Ms. Rodriguez is an experienced educator, who graduated from Arizona State University with her B.A. in Special Education. She is certified to teach in a K-12 cross categorical classroom and is bilingual in Spanish. Luz Rodriguez was named Outstanding Educator for 2017. by the Phoenix Mayor‘s Commission on Disability Issues. This recognition highlights Ms. Rodriguez’s years of services in the classroom and in the community
Prior to teaching Gompers’ middle school classroom, Ms. Rodriguez taught Social Studies, Science and Physical Education in grades 9 – 12 in the Dysart Unified School District. Ms. Rodriguez has also coached high school boys soccer and Special Olympics bocce ball, track and field and basketball.
Ms. Rodriguez focuses on teaching her students the skills they need to be independent and successful in transitioning into high school. She provides support for the student, parents, and family. Ms. Rodriguez believes communication between home and school is essential for student success.
Ms. Rodriguez’s passion for teaching started as she helped raise a younger sister with Down syndrome. She has a son, Gabe, who is eight years old.