• Welcome! Meet your 7th Grade Team! 

    Ms. Pierce Ms. Pierce - 7th Grade Language Arts

    Hi There! I am Ms. Pierce, and I am your 7th Grade ELA Teacher! This will be my first year at Sunset Ridge, but my second year teaching. However, last year I taught 7th and 8th Grade ELA in snowy Minnesota! I moved down to Arizona this past July! My first reason for moving would be the weather difference. I am so excited to not have to deal with several feet of snow in the winter time! My second reason for moving is because my bestfirend (and now roommate) made the move last school year to teach Biology at Barry Goldwater High School. 

    I grew up in moving around a lot, so this move wasn't as scary as it might seem! I have lived and gone to school in: Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, Minnesota, and now Arizona! I received my Bachelors of Education in Grades 6-12 Communication Arts/Literature (Language Arts) in 2018 from Concordia University, St. Paul. 

    In my free time I like to: hike, travel, read, watch Netfilx, and scroll through TikTok. I currently live with my bestfriend, Amanda, and my cat Evy (who doesn't do much).

    I am so excited to experience this school year with you! My main goal for this school year is to watch you grow and succeed! I at any point in the year you feel like you are struggling (big or small), please feel free to reach out to me at: allison.pierce@dvusd.org . I cannot wait ot meet all of you and have an amazing year with you! 

        

    Mr. Chapman - 7th Grade Science

    Mr. Chapman

    Mr. Chapman moved to Phoenix on an extremely hot August day in 2004. Prior to moving to Arizona, he grew up and lived in Seattle, WA. The polar opposite beauty of the Sonoran Desert--and the wide open skies--drew him to the Valley of the Sun.

        Before pursuing a degree in education, and a career as a teacher, he worked in the financial industry for 10 years and computer programming 5 years prior. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from Arizona State University. While his teaching experience began in 6th grade, he has also taught Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grade at Esperanza Elementary. Mr. Chapman is very excited to be teaching 7th grade Science with his Sunset Ridge Team!

        When Mr. Chapman is not in the classroom he enjoys reading, exploring the local area, traveling to other states and countries, and furthering his own education. On what was the happiest day of his life, he and his partner, John, were married in January, 2015.
     
        He hopes his students will recognize they are each an integral member of the ever-shrinking global community in which we all live. It is his belief that each student brings to the class an individual base of knowledge, talent, and ability. Each of his students will have the opportunity to be academically successful!
       

    Ms. Jacobs - 7th Grade Math

    Joni Jacobs
    Things You Should Know About Ms. Jacobs:
    1.  I'm an Arizona native--you'd think I'd be used to the summers by now!  I attended Roadrunner and Palo Verde Elementary Schools, then on to Cortez High (Alice Cooper's alma mater), followed by ASU for my undergrad and finally to NAU for my Master's.
    2.  Although I'm a highly-qualified middle grade mathematics teacher, my first teaching position was middle school language arts.  Not only can I calculate, I can conjugate!
    3.  I've been a teacher since 1993, and I've taught in Deer Valley since 1995.
    4.  The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book.
    5.  Football is the best sport to watch on TV.  When golf gets helmets and pads, I'll tune in.
    6.  I believe in complex carbohydrates, dark chocolate, and coffee, although not necessarily in that order.
    7.  My husband was a national collegiate archery champion long before Katniss picked up a bow.  
    8.  One of the reasons I picked the name Greg for my son was because I love the character of Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.  You can't, however, find a coffee cup with Atticus on it, so I used Gregory Peck's name instead.
    9.  I am a lousy cook.  Burnt is the new black in my kitchen.
    10.  The best part of teaching is when former students come back to visit!
      

    Mr. Rice - 7th Grade Social Studies 

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    Hello, my name is Mr. Rice and I will be your 7th Grade Social Studies teacher this year.  A little about me.....I was born in Maryland, but I have lived most of my life here in Arizona.  After high school, I worked in a movie theater and at the Glendale 9 Drive-in.  Needless to say, I am a movie buff.  I enjoy movies so much that I built a movie theater in my own house.  Some of my favorite movies are Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Deadpool.  I even have an actual authentic Darth Vader costume that I wear on Halloween.  After getting married, I quit the movie theater business and began working for the United States Postal Service.  After two years I found my calling and became a Phoenix police officer.  I retired after twenty years and finally finished my bachelor's degree in History.
     
    Things I like to do on my off time would be to hang out by the pool and barbeque with the family.  I have four children, 3 boys and daughter.  Two of my boys are still in school today.  One is a junior at Mountain Ridge and the other is an 8th grader at Hillcrest Middle School.   
     
    This will be my first year as a teacher and I am so excited to meet you and begin this year.