Mrs. Bunker is a friendly and approachable teacher who welcomes students into her room at lunchtime, just to hang out or rest. Although this is her first year at Arcadia, she has several years of experience under her belt. Prior to teaching at Arcadia, Mrs. Bunker taught for five years at St. Mary’s. She taught Algebra I and II, Trig, and College Algebra. Her education includes:
In addition to her teaching credentials, Mrs. Bunker posseses extensive experience in coaching volleyball. After coaching St. Mary’s volleyball team for five years, she coached at ASU (indoor as well as beach) for three years. When she and her husband had a baby, she decided to return to the classroom, teaching math. What a major coup for Arcadia!... a much needed math teacher AND a Varsity Volleyball Coach! This year, Arcadia’s team had the best year in the past four years. They went to state and ended up in the top eight! She said she is impressed with this group of girls because they are committed to the team: accepting roles for the good of the team rather than individual goals.
It’s clear Mrs. Bunker believes there is a lot of cross-over between teaching and coaching. To excel, students (and athletes) need to have a growth mind-set: if you work hard enough, you can learn how to do something that’s challenging. She also explains that students can do well in school when they know their teacher genuinely cares about them, regardless of the performance on a particular assignment; when teachers have the same empathy and care whether the student is an A student or a struggling student.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING
Meeting all the wonderful students and staff. I love the community aspect of Arcadia.
DOG OR CAT PERSON?
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING
Coach volleyball and spend time with my family
A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY
My husband, Mark, coaches the Men's Basketball team at Scottsdale Community College. We have a new baby girl named Claire and we also have two Dobermans, Kobe and Hera.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. BUNKER:
I'm allergic to gluten
Submitted by Amanda McCauley Spring 2017
A round of applause, please, for these five outstanding Arcadia math teachers! Each spring, Calculus teachers from Arcadia, Desert Mountain, Saguaro, and Coronado take about 200 students to Prescott to review the entire year of Calculus lessons. In fact, retired calculus teachers as well as teachers from other schools join the team – all to benefit the students! They leave 7 am Friday morning, and stay through late afternoon on Sunday (with no extra compensation for the weekend!)
All AB and BC Calc students are invited to attend this review weekend. It was started in 1985, by an Arcadia teacher, Mrs. Stone—she's retired now, but she still goes to the camp! These teachers are clearly over-the-top passionate about math! Mrs. Patterson has been attending the camp for 18 years, Mrs. Dukelow for 11 years, and Miss Vitale and Mr. Chang enthusiastically volunteered for the first time this year!
Collaboration and Tutors
Make no mistake: this “camp” is no picnic! It is hard-core studying with other serious students, culminating with a 3.5 hr AP Calc test on Sunday. The camp gives students a chance to do what they’d never do at home: spend concentrated time reviewing concepts from the entire year, collaborating with and helping peers while having access to a teacher who can help when stuck.
However, there are several scheduled breaks, GREAT food, and lots of time to relax in the evenings. On the other hand, students who want a little more help can take advantage of the optional evening tutor hours... until 10pm.
Insight from a Test Grader
Students are coached on test-taking skills from someone who actually grades AP exams! They are shown examples of test problems and how the grader would award full, partial, or zero points. Invaluable information! This camp potentially helps students earn a higher score on their AP exam which is usually a couple weeks after the camp.
Study Breaks and Fun Activities
After intense study sessions, students are given 'down' time to hang out, play basketball, volleyball, ping pong, pool, or make S'mores at the campfire. It ends up being somewhat magical where students integrate, accept one another, and recognize that they all have something in common: a love or talent for math. AND-- the camp is in the cool pines of Prescott, so chatting, playing frisbee or playing football outside is cool and comfortable.
Passion. If you engage in a conversation with Mrs. Mayorga about education, you will discover she possesses exceptional passion for teaching! She has been teaching high school English for 13 years, all at Arcadia. Currently, she teaches AP Language and AP Literature. Her educational background includes:
For the last six years, Mrs. Mayorga has served as the English Department Chair. She is honored to have the opportunity to be a middleman, sharing classroom teachers’ insights with decision makers at district-level discussions and likewise, bringing accurate and topical information back to her co-workers.
In 2014, Mrs. Mayorga was recognized by the Scottsdale Charros. She was selected as a High School Outstanding Teacher of the Year and she was also awarded a Master’s in Education Fellowship!
Mrs. Mayorga is very committed to Arcadia and its students. She has served on the Site Improvement Team for 12 years, and for the past six years, she has been an advisor for Arcadia’s National Honor Society. She describes NHS as an outstanding group of students who do amazing things for the Arcadia community. NHS is driven by students who make a wonderful difference in other people’s lives.
Mrs. Mayorga’s large German family grew up on a 250 acre farm in Caledonia, Minnesota. As kids, she and her five siblings would run out and play in the fields and the woods all day long... until her parents would call them in for meals. That was her playground!
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING
Travel! Our family will purposefully take road trips which allow spontaneity- like when we figured out we were on the Forest Gump Road in Utah and we jumped out to take pictures. J
WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD:
Being mom of three great kids (my daughter is a senior at Arcadia and I have two children at Hopi). I’m also proud to be a public school teacher- I feel public school teachers are held to a higher standard. I think we are accomplishing great things despite our challenges.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. MAYORGA:
The first time I went to France, I accidentally ended up at François Mitterrand’s funeral. I was photographed at the funeral by their press and ended up in France’s version of USA Today. *My 15 seconds of fame.
Submitted by Amanda McCauley Spring 2017
Arcadia High School Annual Auction
Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 6 pm
Arizona Country Club
WHERE DO AUCTION PROFITS GO?
Are you curious about how the auction proceeds are spent? Here's a list of some of the things that the PTO has contributed funds to in the past two years to support our teachers and staff:
Without commitments from businesses and families, the PTO couldn’t provide this valuable support. Thank you!
Silent Auction Donation Invitation
February 1, 2017
At Arcadia High School we are able to successfully prepare students for their futures through funds provided by the school district, combined with our own fundraising efforts. We believe that learning is a continuous process that involves the entire community. We cannot excel without community support. If you have helped through donations or sponsorships in the past, we greatly appreciate it and hope to be able to count on your support again. If you are new to our community, we welcome you and hope that you will join us in our efforts to keep Arcadia High School functioning at the highest level possible.
We will be holding our Arcadia March Madness Auction on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Arizona Country Club. The AHS PTO organizes this event and proceeds are used for essential programs and services that aren’t covered by district funding. On the back of this letter, you will find a list of just some of the things we’ve been able to provide in the past two years, largely due to the money raised through the auction. It really is remarkable what we, as a community, can accomplish together.
We hope that you can help support this important cause through a donation of a product, service, gift certificate or financial sponsorship. All donations are tax deductible. Please retain a copy of the donation form attached for your records. Federal Tax ID #86-0622264.
On behalf of the students, parents, and faculty of Arcadia High School, thank you for your time and consideration.
Arcadia High School PTO Auction Committee
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