1st Grade

Eser Colon    Room 13

Mr. Colón was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  After the birth of his first son, he decided he wanted to work with children.  He attended Millersville University and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  He then moved to San Diego and taught for San Diego Unified City School district for 4 years in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  He then moved back to Pennsylvania where he taught for 9 years.  During his time in Pennsylvania, Mr. Colón attended a graduate program through Penn State University where he received his ELL certification.  In 2013, Mr. Colón and his family decided to move to sunny Arizona.  He has taught 1st grade at San Tan Heights now for 3 years as a Coolidge employee and is very excited to begin his new journey working for Florence.  



Allison Denton    Room 9

 We are going to have a fabulous year in first grade! 

My name is Allison Denton. This is my second year of teaching in Florence Unified School District and love the fabulous firsties.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Ottawa University.  I have lived in Arizona since the beginning and love it!  My daughter and I enjoy camping, fishing, and the outdoors. This year we are going to be learning reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.  We will be working hard this year to be ready for second grade, it’s only a year away!  


Selika Gebhart    Room 11

My name is Selika Gebhart and this is my third year at San Tan Heights. Both of my previous years I taught 1st grade. The small little firsties were always my first choice when I was obtaining my bachelor’s. I absolutely love this age group and watching these students come in as timid readers and leave knowing so much more. Their ability to learn and work amazes me. 

I got my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University even though I was born in Tucson, Arizona  with a father who graduated from the University of Arizona (GO ASU!) I was raised in Gilbert, Arizona until my family moved out to Queen Creek/San Tan Valley for my high school career. I have lived in this area since then and Arizona is all know! I have a beautiful kitten and a dwarf bunny.  I just recently took a trip to Italy and I am beginning to fall in love with the idea of traveling and exploring.

I am excited for a brand new school year and cannot wait to see what the rest of our adventures in class will be!