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    High School 1990
     Highland Elementary
    Mark and Heather feeding giraffe
    Mark & Heather 

    Bailey with Dragon  
    Moe with Tiger
    Heather Kiteboarding in Maui
    Kite Boarding Santa Suits
     Williams Family
     dog with bow
    Dog with Bow Cookie
    u of a
    U of A Football Helmet Cookie
    All About Mrs. Staudohar
    I grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona and attended Cherokee Elementary & Middle School and graduated from Chaparral High School. I thought I wanted to be a doctor  (like my dad) when I grew up, so I packed my bags and headed to the University of Arizona (GO WILDCATS) and majored in anatomy and physiology and minored in math. Then, during my junior year, I realized that I did not want to become a doctor, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. Many girls in my sorority (Alpha Delta Pi) were education majors, so I decided to take an education class and I loved it!!!! (My mom, grandmother and great grandmother were all teachers.) 

    Because it was so late in the semester, I missed the deadline to apply to the education college at U of A. I made a difficult decision, but it turned out to be the best one for me. I then moved to Flagstaff to attend NAU. After 2 1/2 more years of college, I earned my B.S. in elementary education with a minor in science and math... go figure.
    I completed my student teaching at the American School in London, England, where I taught 4th grade and an anatomy class.
    After graduating, I got a job in California teaching in the Corona-Norco Unified School District where I taught for 7 wonderful years. I was able to teach grades 2, 3, 5, and 6, all at Highland Elementary School. While in California, I also earned my Master's Degree in Education with a specialty in reading at California Baptist University and hold a Reading Specialist Credential.  I earned my ELL certificate at the University of San Diego.

    I decided to move back to Arizona to be closer to family. I met my husband, Mark, and we got married on October 14, 2006. We have 2 dogs-  a LowchenWire-Haired Griffon Shih Tzu Poodle aka Mutt named Bailey and a Bichon Frisse- Schnauzer Mix named Moe. For fun, we completed a doggy DNA test to see what type of breed Bailey was and got a thorough DNA Report.  Although my husband and I absolutely love our dogs... aka our furry kids, we are trying to adopt a child.

    I love to travel and since 2005, I have been to both the Galapagos Islands and Africa. I also love to ski, swim, rollerblade, paint, watch movies, play games and I love to learn new things... like Kiteboarding.  Kiteboarding was not that easy.  After a 2 1/2 hour lesson, I was able to get up for 5 whole seconds.  It's a sport with way too much gear to keep track of, but I can't wait to try it again!  
    Summer of 2016, my dad took my entire family (15 in all) to Clayoquot on Vancouver Island, Canada.  It was amazing!!!  It was summer camp for adults.  
    Summer of 2018, we celebrated my dad's 80th birthday at the Ranch at Rock Creek in Phillipsburg, Montana.  Here, I learned that I am a lefty when it comes to archery and clay pigeons.  I completed a ropes course... much different experience in your 40's!
    Besides teaching, I volunteer for the Arizona Humane Society to raise money for the dogs, cats and critters who need a forever home.  Our goal, like last year, is to raise a million dollars at our annual event called "Compassion with Fashion."
    This summer, I learned how to make & decorate cookies with Royal Icing.  Now, it has become my 2nd passion, besides teaching.  I am starting a tiny side-business called "Studmuffin Creative Cookie Designs" because I love it so much. 

    This is my 24th year of teaching, and 18th year at Aprende. Thank you to all the parents and students who have made my experiences here at Aprende so positive and fun!

    Here's to another fabulous year!

    Heather Staudohar