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    Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year at Higley Traditional Academy!

    I am very excited to begin our new school year together!  Our classroom is a safe and fun learning environment where we can get excited about learning and create memories. I look forward to teaching our 2nd and 3rd grade students this year, and to working with parents and families to help each student progress to their fullest potential.   Together, we can create great learners.

    About Ms. Patty

    I have been working in education for the past 11 years and I am very excited to start my first year as a Special Education Teacher at Higley Traditional Academy!  I am a graduate of Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA and hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech and Language Pathology.  During my career, I have worked in retail, specialty advertising, accounting, care-giving and education. 

    My husband, Michael and I moved from our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA to Gold Canyon, AZ to join our son Mike here in the “Valley of The Sun”.  We have enjoyed 19 years of sunshine and now live in Mesa, AZ.  Five years ago, our daughter, Michelle and her family moved to Gilbert, AZ.  Our grandson, Nicholas has been a Higley Hawk since kindergarten and is now a fifth-grade student at HTA.  I cherish every moment of time I spend with my family and love calling Arizona my home.  Boating, fishing, hiking and traveling in our motorhome are a few of the things I love to do in my spare time.  I also enjoy watching football and I will remain a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan forever!

    I look forward to getting to know each of you as we work together to make this a great year.  Please reach out – I would enjoy hearing from you!

    Contact Information:

    Phone: 480-279-6800

    Email: Patricia.Nicholson@husd.org

    Office Hours (email): 7:35am-3:35pm