Ms. Erica Kurz
Hello! I am thrilled for my second year at Longfellow Elementary and in Mesa Public Schools, it will be my seventh year teaching overall. My teaching adventure began in Tucson, Arizona.
I was born and raised in Tucson. Both my undergraduate and graduate work was completed at the University of Arizona (BEAR DOWN!) and I taught for five years in Tucson Unified School District. For five years, I taught in a 7th grade math classroom. I truly loved every minute of it. However, after my move to a new city, I wanted a new grade level and experiences the sharpen my ever-evolving teaching capabilities. I still adore math and am so excited to explore it in new ways, but I am also thrilled to be able to teach the other subject areas as well as part of the 3rd Grade Team.
As a 3rd Grade Teacher, I love integrating subject areas so my students can easily see the connections learning has in all areas of life and continuing to expand and strengthen a love of learning in students. Longfellow is an incredible community I am lucky to be a part of. I am so honored to be a piece of the amazing experiences our students create here.
To say I love my job, is an understatement. I get to meet amazing young humans, learn something everyday, inspire learning in others, and create change. I cannot think of anything I would rather do with my life than teach. I love making connections with students, their families and communities, and I love being able to show my students the impacts they can have on the world.
I look forward to getting to know each and everyone around. I am a huge believer that communication is key to success, so please, do not ever hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or ideas! Learning, like life, is an adventure; I cannot wait to start our many adventures together!