Degrees and Certifications:
Education: MEd in Educational Leadership & Administration, Principal K-12, Northern Arizona University BA in Elementary Education, Arizona State University Endorsements: Structured English Immersion (ELL) Endorsement Gifted Education Endorsement Awards: 2018-2019 Chaparral Elementary Teacher of the Year 2016-2017 HUSD Points of Pride, Certified Awardee
Welcome! My name is Ms. Semodio and I am so excited to work with you and your family this year. This will be my seventh year as an educator in Higley!
I am very excited to step into the role of Gifted & Talented Specialist for our Cortina family! I am passionate about education and ensuring that all students have every opportunity to grow into the best version of themselves - through hands-on learning, integrating technology and engineering concepts, modeling lessons, interactive experiences, using manipulatives, and utilizing the 4 C's of the 21st century - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
As an educator, I approach teaching as an opportunity to grow exceptional, determined, and passionate learners that continually challenge themselves to go above and beyond what is expected. I hope to instill in students a sense of character, integrity and humility. I am a firm believer that building confidence, realizing and nurturing potential, and having high expectations for all students will create a sense of ownership for learning and growing each student to be confident, incredible world changers.
A little bit about myself: I was born and raised on a tiny island called Guam, U.S.A. which is in the western Pacific Ocean and part of the Mariana Chain of Islands! I moved here in the summer of 2004 and have since been in love with the desert state. I graduated from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) with my undergraduate degree, a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. I recently graduated with my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership & Administration with a Principal K-12 certificate through Northern Arizona University (Go Jacks!). I love hanging out with friends & family and snuggling with my adorable beagle-pitbull, Elle. Some of my favorite pastimes include traveling to different places and countries, trying all sorts of different food, reading novels, and laying by the beach (when I can). I am an avid Sun Devil fan and enjoy cheering on my Alma Mater, especially during football season. I also love hiking the beautiful mountain trails, trying out yoga, and the occasional trip to the bowling alley!
I look forward to getting to know each one of you.
Let's have a fantastic year!
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
- J.K. Rowling