Pima Traditional School
History & Why We Chose This School
Opened in 1959, Pima Traditional School is a Title 1 primary school in Scottsdale Unified School District in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to the standards of the Arizona Department of Education, Pima Traditional School is an “A” level school—performing well with high scores in proficiency and growth in student performance. The Million Dollar Teacher project noticed the hard work that the teachers of Pima Traditional School take to ensure that their students are enabled to seize opportunities for success. In order to make the lives of their teachers a little easier, and their students a lot more successful, all donations to the Million Dollar Teacher Tree will go to the teachers and students of Pima Traditional School.
Reading & Language Arts
I am a third grade teacher who strives to make learning engaging for all learners. I am looking for creative ways to involve students and stimulate their thinking, I use a variety of teaching techniques. I am entering my 16th year of teaching and continue to seek effective methods for helping students grow as readers and writers.
Writing & Science
I'm a fifth grade writing and science teacher, and love my job. I got into teaching after a 6 year enlistment in the Air Force, using the GI bill to get my teaching license. My favorite part about my job is "watching the light bulb turn on" when a kid finally gets a difficult concept. I also enjoy giving them and end goal or something to work towards, seeing how much they grow and the things that they can produce. Next year will be my 6th year in the profession, and my fifth here at Pima.
Speech & Language
I am a Speech/Language Pathologist who works with preschool through 5th grade students. I work with students who have language, articulation, voice and fluency disorders. The joy of seeing my students succeed, develop confidence, self-esteem and grow as individuals is so rewarding and is why I love my job! I am entering my 39th year as a Speech/Language Pathologist for Scottsdale Unified School District and still going strong!
Gifted & Accelerated Math
I am entering my 21st year of teaching and love teaching math to my highly achieving students and teaching outside the box to my gifted students.
I am a 4th grade teacher and love going to school everyday! I want to share that enthusiasm with my students. I am starting my ninth year at Pima and I am looking forward to many, many more.
I am currently a first grade teacher. My passion is teaching at the elementary school level. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. I always wanted to be a teacher but was influenced in my younger years not to follow my dream. After working in the corporate world I decided to follow my dream and went back to school to get my Master's degree in Elementary Education. I love what I do now! I always tell my students to always follow their dreams!
I am a Title 1 Specialist at Pima Traditional and have taught grades 3-5. My goal is to equip students with the tools to be confident learners. To believe in their efforts, their thoughts, and their voice so they can create positive change in our world. In my free time I enjoy immersing myself in different cultures abroad and getting lost in a good book.
The Aspirational Item I Seek...
Class-set of Books (K-5th Grade) & 4 Tall Bookshelves
I am a second-grade teacher and I love my job! I feel fortunate to be able to go to work and make a difference in the lives of my students. Through teaching, I hope to instill a lifelong love for learning, compassion for each other, and provide opportunities that foster critical thinking.
My name is Haley Deere and I am a 1st grade teacher at Pima Traditional School. I have previously taught Preschool and 3rd grade. I truly value the opportunity to build connections with students every single day. This year I am beginning my Masters in Educational Leadership from GCU. I am ready for the busy year ahead!
I am a second grade teacher at Pima Traditional School in Scottsdale. I have worked here for 23 years! I was an ELD teacher and a first grade teacher before I started teaching second grade. I love second grade! I am a graduate of Arizona State University. I enjoy hiking, reading, and yoga in my spare time.
Special Education - Self Contained Autism
I am a special education teacher. I have the BEST kids in the entire world. They move mountains everyday. I am constantly in awe of their ability to find creative ways to learn. I have been a teacher for 26 years, but this is my first year teaching special education. It is the place to be!
I am a kindergarten teacher and this will be my second year teaching. I have a passion for teaching young children because I love being part of their journey to become lifelong learners. I strongly believe that all children have the ability to learn and succeed and it is my job to ensure that each child has the tools and support in order to do that.
Special Education (SCA)
My name is Jill Watson, and I am the SCA 2nd-5th grade teacher at Pima Traditional. The 2019-2020 school year will be my tenth year teaching in this classroom, and with each year, my passion grows. I strive to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of each of my students and to tailor teaching in a way that makes each of them thrive. My ultimate goal is to promote and establish inclusion and to foster independence, giving them opportunities among their peers to better prepare them for the future. I love watching the amazing progress my students make every year!
I have been teaching Physical Education in the Scottsdale School District for 33 years. Thirty one of those years have been at Pima Elementary School. No plans to retire anytime soon.
I am a fourth grade teacher and have been for 9 years! I love this age because they will still draw pictures for you and love you, but they can have the most amazing conversations . I have a Masters in Education and this my second career and the best! I have two kids one going into Middle school and one in high school. They are both, and always have been, in SUSD.
I am a second grade teacher at Pima Traditional School! I am an ASU alum. I have been teaching at Pima for 5 years! I love working out in my free time. Reading and traveling are my hobbies!
I'm currently in my third year teaching Pre-K and 15th year of teaching. I have always taught the little ones and will continue till I retire. Love their eagerness to learn and watching them grow.
The Aspirational Item I Seek...
Flex-Space Comfy Floor Seats (4) & Flex-Space Round Floor Table from Lakeshore
I love teaching Pre-K! It is so rewarding being (most) students first introduction to school. I love to get them excited about education and all the possibilities that lie before them. I have loved teaching since I completed a service project in college and fell in love with young minds. Looking forward to another amazing year and many more to come!
I have been teaching for "many" years. I have always taught kindergarten. I enjoy teaching kindergarten students. They come into the classroom everyday with a natural curiosity to learn.
I have been a teacher in the Scottsdale school district since 2005. I adore teaching children and watching them grow. My goal with my students year to year is to support their growth and understanding. It takes a village to create student success and I appreciate all the support from everyone.
I began at Pima Elementary School in 2017 and have been teaching kindergarten since 2010. I was a substitute teacher from 2000-2010 in the SUSD. My children and husband are SUSD alumni. I returned to school in 2009 to earn my post baccalaureate in elementary education with an endorsement in early childhood. I have been honored with "Teacher of the Year/Month" awards from the Golden Eagle Foundation, Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club. I love children! I enjoy teaching because I love helping the students realize how smart they are! This is an amazing career!
Million Dollar Teacher Tree was first developed in a classroom by students in a program called, Next Generation Service Corps at Arizona State University in December of 2017. These students were tasked by Lloyd Hopkins, founder of Million Dollar Teacher project with developing a project that can potentially become an integral part in helping MDTP achieve its mission. The group eventually developed the original prototype for Million Dollar Teacher Tree—a cutout dollar sign that would be placed in surrounding businesses near the partner school. The idea was pitched to staff members of MDTP during the last of their class, and the project was picked up by MDTP as a new pilot program for the organization. After many months of planning, the prototype was eventually revamped into what it is today, Million Dollar Teacher Tree.