Hello! My name is Mary Anne Sanchez and I am excited to be the Middle School English and Language Arts/Social Studies teacher for SVA Avondale campus. I have a Master of Education degree and this will be my sixteenth year of teaching, both elementary and middle school. I did not begin my career as an educator after earning my bachelor’s degree but found myself always leading, encouraging, and mentoring my coworkers in the textile design studio where I worked in NY. I realized then, how much I loved to teach, and with 2 young ones at home, it was the right time for a big change! I grew so much while earning my education degree and knew that I had my life goal in place; to encourage, stimulate and motivate young minds and hearts to learn! I chose SVA because I wanted to work within a small community and for a school that believed and taught character building and life goals to their students. The supportive team-effort and Leader in Me program make this school truly a great environment for all to thrive! My fun fact is that I love the great outdoors, hiking and biking, cooking healthy meals for friends and family, and curling up with a great book with our two furry dogs.