My name is Ms. Semodio and I am the Gifted & Talented Education (GATE) Specialist for our Cortina family! This will be my eighth year as an educator in Higley. I graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Additionally, I also have my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Administration through Northern Arizona University. I am passionate about education and ensuring that all students have every opportunity to grow into the best version of themselves.
On a personal note, I was born and raised on a tiny island called Guam, U.S.A. I moved here in the summer of 2004 and have since been in love with the desert state! I love hanging out with friends & family and snuggling with my adorable dog, Elle. I am an avid Sun Devil fan and enjoy cheering on my Alma Mater, especially during football season. Some of my favorite activities include traveling to different countries, trying new types of food, reading novels, and laying by the beach!
Awards: Teacher of the Year (CHP) 2018-2019, HUSD Points of Pride Award 2016-2017 Endorsements/Certificates: Gifted Education Endorsement, Structured English Immersion (ELL) Endorsement, Principal K-12 Certificate (AZ)