Preschool through Second Grade

Kinder Startup Information

Hello Parents,

My name is Ms. Yvette Armstrong. I am the kindergarten-2nd grade teacher at Ash Creek Elementary School. I am excited to be working here with such a fantastic staff and teaching such amazing students.

This is my fifth year at Ash Creek, but my 24th year of teaching. I have taught grades from kindergarten through 8th grade, and college level. I love the primary grades the best. I hold a B.A. in Psychology, a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education, and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education.

I am a single mom of an amazing 16 year old son named John who is in high school as a sophomore this year. I am excited to announce that on July 2nd I got engaged to a phenomenal man named Adam and we will be getting married on March 10th of 2023. I have 3 dogs named Blue Berry, Harleigh Quin, Tigger Pigwigeon and 2 cats named Ember Sun and Fredrick Groot. My son has 3 cats’ names Ash Theodore, Copper Simon, and Damien Alvin (yes they act like the 3 chipmunks.) We have lived in Cochise County for the past five years. Before we moved to the Cochise County area, we lived in Pinal County.  

I love teaching the younger students. I use art, crafts, movement, songs, games, and hands on learning material, short educational videos, and play to teach each required standard. Every child learns differently, so I try to hit as many types of learning styles as possible. Some might think that we are just playing, and we are, but we are also learning. I want the students in my classroom to feel welcomed, safe, and wanted. I want them to love learning just as much as I love teaching. When learning is fun, it makes the day go by quickly and the brain retain more knowledge.

I will be honest with you. I push my students to learn as much as they can. I don’t let them just sit around and take it easy. I challenge them. If they have learned the standards for their grade level, then we will move on to the next grade levels standards. But understand, I will NOT leave any child behind. I know that each child learns differently and at different speeds. I will challenge your child at their level.

Communication is a must between parents and myself. Please feel free to contact me at  I will do my best to get back to you in a timely manner. Each week you will receive a newsletter from me about what your child is learning, important information and important dates to remember. You will also receive a weekly behavior report on how your child is doing in class behavior wise.

If you have chosen for your child to attend Ash Creek Elementary School, then congratulations for making a great choice in schools. I look forward to working with you and your child. We are going to have so much fun!!!


Ms. Yvette Armstrong

Hello Parents,

My name is Ms. Josie Abarca. I started working at Ash Creek in 2022.  I am excited to be working with these great kids and the staff we have here.

I was born and raised on a dairy in New Mexico.  I have 2 sisters, 1 brother, 13 nieces and nephews, and 2 great nephews.  I moved to Willcox about 5 years ago with my family.  In my spare time I like to take pictures, plant a garden, and spend time with my family.

I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, so I decided to finish up my teaching certificate to become a teacher.  I used to work at a daycare/preschool and I used to have my own daycare/preschool.  I like teaching younger kids new ways of learning.  I like to teach all subjects, from art to science.  My favorite subject is art.

I’m the type of teacher who will help your children in any way I can to learn and to succeed in school.  I feel that communication between myself and parents is a must.  Please feel free to contact me at any time at


Ms. Josie Abarca