Tori Sdao

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Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary Studies Specialization: Reading Minor: Music CERTIFICATIONS Reading 1-8 Self-Contained 1-8 Gifted and Talented Supplemental ESL

Tori Sdao

I love being a humanities teacher at LPS. Reading and history are two of my favorite things and I get to share my passion for both each and every day! I worked throughout the summer to build a bigger and better classroom library for my students. My goal is for every student I have to leave my class loving reading more than they ever imagined they could. I also get to step back into the art classroom with our 5th and 6th graders this year, which I am very excited about.

I have been a teacher for 16 years, including three years homeschooling my youngest daughter. My experience includes 1st, 4th, and 5th grade, elementary music, K-6th grade art, and 7th grade humanities. After teaching for 8 years in Texas public schools, I stepped away from my career as an elementary teacher and into the role of full time mom. I will always be thankful for the time that I was able to stay home and enjoy my girls, but when the opportunity to go back into the classroom at a Christian school knocked on my door 4 years ago, I knew the time was right to go back. Of course, I never really stopped teaching. I still worked in the Children’s department at my church and have been with my Junior group of girls since they were 4th graders. Being a teacher isn’t just a job for me, it is a calling.

I graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, where my specialization was reading and my minor was music education. My certifications include Reading 1-8, Elementary Self-Contained 1-8, Gifted and Talented Supplemental, and ESL Supplemental.

I grew up near Amarillo and still consider the Panhandle home, but I have enjoyed living in this area for the past 14 years. At home, I have two beautiful daughters. My oldest is a senior at Independence High School.and you will often find me at IHS watching her perform in a play or sing at a concert. My youngest is a 6th grader at LPS. She does not share her sister’s passion for the stage, but I do get to enjoy seeing all the amazing things she designs and builds. What most of us see as trash, she sees as an opportunity to create. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books, watching movies, traveling, and photography.