Ms. Valerie Cichy
AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

Valerie CichyHello! My name is Valerie Cichy. I am the AVID teacher on the STEAM Team as well as the AVID Coordinator here at Rhodes Junior High School. I am so excited for our upcoming year and the new learning adventures we will be embarking on!

A little about myself. I grew up in Mesa (coming by way of Chicago) and attended Ishikawa Elementary, Stapley Junior High and graduating from Mountain View in 2002. While I was going to high school, I started going to college at Mesa Community College. After leaving there, I went to Arizona State University where I received a my degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies in 2006. Shortly after starting my career, I participated in a 3-year program with the TAH (Teaching American History Grant), in which this also provided me opportunities to present at the national level. In May 2012, I successfully completed a Masters in Education through Northern Arizona University. Upon completing my masters, I also obtained my gifted certification. Since then, I have incorporated my love of travel with my love of learning. I have spent my time going on major road trip to Kentucky (to learn more on the Civil War, rural Mississippi (to learn more about Southern history and culture) and to Kansas City (to learn about cultural education experiences and WWI). 

Even though history is a love of mine, I have found that my purpose is AVID. My love of helping students to be their most successful has brought me to my passion of AVID. It is such an amazing experience to help students out in their individual needs and bring them to higher levels of success. I look forward to how I can further support all students on our STEAM Team. 

Prior to starting at Rhodes, I taught for 2 years at Carson Junior High (beginning in the 2007-2008 school year). Since then, I have been at Rhodes Junior High since the 2009-2010 school year. I find the sense of community and the families at Rhodes to be absolutely wonderful to work with.  I look forward to another amazing year!!! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me. 

Roles at Rhodes:

  • AVID Coordinator
  • AVID Site Team Lead
  • Rhodes to Success Leadership Team
  • STEAM Team Co-Lead

Professional Involvement:

  • Social Studies Writing Task Revision Committee, 2016-17
  • AVID Recruitment Committee, 2015
  • National Council for the Social Studies presenter, "Using Political Cartoons as Primary Sources", 2010
  • Social Studies CRT Writing Committee, 2007

Professional Development:

  • 2018- AVID Summer Institute, Digital Teaching and Learning, participant
  • 2017- Arizona GEAR UP, "College and Career Advising in the Middle Grades" 
  • 2017- Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar, National WWI Museum and Memorial, "World War I and Its Aftermath" 
  • 2017- National Endowment for the Humanities, American Landmarks, Kansas University, "Native-American and African-American Education in Kansas, 1830-1960" 
  • 2017- AVID Summer Institute, Leadership for AVID Schoolwide, participant 
  • 2016- National Endowment for the Humanities, American Landmarks, Ohio History Connection, "Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration and Progressivism in an American City" 
  • 2016- AVID Summer Institute, Advancing the AVID Elective 
  • 2015- AVID Summer Institute, Tutorology, participant 
  • 2014- Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminar, Loyola University, "America in the First World War" 
  • 2014- AVID Summer Institute, Implementation, participant 
  • 2014- National Endowment for the Humanities, American Landmarks, Delta State University, "The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture and History in the Mississippi Delta" 
  • 2013- National Endowment for the Humanities, American Landmarks, Kentucky Historical Society, "Torn Within, Threatened Without: Kentucky and the Border States in the Civil War"
  • 2011- AVID Summer Institute, History 1, participant 
  • 2011- National Council for History Education Summer Colloquium, participant
  • 2010- National Council for Social Studies Conference, attendee and presenter
  • 2010- National Council for History Education Summer Colloquium, participant
  • 2009- National Council for Social Studies Conference, attendee 
  • 2009- Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute (June 2009)
  • 2009- National Council for History Education Summer Colloquium, participant 
  • 2008- Teaching American History Grant, participant 
Contact Information


Phone: (480) 472-2396

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