Elementary School Teacher Earns Doctorate of Education Degree
By: Apache Junction Unified School District
Colleen Lara, reading specialist for Title 1 at Peralta Trail Elementary School recently earned her Doctorate of Education with a specialization in Reading and Literacy from Capella University in May 2020. Due to COVID-19, she will participate in a virtual graduation ceremony this summer, with a physical graduation sometime in 2021.
Ms. Lara is entering her nineteenth year in education, and her third year as a teacher at PTES. She is passionate about her career and the subject she teaches.
"I feel reading is the connection to all subjects, and it exposes one to so many wonderful things," said Ms. Lara. "A quote that I believe strongly about is from Lloyd Alexander, 'Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.'"
Tier 1 and Tier 2 reading are levels that include all students and cover the major concepts of reading through a combination of whole-group and small-group differentiated instruction.
Located in beautiful Gold Canyon, AZ, Peralta Trail Elementary students and staff enjoy year-round desert splendor the moment they set foot on campus. The bobcat is the school's mascot and the Bobcat Pledge, GROWL (grow, respect, overcome, work and lead) helps students and staff stay focused on what's important in school and in life. For more information visit www.ajusd.org or call 480-982-1110.