Ms. Samantha Baluta
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Welcome to first grade! My name is Samantha Baluta. This is my first year at Keller and my fifth year teaching. Before coming to Mesa Public Schools, I taught kindergarten for Tempe Public Schools and first grade for Imagine Schools in East Mesa and then taught 2nd grade for Webster last year!
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago with a love for Chicago sports (Go Cubs, Bears, & Blackhawks!!) I live in Gilbert with my Fiance (we are getting married in October!) and our dog Duke and our cat Campbell.
I attended Arizona State University and earned my bachelor's degree in early childhood education, with teaching certificates in elementary and early childhood education. My most recent accomplishment that I am very proud of is earning my master's degree in adult education and training from University of Phoenix.
I really look forward to working with the wonderful staff, students, and parents at Keller Elementary. I am excited to see all of the amazing things we will do in first grade this year! :)