Meet Mrs. Rushing, Kindergarten Teacher at AMS Flower

In this video, kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Rushing shares her journey to how se became a teacher and how she shares her science background with her students. Mrs. Rushing also describes what it’s like working with her teammates at AMS Flower.

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My name Tiara Rushing and I teach kindergarten.


I was actually a science major and I was one of the few in my class that actually had a national award for our department. I’ve always loved science and I figured if I can start them now loving it, there will be more minorities out there in the science field . And it’s not just science, is not just biology this microbiology, there’s physics and things of that nature that they can dive into.  


I was working in the lab and our company got in trouble and then we all ended up getting laid off. So, I went through that whole debacle and from there I just was ready for a switch.


I know a lot and I’ve always loved kids, so I thought that I want to be a teacher. So, I went back to school for a little bit than I came here as a para and then worked my way up. I got a feel for everything, and I realized that I can do this. So, my first year, I had a great mentor, and then after that she’s said, “you’re ready” and I believed I was.


The culture here at AMS Flower is fantastic! We encourage each other as teachers no matter if you are working in Building A or Building B, Kindergarten or Middle School, everybody is so supportive of each other. We are all in the trenches together, so we understand each other.


If I’m having a hard day, I can easily go to someone in 8th grade and ask them “what would you do in this situation” and they can give me an insight that I may not have thought about. Working here at AMS and with our Administration is fantastic. They support us no matter what and they provide us with supplies that we may not be able to get for ourselves. They stay late nights with us if we need to. I’ve never had Admins that treated me that way. Teaching can be a lonely career, but here, everybody is so together and loving and it makes the job a whole lot more rewarding. 


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“What’s incredible about AMS is its desire to constantly grow. There is never a point in time where AMS is content with where it’s at. There’s always a goal and always something to strive towards and that is a team I want to be a part of.


My name is Curtis Walker, and I am the Principal of Academy of Math and Science Flower.

Six years ago, I began my career with AMS as a teacher. I was a middle school language arts teacher and I transition from middle school language arts to an Assistant Principal position with the Camelback campus. Three years ago, was asked to become Principal and serve the community at AMS Flower and so three years ago I became the Principal at the Academy of Math and Science.


What makes AMS Flower so special and different from any other school is our sense of community. Here at AMS Flower we celebrate one another, we have a growth mindset, we look out for each other every single day and that is something that you do not find anywhere else.


Each and every day our teachers come to work, and they are happy to be here. That is something that you don’t find often when you’re talking about schools and education, especially in the midst of pandemic. And so our teachers come ready every day, happy and ready to work for our kids and ready to serve our community.


From front office, to facilities, to our paraprofessionals, to our teachers; there is a sense of collaboration, there’s a sense of community and we have each other’s backs.


Every minute matters. Every minute of instruction matters and every minute of building and fostering relationships matter here at AMS Flower. Our kids need us just as much as we need them. Our kids are special there is so much hope so much potential so much that we are looking forward to seeing all of her students on a daily basis.

Our students start with us beginning in kindergarten and they matriculate all the way through to 8th grade and that is something special within itself. What happens within those years is all on our teachers. Our teachers work their hardest every single day and commit themselves to planning lessons on a daily basis, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality of Education possible.  

Along the way, there’s the integration of Technology and making sure that celebrations are happening along the way. Our teachers want to make sure that our students have every opportunity afforded to them outside of AMS Flower.”

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