Meet Your 8th Grade Team
Mrs. Gruenewald - Language Arts
Hi I am Mrs. Gruenewald, and I am so excited to be your 8th Grade ELA Teacher. This will be my second year at Sunset Ridge and I am so excited to have a true Elementary experience this year! I have worked for Deer Valley Unified School District at Boulder Creek High School for a combined 10 years teaching ELA to Freshman through Seniors, the last four were specifically Freshman Honors Students. Even though I loved the high school setting I decided to make the switch to Sunset Ridge so that I can teach at the same school my children attend. I am looking forward to working with you and preparing you for your next journey of high school.
My husband and I have lived in the Tramanto/Desert Hills community for the last 11 years, and can not imagine raising our family anywhere else, we just love it "up here".
I grew up in the valley, attended a local high school, and went to ASU for my bachelors in secondary education. I am a born and raised Phoenician and have watched this valley grow! I love to hike, jog, and spend time with my family (and dogs) outdoors as much as possible. I am a wife and mom to my favorite people in the world, and if you ever see us "out and about" please say hello.
I truly want all of my students to have a successful school year. If at anytime in the school year you have any concerns, questions, etc. please contact me at Lindsey.Gruenewald@dvusd.org I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and am I excited for a successful and productive year.
Mrs. Biggs - Science
Hello! My name is Tami Biggs and I am so excited to be your Science teacher this year. This is my second year at Sunset Ridge. Last year I taught 6th grade Science/Social Studies. I received my Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University and my Bachelor's Degree in History from Arizona State University. I completed my student teaching in 8th grade Social Studies at a K-8 school in the Deer Valley Unified School District.
I have been married to my wonderful husband, Taylor, for 16 years. We have three children who are 8, 11, and 13 years old. We also have two new puppies, Hero and Macey, as well as a bearded dragon named Oscar! I am originally from Fair Oaks, California, but I've had the opportunity to live in several different states. We moved to Phoenix 5 years ago from New Jersey and I've loved every minute of living in the desert (I'll take the heat over snow and ice any day!) If I'm not busy with my kid's activities, I can usually be found reading, watching reality TV show competitions, or playing cards with friends and family. I am looking forward to having an amazing year with everyone!
Mr. Bowman - Social Studies
Hello! My name is Sean Bowman and I am your 8th Grade Social Studies teacher. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. This 8th Grade team is amazing and I feel very lucky to be a part of it.
I graduated from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. I have a highly qualified endorsement in middle grades Social Sciences as well as a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.
I love bringing history to life! I strive to make the content relevant to your lives in hopes you will make a personal connection to what you have learned. Be ready to have fun as we will be doing a lot of hands on activities and projects this year. Please be advised however that this class will be very challenging, and I hold all of my students to high expectations.
On a more personal note, I have been married to my lovely wife for 11 years. We have a 9 year old son, Maxx, as well as a miniature schnauzer named Charger and a cat named Walrus. I moved back to Phoenix in June of 2008 after living in San Diego coaching football. Prior to that I played NCAA football at the University of Wyoming where I majored in Communications. Along with football, surfing, golf, and skateboarding, I play in a “reggae/rock” band and a fun cover band and love spending time with family and friends.Along with teaching 8th Grade Social Studies here at Sunset Ridge, I am also the Student Council Advisor, Athletic Director, and 8th Grade Campus Leadership Representative.
Mrs. Hartley-MathHello and Welcome to 8th Grade Math! My name is GayLynne Hartley and this will be my 18th year of teaching but my 1st as an 8th grade math teacher! I have taught 4th grade for 12 years and 6th grade math the last 6 years here at Sunset Ridge. Math is my passion and I am so excited to get the opportunity to teach it! I love teaching and inspiring young minds to learn! We are going to have a fun filled year of learning!I grew up in Illinois on a farm in a small town of 1000 called Winchester. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Illinois University in General Studies and Nursing. I worked as an open heart surgical nurse for 9 years but I had always dreamed of becoming a teacher! After my children were born I decided to become a substitute teacher in the Chicagoland area! I fell in love with teaching so I then decided to go back to school and get my teaching degree! We moved to Phoenix in 2003 and I decided to attend ASU to pursue my dream of teaching. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Since then I have become highly qualified to teach Math, Science, and English for middle school as well as finishing my gifted endorsement. I am currently pursuing my endeavor in getting my second Master's degree in Leadership Education to become a principal and will be doing my internship this year!The one thing you will learn a lot about this year is my family. I have a wonderful husband of 28 years, Dan, and three beautiful children. I am an empty nester! My son, Brock, plays professinal baseball in the Pacific association League for the Sonoma Stompers in Sonoma, California! Go Stompers! My daughter, Allye graduated from Grambling State University in Louisiana this past year. Last but certainly not least is my daughter Mckinney, graduated from NAU this past April. We have many pets, two teacup Chihuahuas named Trinity and Prince,and many fish.I also have a grandpup Luna who is a Belgian Malinois. I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, going to see movies, and I LOVE sports. I am an avid football fan as well as a die hard Cardinals baseball fan, and especially when my son and daughters are playing!I love teaching and watching children develop into life long learners. I have very high expectations for my students! I was also won the prestigious award of being Teacher of the Year in 2017-2018. I try to be very open and available to my students so that they have a safe learning enviroment! I also look forward to getting to know you and your family for a wonderful and successful school year!