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Howard S Gray Ed Program
Chandler, Arizona
Class Information:
Room Number: Science room
Students per Class: 45
Class Description:
Special Education science classroom. All students are taught using a 1:1 method. Students are placed into materials at their functional level and ability. They are provided with the needed assistant to help them progress and succeed in a nurturing environment. Students work together weekly on various group projects that provide students with the social skills that they require. Many of our students have autism, aspergers or learning disabilitys and excel with hands-on or technology based assignments.
Science and Spanish Teacher
Digital cameras, software, video camera.
My Philosophy:
Making education exciting and pertinent to my students by providing them with hands-on assignments using current technology.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I am a special education science, Spanish and art teacher. I have been teaching special education for over 18 years. My bachelor's degree is in Anthropology and I have a Master's in Education. I have taught classes in math, science, Spanish, art and photography. My main hobby is photography and I own a fine-art photography business. I participate in local art walks and have won at several photography contests, both at the local level and internationally. I have taught pin-hole cameras at school and frequently take pictures of my students and class activities. My students will be working with a school in the Galapagos Islands this year to share photos with them of our school and desert environment.
College and Degrees:
Arizona State University, Master's of Education ArizonaState University, Bachelor's of Anthropology
Art Walks each month in cities of Chandler and Mesa, Arizona Treasurer,Millennium Chapter of Rainbow Division Veteran's Foundation. Volunteerfor the American Diabetes Association.
Favorite Books:
Galapagos, Born of Fire by Tui de Roy To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Life of Pi by Yann Martel Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Favorite Quotes:
"Carpe Diem" from Dead Poets' Society "Studentswill rise to the level of expectations" Jaime Escalante
Photography, outdoors, environment, reading
Employment History:
Howard Gray Education Center - September 1990 to present REI - August 1988 to September 1990 Tempe High School - August 1985 to December 1987
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach because I enjoy being able to instill in my students the excitement that this world has to offer. When my students tell me how much they enjoy my class or our school it is such a rewarding experience. For many of our students this is the first good experience they have ever had in a school and I am so happy that i can be part of this.
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 15 %
     Average: 80 %
     High-achiever: 5 %
     Special Needs: 100 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 91 %
     Hispanic: 5 %
     African American: 2 %
     Native American: 1 %
     Asian: 1 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 15 %
Average number of students in class:: 40 students