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Hello! My name is Ashley Gifford and I am an Arizona native, born and raised, right here in Mesa and Gilbert. I attended Mountain View High School and went on to ASU, where I received my Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. After the birth of my daughter my passion for little minds and child development overtook me. I went on to obtain Highly Qualified Status in Early Childhood Education, as well as Assistant Montessori Teacher certification through AMI. I have been teaching for the past 6 years to primary and elementary students, and secondary-schoolers…I know, what a range of ages!
Helping kiddos release their innate creative potential is truly my passion. I have been able to do just that in so many ways at STCS. When I first came on board with San Tan, I had the privilege of teaching science and math to middle school students and it was so much fun. The following year, I was given the opportunity to create and implement our middle school STEM program, while teaching half-day kindergarten; yes, the two ends of the spectrum that I embody collided and I loved every minute of it! After that, I had the privilege of exposing our elementary students to STEM and we had a blast; I was especially thrilled to host our first STEMfest which has now become an incredible annual tradition for our entire school community. Last year, I came full circle, back to my roots, teaching 8th Grade Science, Physics, Chemistry, as well as STEM and Engineering and I was amazed with all the kiddos accomplished. Guiding our secondary schoolers to develop their natural talents too…that was the most incredible icing on the cake (icing that brought about another new tradition for our school with the Natural Talent Showcase). I love it here at San Tan and I am excited to work with our secondary school students again this year, continuing to guide them through creative design and the fundamentals of physics that govern the world around us. We’re even rolling our new forensics and robotics programs. It’s sure to be an awesome year!
Name: Ashley Gifford
Position: Secondary Science and STEM Teacher
Birthday: December 13th
My Primary Appreciation Language is: Quality Time and Words of Affirmation
These are A Few Of My Favorite Things…..
Healthy Snack(s): Fresh Fruit, Veggies, and Hummus
“Junk Food” Treat(s): Gelato (Frost), Frozen Yogurt
Drink(s): Water, Chamba or Starbucks Chai Tea
Scent(s): Nior by Victoria’s Secret, Coconut, Essential Oils (Peppermint, Lavender, Orange)
Game(s): Pictionary, Taboo
Sit-Down Restaurant(s): Blue Wasabi, Chop Shop
Fast Food Restaurant(s): Salad and Go, Pita Pit
Place(s) to Receive a Gift Card: Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby
Most used school/office supply: Hot glue gun sticks (small)
What I would really like is: Visa gift cards and to love and to be loved
Heroes: Jesus, and all great thinkers and writers whose purpose was/is to offer love, truth, and contribution to this world in their own way.
Hobbies: Dancing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, hiking, anything outdoors, especially the beach, reading, meditating, etc.