Future Titan Night 2015 was a HUGE success with over 105 Future Titans participating! That's a RECORD !
We'd like to thank Varsity & JV Spiritline, Sonya Kim, Amanda Vicha, Danielle Miller, Jolene Corey, Allison Newlen and countless other parent volunteers for your part in an amazing evening!
Mrs. Kim has a great sense of humor, but takes her job as Guidance Counselor very seriously. She has been a Guidance Counselor at Arcadia for eight years! Prior to joining Arcadia’s staff, she taught ESL at Coronado High School, Navajo Elementary School, and Tonalea Elementary School for a total of eight years. She also worked two years as a Guidance Counselor at Coronado High School.
In addition to being a teacher and counselor, Mrs. Kim has been very busy on campus. She served on Arcadia’s Climate Committee and has been Arcadia’s Spirit-line Sponsor for seven years. While at Coronado, she was the JV Cheer Coach as well as the sponsor for the Unitown Club and the Doncers, a Mexican Folklorico dance group. She was recognized for her passion for teaching when she was awarded Outstanding First Year Teacher at Coronado.
When working with students, Mrs. Kim not only draws from her education and work experience, but also from her own experience as a high school exchange student in Denmark, a semester of college in Denmark, and a year in Brazil where she taught English.
Mrs. Kim’s Educational background includes:
Mrs. Kim was born in New York and when eight years old, moved to Arizona. She and her husband, Rick Dwyer, both graduated from Arcadia high school, but they did not know each other while at Arcadia. Mr. Dwyer, Arcadia’s school psychologist, graduated in 1986. They have three children: Mia, an 8th grader at Ingleside; Jackson, a 6th grader at Ingleside; and Tessa, a 2nd grader at Kiva. They also have two dogs: Kenzie & Milo (Milo is a Bodznick dog!)
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING I love to be crafty, spend time with my family and friends and be alone (doesn’t happen too often)
WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF? I am proud of my career and my family.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. KIM: I’ve lived in Korea (I’m half Korean), Denmark, and Brazil. I learned all three languages, but the only foreign language I can speak decently now is Spanish. LOL!
Submitted Fall 2015
Arcadia Alumnus, Jody Farley-Berens (Class of 1995), Nominated for CNN Hero of the Year!!!
Jody founded Singleton Moms, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope, help and practical support to struggling single parents battling cancer and she deserves our vote!!! Jody started this journey with losing a long-time friend to cancer and has now been selected as a Top 10 Finalist for CNN Heroes.
Vote Once a Day, every day, online or via Facebook or CNN's mobile app through Sunday, November 15 at midnight; PT.
See Jody's Story
One of the nicest and most helpful persons you’ll find on Arcadia’s campus is Mrs. Thomas. She manages the bookstore, but you’ll also find her smiling, taking tickets and checking ID’s at many of the sports games.
Mrs. Thomas has been working in SUSD for over 20 years! Many students remember her from her days in the library at Hopi Elementary. This year is her 10th year working at Arcadia.
An Arcadia neighborhood native, Mrs. Thomas went to Tavan Elementary when it was a K-8 school. J Therefore, she never attended Ingleside, but went straight to Arcadia for high school. And it was in French class during Freshman year at Arcadia, that she and her husband met. Their first date was to Prom, Junior year. If you have ever attended an Arcadia football or basketball game, you have probably heard Mr. Thomas’ distinctive radio voice- Arcadia is lucky to have him as our announcer! After graduating from Arcadia, Mrs. Thomas took classes at SCC and then attended ASU. She and her husband have three children who also graduated from Arcadia. Two still live in the neighborhood and one in Oregon. Mrs. Thomas’ favorite things about working at Arcadia are the kids. She has enjoyed getting to know the students through the years and has loved watching them grow. In fact, this year’s sophomore class was in kindergarten when she left Hopi to come work at Arcadia.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING I love spending time with my grandchildren and traveling!
WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF? My family.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Cat. I have one of Bodznick’s cats! (I also feed the strays in my neighborhood)
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. THOMAS: I was in a series of commercials for the Gap!
Submitted Fall 2015
Future Titan Night cheer clinic took place on Saturday, October 24, 2015
Arcadia's Varsity and JV Spiritline, Sonya Kim, Amanda Vicha, Danielle Miller, Jolene Corey, Allison Newlan and all of the Spiritline volunteers, would like to thank all of the talented young cheerleaders from ANLC, Hopi, Tavan and Ingleside that participated in this year's Future Titan Night Cheer Clinic!
We had such a great time! We look forward to your cheering days at Arcadia!
Welcome to Arcadia, Ms. Munn! This is Ms. Munn’s first year teaching full-time at Arcadia. She teaches Biology I and Zoology/Botany. Actually, many students were fortunate to meet Ms. Munn last year when she was student teaching for Mrs. Christensen. In fact, two years ago, Ms. Munn spent two semesters as a student intern at Arcadia, enabling her to get to know the Arcadia staff (and the staff to get to know her). She shared: “After interning here and doing my student teaching, I felt very comfortable with the science staff and the administration at this school, so I fought really hard to work here. I just got extremely lucky last year when a science teacher left and a spot opened up for me. “
Ms. Munn’s Educational background includes
Ms. Munn explained that Biology is the study of life and therefore students learn everything from the smallest cell and DNA to evolution and ecology. Just like in Zoology, Biology classes are very lab-based, and the students do a lot of handson activities. Ms. Munn’s students benefit from her high energy level and her love of putting together fun labs for them to complete. “The labs provide opportunities where students gain a deeper understanding of the true science behind the activities. Then it’s easier for them to make connections to the real world, which is happening around them every day.“ A native of Arizona, Ms. Munn has lived here her entire life to date. She is the oldest of three kids and graduated from Pinnacle High School.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING I love outdoor activities including camping, snowboarding, and traveling!
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Dog. I have a Beagle.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MS. MUNN: I love food. (When asked to name her favorite food, she answered: “Oh gosh, this is a hard question! I love all food, I love trying new things, so I don’t really think I have a true favorite!”) Submitted Fall 2015
Arcadia is incredibly fortunate to have such a strong and inspirational teacher like Mrs. Patterson in the Math Department! This year, she is teaching Geometry Trig Honors, Algebra Seminar, and AVID, but she has also taught Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry during her 16 years at Arcadia.
Mrs. Patterson’s Educational background includes
In 2004, Mrs. Patterson was recognized by the Scottsdale Charros as an Outstanding Teacher in the Scottsdale School District! When asked to describe her favorite thing about teaching, she had many answers. Helping students become problem solvers and seeing them grow through the year was at the top of the list. She also thoroughly enjoys learning about new technologies and social networks for education!
Mrs. Patterson is active on Arcadia’s campus and beyond. She sponsors student-led clubs on campus, like the Arcadia Green Club which focuses on recycling. She serves on the School Improvement Team and is the Treasurer for the Scottsdale Education Association. Over the past several years, she has become more politically aware, prompting her to become active on behalf of public education in Arizona. She hopes to encourage teachers, parents, and community members to vote for people who support teachers.
Married for 16 years, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their two daughters.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING Tennis, enjoying Phoenix, taking the pop-up camper camping, reading outdoors. Her favorite place to camp is Carpinteria State Beach.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? “Dog!!! We have a rescue named Simon.”
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MRS. PATTERSON: I have been a vegetarian for seven years. I love Italian, Mexican, Indian, and Thai food! Submitted Fall 2015
Mr. Bodznick has always enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others and helping students find the fun in science. He has been helping Arcadia students find the fun in science for 18 years! He does this not only through traditional classroom teaching, but also through sharing his passion for animals as well as supporting students’ interests on campus. He sponsors the Health Occupation Students of America Club, the National Technical Honor Society, the Animal Welfare Club, and the Outdoor Adventure Club. He is also a co-sponsor of the new Garden Club. And many years ago he founded the original Robotic’s Club which built 14-foot, self-manned, solar-powered boats for competition.
Mr. Bodznick’s Educational background includes:
Currently, Mr. Bodznick teaches Honors Biology, Biotechnology I, and Biotechnology II. In past years, he has also taught Earth Science and AP Bio. It’s not a surprise that he has been acknowledged for outstanding teaching several times over the years: 2003 Az Science Teachers Association High School Science Teacher of the Year; 2002 Charro’s Teacher of the Year; and 2013 SUSD Foundation Quest for the Best recipient!
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT TEACHING I’m an avid hiker and field enthusiast. Most of my “free time” is spent with my animals.
PROUD OF: I’m proud of the impact I’ve had on the lives of my students.
DOG OR CAT PERSON? I am an “animal” person. I have one dog, six cats, five Sonoran Desert tortoises, two domestic rabbits, 12 chickens (11 hens & 1 happy rooster), five ball pythons, a king snake, a corn snake, a green iguana, a leopard gecko, two tarantulas, three female black widows, several species of frogs and toads including spade foot toads, leopard frogs, Sonoran Desert toads, Great Plains toads, Woodhouse’s toads, barking frogs, Northern Chorus frogs, Northern Wood frogs, and a bull frog as well as 250 gallons of tropical fish and two Az Tiger salamanders.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR BODZNICK: Every summer, I take a group of students on a ten-day canoe adventure to the Canadian/ USA Boundary waters. Submitted Fall 2015
Time to start planning for the Class of 2016's Project Grad
What: Project Grad is an all night party which takes place right after
graduation until the wee hours of the morning
Why: to provide our graduates with a fun-filled, exciting evening, that keeps them safe and off the streets.
1st Planning Meeting:
Monday, Oct 26
6114 E. Montecito Ave
All Senior parents who would like to volunteer with this exciting event
are invited to attend!
If you can't make the meeting, but would like to help, or if you have questions - please contact one of the Project Grad Co-Chairs:
Mr. Wisniewski currently teaches American/AZ History at Arcadia. He has also taught US history, World History, and US Government. He’s been a part of Arcadia’s Social Studies team for seven years, but he has eleven years of teaching experience overall. Mr. Wisniewski’s
Educational background includes
In 2014, Mr. Wisniewski was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR is an organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.
During his Senior year in high school, Beirut was bombed and this prompted Mr. Wisniewski to join the United States Marines. Because of the Marines, Mr. Wisniewski has travelled extensively, providing him with a rich understanding of the world which he shares with his students. The French side of Mr. Wisniewski’s family came to America in 1790 to escape the French Revolution. Both of his parents were teachers, so it was natural for him to pursue a teaching career after serving in the Marines. He thoroughly enjoys teaching social studies and when asked to describe his favorite thing about teaching, he answered, “The look in students’ eyes when they finally understand.”
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING Hiking, camping, biking, and reading
DOG OR CAT PERSON? Cat, but I like dogs too.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR. WISNIEWSKI: My family has a long history of military service. For example, my great grandfather was a Commander of the Guard for the Czar, Nicholas II. Submitted Fall 2015
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