Welcome...welcome ALL to the wonderful world of fourth grade! My name is Derick Ortiz and I will be your child's fourth grade Reading, English, and Social Studies teacher. I am an EL PASO native, pure bred Texas boy, and UTEP graduate. I have had both a colorful academic as well as professional background. However, I was extremely fortunate to discover my passion for education and for children. I've been in the field for ten amazing years now, and have had the distinct privilege of educating, challenging, and strengthening young minds. My philosophy is simple: I believe that every child has a willingness to want to learn. It's my duty to tap into these learning desires and to help them grow, strengthen their skills, and help them develop an appreciation for learning. I look forward to working with you and your child. My conference period is from 1:45-2:30 so please feel free to contact me if you happen to have any questions or concerns.
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever" -Mahatma Gandhi