Degrees and Certifications:

- B.A. Elementary Education - Elementary Teaching Certification & Structured English Immersion Endorsement

Ms. Dhanya Chandrasekharan

Hi everyone! My name is Dhanya Chandrasekharan (Ms.C) and I am so excited about being your student's third grade teacher! I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (go Sun Devils!!). While this is my first year of teaching, I am no stranger to the classroom or DVUSD. Last school year (2022-2023), I student-taught in 2nd grade at Desert Sage Elementary, and before that (in the Spring semester of 2022) I interned in a Kindergarten classroom at Esperanza Elementary. 

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and moved to Phoenix in June of 2019 with my family. I have a sister who goes to Mountain Ridge and a 4-year-old dog named Nala. Growing up, I had the most amazing teachers and that is what inspired me to become one myself! Some hobbies I have are thrifting, reading, making jewelry, concerts, and traveling.

I will cultivate an environment in my classroom that is positive and allows students to feel safe, comfortable, and enjoy learning so they can be successful. With my teaching philosophy, I hope to bring an empathetic, enjoyable, and comforting approach to my classroom. When students have positive emotions associated with school, they will feel more comfortable immersing themselves in learning, causing them to have a positive learning experience where they can progress in their education. I truly believe in creating a safe, fun, welcoming, positive, respectful, and comfortable learning environment for students so they feel loved and supported in their educational journey.

Some of Ms.C's Favorites:

Colors: Earthy Green, Pink
Animals: Bears, Butterflies
Stores: Target, Amazon
Food: Thai, Italian (fun fact: I'm vegetarian!)
Sweet treats: Cookies, Sweet tart ropes, M&Ms
Snacks: Potato chips
Flowers: Tulips
Drinks: Vanilla iced coffee with cream and sugar, Pepsi
Movies: Harry Potter, Marvel, Ratatouille, Little Women 
Musical artists: Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Wallows, Fleetwood Mac 
Children's Book(s): Geronimo Stilton series
Hobbies: Making jewelry, thrifting
Things to do: Thrift/shop, singing (fun fact: I grew up singing and was in choir!), farmer's markets, concerts
Restaurants: Tom Yum Thai, Buffalo Wild Wings, Taco Bell, Chipotle, Sauce, Dunkin, and Starbucks