Degrees and Certifications:
M. Ed Special Education SEI endorsement
My name is Valerie Vandivort. I am excited to join the "Wrangler Staff" at Wilson! All 3 of my children attended schools in the Amphi School District! This will be my 8th year teaching Special Education! I attended the University of Arizona and earned my undergraduate degree. I earned my Master's degree in Special Education (Mild to Moderate) with a SEI certificate.
I appreciate the IEP process and the collaboration between the teachers, specialist and families! I believe we can make a difference TOGETHER.
I was born and raised in San Diego, North County, spending my summers swimming in the Pacific ocean and working at the Wild Animal Park! I have a love and appreciation for the GREAT outdoors. My students will tell you that I love to study animals, nature and cultures! When I am not teaching, my husband Phil and I hike local trails and take day trips to explore Arizona! My "Happy Place" is tending to my little cactus and succulent garden! My pet babies are Buddy the Border Collie and our rescue Desert Tortoise, Rufus (who may be about 80 years old).
My favorite things are children's books: I love to go to Bookman's and buy them by the bagful!
I love my coffee in almost any form- hot, iced, latte...
"Teaching my students is my passion and calling! All children can learn given the chance!"