A Little About Me...
Ms. Eileen Gratkins
I've lived all over the United States - Illinois, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Arizona. However, I spent most of my teen and adult years in Denver, Colorado and Mesa, Arizona.
I attended Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado (Go Panthers!) and while there, I was fortunate to take a physics class from Mr. Kim Natale (1984 Colorado Teacher of the Year and National Finalist for the Teacher in Space Program). It was Mr. Natale's class that fueled my love for science, and chemistry and physics in particular.
After finishing high school, I moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University (Rams Rule!). Shortly after graduating with a Bachelors of Science, I relocated to the Valley of the Sun. Once here, I worked in business for about 10 years, but couldn't shake my desire to teach. I went back to school to get my teaching certificate and began my teaching career. Since then, I have continued my education earning two masters degrees - one each from Northern Arizona University and University of Florida.
In my spare time, I love to read, spend time with friends, participate in church activities, do yoga, and I'm dabbling in chalk painting furniture (my newest hobby).
I look forward to getting to know my students and to having a great year learning physics. After all... physics is phun!
B.S. in Physical Science, minor in Physics
Colorado State University
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
Northern Arizona University
M.S. in Forensic Science
University of Florida Go Gators!
I've taught science for more than 20 years, including 8th grade general science, high school Physical Science, Chemistry and Physics. Before coming to Red Mountain, I taught at Smith Junior High for 15 years, having been an original Sidewinder when the school opened in 2001.
I love teaching science because there is always something new to learn as science continues to advance our knowledge of our world.