Kristin Breinlinger, Sycamore Elementary
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Kristin Breinlinger has been teaching for 14 years. The Long Island native taught for four years in New York before moving to Arizona. She teaches third grade at Sycamore Elementary.  

Breinlinger was inspired to become a teacher because of a history teacher at her middle school. “At... Read more

Elizabeth Valenzuela has been  teaching for five years, three at Wheeler Elementary
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Elizabeth Valenzuela has been teaching for five years, three at Wheeler Elementary. She teaches the fifth-grade GATE class. 

Valenzuela is originally from Sonora, Mexico. She came to the United States when she was 10 years old. She recalls, “I didn’t really like school when I was in... Read more

Paul and Apryl Pierce, Acadia Elementary
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Paul Pierce teaches fifth grade at Acacia Elementary. He previously taught third grade and fifth grade at Desert Willow Elementary. 

He says he really enjoyed teaching third grade, but he also feels that fifth grade is a good fit for him. As one of only a few male teachers, it lets him “... Read more

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Brittany Camden teaches fifth grade at Gale Elementary. This is her third year at Gale. Camden previously worked as an inclusion specialist and behavior specialist at Cottonwood Elementary.  

Camden was excited to make the move to a new school a few years ago because “I heard wonderful... Read more

Elyse Greenberg teaches kindergarten at Donaldson Elementary
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Elyse Greenberg teaches kindergarten at Donaldson Elementary. This is her sixth year teaching, and she works hard to make sure her young pupils leave her classroom with the skills they need for a bright academic future.  

“Kindergarten is the first opportunity to instill a love of... Read more

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Top Photo: Teacher honored at school assembly.

The friendly doctors and staff at Dr. JAW Orthodontists work hard to give kids happy, healthy smiles. Dr. JAW wants to give teachers in Southern Arizona... Read more

Nina Jolly, Howell Elementary
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Nina Jolly just finished her 12th year of teaching kindergarten at Howell Elementary. Previously, she taught middle school science before taking a break to raise her two daughters.

Jolly enjoys the way the young students soak up information. 

“I think kindergartners are like... Read more

Craig Culbertson, Wright Elementary
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Craig Culbertson teaches fifth grade at Wright Elementary. This year marks his 13th teaching at the school. 

Culbertson is a Tucson native who started his career working in sales. He worked at a kiosk selling wireless phones, and later was a district sales manager. He says his students... Read more

Stacy Marr, Tanque Verde Elementary
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Stacy Marr teaches third grade at Tanque Verde Elementary. She has been teaching there for ten years, and she also did her student teaching at TVES. 

Marr is a Tucson native who recalls loving the classroom when she was a third-grader. She says she was good in school and loved working... Read more

Lisa Johnson, Coyote Trail Elementary
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Lisa Johnson teaches a 5th/6th grade gifted class at Coyote Trail Elementary. She has been teaching for two decades.

Johnson was born in Phoenix and attended the UofA—she started out as a psychology major. She says her experience as a camp counselor led her to teaching.

“I really... Read more

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