What makes Herrera Special? The community we serve makes Herrera a very special place. Our community is composed of neighborhood families as well as families that choose to bring their children to Herrera. Some of these families drive many miles for our specialized programs. Once here students have the opportunity to take dance and drama classes that are rare in other public schools, of course, students enjoy choral and instrumental music, art and P.E. Many of our families also opt into our Dual Language program, where students learn Spanish and English.
Grade/Subject: Dual Language Instructional Coach
Education/Degrees/Institutions: Bachelors of Arts from Arizona State University
Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University
What brought you to teaching children:
I began my teaching career here at Herrera in 1983. I selected Herrera because it was known for its innovative teaching methods.
While in the classroom, it was critical to bring the students personal experiences into the classroom. Students have many opportunities to share their lives in the classroom. I believe that students need to see themselves as creators of their own learning.
Favorite book, as an adult, and why:
I love reading and I especially enjoy reading books that inspire me to look at the world differently. Three of those books are:
The Glass Castle by Jeannete Wells
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Educated by Tara Westover