• Your Professional Development Specialist: Susan Soto

    BA Spanish, University of Kansas

    BA Political Science, University of Kansas

    BA Secondary Education, Wichita State University

    MEd Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix

    Working at South is exciting as I get to work with amazing people. I interact with the entire staff, incorporating strategies that increase student achievement. Together we implement interventions that improve student learning as well as follow the Kids at Hope Framework that impacts the lives of our students and colleagues. Professional Development is rewarding for everyone: certified, classified, administrative and the students!
    I previously taught Spanish at Cesar Chavez High School for 17 years, and served as Senior Portfolio Show Creator/Coordinator, School Improvement Chairperson, Instructional Leader, PLC Leader, worked with Elevate Phoenix and the Peer Leadership Program, and worked in professional development. I was the Cesar Chavez High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and 2011, and nominated for the Arizona Teacher of the Year in 2007 and 2009.
    In 2017 we started the Senior Portfolio and Senior Portfolio Show here at South Mountain High School. South Mountain High School joined CCHS to celebrate the "South Phoenix High Schools Senior Portfolio Show" on May 3, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Now both schools celebrate their individual Portfolio Shows on their own campuses. All seniors continue to showcase their amazing abilities!  Senior English Teachers at both campuses are in charge of all coordinating efforts.