Hello Sierra Families! Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. My name is Samantha Rathjen and I am really excited to be Sierra's Academic Interventionist. It's going to be an incredible year,
A little about me. I am a native to Arizona and grew up in Tempe, which helped guide my decision to receive my Bachelors in Education from Arizona State University (Go Sundevils!) I have a beautiful family which includes my husband Brent, my son Grant (8 years old), my daughter Rylee (4 years old), and our dog Bella. I've been teaching for 10 years which included 3rd-6th grade. I took a quick time out to be a stay at home mom when my daughter was born. While I was taking care of my kiddos I decided to get my Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. My passion is working with students and watching the light bulbs go off when they finally understand, as well as producing confidence and passion for lifelong learning. My hobbies include reading with my book club, working out at Orangetheory, being active with my family, rooting on my favorite baseball team the Chicago Cubs, eating all kinds of fun foods, and last but certainly not least shopping at Target!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am here to partner with you and your classroom teacher for the success of your child.