Karla B Massey
West K-1st Grades
I graduated from Nogales HS in 1987 and went to Northern Arizona University and Pensacola Christian College and finished my degree in Education online. Teaching has been a passion for me since I was a child, where I taught anyone who let me. To see a child struggle with a subject and the see their eyes light up with a new gained knowledge is priceless. Travel is a classroom without walls and teaches an individual a new culture, history and language. I have gone to Wales, England, France, and China, as well as Hong Kong. Throughout my life I have either lived in or visited the following states; Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida. The world is my oyster and I would love to see every country. I have been teaching K for 14 years and 7 of those years have been here at TIA West. I have 2 sons, ages 22 and 11 and have lived in Tucson for the past 7 years. “Education is the movement from darkness to light.” Allen Bloom and “Nine tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France
West 2-3 Grades
I was born and raised in Tucson. In 1995 I graduated from Ampi HS and earned my Education Degree from Northern Arizona University in 2005. I have been teaching at TIA West for 7 years now. I have had the chance to go to France, China, and England with TIA and I have been to Italy on my own. I have been playing the cello for th Tucson Civic Orchestra for 10 years. I love teaching 2nd & 3rd grade because the students are eager to learn. I believe all kids can learn.
West 4-6 Grades
I have a BS degree in Elementary Education from Prescott College and an AA degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. I have been teaching for 15 years and I am happy to say that I am now the 4th and 5th grade teacher for TIA West. I am passionate about teaching and believe students need to be able to internalize what they’ve discovered and apply it to the world around them. Learning “just facts” is not meaningful but Inquiry based learning is the key!
I am from the San Diego area and have been living in Tucson for the past 16 years. I have a husband named Jim who is an Electrical Engineer. We have two grown daughters and have been blessed with two amazing grandchildren who are the center of our world. I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting San Diego as much as possible. I have traveled all over Europe and lived in England for 5 years.
West 7-8 Grades
I was born and raised in New Jersey. I attended college in Colorado and received my BS in Management Information Systems and my MBA from the Golden Gate University of California. I served 12 years in the US Air Force and have traveled to Europe, UK, Australia, Japan and Korea. My family and I have lived in the states of Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Alabama and the countries of Italy, Germany and England. I became a teacher because I want to make a difference in the lives of children.
West High School Math/Science
I began my college career at the University of Arizona and am currently pursuing an Engineering degree with a focus in Optical science. I decided to become a teacher because my family has a history of giving back to the community as professional educators and have found it to be greatly rewarding. I have been on road trips from Arizona to New York, Montana, Florida, and Mexico City, which have given me an opportunity to become familiar with cultures in North America. Hawaii was my favorite trip. I am a student, teacher and Christian. Sports and physical activities are my passion and pastime. Quote “ If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed. If you think in terms of 10 years, plant trees. If you think in terms of 100 years, teach people.” Confucious
West 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.
West High School Typing
I did a small tour around Texas and went to several high schools, Keys HS, W.T. White HS, Trinity HS, Boswell HS, Watson HS and my associates at TCC. It never came to me as wanting to be a teacher as I was growing up. But seeing what TIA was all about, it inspired me to double up as not only the schools IT, but an educator to the children so they too could have the computer knowledge to open bright futures. I’m not much of a traveler due to life keeping me prone to one location at a time. But I have traveled to Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and lived in Texas for 22 years. Born and raised through technology, f there’s something someone can’t find, I’m there to help. I love getting to know those around me and am always offering a helping hand.
“If something is great, it can always be greater. If something is terrible, it can always be turned to the best.”
National School Lunch Program Coordinator
I attended school in Chicago and Vail Colorado. I love children and love to teach, especially those struggling to learn.
I love life and want to share my experiences as a learning tool I’m gifted with four beautiful children, all college graduates or college bound. Education is rated highly in our hearts.
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