Mrs. Michelle Larson

Phone: (520) 696-6823

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education, Northern Arizona University M.Ed. Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University Certificates: *Early Childhood Endorsement Standard Elementary Education, K-6 *Structured English Immersion, K-12

Mrs. Michelle Larson

Welcome

Welcome to preschool!  This is my 1st year teaching early childhood special education in the Amphitheater School District and my first year at Copper Creek Elementary School.  Previously, I taught fourth grade at Manzanita Elementary.  I was born and raised in Tucson.  I lived in the White Mountains for five years and did some teaching up there.  I also had a great experience living and teaching in Wisconsin for a couple years before we returned home to Tucson.

Defining Moment in Education

I was a medical assistant in pediatrics and I developed an overwhelming desire to do more with and for children.  I went back to school and took a position as an early childhood special needs aid while I was working on my undergraduate degree.  It was incredibly rewarding.  It is great to be back where it all began!

Core Educational Beliefs

I have an eclectic approach to education and have recently adopted concepts and strategies from the Anat Baniel method of facilitating growth in youngsters.  There are nine key components in her research based approach including: movement with attention, slow, variation, subtlety, enthusiasm, flexible goals, the learning switch, imagination and awareness.  I encourage you to get her book, Kids Beyond Limits, to dive deeper into these amazing concepts and learn more about how I will be approaching the learning environment in our classroom.

Prior Experience

- Fourth Grade Teacher, Manzanita Elementary, Catalina Foothills USD

- Kindergarten Teacher, Lannon Elementary, Hamilton/Sussex USD

- First Grade Teacher, Whipple Ranch, Show Low USD

- CDA Advisor, Northland Pioneer College

- Data Collector, First Things First External Evaluation, Northern Arizona University

- Pre-K Special Education Aid, Marjorie Estes Elementary, Marana USD

- Published Author, Lineman The Unsung Hero