Thursday, August 16, 2012

Meet Tonya Phillips

I believe that a student’s creativity and innovation stems from a comfort and confidence in self and a real love of learning.  As I build a relationship with students the learning becomes fun, enjoyable and even exciting for everyone.  My philosophy and approach is to assist others to be problem solvers and critical thinkers.  Writing and reading are particularly important to me and central to my teaching practice.  One of my strongest assets is my ability to relate to individual student needs, identify strengths, and allow exploration of learning with emphasis on personal strengths. I have a Masters Degree In Teaching, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication.  I have three years of teaching experience in a school setting and many more years in project development.  Particular educational interests have been projects in the Arts and Organic Gardening.  I developed an organic gardening project for a local charter school that was funded by Home Depot.  I am inquisitive and problem solving is foremost in my mind. In addition to teaching for several years, I have been an entrepreneur, small business consultant, a gymnast and I coached gymnastics for 12 years. I started my first company at the age of 2I, and built that company to over 3 million dollars in sales within 2.5 years and now understand how dishonesty can bankrupt a company in months.  I know how to make things operate efficiently and can manage almost any situation.  I have refined my teaching practice to consider the whole child and teach real world understanding to students in a way that not only makes sense but also educates at a fundamental level.

Tonya Phillips

Friday, August 10, 2012

Meet Audrey Sanders

Hi! My name is Audrey Sanders, and I am excited to be a part of the wonderful 4th grade team here at Fox Hollow for a second year! I love to travel! I had the amazing opportunity to dance while attending BYU and I have explored incredible parts of the world. It’s a secret ambition of mine to take a cruise around the world. ☺ I love to read, run, swim, dance, participate in any water activities, and I am a HUGE chocolate enthusiast. I love to eat great food, and I think I would survive happily on chips and salsa for the rest of my life. ☺ I was born and raised in Southern California with my 9 brothers and sisters, but I have lived in Utah for the past ten years. I have learned to love 3 seasons of Utah, and Winter and I are still trying to get along. ☺ I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a young girl, and it has been the best experience of my life thus far. I love 4th grade, I have loved all my students, and I am passionate about teaching, learning, and being the best role model that I can possibly be. I look forward to meeting you and your students! I am certain it will be another amazing year!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meet Jan Brown

Hello Fox Hollow Community,

My name is Jan Brown and I love being a part of the Fox Hollow team.   This will be my 5th year teaching.  I have always taught 4th grade and love the curriculum.  My favorite subjects to teach are math and science.

I love to travel and explore new places.  I grew up in northern British Columbia, Canada but I have been in the United States since high school.  I have lived in several different States and have enjoyed each one.   I also enjoy  hiking and outdoor adventure.

 I look forward to starting a new year and the adventures that it will bring.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet Samantha Webster

Hi! My name is Samantha Webster. 
I am a lover of all things chocolate and could probably live off of chocolate pudding for the rest of my life. I love teaching and have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I love my family and try my best to spend as much time as I can with them. I am a New Yorker, born and raised. I moved to Utah for college and graduated from Brigham Young University. I taught one year at Riverside Elementary in West Jordan, and one year at Fox Hollow. This will be my 2nd year at Fox Hollow and my 3rd year in fourth grade. 
I have LOVED teaching fourth grade and look forward to another year in my favorite grade. We have an incredible fourth grade team; together we rotate for math, science, and social studies giving all of our fourth graders a well-rounded experience. We love to collaborate and work together to find the best ways to help our students.
I am passionate about education and believe it truly makes the difference in the lives of our students.
I look forward to getting to know you better this year!!