Teachers, staff ready to meet students on Wednesday
Teachers set up their classrooms earlier this week in anticipation of students' return to school this morning.
"I'm excited to take the kids one step further," said Jamie Radford, fifth-grade teacher at Mayer Elementary School. She was referring to the school's improved Performing Plus label the Arizona Dept. of Education released this past week.
Radford also said she was excited about the new reading and math programs and textbooks the district received. And the new paint on her classroom walls inspired her to buy red, white and blue storage baskets for her shelves.
Emily Lindberg teaches both sections of kindergarten, and she spent part of Monday morning setting up file folders with the new Saxon Math program materials.
New to MUSD, but heading into her fourteenth year of teaching, is Katherine Williams, who heads up the combined first/second-grade classroom.
"I've taught first-grade, second-grade, and a combined first- and second-grade before," Williams said.
She was one of several kindergarten teachers cut from nearby Humboldt Unified School District when State legislatures pulled the funding for full-day kindergarten this past spring. Williams said she misses her co-workers at Lake Valley Elementary School in Prescott Valley, but is excited to be in Mayer and looking forward to learning more about the community.
MUSD officials wish to remind parents, visitors and residents to drive with caution and watch for students walking to and from their bus route locations.