I Love to Teach: Voices of New Teachers
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Teacher Leader Spotlight: Adrian Alvarez
Adrian Alvarez teaches middle and high school science at Grand Canyon School in the Grand Canyon Unified School District. Alvarez embraces curiosity and leadership by joining her students in asking questions about how curriculum connects directly to their lives and environment.
Teacher Leader Spotlight: Estevan Carreon
Estevan Carreon teaches students with social and emotional disabilities at Independence High School in the Glendale Union High School District. Carreon connects curiosity and leadership in how he encourages students to ask questions of themselves and is also continually curious about how he can better support students.
Teacher Leader Spotlight: Kimberly May
Kimberly May is preparing for her 25th year in education. After working as an assistant principal, principal, and then district director of federal and state programs, she returned to her first love, the classroom, in 2018. No matter her role, May embraces curiosity and leadership by continually reflecting on how she, her school, or district can improve.
Teacher Leader Spotlight: Jillian Hernández
Jillian Hernández teaches fifth-grade at Puente de Hózhó Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate candidate school and trilingual school (with a Navajo Immersion Language Program and a Spanish-English Bilingual Program) in Flagstaff Unified School District. Inquiry has been a crucial part of her learning and leading journey. She has especially embraced inquiry in how she approaches equity work.
Teacher Leader Spotlight: Sarah Garcia, NBCT
Sarah Garcia, NBCT, has taught English for the past 11 years at Ganado High School in the Ganado Unified School District on the Navajo Reservation. She has embraced curiosity and leadership by always asking how her practice can better support her students and how to grow that kind of curiosity in her coworkers and students.
New Teachers - Induction and Mentoring
Arizona Teachers Academy
The Arizona Teachers Academy (ATA) Induction Program welcomes you to the family of Arizona educators. If you are a graduate of Northern Arizona University and a member of the ATA, you have one year of induction support provided to you at no charge by the Arizona K12 Center. This program aims to build the capacity of the newest members of the teaching profession. Taking advantage of our Beginning Teacher Series events, and through the support of an instructional mentor, you will be ready to impact your students and navigate your first year. Welcome to the teaching profession ATA graduates!