I began my teaching career at Tuba City High School, which is on the Navajo Reservation in Northern Arizona. Teaching came to me by accident. I received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University, but while I was sending out my resume for an engineering job, I started substituting in the Tuba City Unified School District. I was assigned, as a long term substitute, eighth grade mathematics, and loved it! With my new found passion for teaching and my strong background in mathematics, I fulfilled the requirements of a certified teacher and joined the mathematics department at Tuba City High School.
I have found teaching to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have discovered, and I have been told, that I have great rapport with the students. I enjoy my experiences in the classroom immensely.
I appreciate educators who help make a difference in their students’ lives, their schools and even their communities. I constantly encourage my students and myself to make the people around us better, and I take great joy in finding ways to convey this. I love seeing students grow in terms of their intelligence, their character, their determination, and their confidence.
I have just completed my degree in Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas. Teaching has taught me to be an active learner. I am a better student because the act of teaching requires me to, at times, be a sponge and to anticipate circumstances. I have gained a greater appreciation for high expectations, attention to details and the importance of having a positive attitude.
Ms. Raye Lynn McCabe
Tuba City High School