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    About The Teacher
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    Parents andStudents,                                                                               
     
    The 2020-2021 school year has arrived, and I am extremely excited and honored to begin my fourteenth year of teaching, with the Kyrene Centennial Middle School community.  My wish for your child this year is to use their abilities to expand their curiosities of the world and beyond!  Each day I want them to increase their knowledge while gaining lifelong skills so that they will become better suited to reach their goals and obtain their dreams! 
     
    I’d like to take this time to tell you a little about myself both personally and professionally.  I am a native of Phoenix, Arizona and grew up learning in the Washington Elementary School District.  My college time was spent at Northern Arizona University where I earned a B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management. The summer before graduating I worked at a summer camp and the idea of teaching seemed like a better fit.  I then went on to Arizona State University where I obtained my Master’s in Elementary Education.  Over the past thirteen years I’ve taught first, third, fourth, and fifth grade. This will be my first year in middle school and I am elated to be part of the sixth-grade team.
     
    In my free time I enjoy getting out and hiking the many trails Arizona has to offer, all the while geocaching and metal detecting in those areas.  I also enjoy cruising to tropical locations, museums, coffee shops, sci-fi, comedy, books, movies, and cheering on the Arizona sports teams! My wife Madison and I are the proud parents of a boxer named, Emma and a pit-bull named, Arya.
     
    I feel very confident that this will be an amazing year for you and your child.  I will do my very best to ensure that they are being challenged each day and that they fall in love with learning! Together, you and I will become great teammates and coaches for your child.  With us in their corner they will reach new heights and be successful during this sixth-grade year!
     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enthusiastically,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Carras