• Ms. Leticia Cazares, M.ED.


    Hi, I am Ms. Cazares.  I love teaching 9th grade--watching my students transform from curious consumers to confident creators is an awesome experience. I enjoy sharing my love of reading and writing with my students--and, with over 18 years of teaching ELA at all levels, including AP and dual enrollment, I have a lot to share.  ELA I & II Honors at PCA is a joyous but rigorous adventure that spans from exploring food and identity to video games and innovation.

    Outside the classroom, I spend my time gardening, which is a hobby that I bring into my classroom via colorful and/or vibrant plants.

    Let’s write something new together!



    • Bachelor of Art in British Literature  and Composition, U of A

    • Post-bacc of Education in Secondary Education, ASU West

    • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in  Reading, GCU



    • Pride of Peoria Recipient

    • Peoria Educational Enrichment Grant Award Winner

    • Centennial Teacher of the Year


    ELA 1 / 2 Honors: Learners will demonstrate mastery of the 9th grade state ELA standards for writing, language, speaking, listening, and reading. 


    Investigations 1: Learning Showcase

    Learners will devour stories about food: history, mythology, modern stories, etc.  Then students will  write a well-crafted narrative that showcases how food unites communities. During our first PCA Family Night, we will be hosting a potluck style meal and invite our families to bring their favorite family dish to share with our community. 


    Investigation 2: HeroCon

    Learners will examine the Hero’s Journey as presented through global mythology, before reading The Odyssey (or another epic story).  Students will craft their own Hero’s Journey and then transform it into a Stop-Motion video. Students' videos will be shared with our community during our finale. 


    Investigation 3: Creative Campaign 

    Learners will research current or futuristic technology before writing an Informative Research piece about a technology advancement of their choice.  In conjunction with the research, students will be reading novels of their choice (and parent/guardian approved) that speak to futuristic technology.  Additionally, learners will craft complete game instructions for their Creative Campaign. 


    Investigation 4: Video Game Expo