Phone: 208-350-4020 ext.1106
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Education Literacy Endorsement 2018-2019 DSE Teacher of the Year
Hello! My name is Ariel West and this will be my fifth year teaching. I am excited to be part of the "pack" at Desert Sage and am eager to get to know your child. I graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. I also have an endorsement (focused area) in literacy. I was awarded Teacher of the Year at Desert Sage last year for my dedication to my students and school.
I love first grade because of the huge growth that occurs from our first day of school to the last day school. There is so much to learn and experience in first grade, I can't wait to get started! Your child will experience reading, math, writing, grammar, science, social studies, and some art this year. We will be focusing even more on our school's Learner Powers: Persevere, Curious, Self-Manage, Collaborate, and Reflect. We will use these Learner Powers everyday in our lessons, in the lunch room, and even at recess time. These Learner Powers, along with a growth mindset, will help create a student who is in charge of their learning and who realizes that mistakes happen (they are a part of the learning process).
A little about my family:
My husband and I will be celebrating our 11th anniversary this September. We both grew up in Idaho City and attended elementary through high school there. We have two daughters. Our oldest will be starting second grade at DSE this year and our youngest is almost a two and a half years old.
We love getting outside and staying active. We also love staying inside and playing board games. I am an avid reader and am always reading a book (or two). In my spare time, I also love to bake, go for a run, and playing with my daughters.