to many different cultures and situations that created a love of diversity. I received my BA at CSU Sacramento and taught in Northern California for five years in lower elementary grades and one year of High School before making AZ my home. In 2007, I began my employment with DVUSD. During that time, I taught first grade, ELL, third grade, and fifth grade, and now, I find myself continuing my journey in middle school teaching 6th grade!
My outlook on education has been created from my own learning experiences.  Some memories were terrific and some difficult. I have discovered that everyone is teachable, and we all receive and understand information differently.  This is where my love for presenting all of it begins and my students' opportunity to grow starts. I strive to make learning fun and self-gratifying. Together we will be lifelong learners hungry for more, open to new approaches, and teachable(HOT).  As a TEAM, (together, everyone, achieves more) we will embark on this VOYAGE of learning and growing. Covering our AZ Career and College Ready Standards will drive our assignments. We will read fiction and non-fiction materials and gain understanding through our assignments and social studies expectations. As we cover the societies of ancient civilizations, we will focus on using the GRAPES model for each unit. As a teacher, I respect and value your household's beliefs and will not "convert" anyone to a new religion. Our job as 6th-grade social studies teachers is to introduce students to those civilizations using the model of GRAPES-geography, religion, achievements, politics/government, economics, and society structures within each unit. Please contact me if you have any questions about the material we cover from our PLC and district-approved material.
I look forward to giving your child the desire to be challenged, take risks, learn from their mistakes, laugh, make friends, and be prepared for their own VOYAGE and educational future. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 
We will be using Canvas as our LMS. Want more information about Canvas? Use the link to access the DVUSD website on Canvas.Canvas Information
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