Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Jessica Roodvoets
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo
My teaching experience spans first grade through eighth grade, always cycling around to the love of books, of stories, of truth. As a school librarian, my role is to help students find themselves in the books they read, to assist them as they connect with books to inspire and challenge them, books to encourage them and open the world for their imagination. In addition, librarians guide students through the world of research: how to find relevant information and how to use that information responsibly.
Defining moment in education:
To me, the best part of my work is the little moments when a student discovers THE book that thrills their imagination, when a student just has to stop by to share an event from last night’s reading, or when a student realizes the connection between what was discussed in class and their real world.
Core educational belief:
Students learn best in an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment; they thrive when education is relevant and collaborative. As teachers, our challenge is to help students recognize and value their abilities as part of the learning community. As librarian, I support classroom instruction and offer further learning opportunities.
ELA Department Head
AVID Site Coordinator
Honors/Language Arts Teacher, Grades 7-8
Education Degrees and Certification
BA English, University of Arizona
MA in British Literature, Mercy College
AZ State Teacher Certified, K-12 English Language Arts,
Middle School Endorsement
K-12 Reading Endorsement
AZ Library and Media Specialist Certified