Welcome to Third Grade!Hello! My name is Vanessa Blades and I am honored to be your child’s third grade teacher for the 2018-19 school year! I absolutely LOVE this age! This will be my second year at Centennial and I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Cardinal family! Third grade is a huge year of growth for students and will be filled with lots of learning, hard work, and most of all, FUN!A little bit about me: I am an Arizona native and was born and raised right here in Gilbert! I love being able to call this incredible community my home. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education. Teaching is my passion and what I was born to do! When I am not in my classroom, my hobbies include spending time with my family, reading, drinking coffee, and shopping at Target!I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students and their families this school year! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.