Mrs. Kimberly Paffenbarger


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Welcome to First Grade! I am so excited to be your first grade teacher this year! Our classroom is a place where all students are in charge of their own learning! They will be part of a safe and positive learning environment and will be active members of our classroom community. Students will also grapple with real world problems, develop communication skills, and be advocates for their learning.

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona but grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. I recently got married to my best friend. I also have 5 siblings! This will be my sixth year teaching at HTA! I graduated from Mary Lou Fulton's Teachers College at ASU in 2018. I also student taught for a full year in the Higley Unified School District at Bridges Elementary. I have a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and an Associates Degree in Elementary Education as well.

My teaching style is a workshop model, where students will engage in small group learning but will also be given the amount of direct instruction needed at a traditional academy. My favorite beverage is sweet tea and I love anything chocolate! I cannot wait for this school year and I am so happy to be apart of the HTA family for another year! This year is going to be loads of fun and hard work!