Academy of Tucson Schools

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Getting to Know Us: Academy of Tucson Teacher Spotlight

Growing up in Tucson, in a family of teachers, Academy of Tucson Kindergarten teacher Julie Newsham realized a career in education was pretty much inevitable. Mrs. Newsham, a beloved, five-year member of our elementary faculty, earned a 4.0 for her master’s in education degree from NAU! And after 17 years shoveling Flagstaff snow, she was ready to return home to Tucson. Before she was an Academy of Tucson teacher, Mrs. Newsham was an Academy of Tucson parent. Her two daughters attend the school, in fifth and sixth grades now.

Mrs. Newsham wanted to teach at Academy of Tucson for the same reasons that drew her to the school as a parent; she feels very fortunate to have found a small, close-knit community school where excellence in education and character development are emphasized and supported by parents and teachers alike.

Growing up, Mrs. Newsham attended nearby schools and was active in 4H, school band, and choir. In her role as kindergarten teacher at the Academy of Tucson, Mrs. Newsham focuses on supporting the whole child and introducing her students to a unique and diverse curriculum, fostering a lifelong love of learning. Academy of Tucson Elementary School joins Mrs. Newsham on this mission by creating a school community full of opportunities. Kindergarteners join all the Academy of Tucson Elementary School students at fun events inside the classroom and out. A sampling of these include: Grandparent’s Breakfast, Kind Kids, Science Fun Fest, book fairs and school carnivals.

Since 1986, Academy of Tucson public charter schools partner rigorous, traditional curriculum in smaller and more innovative classrooms, ensuring an individualized education for every student. Academy of Tucson’s public charter school district comprises three schools – an elementary, middle and high school and regularly receives an “A” average rating from the state of Arizona. Academy of Tucson is very proud of its 100% graduation rate!

What People Are Saying

"As a parent, I know at Academy of Tucson, my daughter will receive challenging instruction in a caring, loving environment, enrich her life with opportunities and help her become a responsible individual. As a teacher at Academy, it is my job to assure the parents of my students that their children will experience the same type of education. I feel so fortunate in so many ways, to have discovered such a special place.” - Mrs. Hill, 4th grade teacher

“Academy of Tucson has been a great school, very caring and attentive to my child’s needs. My child always comes home with a smile on his face. I am so thankful to have found a school with such a great and fun staff, admin to teachers. - Mr. Ishikawa, parent

“The staff are really nice. I like that we have specials because they are really fun and not all schools have them... I think AOT is the best school for my family.” - Emma & Amy, current students
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