My name is Terra Ahles. I am originally from Michigan but have lived in Nevada, Illinois, and here in Gilbert for 16 years. This is my 10th year teaching and I love being at Val Vista! This is my 6th year at Val Vista. I graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. I have taught in Reno, NV, Decatur, IL, and now in Arizona. I have a Highly Qualified K-8 AZ Teaching Certificate with an early childhood endorsement and approved content areas in Technology, Drama and Middle School Language Arts. I am also a Code.Org trained Instructor and a Common Sense Media Educator.
Technology is always changing and the students and I learn together. Critical thinking is an important part of technology and I love encouraging the students to problem solve and work together to find a solution.
I have been married for 25 years and have 5 children (1 girl and 4 boys) ranging in age from 21-11. We enjoy spending time together especially watching movies and taking vacations.
This summer we went on a cruise with 18 family members to celebrate our anniversary and daughter's graduation from college!