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      Dear Parents,

    Welcome to kindergarten at Esperanza! I am so excited to have your child in my classroom this year. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child throughout the school year!

    I would like to take a moment to let you know a little bit about my teaching philosophy and myself. I was born in Springfield, Minnesota, but moved to Arizona when I was four years old.  After graduating high school, I went to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and majored in elementary education. After receiving my degree, I chose to come to the Phoenix area to begin my teaching career.  That is when I found Esperanza and began my teaching career!

    I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary education, with a content emphasis in early childhood. I also received a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Northern Arizona University in December of 2003. This is currently my 22nd year of teaching, which have all been in kindergarten.  I just love kindergarten and all the excitement of learning and exploring that goes on!

    My husband and I have two beautiful daughters, Aubrey and Macey.  Aubrey is eleven years old and Macey is eight years old. We are a busy family, but absolutely love it!  We also have two cats named Bogey and Felix. In my free time I love watching movies, working on home improvement projects, crafts, shopping, watching sports, and of course spending time with my family.

    As a teacher, my philosophy is fairly simple:
    I believe that learning is a process that takes place over time and occurs in many different ways and styles. Helping students become problem solvers and lifelong learners is one of my important goals as a teacher, as well as to provide a secure environment where all children are eager to learn and feel comfortable taking risks. Your child’s progress and development will be monitored continuously. I will also show the children how to make positive choices throughout the year and will be consistent and fair in behavior expectations. I believe that learning should be active, pleasant, fun, and productive.
    If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me. You can reach me by calling directly to the classroom at 480-541-2912(after school hours) or you can call the office at 480-541-2800 . You can also reach me most easily through e-mail at nrignall@kyrene.org.  I know it is going to be a great year together!