Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed -Elem. Ed - LRC endorsement University of ArizonaGifted EndorsementBA - Mass Communication- Radio/Television
Mrs. Suzi Cook
Welcome to REACH/gifted services
My name is Suzi Cook and I have lived in Southern Arizona most of my life. I have enjoyed teaching elementary students in the Amphitheater School District for many years. Prior to teaching, I worked in radio and television as a production specialist. My love of learning and working with children enticed me to return to school to acquire my degree in education. Currently I work as a gifted specialist teaching elementary (K-5) students. I am pleased to be working with children at Richard B. Wilson K-8.
Defining Moment in Education
I enjoyed the creative aspects of editing audio and video programs, as well as working with others, in my previous job. Several years later, when my oldest son was in pre-school, I had the opportunity to substitute in his class. This moment allowed me to realize education was my passion. Returning to the University of Arizona, I obtained my master's degree in elementary education. The rest is history - I have been working with students at the elementary level ever since.
Core Educational Belief
All students have the right to learn in a safe and encouraging environment. Students learn best through "curiosita" (daVinci) and inquiry. It is important to allow students the opportunity to explore their interests and passions by utilizing creative and critical thinking skills. Thinking differently, honoring uniqueness, and encouraging creativity are key elements to becoming a successful adult.
My teaching experience has included self-contained classes in grades 1-5. I have also taught multi-age fourth/fifth grades as well as looped with classes from fourth to fifth. Currently I am a gifted specialist teaching REACH in grades K-5.
- Davis Monthan AFB Science Teacher of the Year 2009-2010
- Technology Teacher Honor – Northwest Explorer 1996
Education Degrees & Certification
M.Ed Elementary Education -LRC endorsement - University of Arizona BA - Mass Communication- Radio/Television