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Mrs. Shirley

A Little Bit About Me ---

I am NOT from Arizona, as are many people who live here! I am from Indiana. I moved to Arizona when I was in high school. I graduated from Xavier College Preparatory and then attended Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. I received both my Bachelor of Science and my Masters in Education from NAU. I have taught for 25 years. Twenty-one of those years have been in the Apache Junction district. My first teaching job was in Yuma, AZ where I taught 5th grade. I moved back to the valley and taught 3rd grade in the Kyrene School District before coming to Apache Junction USD. I started teaching 4th grade at Gold Canyon Elementary School and then became the Librarian at Peralta Trail Elementary School the year it opened up. I was the Librarian at PTES for 6 years, before returning to GCES as the Title One Specialist. With the closure of Gold Canyon, I moved to Four Peaks Elementary School where I am working with Kindergarten thru 6th grade Title One students.

I have a wonderful husband and three amazing children - two girls and a boy. They keep me hopping! So when I have a moment of free time, you will find me outdoors - running, hiking, swimming or riding my bike!........AND when the chance arises heading to the beach --- my happy spot!!