• Educational Background

    BA          Arizona State University
                    English Literature
                       Highly Qualified
    Cert.       Rio Salado College
                Secondary Education (7th - 12th Grades) 
                       Language Arts Certification
    Welcome to 8th grade Language Arts at Sossaman Middle School. This is my second year teaching, and I am so thrilled to continue my journey at Sossaman! We have a very engaging and challenging 2017-2018 school year in store for us!

    I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, and am proud to call it home. I received my Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University, and am currently enrolled at Rio Salado College pursuing a certification in Secondary Education. Being a full time student while teaching Middle School certainly gives me an insight into balancing school work, as well as activities off campus. I am also the 8th grade softball coach at Sossaman, which has been so enjoyable. I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember. I played basketball and softball at Mesa High School, and I strongly encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities in any field. It certainly builds a strong foundation for responsibility and discipline. 

    I was married to my wonderful husband in October of 2015, and I try to spend every moment I can with him outside of school. We enjoy going camping, exercising, and watching and playing sports as often as time permits. Personally, I enjoy reading any book I can get my hands on. Period pieces are my absolute favorite novels to read.   

    I am so excited to embark on this journey as a new teacher, especially at such a wonderful school. I believe strongly in making learning enjoyable for students, while still focusing on standards that will help them in their futures. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to teach your child, and I realize what an incredible responsibility that is. I hope to be able to build their creativity, knowledge, and love for language arts. 

    I will do my absolute best to keep you informed on your child's progress by updating ParentVue weekly. I am always available through email, and try my best to respond the same day. Edmodo is our best resource to communicate regarding our curriculum, assignments, and anything else we are covering in class. I will post assignments and activities done in class each day to keep both students and parents informed.

    If you have additional questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at: ashlyn.leyba@husd.org

    I look forward to a wonderful school year!
    Go Spartans!