Hello, my name is Bruce Ettleson. By way of introduction, I am thrilled to be a member of the Ash Creek staff. I am a Traditionalist; I believe that the purpose of education is to transmit and instill American ethical and moral values in the student, prepare the student with the skills necessary to acquire gainful employment, and to develop the student’s aptitude and thinking abilities aimed at making informed choices and decisions.
My early years were spent in the Chicago area. I attended College at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in both English and philosophy. Later, I attended Grand Canyon College in Phoenix where I obtained teacher certification. I also attended Arizona State University, in the mid- 1980’s, at a graduate level in Special Education. I currently hold a Standard Elementary and Standard Secondary certification, with an endorsement in English and sheltered English Immersion, with the Arizona Department of Education.
My work history is varied. I have worked in Business as an assistant store manager, in Construction, for the Arizona Department of Economic Security as a Respite provider and peer parent, and many years in education. During the last thirteen years in Cochise County, I worked at Vision Quest in the capacity of Wagon Train teacher. I worked three years at P.P.E.C. Tec High School, in Willcox, teaching Science and Language Arts, Five years with the Center for Academic Success, in Douglas, instructing Language Arts for Middle Schoolers, and most recently, Substitute teaching in the Douglas and Bisbee School Districts.
In conclusion, it has been said; that America’s most valuable natural resource is children; I am convinced that this is a truth. I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy interacting with children. Certainly, children are our future and education is one of the keys to a satisfying life. It is my pleasure to work with the administration, staff, and students of Ash Creek Elementary School.