Tonya Harris

Tonya Harris

Kinderversity Teacher

My Bio

This is my third year teaching Kinderversity at San Tan Charter School and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I love having the kids think “out of the box” and that learning is FUN! Since my background is secondary education, I incorporate a lot of higher-level curriculum to challenge my students, especially in Reading, Science, and Social Studies. Every week is a new adventure whether we’re learning about Robotics and Coding, or about Ethiopian culture and traditions.

My background has always been centered around children of all ages. I believe that every child is precious and a gift. Bringing out the special qualities of each child, appreciating them, and giving them the tools and the confidence they need to succeed is my passion in life.

In 1998, I was a Family Teacher at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. There, I lived with and raised a total of over sixty teenage boys who came from severely abandoned, abused, and neglected backgrounds. After working at Boys Town, I co-founded a non-profit organization in San Marcos, California, helping to house children who could not live in the foster care system.

I was blessed to be able to spend 16 years as a stay-at-home Mom for my 11 children. I home schooled my youngest 3 children for preschool and absolutely loved it. Since then, I have worked at my church Preschool and Daycare, as well as a Guest Teacher at San Tan Charter School.

If you’re around campus and you see someone dressed in a lab coat with a wild rainbow wig on, rest assure it’s me!

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin


Birthday: June 11

--- My Favorite Things ---

Color(s): Purple

Flower(s): Roses

Healthy Snack(s): Cucumbers

“Junk Food” Treat(s): Chips

Drink(s): Coke Zero, Starbucks

Scent(s)/Essential Oil(s): Orange Blossom, Four Thieves, Sandalwood, Lavender

Game(s): Pictionary

Sit-Down Restaurant(s): Oreganos, Nando’s, RigaTony’s

Fast Food Restaurant(s): In-n-out; Jersey Mike’s subs

Place(s) to Receive a Gift Card: Amazon

Most used school/office supply: Sharpies, Sticky Notes

What I would really like is: I love Bath and Body Works Lotions! I wash my hands so much that lotion is like gold.

Heroes: My family

Hobbies: Hanging out with my kids, dancing, listening to music, drawing