Photo: Mrs. Keyles, husband, son and father-in-law
Name: Elizabeth Keyles
Subjects/Classes Taught: Intermediate ELL Language Arts, Intermediate ELL Writing & Grammar, Basic ELL Writing & Grammar
Degrees: B.A. in English Education from Fort Lewis College and M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an ELL Concentration from Arizona State University
Hello students and parents/guardians,
As a teacher, my main focus is on having a working relationship with my students and parents/guardians. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns about assignments, grades, attendance, etc. I believe that each student will be successful when we work together.
I can best be reached by email or in my classroom, at ext. 64327, during the times of 7:00 am -7:30 am, 9:20 am - 10:00 am and 2:30 - 3:00 pm. Please email or call to speak with me or to set up a conference.
To share a bit about myself, I am from Miami, Florida. At the age of 24, I moved to Durango, Colorado, where I lived for 2 & 1/2 years and completed my bachelor's degree at Fort Lewis College. It didn't take me long to realize the cold weather wasn't for me, though, so I decided to make Phoenix my home. I met my husband, Barry (originally from Connecticut), soon after moving to Phoenix and we were married in July of 2004. We have one amazing child, a five year-old son named Cainan.
This is my eleventh year teaching at Cesar Chavez High School. My first two years, I taught freshman English, while I completed my master's degree and ELL endorsement. My dream was always to be an ELL teacher, and this is my eighth year doing so. My great interest in working with immigrants stems from several factors. First, growing up in a multicultural city, I had the opportunity to form close bonds with people from Latin American countries, as well as the Caribbean islands. My first student teaching experience was in an ELL classroom of mostly Cuban seniors who were studying for their citizenship exam. A second factor contributing to my desire to work with people of various nationalities is my experiences at summer camp as a child and teenager. I had the fortune to attend a camp consisting of campers from around the globe and even spent two summers in Europe--Spain and Switzerland. The final factor contributing to my desire to work with immigrants is the knowledge that I am the great-granddaughter of Russian immigrants. As a child, I heard the Yiddish language spoken by my family and heard stories of life in New York City during the Depression. These experiences have driven my desire to teach English language learners, helping them to be functional, successful adults in the U.S.
Once again, feel free to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you.