August 02, 2015
I am an educator that has been a student and a teacher in several other schools and districts. I have two children that have attended their entire elementary career at Southridge. I have worked on the campus for five years. I was a substitute and an aide for a couple of years. Then, when my kids were both in school, I went back into full time teaching and have taught 1st grade for three years. My son is in the dual language program, and my daughter is going into 5th grade. I work with some extremely dedicated and talented teachers. I have had a good experience with many parents and have taught many sibling groups. Some families do move in and out quickly, due to some of the housing that is temporary in our zone. This can be a challenge, but it keeps us on our toes and gives us an opportunity to work with all kinds of students. We are able to try new strategies daily to engage our students and help them meet academic, social, and emotional goals. The students and families, that have been able to stay at Southridge for longer periods of time, have built great relationships with the staff and other parents. The PTA is AMAZING and has continued growing in the last few years with great leadership and organization. Southridge has been a great place for me to restart my career after staying home for 8 years. I am challenged as a teacher, and my children are challenged as students. We have many enriching and fun opportunities here! The "specials" (Computer, Library, Art, Music, P.E., Art) classes are top notch. Some of our other favorites have been the Chess Club, Music Club, STEM Club, Computer Club, Talent Show, Family Bingo Nights, Skating Parties, and the Watch Dog Dad Program. The administration works hard to maintain high expectations of the staff and students. The more involved you become, the happier you will be with your experience here.
- submitted by a teacher