Ms. A's teaching journey began in 2002 when she became a one-on-one assistant to a fifth-grade student with Autism. This young girl forever changed her life with her spunk, intelligence and good-natured humor. Having already earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Art History degree from the University of Arizona, she eagerly went back to school for her Masters of Education in Special Education, Grades K-12. Being a dedicated lifelong learner, she followed her passion for special education advocacy and literacy, and earned her second masters degree in 2016. Through Northern Arizona University she achieved her Masters of Education in Literacy, Grades K-8 degree. Ms. A's teaching experiences have led her to many exciting learning opportunities. She began her career in Phoenix, Arizona in 2005. She taught seventh and eighth grade resource and inclusion classes at a middle school for six years before moving out of state. Beginning in 2011, she taught eighth grade language arts at a private Catholic school in the heart of the Mission district in San Francisco, California. Having gained a deep respect for her students Latin-American roots, she decided to seek more cultural experiences by teaching overseas. In 2014, she packed her bags and moved to Guangzhou, China. In southern China, she was an English Language Learner Instructional Coach for international music and art teachers at an international school for Chinese students. During her time in China, she was able to earn her International English as an Additional Language Certificate through Seton Hall University. While she enjoyed learning from international students, she knew it was time to come home. In December 2016, she packed her bags again along with her dog, Argos, whom she adopted from a rescue shelter in China, and moved back to Arizona to be close to her family. She began teaching in the special education classroom in the Payson Unified School District in August of 2017, and is thrilled at the opportunity to return to her passions: special education and literacy.