Phone: (520) 269-4642
Degrees and Certifications:
M.S.Ed - Educational Leadership & Administration Eastern Illinois University, 2017 M.S.Ed - Curriculum & Instruction Northern Illinois University, 2005 B.S.Ed - Elementary Education University of Illinois, 2000
Mrs. Karyn Webb
This will be my 19th year in education. I graduated from the University of Illinois (Go Illini) in 2000 and began teaching 5th grade in the Chicago suburbs. For the next 14 years, I taught 4th through 6th graders across Illinois, including several years teaching a multi-age classroom in a public Montessori school. For the past 4 years, I served as an instructional coach, supporting teachers and providing professional development. While I love teaching adults, I am thrilled to be returning to the classroom this year. My family relocated to Arizona last summer from Illinois, and we love it here! I live in Oro Valley with my husband, a lazy but loyal yellow lab named Delilah, and our daughter, Stella, who is a kindergartner here at Innovation. Some things I love to do are read, write, and run.
DEFINING MOMENT IN EDUCATION
As an elementary student I was a part of an experimental classroom within a traditional public school. In my classroom, 1st through 5th graders shared the same learning space. Through a combination of projects, small group instruction, and self-directed learning we explored, collaborated, and grew. Our teacher, Dr. Hartig, created a family in our classroom and trusted us to manage our learning. Imagine my surprise when my family moved and I stepped foot into a 3rd grade classroom with rows of desks, textbooks, and silent students. Even at 8 years old, I knew that a one-size-fits-all classroom was not the way to go. I didn't know the term "student-centered learning" at the time, but I did know that I wanted to be a teacher who pushed the boundaries of traditional education.
I believe all children deserve an educational experience that is relevant and authentic. I value student voice and choice, and will always strive to design instruction that meets the academic as well as the personal needs and learning style of each student. I believe in encouraging students to be problem solvers, innovators, and collaborators. My classroom is a family - we work together, we look out for each other, and we encourage each other.