About Teacher

Mr. Chris Hazeltine

Phone: 480.272.8669


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Chris Hazeltine

I am an extraordinary member of that elite group of teachers who thrive on working with middle school students. It is my belief that the best way to teach writing is to be a writer. As a writer myself, I combine my unique skill set of theater, rhetoric, and writing skills to provide an intellectually rich and creative environment for my students. My classroom is a truly different kind of “school.” In my writing lab, I encourage students to compose original poetry, stories, and novels, and I develop them to ever-higher achievement in all types of academic writing tasks.

I treat all students with the utmost respect, helping them with humor, grace and patience to become the best people they can.

Public Notice of Qualifications:
Education & Honors:

     M.Ed: Secondary Education with emphasis in English (NAU: Awarded December, 2002)
     Post Graduate Certification: Secondary Education (ASU: Awarded December, 1996)
     B.A.: Communication & Performance Studies (ASU: Awarded December, 1987)
     Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Pasadena, California, 1984)
     2012 Teacher of Excellence (Arizona English Teachers Assoc.)
     Professor of Academic Composition (Paradise Valley Community College, 2012-2017)


     Secondary (7-12) Communication/Performing Arts (HIGHLY QUALIFIED)
     Secondary (7-12) English (HIGHLY QUALIFIED)
     Endorsed: Middle Grade (5-9)
     Endorsed: Structured English Immersion (SEI) (K-12)
     Endorsed: Gifted Instruction
     Specialized Training in Cognitive Coaching
     Specialized Training in Differentiated Instruction and Project-Based Learning

Professional Experience:

     Principal for Summer School (Middle & High School) 2000-2002
     Principal for Summer School (Elementary & Middle School) 2003-2018
     18-years of experience in teaching Gifted & Talented Students
     Media-Technology Educational Consultant
     Author of the CCUSD Curriculum for Media Communication and Theatre (K-12)
     “Teacher of the Month:” September 1999, March 2008, January 2009, and November 2010
     “Teacher of Excellence” 2012, Arizona English Teachers Association
     Former Head Coach for Cactus Shadows High School Forensic Team (1999-2006)

Membership on Committees and with Organizations:

     Regional Director for the AETA (Arizona English Teachers Association)
     Advisor: Veterans Heritage Project
     Past-President of the Cave Creek Education Association (AEA Local, 2007-2010)
     CCUSD Gifted Cohort