Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Persitz is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Alma College, in Michigan. She is a certified Arizona Master Teacher through the AZK12 Center and has been trained in Thinking Maps, and is a trainer in Kagan, PCM, Close Reading, and Socratic Seminars.
Ms. Katherine Persitz
She has been teaching since 2010 and has taught all grades 9-12. Ms. Persitz is the adviser for the National Honor Society and Powder Puff Football and she has also been a grade-level Team Lead. Ms. Persitz served on the district’s Certified Staff Advisory Committee and she is an active member of the Teacher Leadership Committee. Ms. Persitz has won the “Best of the Best” district award for Teacher of the Year and the “Educator of the Year” award from the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce. She is the Production & Publication team lead, as Newspaper and Yearbook are part of the English Department. Her years as Newspaper Editor at her collegiate publication are an invaluable source of knowledge and inspiration for students.