Phone: (520) 696-6827


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor in Special Education, Vienna Diploma as a Dyslexia Trainer Master of Early Childhood Education, The City College of New York

Ms. Maria Brandauer


My name is Maria Brandauer and I am excited to be a first grade teacher at Copper Creek Elementary School.  I was born and raised in Salzburg, Austria; my husband Matthias and I moved to the US 14 years ago.  After 5 years of studying and teaching in NYC, I was ready for a quiet and more relaxed place: I love Arizona.  I have always dreamed of living in the Southwest.  My husband and I love biking, hiking and barbecuing ribs.

Defining Moment in Education

Children are true, honest people with amazing ideas and an approach to life that needs to be cherished and nurtured.  I have been working with children in different areas for 25 years.  When I moved to the US 14 years ago, I went back to college to get my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Since then, I have been teaching in preschools and elementary schools.  Being a teacher is who I am and I fully realize the deep responsibility of this profession.  The rewards of being a teacher make the continuing efforts worth it all.

Core Educational Belief

I want all my students to feel safe and respected. In our classroom environment, students should be able to ask questions, try new strategies, have no fear to fail and try again if they do.  They should be comfortable to express their feelings and solve social conflicts.  Lessons need to be meaningful, challenging and stimulating.  I plan my lessons in a way that students know why they are doing what they are doing.  I have to ask myself constantly:  Am I doing enough to engage all learners?  Am I paying enough attention to different learning styles and do I respond to different needs?  However, I also strongly believe in being spontaneous, telling funny stories, laughing, singing songs and moving our bodies.  I am excited to share all of this with you and the children in my class.

Prior Experience

Preschool teacher in NYC: 2 years

Elementary School Teacher of German language at the International School of Tucson (IST): 5 years

1st, 2nd, 6th grade math teacher at IST: 4 years