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My name is Michael Conway and I live in Mesa, Arizona. I have lived in Arizona since 1981 so I guess Arizona is my home. I have also lived in Michigan, New York and New Jersey. Each state is wonderful but it's hard to beat the beauty of the Southwest.
I graduated with a degree in Political Science from Arizona State University in 1987 So of course, my first job was in advertising. If you think about it advertising and politics really are pretty similar. After several years, I knew that I was ready for a change. As a child, I had wonderful teachers and a great educational experience. As a result, I pursued a degree in education.
I graduated from Ottawa University with my teaching credentials and was hired in Queen Creek to teach 6th grade. While in QC I also taught 7th and 8th grade history. I have many great memories of my time there, but in knew I wanted to teach within my community. I began teaching for Mesa Public Schools in 2000. It was an experience moving from a small district to one with around 70,000 students.
I have worked in three different elementary schools within Mesa. Each is a designated English Language Learner school. My experience with English language learners varies from monolingual Arabic to children who speak Navajo as their home language. Each child has been a joy and challenge.
While working in education I have obtained two masters. One is from ASU in Educational Media and Computers, and the other from NAU in Education Leadership. In the past, I have taught English Language Arts to 7th and 8th graders. This year I am making the switch to Social Studies. This will mark my 21st year of teaching.
While I am not working or going to school I enjoy cross training, going to the movies, traveling and anything involving the ocean. I love to share my travel experiences with my students and hopefully get them inspired and excited to work hard and see the world.
I look forward to working and learning with all of you and remember, there is nothing that cannot be learned.