Welcome to Kindergarten! Hello, my name is Blanca Rivas and I am honored to be an Esperanza Shark! This will be my 10th year teaching. I love Kindergarten and all the learning, exploring, and fun we get to have! I couldn’t see myself doing anything different. 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 in the classroom on a daily basis.I am very happy to be teaching your children this school year. During this year, your child will learn the foundational skills for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This lays the foundation to help students become successful for the rest of their education ahead. 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.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 shopping, listen to music, go to movies, and do Yoga or Zumba.I am looking forward to an amazing year with you and your child!