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Hi! I am Miss Gafford, the K-2 Self-Contained Special Education Teacher at Blake Primary. This is my eighth year teaching in room 18 here at Blake. Prior to this, I taught for one year in a K-3 Self-Contained Autism Classroom and two years as a Developmental Preschool teacher for Buckeye, AZ Elementary School District.

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in K-5 Elementary Education and endorsements in K-12 Special Education and Early Childhood (Birth-8 years) from Eastern Michigan University. In April 2016, I earned a Master’s of Education Degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders from Arizona State University.

I truly enjoy being a special educator as it is such a rewarding job. Every day I watch my students overcome their individual learning and behavior challenges to make academic gains. They consistently surprise me by not only meeting their IEP goals, but surpassing them!

"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way." ~ George Evans