Day 1 – Spring Break is Over!

Wow! I am actually going to be teaching my students remotely.

If someone had told me this would be my new reality, I would NOT have considered it. Yet, thanks to COVID-19, we are now engaging in remote learning nationwide.

Thank goodness I was prepared. In fact, my students are already in Google Classrooms and now it will pay off. I also LOVE that all the teachers came together this morning to plan how we will support our students. The Administration is doing everything possible to provide meals and make sure our students have access and engage in learning during this “very different” time in our lives.

Note to students:

Google Classroom (phone application)

Dear Students,

While I miss your smiling faces, dunking on me at the door, and great drawings and notes you leave on my desk, I am VERY excited to be able to connect with you remotely during this different time.

You have all been in Google Classroom with me this year, so it comes in handy now. Please take the time to check in with me daily where you will find a video and instruction from me to help you continue your ELA learning.

You know you are ALL very important to me. I want you to look forward to growing and learning as much as possible so you can make this world a better place!

Talk to you soon,

Mama Lyons

New Theme and Logo with a Greater Mission!



The theme in The Lyons Den this year is Strength and Courage.  

These two words embody the characteristics of a Lion (class mascot and a word play associated with my last name of Lyons).  My students know how much I love lions and why that works in our classroom.

On Monday, I will begin my 4th year of teaching Middle School English Language Arts at Sacaton Middle School in Sacaton Arizona in the Gila River Indian Community.  My classroom is known as The Lyons Den.  For many students, I am known as Mama Lyons.  I am honored to have this title.

This summer, I participated in the “Teaching Excellence” workshop series sponsored by the GRIC Native Youth Community Project Grant.  I am grateful for this opportunity as it provided a wealth of knowledge to incorporate in my classroom which will accelerate my students learning for literacy.

This year, there will be much more engaging and impactful learning taking place in The Lyons Den!  Although it may seem rigorous from the outside looking in, our students will step into the lessons engaged, feeling empowered, and willing to give their best effort.

It is my deepest desire to see my students succeed not only in high school but go on to attend college.

I take my role in this seriously – The Lyons Den is just the beginning.  I look forward to an amazing school year!