Third through Fifth Grade

vicHello, I’m Vicki Marvick. I began my career as a teacher at Ash Creek in 2006.  At first, I was a full-time special education teacher; currently I teach Math, Science, and Health to grades Three through Eight, and have a Third through Fifth Grade homeroom.  I still handle the special education needs of the school, but we now educate special education students in the regular classroom.

My husband and I moved to this area from Tucson in 1990.  Our three daughters, Shannon, Anna, and Gwen, all graduated from Ash Creek School.  Shannon is a writer (and writes curriculum for teachers), Anna is an artist, and Gwen is attending New Mexico State University. I love to spend time with my husband, children, and friends. I also enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, drawing, and sewing.

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, as well as teaching certification in Special Education and Elementary Education.  I came to elementary education late in life, after careers in obstetrical nursing and environmental education, and feel that I have found my calling.

Teaching is a joyful experience for me.  I love learning from my experiences with students, and look forward to going to work each day. I see my job as guiding students to develop the skills to express themselves powerfully in the world. This means that they need to be able to read deeply and critically, write well, speak clearly, be fluent in the language of mathematics, express themselves through imagery, music, and movement, think analytically, work well with other people–and create using all these tools. The arts integration program that we began in 2008 has given me new insights into learning and teaching. I have seen my students go beyond the limits of what they thought they could accomplish. They inspire me! I have seen how arts experiences can change how students feel about themselves and about learning. I have realized that all professions involve creativity, and that students who can create will be empowered in whatever profession they choose.

At Ash Creek School, we get to know our students and work with our students in a way that is not possible in a larger school. There is a rare and precious respect for each other and a respect for students among our staff. As we begin our ninth year of arts integration, I’m excited to see our students will learn, grow, and create!