Phone: (520) 696-6825
Degrees and Certifications:
University of Denver - BSBA San Francisco State University - Elementary Education Certification University of Phoenix - Special Education Certification Structured English Immersion Certification
Mrs. Hillary Ohlmaier
I have lived in Arizona for most of my life and can't imagine living anywhere else - except maybe Colorado during the summers. I have been with Copper Creek since 2004 as a Special Education teacher. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to work closely with peers, students and their families over the student's career at Copper Creek.
Defining Moment in Education
Beyond reading, writing, math and music, Mrs. Fitch introduced me to the joy of learning. You know, that feeling of elation when you finally understand something that appears so easy for others. Mrs. Fitch was the one who broke the complex code that is reading and made the world of numbers meaningful to me. I came home from school every day and pretended to be Mrs. Fitch. Encouraging my stuffed animals to write their names neatly, sound out those tough words, identify rhyming words as I read aloud to them and solve addition and subtraction problems using Cuisinaire rods (a birthday present from my mom) was my favorite thing to do. From first grade to now, all I've wanted to do is provide students with the opportunity and support to acheive that feeling of pure joy as they unlock their world through reading, writing and math.
Core Educational Belief
I believe everyone is a life-long learner.
I started teaching in the Bay Area in 1994 and taught Language Arts and Social Studies in middle school for six years before moving to the Tucson area. I have been with Amphitheater School District since the Fall of 2000; two as a general education middle school teacher before earning my Special Education Certification.
Twenty+ years of teaching experience
Received a scholarship from the Daughters of the American Revolution to attend a week long Teachers' Institute in Williamsburg, Virginia.