My name is Valerie Shand and this is my second year on the 2nd grade team at Esperanza. I am originally from New York and I have two children. Sydney is in second grade and Malachy is in preschool. We love to play soccer and basketball and enjoy hiking all around our beautiful state.
I graduated from ASU with a Masters in Social Work. After having a career in social work, I found that working with children was my true calling. I decided to become a Sun Devil again to obtain a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Since then I have gained experience working in preschool through 2nd grade. A few years ago, I was fortunate to have two long-term substitute positions here at Esperanza and I fell in love with the school!
Esperanza is an amazing place to call home and I am grateful to be a part of this enriching and empowering school community!