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 first year at Sunset Ridge and I am could not be more thrilled. 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 this year 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 10 years, and couldn't 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 couldn't imagine living anywhere else. 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 even though it might look a little different.
Ms. Clarkson - 8th Grade MathHello! My name is Christine Clarkson and I teach 8th grade math. I am looking forward to another wonderful year at Sunset Ridge! I am also excited to be a part of this strong and dedicated 8th grade team at Sunset Ridge.I am originally from Schaumburg, Illinois--just outside of Chicago. I graduated high school in 1995 and came to Arizona to attend ASU where I graduated in 1999. My degree is in Family Therapy and Child Development with a post-baccalaureate in Elementary Education. I have my middle school math endorsement and early high school math endorsement and have been teaching for 21 years. I have taught all grades from 3rd grade to 8th grade, including high school Algebra 1-2 Honors. I am honored to have won DVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2015.I have 2 wonderful daughters: Katherine and Elizabeth. Katherine is a sophomore at Boulder Creek High School and Elizabeth is an 8th grader here at Sunset Ridge.
Mr. Strauss - Science
Hello and welcome to 8th Grade - my name is Paul Strauss and I will be your science teacher this year (naturally the most awesome subject!). This will be my 17th year at Sunset Ridge and I have loved being a part of this great community. Besides my bachelors degree from New Mexico State University I also hold my Masters in Middle Level Education, meaning I know very well what it means to be a young adolescent (something I have even been accused of being from time to time). I am also currently working on my 2nd Masters with this one being for Educational Leadership.I have lived in Phoenix for 31 years after growing up and going to school in New Mexico (I love the southwest!). Several years back I decided to leave an 8 year career in the high technology industry to become an 8th grade science teacher and I have never regretted it once. I can think of no other profession in the world that has this much excitement and allows me the opportunity to help influence society's future (a responsibility I take very seriously).I will tell you right now that I plan on challenging you every step of the way because it is my goal to bring out the best in you both academically and personally. But I also promise you that we will have a lot of fun along the way (trust me, I can be quite goofy). Science is such an awesome subject that it allows you to explore the possibilities and hopefully recapture your inquisitive spirit. We are going to learn a lot of things TOGETHER this year because I know I will learn and grow right along with you.Personally I love reading and going to movies and I can usually be found at one of the many coffee shops around town or hanging out at live music festivals whenever I get the chance.Get ready for a GREAT year!
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 9 years. We have a 7 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 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.