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Headmaster

Mr. Rafael Sanchez

Mr. Rafael Sanchez
Headmaster
P: (602) 272.0006
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About Mr. Rafael Sanchez

Headmaster Personal Philosophy 

I chose to share my passion for teaching and learning at Maricopa Institute of Technology (MIT). I am an instructional leader and will continue my professional growth to better serve our students, staff and parents. I will lead by example with a positive attitude and enhance staff and student relationships. As a former math and science teacher I will model instructional practices and school procedures. I hold teaching as an awesome responsibility and honor. I will take responsibility for my actions and everything our school does or fails to do. I will strive to help our students and staff develop and reach their full potential to make MIT an excelling and innovative institution. 

I believe students have multiple intelligences, skills and different learning styles. A hands-on approach, project based, thematic and content-based education will give our students a unique and fun way of developing listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking skills in every subject and lesson. I believe all students will learn as we nourish and develop their emotional and physical well-being.  

I hold high expectations of students, staff and myself. Students must be taught expectations and held accountable for their learning through the use of best teaching practices. Students should always be disciplined with dignity and respect. We must motivate and reward students with extrinsic and intrinsic incentives. Hard work, discipline, and dedication lead to success. We will celebrate student accomplishments in the classroom and as a school through positive reinforcement with genuine praise and feedback, certificates, assemblies, and reward ceremonies.

Parents are a crucial component for student success. Parent involvement should always be recruited and employed. Parent communication through phone calls, notes, automated messenger, email, home visits or conferences must be employed. Solutions for all stakeholders come through collaboration and teamwork.  

I served two years in the U.S. Army. I am proud to be an American citizen and proud of my Hispanic heritage and language; therefore, I respect and value other’s culture. I realize the language of power in the world is English, consequently I will prepare my students to compete in a global market. Our school staff will model the English language for our students at all times while being empathetic to the needs of our English learning students.  

My door is always open but more importantly I will reach out to students, staff, and the community. My list of chores comes second to your needs. All staff and students are individual people who have special needs and talents. I respect you as an individual and professional. Student or parent concerns will be referred to needed parties as a first step to resolving an issue. I may from time to time mediate issues between staff, students, and parents. If we work as a team and community, MIT will reach its full potential and goals.

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Mr. Yuksel Ak
Computer Science
P: (602) 447.2780 x4104
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About Mr. Yuksel Ak

As the needs of industry and the workforce constantly change, our students will be prepared to enter a job market where technology and computer science skills are basic requirements. MIT is preparing students for success in college, career, and life.
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Mrs. Marissa Amaya
English Language Arts
P: (602) 477.2780 x4307
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Ms. Claudia Duran Felix
Administrative Assistant
P: (602) 477.2780 x4208
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Mr. Sunil Gilla
Science
P: (602) 447.2780 x4006
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About Mr. Sunil Gilla

Every student at MIT needs four years of science: honors biology, chemistry, and physics. Science courses also include Advanced Placement courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Each science course has substantial laboratory experiences, which prepare students for college and career.
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Dr. Vahid Hojreh
Forensic Science I
P: (602) 477.2780 x4204
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Mrs. Ceyda Murillo
Office Manager
P: (602) 477.2780 x4412
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Mrs. Archana Sunkara
All Math Classes
P: (602) 477.2780 x4207
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Mr. Chakravarthy Sunkara
English, Math
P: (602) 477.2780 x4302
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About Mr. Chakravarthy Sunkara

Mr. Sunkara is in his 11th year of teaching and has a master's degree in English and math and a bachelor's degree in education. Mr. Sunkara believes that learning can only take place in a positive and welcoming environment where teacher and students collaborate with one another and have mutual respect. He has high expectations for his students because he is confident they can reach them.
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