Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Master of Arts in Elementary Education
Mrs. Rachel Peru -- 8th Grade Language Arts and Athletic Director
Hello and welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
I have been with The Amphitheater School District for six years, and this is my fifth year teaching at Cross Middle School. The teachers and administration at Cross are the smartest, kindest, and most supportive people I know. We work together to ensure all students are learning and working in a safe and caring environment.
I am proud to be a native of Arizona. I was born in Tucson but lived in Casa Grande until I was 13, at which point my family and I moved to Phoenix. We moved to Tucson when I was a freshman in high school. I attended and graduated from Amphi High School. Go, Panthers!!
I have been teaching for 19 years. The years have flown by, and I am proud and blessed to be able to say that I love my career! Never hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am always happy to help.
When I am not teaching, I am spending time with my husband and our three children. We are a very close family, and we enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, attending sporting events, concerts, and traveling.
Core Educational Beliefs
All students can learn and achieve.
- Everyone has unique strengths, talents, and needs.
- All students and staff should be responsible for and dedicated to educational excellence.
- Education requires cooperation, honesty, and respect among the student, parents, staff, school, and community.
- The school community deserves a safe and caring environment.
- Our actions reflect our values and dedication to meet student needs fairly and equitably.
- Ample resources are essential to accomplish the Mission.
Athletic Director for Cross Middle School--Amphitheater School District (2019-Present)
7th and 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher--Amphitheater School District (2016-Present)
7th Grade Language Arts Teacher-- Amphitheater School District (2015-2016)
1st Grade Teacher --Amphitheater School District (2014-2015)
3rd Grade Teacher--Arizona Virtual Academy-- K12 (2010-2014)
6th-8th Language Arts Teacher --Tucson Unified School District (2006-2010)
3rd Grade Teacher -- Tucson Unified School District (2002-2006)
5th Grade Teacher -- Baboquivari Unified School District (2001-2002)
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.
Structured English Immersion
Middle School Language Arts