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.”
Dr. Awndrea Caves – Broadway 6-12 ELA/SS
I teach English Language Arts and Social Studies at the Broadway Campus for middle school and high school. In May 2017, I earned my PhD in Literature at the University of Arizona. My areas of specialty areas are minority women’s literature and college level composition. My dissertation focused on the Chinese American writer, Maxine Hong Kingston. Entitled Creating the Language of Peace: Peace, War, and Art in the Works of Maxine Hong Kingston, my dissertation focuses on peace theory and the exploration of war in Kingston’s works. I have 15 years of teaching experience in college writing and multiple years of experience in teaching minority American literature, particularly African American Women’s Literature. This is my second year at TIA. Ballroom dancing and writing are my hobbies. I have danced since 2006 and recently began writing fiction in my spare time. I have a fiance, two cats, two ferrets, and two lizards.
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.
Andrea Tarazon – Broadway SPED
I attended high school at Mountain View and I have completed partial schooling at Pima Community College. The reason why I decided to become a teacher is because both my parents have been teachers and have become extremely successful people so I want to follow their footsteps. The places that I have visited are many. I am very fortunate to say that I have visited three countries, US, Canada, and Mexico. I also have visited almost every state in the US and Mexico.
Jeannette Cannon – Broadway & Midvale T1 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!”
Velinda Cerda – Administrative Assistant
Beatriz Brixler – Broadway Administrative Assistant
Mr Enriquez – Spanish Teacher