Phone: 520-696-6690


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Education from Bloomsburg University Master of Arts in Education from University of Phoenix Standard Elementary Education Grades 1-8 Certificate Structured English Immersion Grades K-12 Approved Area on Certificate

Mrs. Darlene Rowe


The 2022-2023 school year begins my 27th year of teaching at Coronado K-8 School and my 31st year of overall teaching! I feel blessed to still love what I do after all of these years. For me, teaching is a lifestyle choice.

My husband Hank retired early from teaching several years ago to start Catalina Brewing Company; he also works at Tucson Endurance Performance Center part time. We have a 21-year-old son named Ashton who is a senior at the University of Arizona (computer engineering and trumpet performance). I also have three step-children: Peggy is a lawyer living in Tucson, Alex is an artist living in Denver who has begun classwork towards being a grief therapist, and Geoffrey is working on a doctorate degree in clinical psychology in Boston after many years of doing other things beyond his college graduation. We are blessed!

Defining Moment in Education

Teaching is the only career I have ever considered since I was three-years-old (according to my mother). I "taught" my younger brother and stuffed animals and was a babysitter, mother's helper, and camp counselor for many years prior to my first teaching job.

Core Educational Beliefs & Mission Statement

3rd grade is the beginning of your child's second half of elementary school, the start of the intermediate grades. I build upon the foundation that your child's kindergarten through second grade teachers have established. Many students are done learning to read and are getting ready to read to learn. 3rd graders love learning and working, are helpful, enjoy friendships, want to please their teacher, and thrive with routines and procedures.

I want the students in my class to learn much.

** reading (fiction and non-fiction, phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension)

** writing, spelling, and grammar

** math (including a deep understanding and then memorization of multiplication and division facts)

** social studies and science 

** technology

** self-management skills

** positive social and relationship skills, including social-emotional learning

I want the students in my class to be responsible decision makers. Our class is a school family who spends much time together weekly. We have three daily goals. Keep it safe. Be kind. Do the best work.

I feel that I am clear, consistent, and firm in my interactions with the students, and I am also loving and fun. I model respect and kindness and hope for the same in return. I want to build a relationship with your child, and I want your child to be part of a positive classroom climate: feels welcome, feels comfortable, feels safe, learns and works productively. In our classroom, mistakes are expected, respected, inspected, and corrected, and students are encouraged to have a positive growth mindset.

Mrs. Rowe's Mission Statement: As your child's 3rd grade teacher, my mission is to provide students with a safe, kind, encouraging, and engaging classroom environment where they are actively involved in learning & working as well as thinking & speaking.

Prior Experience

This year is my 20th year of teaching 3rd grade. I have also taught 1st grade for eight years, six years at Coronado and two years at a K-3 school in Delaware. Additionally, I taught middle school PE for one year and pre-kindergarten for one year. I spent one school year as a substitute teacher in many Phoenix and Tucson school districts.