Seventh and Eighth Grade

Ms. Law
7th Math

This is my 11th year of teaching and my first year at Copper Basin.  I began as a fourth grade teacher in January of 2007 and since taught different grade levels such as 2nd, 5th, 6th, K-12 math interventionist, and a PBIS specialist for K-8.  My husband of 9 years and I have a handsome 6 year old son along with two English Mastiff puppies.  I completed my Associates Degree at a local community college in May 2000.  After then I decided to complete my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Western Michigan University.  I accomplished this goal in May 2005.  With many years of teaching behind me I felt I wanted more.  I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Administration in October of 2016, from Grand Canyon University.

Ms. Hackett
8th Math

My name is Beverly Hackett-Robinson and I am currently an 8th grade Math and Algebra teacher at Copper Basin. I graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Human Services/Business Management and a Masters’ in Elementary Education; both were obtained through the University of Phoenix. My teaching experience is a total of 7 years; 5 years at Copper Basin teaching math in 5th  and 8th grades, and two years as the Title I teacher in Math and Reading in the JO Combs School District.

I enjoy watching football, visiting family in California, checking out the latest movies and spending time with my 2 ½ year old son Jaylen and my 10 year old son Ramar. I have an obsession with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so when you step into my room, be prepared for the Black and Gold!

 I love my job and have great passion in what I do every day. I love education and I have fun while teaching. My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my tasks, as a teacher, is to help your children discover their individuality and to work alongside them to maximize all of their capabilities to learn.
Ms. Gagen
7th/8th Math
My name is Kaitlin Gagen and I attended Arizona state university and graduated with a Bachelor in Elementary Education. I am highly qualified in science and I have taught a year of 7th grade science as well. I recently moved to Florence with 2 other elementary teachers and we are constantly bouncing teaching ideas off of each other. I was raised in Queen Creek, Arizona so I am familiar with the small town vibe. I love to learn new things and I am always willing to talk about the popular books that just came out. I am a fan of visiting museums, especially ones all over the country. I have been to the Smithsonian, Colorado’s Natural History, Canada’s Natural History, a Canadian boating museum, and many more. I am excited to teach at Copper Basin for the rest of the year. Go Dust Devils!

Ms. Parvan
7th ELA

I have worked in the Florence Unified School District since 2014 as a para-professional, long-term substitute teacher, and certified teacher. For the past two years, I taught English Language Arts at Florence K-8. I am returning to Copper Basin, where I started my career in education, and I am excited to be back. 

I received my Bachelor of Arts in History from Arizona State University and my Master of Arts in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix. I look forward to sharing my passion for history and English with my upcoming students.

Ms. Carr
8th ELA

Hello!  I have been a member of the Copper Basin family for 11 years, teaching middle school ELA.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Maryland, and my teaching certification through Rio Salado College.   Because of my husband’s military and management careers,  our family has lived in Delaware, Japan, Illinois, Michigan, and of course Arizona!  I’m a Texan from San Antonio, so Arizona has always felt the most like home, and I love it here. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters, three rambunctious dogs, and a tortoise named Marvin. 

Teaching is truly a passion for me.  During my career, I have been honored to receive a Teacher of the Year recognition, and a San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce Scholastic Achievement Award. It’s a blessing to work with, and prepare my students for the next level of their academic careers, and beyond.      

Ms. Tandecki
7th/8th Social Studies
Hi, my name is Sara Tandecki.  I have an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education and a B.A.S in Interdisciplinary Humanities. I love being a resident of Copper Basin and all four of my children have either promoted from Copper Basin or are currently students here.  I have been in education for close to 10 years.  I started with early childhood education as the lead teacher and developer of the preschool program for the City of Litchfield Park.   Currently I am in my fourth year as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher.  I also coach our Dust Devil Cheer and serve as an advisor for Copper Basin Student Council.