Hello! My name is Mary Axelrod and I would like to warmly welcome your child and family to Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School, home of the Coyotes. I am passionate about teaching and look forward to the opportunity to work with your child and family this school year.
As a reading coach, I am very fortunate to work with all grade levels to meet the literacy needs of our students. My passion has always been working with children to ignite a love for reading. I want to provide children with the tools to become proficient readers and I enjoy collaborating with teachers to prepare our students for success in reading with instructional efforts that focus on differentiated instruction and our College and Career Ready Standards.
I am a native Arizonan. I grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona and later transferred to Arizona State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Since I am a life-long learner, I went on to receive my Early Childhood Endorsement, K-12 Reading Endorsement, and Structured English Language Endorsement. I have taught pre-kindergarten, first grade and physical education. This is my 16th year teaching and my second year at Carol Rae Ranch. I have always been passionate about teaching reading and I am thrilled to be at a wonderful school with great families and colleagues.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors. I enjoy running, cycling, traveling. and reading. I have been married to my husband, Brian, for fifteen years and we have two beautiful children, Ella and Josh.
I am excited to be your reading coach this year and I am looking forward to working together to make it a GREAT year!