• 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 Math

     Chrysty Clarkson  Hello!  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 

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    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

    Bowman  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. 
    Teaching and history have always been a passion of mine! I am so excited to take this historical journey in the classroom with you. Let’s have an AMAZING year together!!!