Dear Parents and Community,
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I hope you had a restful and relaxing break. Over the
summer, I had the opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year and to anticipate what
lies ahead. I must say that I am very excited about the upcoming year!
At the beginning of every year, Principal’s and teachers, just like students, are excited
for the first day of school and have their own set of butterflies. We want the year to go “just
right”! We start the New Year with a set of goals that usually have something to do with self-
improvement. I hope as we "ring in" the new school year that you will join me in setting some
goals to improve student learning. Our expectations for our students at Wildfire are always
increasing. Great schools can never afford to rest on our laurels and not continue to strive for
Great schools also have great staffs. We have hired amazing teachers this year! At
Kindergarten, Cortney Field joins us from Alhambra District and a private traditional school where
she has 6 years of teaching experience. She lives in our community and has a Wildfire fifth
grader and her little one attending our preschool. In first grade, Abbe Laverty is an experienced
Master level teacher from the Imagine schools. In second grade, Tasa Day transferred to us
from Indian Bend with 7 years of experience. In third grade, Andrea Keegan comes to us from
Sunset Canyon with 11 years of experience and a new baby girl born at the beginning of July.
Congratulations Andrea! You will meet her at Ice Cream social and then she will start her
Maternity Leave. Peggy Miller will be filling in for the first part of the year. Kristen Schlinglof
joins us from Gilbert Public Schools at fifth grade with 10 years of experience. Lastly, Jennifer
Forschino will join Patty Hamm in our second preschool classroom.
In the office, please welcome Cheryl Reed, our new Records Secretary. As well, you may see
our new custodian around campus; please welcome Mary Ottis.
Once again, Welcome Back! Thank you for choosing to be a part of Wildfire Elementary School in