My name is Amy Specht and I have been a part of the wonderful Tuttle family for over 25 years now. Most of my time at Tuttle Elementary I have spent in Kindergarten with a few years in First grade, but my heart truly belongs in Kindergarten. It has been a pleasure to introduce so many of our youngest Tuttle Turtles to the magic of reading and the wonders of learning. It is my hope to develop a love of reading in every Kindergartener and create a safe and engaging learning environment where each of our students can thrive. I am so very excited to have the opportunity over the next year to help everyone of our Kindergarten friends get set for a most successful learning adventure!
As a child I always loved school and loved my teachers even more. I was in middle school when I decided I wanted to be a teacher. I earned my bachelors degree in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida in 2007 and I returned to USF to earn my masters degree in Special Education graduating in 2011. Currently this is my third year in this position. However, I worked in Sarasota County from 2007-2017 in various roles. In those years I held numerous long-term substitute positions. In 2017 I worked in Manatee County as a Special Education Teacher at Manatee Charter School. All these various positions have been incorporated in some way or another in building me as an educator. I enjoy teaching young children and celebrating their achievements. I have no children of my own and all my students hold a very special spot in my heart. My goal for each of my students is that they gain knowledge in their academics of course and they learn to be good people. One of my favorite quotes is “Always strive to be the best version of yourself.” I will do my very best when working with my students and hope they will do the same when working with me.
Hi! My name is Martha Ibarra. I have been a teacher here at Tuttle for 19 yrs. I love teaching Kindergarten! It is amazing to see so much growth by the end of the school year! I enjoy teaching very much and love to see the smiles of my kindergarten students when they enter my room, in the mornings. Growing up I always knew I wanted to teach at Tuttle. I am a former Tuttle turtle and returned to work here when I graduated from the University of South Florida. I came from Mexico when I was 6 yrs. Old and remember the difficulties I encountered not knowing the language, so I always wanted to help kids like myself. Throughout the years I have taught many different grade levels as well as being an ESOL resource teacher. It has been great knowing and working with so many students and staff! And here I am, still enjoying every day I come to work.