Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education from College of Education at Northern Arizona University
Ms. Emily Fleckenstein
Welcome to 4th grade!
My name is Ms. Emily Fleckenstein, and this year is my first working at Wilson. I am so happy to be here teaching fourth grade! Teaching is my passion and my calling in life. Here are a few things about me that you might like to know: I attended Wilson from Kindergarten through 8th grade, and I am proud to be back serving the community that raised me. I consider myself an artist on the side of teaching, and enjoy bringing the arts into my classroom. I am a lifelong learner. I believe my education is never truly complete. I learn something new every day from my students, and I am always looking for new opportunities to connect new technologies, strategies, and tools to my teaching. My students make my life better in every way, so I strive to make their lives better in return.
Defining Moment In Education
I was a struggling student in elementary school. Reading and math made me feel anxiety and doubt. I thought to be good at math and reading, you had to be fast. My pace wasn't enough! Only when I reached middle school did I realize the importance of school and learning. I had teachers who cared, teachers who let me go at my own pace, and teachers who built me up. The guidance of helpful teachers overshadowed the previous anxieties I'd had about school. It was then that I decided to do the same for my future students. Because of my own struggles, I support all paces, respect all mistakes, and expect great things because I believe in my students.
Core Educational Belief
Everyone can learn. My students make the world a better place. My students are capable of amazing things. My students can do hard things. My students can be responsible and respectful. My students can take ownership of their learning and feel proud of their work. My students' mistakes help them grow.
Wise Words From a Mentor: When you pop a bag of popcorn, not every kernel pops right away. When given enough time and the right temperature, though, every kernel will pop at its own pace! We should support every "kernel" in their journey to "popping", no matter the pace.
Substitute teacher for Amphi District schools Wilson K-8, Rio-Vista, and Nash 2018-2019
Special Education Advocate - Tucson Jewish Community Center
Ironwood Ridge High School 2012-2014
Northern Arizona University 2014-2018, Bachelor's Elementary Education
In the future, I would like to return for my Master's degree in Special Education.