Featured People

👨🏫 Featured Teachers

Baker.jpg I am Miss Samantha Barker, a Middle School Science teacher at AMS Desert Sky. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cell and Developmental Biology and a minor in Family and Human Development. Currently, I am pursuing a Masters in Secondary Education with a focus in Science. Next year will be my third year teaching, all of which have been within the AMS charter school network.
I was born and raised in Monument, Colorado, where many of my middle school teachers inspired me and helped me build the foundations for who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. This became a reality when I applied for the AMS Science Teacher position last year. I interviewed with the Assistant Principal who inspired me and encouraged me that to be a good teacher you don’t need to just have an understanding about teacher pedagogy; rather, the best teachers are individuals who care about children for who they are, where they are at, and what you know they can achieve in their life. It is for this reason I chose and continue to choose to work at Academy of Math and Science.
I look forward to working with each and every student that moves through AMS Desert Sky, fellow teachers, and parents to have many wonderful years full of learning, grit, and inspiration!

👩🎓 Featured Students

Analiah | 4th Grade Student

"My mom thought this was a smarter school for me and that I would learn more. She was right! I've been learning! Mostly division and multiplication...I'm so fast at it! Next year I am going to do track. I think it looks so fun. I wasn't ready [this year]. I always tell my cousins. They should come here. They will learn a lot more things. We do really fun things, and we also give to charities. My teacher Mr. Crump is very nice and funny."

⭐ Parent & Volunteer Testimonies

"My granddaughter was having a lot of struggles at her old school. I heard that AMS offers tutoring and that was something their other school didn't. I had heard a lot of positive feedback from other parents who attended the Camelback campus too. The kids love it and I love what they have been learning! I have seen so much growth. I am even bringing my other grandson here for Kindergarten next year. As a parent, I like that everyone [here] cares about the students. Teachers pay attention to the kids and make sure they are learning. The school also goes out of their way to understand the kids' struggles outside of school. All the staff is friendly and makes it feel like a family."

- Maria Gonzalez | Grandmother & Guardian of 5th + 1st Grade Students