I love teaching! I also love learning. That is why I decided to become a teacher. My mother taught primary school and took me with her to work. As one result, I learned to read at the age of three. Therefore, I do not put time limits on students abilities or potential.
I also grew up as a military kid, moving often to various states and countries. I am blessed to have seen and experienced a variety of cultures. I even joined the Navy and enjoyed many more experiences. In addition, I married a career Navy man and we raised our sons to appreciate multiculturalism. Once my last child went to school, I attended college to study Early Childhood Education and graduated with a 3.5 GPA.
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!”
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.”
Broadway High School ELA/SS
1986 was the year that I started on the path to becoming an educator in Sophomore US History class. My teacher Mr. Waterfall strode into the classroom on the first day of school in complete English Settler costume. I was overwhelmed by the theatricality and presence he exuded. I knew this was something I could do. My journey to my own classroom was underway. I attended Pima Community College to obtain my teaching certification after graduating from the University of Arizona. My time in college reinforced my desire to bring my knowledge to secondary students and prepare them for success in college after my own experiences. I managed to work my way through college while juggling marriage and a child. The following quote from Bruce Lee, “ Walk on,” signifies to me that circumstances will always arise and each person has an affirmative obligation to continue with the responsibilities of life, despite the circumstances. I enjoy the day to day of teaching and trying to instill that same sense of wonder and amazement that hit me when Mr. Waterfall walked in the classroom so long ago.
Broadway 7-12 Grades Math/Science
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.
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!”
Xiuqing Sun – Broadway, Midvale, West – 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.
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