Phone: 520-696-5829


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors in Psychology/Elementary Education - Ithaca College/Elmira College Early Childhood Endorsement SEI Endorsement - Arizona

Mrs. Sara Pakkala


I have been teaching for 31 years. I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten and have been a reading specialist. I grew up in Ithaca, New York. My husband and I moved here in 1994 for a warmer climate.  We have two children, a son named Dalton and a daughter named Hailey.  Both of my children have gone through Wilson K-8 and Ironwood Ridge.  My son graduated from Hamline University with a Neuroscience degree.  My daughter will be a senior at the University of Arizona and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Nutritional Science.

I feel kindergarten is the foundation of your child's education.  I want them to develop a LOVE of learning.  I want them to become risk takers, independent thinkers and problem solvers.  I feel that if a child feels comfortable in their environment, they are able to learn.

I began my teaching experience as a preschool teacher.  After having my son, I worked part time as a reading specialist.  Once I decided to go back to work full time, I have taught kindergarten ever since.