Welcome to Kindergarten! Hello, my name is Blanca Rivas and I am honored to be an Esperanza Shark! This will be my 11th year teaching. I love Kindergarten and all the learning, exploring, and fun we get to have! I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I am also a Kyrene alumni, I attended Lagos & Akimel A-al. I’m so fortunate to be able to teach here in Kyrene!I'm a proud ASU Sun Devil. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from ASU and a Master's in Educational Technology from Ottawa University. As a result, I love to incorporate technology into daily lessons.It's my pleasure to be teaching your children this school year. Kindergartners have such a joy for learning and each day is a new adventure. My hopes are to share my love of learning with your child as we grow and learn through hands on activities, individual work, group work, social emotional learning, themed units, & STEM lessons. In addition, the children will be part of a classroom community that centers on love and respect. We are a family that grows and learns together every day. Lastly, I value parents and families very much and believe in the power of working together as a team.Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have three adorable Chihuahuas (Mia, Chico & Chuey). When I can, I love to go to the beach, listen to music, go to movies, and do Yoga or Zumba.Looking forward to an amazing year with you and your child!