Hello Mountain School families! I am very excited about the 2019-2020 school year and getting to know all of you. My name is Corrie Gonzales. I have spent most of my life in Flagstaff. I graduated from NAU, with a degree in Elementary Ed. and Speech Pathology/Audiology, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Reading. I have taught seven years of kindergarten, four years of first grade, and spent five years as a stay-at-home mom in the middle of it all. When I have free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Outside of school, I love being outdoors, hiking, gardening, learning, and sewing. Teaching brings me much joy! I love the school community setting, working with parents and students, and learning constantly. Teaching adds importance to my life by helping others learn and succeed in their lives. I am VERY excited to be teaching kindergarten and to be a part of the fantastic Mountain School Team!
An effective early childhood education involves a community effort from teachers, parents, administration, other supportive professionals, and students as peer tutors. Together, as a team, students can be educated to be a well-rounded individual, socially, emotionally, and academically. Students need a positive school experience and a strong foundation for their future schooling and life. I feel school is where students gain their love of learning; therefore I will foster this in my classroom. Our classroom will be a safe, caring environment based on the respect and encouragement of others. Children will feel comfortable to take risks and be challenged.
Students will have times of individualized learning by teaching standards in different manners based on the child’s learning style and previous knowledge. I will work in conjunction with colleagues to create units of study that are engaging and interesting to our students and lessons that vary depending on the different learners in our classrooms.