Raquel Garcia – Broadway K-1 Grades
Deborah Floyd – Broadway 2-3 Grades
As a child, I loved learning and going to school. I believe there can be joy and delight in all learning. All children need to feel confident as they grow in the classroom. My two grown children were raised this way. I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. We still go every year to Flagstaff to see the aspen leaves change.
“Read every day to grow in every way!”
Peter Sheehan – Broadway 4-5 Grades
I attended Catalina High School and graduated on our bicentennial year (1976). I went directly to the University of Arizona and graduated in four years with a B. S. in mechanical Engineering. I received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Prescott College in 2003. Since then, I passed the AEPA (?) in math (2013). Therefore I am highly qualified to teach all subjects in math in the state of Arizona. I always wanted to be a teacher since I was in the 8th grade. Teaching is my calling (engineering was not.) I have traveled to Canada, New England, the states in the New England area, and the states along the gulf of Mexico. Hobbies that I have had since middle school include: running, reading, culinary arts, rock climbing, and hiking. I ran the 880 for the U of A track team back in the 1970’s. Education quote from my dad: “ It’s easy to see if someone belongs in teaching. They have to love kids and remember what it’s like to be a kid.”
Bridgite McCall – Broadway 7-12 Grades ELA/SS
Xiuqing Sun – Chinese Teacher
I went to China Communication University and have a degree in Media Management. In China I taught Chinese to foreigners before I moved to the U.S.
I’ve been teaching Chinese at TIA since 2012. I have traveled to Thailand, Japan, Korea, China and around the U.S. I cannot give a direct translation but my favorite quote is something like this; “If I walk with two other people, I can learn from at least one of them.” It shows humility and the willingness to learn from different people, regardless of their age, background or beliefs.
Jeannette Cannon – Title 1 Reading Interventionist
I went to school at Tempe High School, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. I decided to become a teacher because I love school, I love learning, I love kids, and I love being in a community environment. I have visited t continents and about 20-25 states. I grew up in a military family. I lived overseas 9 years and I play clarinet and saxophone. I want to be remembered for promoting love of reading. “Live, learn, read!”
Ruth Ana Smith – East Spanish/NSLP
I’m from Costa Rica. I studied at ULACIT University in San jose. I have taught and worked with children for 12 years. I love to travel and I have lived in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, San Francisco, CA and several other states in the US. I have been married for 26 years and I have one daughter. I love to teach and I hope that all my students will become bilingual.