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I have a long history in the state of Arizona. I moved with my family in the spring of 1962 from Chicago, Illinois where I was born. I attended St. Francis Elementary and Xavier High School in Phoenix. Following my time here, I decided that a change in weather would do me good. I choose NAU for college where I could experience the seasons and get away from home.
After 4 years at NAU, earning a major in Elementary and Special Education, I decided that the snow was not for me. In the fall of 1981, I was hired by the Mesa District to teach 3rd grade at Irving Elementary. I taught 3rd for 6 years and then needed a change. I took on the challenge of 1st grade. It was a great experience, but it only lasted two years.
For the 1987-1988 school year I was hired as a 4th grade teacher at Highland. I spent the next three years exposing the students to new and exciting experiences. In the fall of 1990, Entz Elementary School opened its doors, reducing the need for teachers at Highland and I was sent to MacArthur to teach 4th grade. It was here that I spent the next 14 years, teaching both 4th and 5th grade.
In 2004, another change was called for. I decided that I loved teaching, but that I needed a new challenge. It was that year that I arrived at Powell in the Reading Department for five years. As part of the Reading Department I taught Success for Reading to 7th an 8th grade students, Read Together, Honors Reading and Power Reading and I was asked to serve as department chair which was a great honor.
When Powell was repurposed into a community center and I was transferred to Rhodes Junior High School, again in the Reading Department. I have been at Rhodes for 3 years, and am currently actine as the English/Reading chair. Added all up that makes 31 years of teaching! Just think, when I first started I thought that I would teach for a short time and then move on to other things. I guess I just love what I do!
Over the years, I have returned to school to earn my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and completed a Reading endorsement. Just recently I finished my ESL endorsement and am looking forward to further studies.
Amid my busy schedule as a teacher, I have a wonderful family that has been very understanding to my commitment to my job. My husband, Marty teaches at Mountain View, Robert is 22 and is a brand new History teacher at Taylor Junior High School, and Reilly is a sophomore at Chandler/Gilbert Community College.