Degrees and Certifications:
Canyon Del Oro High School- 1991 Northern Arizona University- 1995 (Bachelors of Science, Speech Pathology) University of Phoenix- 1998 (Post Baccalaureate Secondary Education)
Mrs. Felix (Walker)
Welcome to Biology!
I am Jennifer Felix (Walker) and I teach Biology! I have been a Dorado for a very long time. I graduated from CDO in the 90's and also taught here in the late 90's and early 2000's before I had my 3 beautiful daughters. Not only am I an alumni, my daughters are too. My oldest daughter Grace is a CDO alum of the class of 2020 and is currently attending UofA. Ella graduated in the class of 2022 and is attending UofA. Sofia is a sophomore (class of 2025). I took a 16-year break from teaching to raise my daughters. During that time, I also had the incredible experience of owning and operating a CrossFit gym in Tucson. I went back into the classroom in 2018 at Amphi High School. I made it full circle and am so thrilled to be at CDO! Dorado Pride forever! I also recently got married and changed my name from Walker to Felix. Don't be confused if your student's schedule says Walker but your student talks about Felix. We are the same person.
I love traveling, cooking, and anything fitness related! One day, when I was teaching at Amphi High, I told my students that I could walk on my hands. My students dared me to walk across the classroom on my hands and I did it.
Defining Moment in Education:
I can't say I have one defining moment in education. This has evolved numerous times. I remember taking a college course and being absolutely terrified about getting in front of my class to give a presentation. That day, I went to my counselor and changed my major. I didn't think I would ever be able to get words out of my mouth to teach a room full of students. Fast forward a few years of working in a school district as a speech therapist in a developmental preschool, I decided to give myself another chance and got my teaching certificate. I still get nervous talking in front of others, but I absolutely love the process of learning and helping students find their way. What's more fun than talking about life?
I had another defining moment during the Pandemic. I was not alone with my colleagues when we had to figure out how to teach students in a remote environment. Pre-covid, I would give myself a C+ when it came to understanding technology, so I knew I had to figure it out and fast in order to make sure my students learned the content while feeling like they belonged in a classroom. Teaching during the Pandemic was an experience. I am grateful for all of my colleagues, my students, the parents of the students, and the personal support of my loved ones to help keep me motivated and focused on not giving up during very challenging times. To keep learning and finding new ways to teach. To explore new lessons, to try with new formats.
Core Education Beliefs:
I believe all students have the ability to learn and I love the journey of watching students grow over a year. I believe in teaching not only the content but how to solve problems and apply knowledge to life.
I believe that Biology is a course that every single student will walk away from and say, I learned something in that class that will actually help or matter in my life. Even if it's just one thing! Maybe they will learn something about cancer, or how we turn food into energy, or why we look like we do. I believe that I can figure out a tie in to real life in Biology these students will always remember.
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona
Pendergast School District, Phoenix, Arizona 1995-1998
Canyon Del Oro, High School, Tucson, Arizona 1999-2002
Canyon Del Oro Cheer Coach, 1998-2002
CrossFit NorthWest Tucson, Tucson, Arizona 2008-2019
Amphi High School, Tucson, Arizona 2018-2021
Canyon Del Oro, Tucson, Arizona 2021-current