My name is Lidia Pizano, and I came to the United Stated in 1991. Almost immediately, I decided to apply for college. I was accepted to Arizona Western College to study English as a Second Language. In time, I transferred to Northern Arizona University and obtained my Master Degree in Education in 2005. In 2009, I was inspired to return to Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff to pursue my Master of Education Special Education-Severe/Profound. Throughout my journey in education, I have had have the opportunity to learn how to help children with special needs.
In 2005, I taught kindergarten at Valle del Encanto-Somerton having typical students and students with special needs. During the time, I was also providing support to students in an after-school program. During 2009, I had the opportunity to work at the Saguaro Foundation by providing early intervention to children with special needs. A shift came in 2011, as I started working with students of special needs from 5th grade to 6th grade. In 2012, I transitioned to Life Skills classroom with students of various disabilities. I had the opportunity to work for FABAS in 2013, providing intervention support to autistic children/families. It was a rewarding position helping the children function at home while developing new skills in order to participate in community functions. Since 2017, I have been working in the extended resource classroom serving students of various ages and abilities. I am honored to be a team member of the Desert View Elementary School - GESD #32 since 2011.
I am looking forward to helping the team at Moon’s Bridge in developing strong partnerships with teachers / staff. With continued support of the team, I continue to pursue my goal helping teachers across the border develop strong skills in order to give back to the children they teach each day. It has been rewarding to participate in many trainings while translating English to Spanish for teachers from San Luis Rio Colorado Sonora, Mexico. My role as the Teacher Ambassador with allow me to reach out and mentor teachers starting out and/or transitioning in their careers