Phone: (520) 696-6820
Degrees and Certifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Education K-8 (Graduated from NAU) - Childhood Certification - English as a Second Language Endorsement
Miss Crystal Hinz
Welcome to my 5th grade webpage and the home of the "Mighty Saguaros." I love teaching and interacting with 5th graders is refreshing and challenging. We have a lot of fun in this class being creative, inquisitive and using our imagination. We learn through group discussion and hands-on activities. We become a family and I cherish my students and appreciate being a part of their lives and watching them grow.
Defining Moment in Education
I loved all of my elementary teachers and always played school when I was growing up. On my 7th birthday, I received a Dr. Seuss "All About Me" Book. In the section: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I wrote teacher. My mom framed that book and gave it to me my first year of teaching. I have never wanted to be anything else. (and I still enjoy teaching every day.
Core Educational Belief
I believe students learn through questioning, investigating and producing. Students need to take charge of their learning and become independent, while I guide them through the skills and curriculum. I want students to come to school every day ready to face a new challenge and enjoy learning in a safe environment. I want school to be a place where laughter and fun is incorporated and enhances their education.
Present: 5th grade teacher at Copper Creek (Tucson, AZ)
2015 - 2019 4th Grade Teacher at Copper Creek (Tucson, AZ)
2009 - 2015 2nd Grade Teacher at Copper Creek (Tucson, AZ)
1994 - 2009 1st Grade Teacher at Copper Creek (Tucson, AZ) and Palmcroft Elementary (Yuma, AZ)
I have been published in "The Mailbox" Teachers Resource Magazine.