Meet Mrs. Urquiza-Whitiker

Mrs. Urquiza-Whitiker received her BA in English from Southern Illinois University.  After working in education for 10 years, Mrs. U-W went back to school to get her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, and then started her Educational Doctorate degree.  She has completed all of her coursework, and is writing her dissertation as a qualitative study of minority teacher retention in Phoenix.  Once Mrs. U-W completes her EdD., she intends to consult with schools that need help working on culture and teacher retention. 

In her free time, Mrs. U-W reads (for pleasure, but also for school), and enjoys spending time with her Great Dane (Harley), kitten (Fiona), and her husband (Ron).  Mr. and Mrs. Whitiker relocated to Arizona last October, and are enjoying the laid back lifestyle and the weather.  On the weekends, Mr. and Mrs. Whitiker enjoy exploring all Arizona has to offer and riding their Harley-Davidson.  The Whitiker’s have five children, ranging in age from 21-40. 

This school year, Mrs. U is looking forward to developing a strong and respectful culture for students to grow.  Mrs. U-W believes that working as a partnership is integral to the success of her classroom.  She looks forward to creating a strong family bond with all of you and your students!