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Three Chino rookies get ready for first day

Three new teachers about to start their first year in the Chino Valley Unified School District.
Photo by Diane DeHamer.

Three new teachers about to start their first year in the Chino Valley Unified School District.

There are many different kinds of teachers, and all have their own methods. William Arthur Ward’s description of teachers describes them well, “The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”

Here are three of the new Chino Valley teachers who will be starting at schools next month.

Christina Jackson, has been teaching for 15 years (the three past years in Payson) in various educational roles. She received her bachelors of arts at Arizona State University, she also has three masters degrees from ASU, South Eastern University and DeVry, and from 2010 to 2013 she taught for the Department of Defense in Japan, teaching children reading and English. She will be teaching sixth grade math at Heritage Middle School this year.

“I’m a very hands on teacher and I like to give projects where students have to apply skills to real life situations. I also like to have students working in groups so they can solve problems together, I think they learn better that way,” Jackson said.

“I like teaching because every class is a brand new experience. I truly believe it takes a village to raise a child, and I like being a part of their little village,” she said.

Elizabeth Kreitinger, originally from Minnesota, has taught first grade in Casa Grande for the past four years, and received her degree from North Dakota State University. She will be teaching first grade at Territorial Early Education Center this year.

“When I was in high school I worked with young children and I knew then that I wanted to work with kids. I love teaching first graders because they are excited about everything, they love to learn, and are ready every day for whatever we have in store,” Kreitinger said.

She said that she is excited and nervous with a new school but is having fun setting up her new classroom in a Dr. Seuss theme.

“In the first grade is when the kids really start learning to read and write. When the reading and writing really starts to click with the kids I’m their biggest cheerleader. I get so excited when I see their progress,” Kreitinger said.

“As of now I feel I will continue to teach first graders because they teach me as much as I teach them.”

McKinsey Reed, who received her teaching degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, will be starting her first teaching job as the new agriculture teacher at Chino Valley High School.

“My family are all here in Northern Arizona so I’m glad to be back up here,” Reed said.

Being in FFA while in high school made Reed realize she wanted to work in agriculture.

“I like teaching Ag because you get to cover so many topics, like animal science, plant science, leadership and more, and I look forward to working in the field with the students,” she said.

“I specialize in plant science, like cell structure, taking care of the vineyard, and greenhouse plants etc.,” Reed said.

“Hopefully in the future, we may be able to have a fruit tree orchard, and I’m very happy to be part of the planning in that.”

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