Sixth Grade

Ms. Weston            

My name is Candace Weston and I am really excited to be joining the Copper Basin team as a 6th grade math teacher. I lived in Michigan up until 2 years ago when my family moved to Arizona for more opportunities and better weather! My husband and I, our four children, and three dogs moved into Copper Basin about a year ago and love it. I previously worked in banking and accounting, but have always wanted to be a teacher. I am currently working towards my Masters of Secondary Education and cannot wait to start using everything I have learned. In my free time, I love to read and love to run. I believe we are never a finished product and I hope to encourage a love for learning in general, but math more specifically.  

Ms. Smith

Hello! My name is Becky Smith and I am thrilled to start my full time teaching adventure at Copper Basin K8. I have been a substitute teacher for the past three years in the Florence Unified School District. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services and a Master's degree in Education, Adult Education and Distance Learning. I received both of my degrees from the University of Phoenix. I will be attending Rio Salado where I will complete my teaching certification. I am a third generation Arizona native and my husband and I have lived in Copper Basin for 14 years. I have four children and they have been attending Copper Basin for the past nine years.  Our family spends a lot of time attending sporting events for our kids in baseball, softball, and soccer. I enjoy paper crafts and sewing, camping, and reading. I look forward to working with my 6th graders this year. Go Dust Devils!!!

Ms. Downey
My name is Nyomi Downey and I teach sixth grade science and social studies at Copper Basin Elementary School.  I have been teaching at Copper Basin for ten years.  I graduated from San Diego State University.  My family and I moved out here from San Diego, California.  We bought a home in Johnson Ranch where we live with our two dogs and two cats.  I have two children that attend Copper Basin....Owen who is in 6th grade and Olivia who is in 5th grade.  We love the outdoors and thought Arizona would be a great place to move to.  I really like it out here.  The sunsets are beautiful and there is plenty of outdoor activities for me and my family to enjoy.  I have been teaching for about 14 years.  I always knew I would be a teacher.  It all began when my grandmother got me a chalkboard when I was six years old.  She encouraged me to read every day and to read to others like my younger sisters.  I taught first grade for many years here at Copper Basin.  I recently moved to sixth grade science and social studies so that I could teach the two subjects I am most passionate about.  In addition to hiking in the desert with our dogs, my family and I also like to go off-roading in our T-Rex.  Two of my "must haves" in life are coffee and chocolate.  I like to drink coffee and eat chocolate on a daily basis.  I always keep some type of chocolate in my classroom for fear I will turn into "The Hulk" without it.