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    About The Teacher

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    Hello! My name is Mr. David Chaney.  To start off with, I look forward to getting to know each of you and your families.  I believe open communication and personal connections between the teacher and families is important to have in the parent/teacher/student relationship.  I hope to have the opportunity to have a personal conversation with each of you so we can know each other better.

    Here is a little of my background.  I became interested in teaching elementary school-aged children while working my way through a local community college and a major university in both the public and private industries.  It took me 5 ½ years, but I made it!  You don’t know me very well yet probably but, there is a bigger story behind why it took me so long to obtain my degree.  Stop me in one of our none-busy passing’s and we’ll swap scar stories.   

    I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in December of 2004. After graduation I had several long-term substitute positions in the Tempe Elementary School District.  This got my feet wet in the teaching world and my foot in the door to get my first public education teaching job in the greater Phoenix area.  I taught here locally for three years from 2005 - 2008. During that time, I taught a second grade class, a kindergarten class, a combination first/second grade class, got married, had my first daughter, led and maintained the Watch D.O.G.S. program, and sold my 1st house.  (If I could go back in time I would not have sold that house!  Talk about a GREAT investment property… darn, live and learn, right?) FYI, my family has been in Arizona for a while.  My oldest daughter is a 5th generation native to AZ! 

    In 2008, my family and I moved to Austin, Texas where I taught for 8 years in the Round Rock Independent School District, from 2008 – 2016.  While in TX, I taught a combination first/second grade class, 6 years of second grade, and 1 year of fifth grade.  Also while I was a Live Oak Indian, I was a member of a science cohort program which led me into other roles like the Vertical Science Team, 2nd Grade Science Lead, and many other various science roles.  Other teacher growth opportunities include ELA Vertical Team, P.B.I.S. (School teacher mumbo-jumbo), and also led and maintained the Watch D.O.G.S. program.  The last thing I want to mention on here about Texas is, my 2nd daughter was born!!!

    I moved back to Arizona this year to receive some help raising my two girls.  I have two daughters.   A 2-year-old and a 9-year-old.  As a parent, I hope you understand the expression “it takes a village to raise a child.”  I am a 4th generation native to Arizona and have family located throughout the state of AZ; the majority of which are located in Tucson and Phoenix but go as far North as the Grand Canyon and to the South, a stone’s throw from the Mexico border.  

    I predict a successful 2016-2017 school year if we all put forth our best efforts with our children and I look forward to getting to know you more in one of our many different encounters throughout the school year.