I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you and your family. My name is Denise Shaw, and I am honored to be your third-grade teacher working at this wonderful school. This is my 22nd year of teaching, but my 5th year here at Bimat Elementary. I taught in Delano for 4 years, and prior to that at Olive Drive Elementary for 13 years. I graduated high school from Garces Memorial High School, California State University Bakersfield in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a minor in Communications. I earned my teaching credential through the University of La Verne. I have my CLAD certificate, CTAP levels one and two, and completed one year of BTSA. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for twenty-third years, and we have two amazing children. Jake, my oldest, is going to be a Senior at Garces Memorial High School and Luke, my baby, is a Sophomore at Garces Memorial High School as well. We also have a very special, fun, wild, and crazy golden doodle named Nik; he's 9 and a half and a desert tortoise named Thomas. I just couldn't be more excited to be your child's teacher!!! It is going to be a very different year, but I'm going to do my VERY best to make it fun, motivational, exciting, engaging, and one to always remember! Let's GO Shaw Sharks!!!