Phone: 623-445-7401 Mon./Tues./Fri. 623-4457484 Wed./Thurs.
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Special Education B.S. Elementary Education
I am excited to be starting another year at Gavilan Peak. This is my 6th year here and my 14th year teaching in some capacity. This year is especially exciting, because this is at least the second time I have worked with all of my students. I hope that they feel the same. They are all growing so fast and count myself lucky to see that year after year. I will serve as the Junior Achievement Coordinator for the second year. I will be serving 4th and 6th grades this year as Service Coordinator. I also have a new role on campus.
I will be serving as the Special Education Strategist for our campus. This means that I am supporting all the Service Coordinators as they support all students on an IEP, make sure IEPs are in order, and be a liason from distict to address any IEP considerations for our school. I will be sharing the classroom with Mrs. McDonald. She has substituted on our campus as a long term guest teacher for the last three years. She is fabulous and I am thrilled to be working with her again. We will work closely to ensure that IEPs are being followed with fidelity as she is very passionate about helping our students grow. I will be in the classroom on Wednesday and Thursday. I can still be reached all days and will get back to phone calls and e-mails within two business days.
Everyone can learn, but how they learn may look different. We all have gifts that add to our community, and I am passionate about each student using their gifts while at school. I believe that hard work will always pay off, and that fails are just practice for future success. I encourage my students to try and learn from every moment. Each year in school requires a new level of responsibility. I am not only trying to get the students through 4th and 6th grade. I am supporting them to get to highschool graduation. There are things that we can do now to make that journey smoother. Together, you and I can help them, but it is an everyday choice by the student to reach for their goals. I am partner in this journey with you and your child. Thank you for your support and participation in this school year.
My family and I reside in Anthem. We can be found at the baseball fields, AZ Diamondback games, various community theaters, and at home enjoying all of our animals. I love all things Broadway and have had the opportunity to act in many community shows. I love rainbows because they match my outlook on life. The colors represent all types of personalities, gifts, and opinions. All colors are needed to make the most beautiful rainbow.
Kids: 18, 14, and 11.
Hometown: Right here in Phoenix except for 8 years back in Tennessee.
Animals: 3 dogs, 3 cats, two mice, and 1 fish.
Favorite Saying: OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE: it is all perception.
I look forward to creating a relationship with you and your child as we go through the year