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Ms. Crooks

I am very excited to be teaching 6th Grade Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science this year at Sunset Ridge! I cannot wait to meet every single one of you and to help you build your skills in reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, research, technology, and more! But, above all, I hope I can help you develop a lifelong love of learning.  

I am an Arizona native and was a student in DVUSD from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education (English) from Arizona State University in 2016, and rejoined the DVUSD family as an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Sunset Ridge. After 4 years teaching 8th, I moved down to 6th last year, and I feel this will be where I truly belong! I strive to build an environment where you feel you belong as well.

I am currently busy pursuing my Master’s degree from American College of Education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading mystery novels, writing poetry, creating art, cooking, hiking, and traveling. By far, my favorite trip abroad was to Banff, Canada, though I have also traveled to Amsterdam to visit the Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house, as well as to Prague, Czech Republic to visit many art museums. 

Please know that each of you is a member of my classroom, and I care deeply about you, your well-being, and your success! I am here to provide any additional support you may need this year. Go, Hawks!!!