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Welcome to 2nd grade! My name is Natalie Laskarides and I am excited for my second year teaching at Cortina. I am an Arizona native and have received all my schooling in Arizona. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2003 with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. After a few years of teaching I went back to school for my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. I began my teaching career 15 years ago in the Mesa Public Schools district teaching a 1st/2nd/3rd multiage classroom. From then on, I have taught a mixture of multiage and straight grades in the 1st – 3rd range, but I have always taught second grade as it is my favorite grade. After so many years of teaching in Mesa, I decided to move over to the Higley district last year since it is so much closer to home and I have also heard such wonderful things about this community.When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Steve, and our four pets. We have two dogs and two cats. My tricky last name comes from my husband who is Greek (it can be a bit hard to pronounce so here’s a handy guide on how to say it: Lass – scary – dees). We enjoy spending time with our family and pets, going to the movies, and being outdoors when it isn’t incredibly hot. I also am an experienced baker so my family and friends love to give me challenging baking projects and then of course they get to try the end result. Any other spare time I might have goes to reading books, making something crafty, or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at Cortina this year! I’m excited to see what we can discover, learn, and explore this year in 2nd grade!