Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts Elementary Education Masters of Science Special Education ESL Endorsement
Hi! My name is Annie Oliver and I am so excited to be teaching this school year at Diamond Canyon School. This will be my 10th year teaching Special Education, most of that time was spent in my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. I have worked with all different grade levels from Preschool to High School. I am excited to be working with the 6th-8th graders this school year!
I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and Cincinnati, Ohio in a large Italian family. We loved to travel as a family and would drive somewhere every summer. My favorite place to go to was Disney World, which we went to at least once a year! For college, I went to Saint Louis University and Dominican University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. At first I was going to major in Speech Language Pathology, but after taking some education classes I decided to change my major to education. I started with Elementary Education and decided that I loved working the Special Education students too, so I decided to complete both degrees.
I have lived in Phoenix for the past four years and it has been an amazing adventure. My husband Danny and I have a son, Landon (almost 2 years old) and if I am not working on school work, I am playing with him! We are a huge sports family, especially football (GO PACK GO!) and motocross! I love to be outside doing activities and traveling!
As a teacher, my belief is that learning needs to be fun for students and that students learn best when they are in charge of their learning! I love having the students explore and learn in my classroom. I am really excited to meet each of you this school year! I am looking forward to great school year!