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Mrs. Nancy Pitney

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I was born and raised here in Mesa, AZ. I went to MacArthur Elementary School, Kino Junior High and Mountain View High School. After graduating at the top of my class at Mountain View in 1996, I received a scholarship to attend ASU. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from ASU in 1999. After graduating, I served a mission for my church in London, England for 18 months. My first job upon returning was teaching Junior High Reading at a local charter school. I did that for 3.5 years before teaching 4th grade for one year in Apache Junction. During that time, I got my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. Then I came to Mesa Public Schools and taught 5th and 6th grade at Brinton Elementary School for a few years before becoming the Reading Specialist for 2 years. I had a son in March of 2009 and was lucky enough to stay home with him until January 2017. I worked for one semester teaching 2nd grade at Edison Elementary before coming here to Stapley. This is my 3rd year teaching 7th grade Math.

My husband, Rusty, was also an Arizona native. He passed away September 11, 2018 after battling cystic fibrosis. We enjoyed exploring Arizona together. My son and I love living here and seeing all the historical sites as well as attending museums and learning about the rich Arizona history. In the winter I enjoy skiing but my true passion is swimming. I swim on a year-round masters team called Mesa Aquatics Masters and still compete from time to time. I also teach swim lessons in the summer and love helping people enjoy the water as much as I do! As part of my cross-training, I also enjoy distance running. I have run the Phoenix Half Marathon a couple of times, the Lake Powell Half and I try to run the Turkey Trot here in Mesa every Thanksgiving. 

My son, Jack, is in 5th grade now at Zaharis Elementary School. He loves Legos and anything mathematical. me and jackpicture of me

This summer I got engaged to Dr. Derek Higgins. We will be getting married October 5th, right at the beginning of October break! I am super excited about this next chapter in my life and look forward to being a stepmom to his 7 kids! This summer we took a roadtrip as a family and went to 5 national parks. We saw the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National. We also went to Lagoon in Utah and Horseshoe Bend.

nancy and derek