Phone: (520) 696-5289
Degrees and Certifications:
Degrees-Bachelor of Science Degree-Northern Illinois University Master of Education Degree-Chapman University Certifications-K-8 Arizona Certification National Board Certification-Middle Childhood Generalist Gifted Endorsement K-12 Middle Grades Math Endorsement
Ms. Vanessa Hill
Welcome to my Gifted Education Coordinator webpage. My name is Vanessa Hill and I’ve been with the Amphitheater District for almost twenty years. I taught REACH at the elementary level and middle school math and social studies for a decade each. I am married and have two beautiful children and three adorable dogs. I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my AMAZING family.
Defining Moment in Education
I went back to school to get my post-baccalaureate teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Education degree after working for Americorps. Americorps provided me the opportunity to work with children in an after-school care program as an environmental educator. I loved working with the children in that program and realized teaching was the life for me.
Core Educational Belief
I believe all people are creative. My job as a gifted specialist and coordinator is to tap into that creativity.
Gifted Specialist-Rio Vista, Prince, Donaldson, Keeling, and Wilson K-8 Schools
Wilson K-8 School-Sixth grade Language Arts, Math, Pre-Algebra, and Social Studies, Math Intervention 7th and 8th Grade
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies as coach of Future Problem Solving teams at Rio Vista and Amphitheater Middle School-World Finals Participation
2nd place trophy, Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament 2017
1st place trophy, Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament 2017-World Finals Participation
1st place trophy, Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament 2018
2nd place trophy, Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament 2018-World Finals Participation
Arizona Future Problem Solving Governing Board Member 2018 to present
2019 Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Teacher of the Year
2021 Raytheon Leader in Education Finalist