Phone: (520) 696-3876
Degrees and Certifications:
Associates Degree in Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Early Childhood Endorsement SEI Endorsement National Board Certification
Ms. Heather Eldridge
Welcome to third grade at Painted Sky!
My daughter and I live in Rancho Vistoso. My daughter will graduate from Grand Canyon University in April 2020. I'm so proud of her! I have 2 wonderful basset hounds named Lulu and Blazer. I'm known as "The Basset Hound Lady" around the neighborhood.
Defining Moment in Education
While attending college, I worked part time as a teacher's aide at my neighborhood elementary school. I SO enjoyed working with the students that I changed my major and began working toward my degree in elementary education. I have taught both first and third grade. I absolutely love my job working with 8-9 year olds! It is their smiling faces, their enthusiasm for learning, and the amazing growth they make are why I really enjoy being a teacher!
Core Educational Belief
My philosophy of teaching is that each child in my class is a special individual with individual needs. I believe children learn in many different ways and should have experiences that encompass the many different learning styles. I think children should be treated with respect, and I insist that the students in my class treat each other with respect.
I believe in close communication with parents, therefore you will be hearing from me at least every week in the form of a weekly newsletter. I also send weekly progress reports and I post my grades online for you to be well informed of your child's progress.
I have been teaching in the Amphitheater School district since 1991 This is my 29th year! I taught first grade for the first 4 years. After moving to third grade I realized that third grade is my passion, and I have been teaching third grade for 25 years. I came to Painted Sky in the fall of 2002 after 10 years at Rio Vista Elementary and one year at Holaway Elementary School, also in the Amphitheater School District in Tucson.
Education Degrees and Certification
I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Elementary Education in 1991. In November 2008, I became a National Board Certified Teacher! And, this year will be my 25th year teaching!
-Associates Degree in Elementary Education
-Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
-Early Childhood Endorsement
-National Board Certification
I received my National Board Certification in 2008.