Phone: (520) 696-5278


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Arizona Teachers of Tomorrow Elementary Education Certificate, K-8, Arizona Department of Education Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement, K-12 Gifted Endorsement, PreK-12

Ms. Larissa Braden

Welcome to 2nd and 3rd grade English Language Development! My name is Ms. Braden, and I am delighted to have your child in my class for the 2021-2022 school year. Your scholar will study literature, science, and social studies with the goals of building stellar reading and writing skills, and passing the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA.)

In this classroom, we are readers, writers, scholars, and creative and critical thinkers.

Defining Moment in Education

I have always loved teaching. During high school, I volunteered in an elementary school library and coordinated a homework club for students. I decided to become a teacher after working with students as the Instructional Technology Specialist at Rio Vista. I loved teaching computer skills to students, and I realized teaching was the perfect career for me!

I especially love science and technology. I often integrate science and social studies content with our reading and writing lessons. I also have a strong belief that learning should be fun, as I believe that it is the best way to motivate students to become lifelong learners. 

Core Educational Belief

I believe that every child can learn and succeed, and that it is our responsibility as teachers to ensure that all Amphitheater graduates are ready for college and career. To accomplish this, I will teach every child as an individual with different needs and learning styles. I am a firm believer in growth mindset: if you read, think, and do the work, you will learn and grow! 

I also believe in teaching creative and critical thinking skills; problem-solving skills; communication and collaboration skills; and leadership and technology skills.

Prior Experience

2022 will be my 5th year at Rio Vista! Before teaching English Language Development, I worked as the Instructional Technology Specialist. My responsibilities included teaching technology skills to students in the computer lab; helping teachers integrate technology in their classrooms; coordinating computer-based assessments at Rio Vista; and maintaining all of our campus technology (including desktop PCs, Chromebooks, tablets, SmartBoards, document cameras, and phones.)