Mrs. Tysha Blaylock
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I am an Arizona native (there are not very many of us around). When I started Kindergarten I attended Whittier Elementary in Mesa. My mom and dad decided to make the move to Tempe. I went through the Tempe Unified School District and graduated from Marcos de Niza High School. During my Senior Year of High School I worked at Sunrise Preschool. It was there that I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. I attended Arizona State University where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
My first job interview brought me to Sousa. I knew when I stepped on the campus this was where I wanted to be. I was very fortunate that the Principal (Mr. Stiffler) gave me that opportunity.
I have been teaching at Sousa for 24 years. My first year at Sousa I taught half-time Kindergarten. My second year, I taught fourth grade. My third year I was sent to Second grade where I spent five wonderful years. Then I was told that I was being promoted to fifth grade (I cried). However, I enjoyed that age group immensely and I taught fifth for five years. I then requested a change because I missed the little guys. So, I went back to second grade for five years. I then volunteered to go down to first grade where I have completed 7 years and find it very rewarding.