Teachers and Staff

Our team of dedicated teachers, administrators, and staff works hard every day to ensure that students receive the best education possible in a safe, nurturing environment. We encourage parents to get to know our teachers and staff. If you ever have a question or concern, we invite you to contact us.


Administration

 Bryan D'Alessio
Bryan D'Alessio
Principal
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 Amy Chapman
Amy Chapman
Assistant Principal
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 Michael Laureano
Michael Laureano
Dean of Students
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Office & Staff

 Sue Dallas</br>                                                                            
Admin.  Secretary

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 Libby DeLeon</br>                                                                            
Support Specialist, Sr.

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 Veronica Menchaca</br>                                                                            
Front Office, Jr.

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 Ruth Ann Lamberd</br>                                                                            
Librarian

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 Shirlene Gardner</br>                                                                            
Nurse

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Teachers

Kindergarten

 Ashleigh Done
Ashleigh Done
Home Town:
Sterling Heights, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading!

Where I Started to Teach:
Carlson Elementary School, Warren, MI

Hobbies:
shopping, reading, camping, and being around friends and family

Message:
I am excited for such a wonderful year here at Collier!
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 Barbara Maddux
Barbara Maddux
Home Town:
Born in Bisbee, Raised in Phoenix

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Watching my kids play sports and reading, of course!

Message:
Welcome to Kindergarten! Thank you for sharing your child with me!
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 Brittany Ramirez
Brittany Ramirez
Home Town:
Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Playing with my kiddos, reading, and crafting

Message:
"A person is a person no matter how small" - Dr. Suess
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 Sabina Valdez
Sabina Valdez
Home Town:
Buckeye, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Eliseo C. Felix, Avondale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Reading, going to the movies, watching sports (especially football, soccer, and baseball), and collecting spiritual items

Message:
Treat other as you want to be treated.
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First Grade

 Kayleigh Almaraz
Kayleigh Almaraz
Home Town:
El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Eliseo C. Felix School, Goodyear, Arizona

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, reading, and rooting for the Arizona Diamondbacks!

Message:
I look forward to working with you and your child this school year!
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 Kimberly Etherton
Kimberly Etherton
Home Town:
St. Peters, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
This will be my first year teaching!

Hobbies:
Hiking, camping, shopping, fishing, and playing with my dog Grady!

Message:
“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” We are going to have a wonderful time in 1st grade this year!
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 Christy Merk
Christy Merk
Home Town:
Ridott, Illinois (population of 200!)

Favorite Subject in School:
Band and Choir

Where I Started to Teach:
The United States Army Childcare Facility as a infant/preschool teacher

Hobbies:
Quilting, reading, listening to music, baking, going to Nascar races

Message:
"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person." - Mr. Fred Rogers
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 Jessica Santiago
Jessica Santiago
Home Town:
Palm Springs, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Eliseo C. Felix School, Goodyear, Arizona

Hobbies:
Reading, traveling, and baking

Message:
"Be Silly. Be Honest. Be Kind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Second Grade

 Leslie Casillas
Leslie Casillas
Home Town:
Tucson, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, reading, reading!!

Message:
Collier is a great place for your student to learn. I hope that your child finds success and has a wonderful school year in my class!
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 Lorialle Haynes
Lorialle Haynes
Home Town:
Oracle, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Drawing, playing softball

Message:
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." - Edgar Allen Poe. Dream big, Coyotes!
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 Nina Martinez
Nina Martinez
Home Town:
Las Vegas, New Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Hiking and being with friends and family

Message:
You are strong. You are smart. You are important.
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 Rosanne Wingate
Rosanne Wingate
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tolleson Elementary School District

Hobbies:
Exercising, swimming, hiking, listening to music, singing karaoke, dancing, and traveling with my family

Message:
I'm looking forward to a great year in 2nd grade at Collier!
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Third Grade

 Amanda Catterall
Amanda Catterall
Home Town:
Alliance, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors.

Message:
I am beyond excited to be teaching third grade this year. I want each of my students to know that they are capable of accomplishing anything they put their mind to!
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 Johanna Macias
Johanna Macias
Home Town:
Pomona, California

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
My favorite hobbies are camping, coloring, and watching YouTube vlogs.

Message:
“Anything you can imagine, you can create.” - Oprah Winfrey
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 Kyla Medina
Kyla Medina
Home Town:
Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

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Hobbies:
I enjoy hiking the White Tank Mountains with my family.

Message:
I have been in the field of education for the past 11 years. It is my passion to engage young minds and to develop life long learners. I look forward to partnering with you during this year of your child's education.
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 Natalia Stifano
Natalia Stifano
Home Town:
Bayville, New Jersey

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Performing arts, exploring Arizona, reading, crafting, and spending time with my friends, family, and dog

Message:
I am very excited to work with your students and help them to find passion for learning inside and outside the classroom! “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats
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Fourth Grade

 Katherine Barton
Katherine Barton
Home Town:
Waterloo, Iowa

Favorite Subject in School:
All of them!

Where I Started to Teach:
Lake Mead Christian Academy, Henderson, Nevada

Hobbies:
Reading, spending time with my family

Message:
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." - Frederick Douglass
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 Sean Barry
Sean Barry
Home Town:
Mansfield, Connecticut

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Playing/coaching sports, playing guitar, singing

Message:
"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Anonymous
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 Chelsea Clipperton
Chelsea Clipperton
Home Town:
Lee's Summit, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Spending my time with family and friends, watching the Kansas City Royals, waking up early in the morning reading a book with a nice cup of iced coffee, watching the sun rise.

Message:
"When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts." Dalai Lama
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 Lynda Espino
Lynda Espino
Home Town:
Tolleson, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Reading and Sports

Message:
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." - Dr. Suess
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Fifth Grade

 Oscar Hernandez Ortiz
Oscar Hernandez Ortiz
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and History

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Soccer, listening to music, working out, reading, and concerts

Message:
"A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit." - Greek Proverb
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 Anna Lopez
Anna Lopez
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Steven R. Jasinski Elementary School, Buckeye, AZ

Hobbies:
Hiking, reading

Message:
All I ask is to try your best.
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 Brandy McWhirter
Brandy McWhirter
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Crafting, playing softball, and spending time with my close friends and family

Message:
"You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failures. Persist! The world needs all you can give." -E.O. Wilson
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 Sergi Torres
Sergi Torres
Home Town:
Safety Harbor, Florida

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading (Language Arts)

Where I Started to Teach:
Rhode Island

Hobbies:
Hiking, fishing, swimming, reading, writing

Message:
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
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Sixth Grade

ELA/Social Studies Adam Haller
Adam Haller
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Fishing, golfing

Message:
Knowledge is power!
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Math/Science Anissa Ottens
Anissa Ottens
Math/Science
Home Town:
Lees Summit, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Softball

Message:
"Believe in your dreams and they may come true; believe in yourself and they will come true!" - Unknown
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Math/Science Miguel Chavez
Miguel Chavez
Math/Science
Home Town:
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Mathematics

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Cooking, listening to music, and watching football

Message:
Always let me know how I can help you!
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Language Arts/Social Studies Madisen Miller
Madisen Miller
Language Arts/Social Studies
Home Town:
Chandler, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Band

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Rugby, playing instruments, listening to music, reading, drinking coffee, hiking, camping, working out, cooking, hanging out with friends and family and animals.

Message:
Differences aren't things that should pull us apart, they are things that should bring us together.
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Seventh Grade

English Language Arts Rainbow Lightfoot-Mayer
Rainbow Lightfoot-Mayer
English Language Arts
Home Town:
San Diego, California

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Barry Goldwater High School, Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, movies, crafts, music, swimming, computer games, sports, and a strong love of animals

Message:
I am looking forward to a great year at Collier!
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Science Rhayne Moorcones
Rhayne Moorcones
Science
Home Town:
Glendale, ,AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Art, ELA, Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Art, reading, Writing, Camping

Message:
I am excited for a fun year of learning and growing with all of you!
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Social Studies Amanda Steele
Amanda Steele
Social Studies
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History - U.S. and Ancient

Where I Started to Teach:
Challenger Middle School, Glendale AZ

Hobbies:
Cooking and baking

Message:
Talk doesn't cook rice. ~Chinese Proverb~
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Math Lance Sullivan
Lance Sullivan
Math
Home Town:
San Jose, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Carpentry, math, cooking, and swing dancing

Message:
I am a Christian, husband, father and teacher. I am grateful for the opportunity and pleasure of taking on all these roles! Thank you for allowing me to care for and teach your children mathematics. I will wholeheartedly do both!
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Eighth Grade

Math Lisa Nahrgang
Lisa Nahrgang
Math
Home Town:
Chinook, MT

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Roberts, Montana

Hobbies:
Hiking

Message:
As your child's classroom teacher, I will create and educational environment where your child will feel safe to learn and apply the learned skills into their everyday lives.
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Language Arts Delaine Nelson
Delaine Nelson
Language Arts
Home Town:
Ortonville, MN

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Parker High School, Parker, AZ

Hobbies:
I love to act, read, write, and play tennis.

Message:
You are a bright light, don't be afraid to shine.
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Social Studies Leticia Mattei
Leticia Mattei
Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Edison Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN

Hobbies:
photography and traveling

Message:
"There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning," Jiddu Krishnamurti
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Science Dawnette Turner
Dawnette Turner
Science
Home Town:
Winooski, Vermont

Favorite Subject in School:
English Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, reading, crafting, and the Ohio State University

Message:
"If you can raise the level of effort and performance in those around you, you are officially a leader." - Urban Meyer
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Student Achievement Coaches

Student Achievement Coach Brittany Jimenez
Brittany Jimenez
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Challenger Elementary, Glendale, AZ

Hobbies:
Photography, crafting

Message:
Have faith and hope! Follow your dreams!
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Exceptional Learning

K-2 Resource Katelynn Thompson
Katelynn Thompson
K-2 Resource
Home Town:
St. Charles, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
I love to travel and hike. I also love to craft and spend time with my family!

Message:
I am so excited to see what you will do in my classroom! "The master at anything, was once a beginner.” - Robin Sharma
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3-4 Resource Kelly Gibson
Kelly Gibson
3-4 Resource
Home Town:
Tempe, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, reading, going to Disneyland, crafting, home repair projects, and shopping

Message:
"Every child deserves a champion -- an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that can possibly be." - Rita Pierson
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5-6 Resource Hai Dang
Hai Dang
5-6 Resource
Home Town:
Panama City, FL

Favorite Subject in School:
Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Playing basketball and soccer with my children

Message:
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." ~Confucius~
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K-4 Behavior Support Kathryn Londrigan
Kathryn Londrigan
K-4 Behavior Support
Home Town:
Rochester, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, IL

Hobbies:
Hiking, travel, fitbit challenges

Message:
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela. I am so excited to start the new year with you!
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4-6 Behavior Support Robert Pollinger
Robert Pollinger
4-6 Behavior Support
Home Town:
Lancaster, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Ombudsman Charter HS, Phoenix

Hobbies:
Spending quality time with my family, baseball, movies, bowling, going on vacation

Message:
I look forward to working with your students and having a great 2018-19 school year!
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7-8 Behavior Support Deirreio Duncan
Deirreio Duncan
7-8 Behavior Support
Home Town:
Flint, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:
Kent Educational Center, Grand Rapids, MI

Hobbies:
Weight lifting, coaching football and basketball

Message:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer!
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Gifted Michelle Younghans
Michelle Younghans
Gifted
Home Town:
San Marcos, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading & Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Cholla Elementary School, Casa Grande, AZ

Hobbies:
Exercising, reading, hiking, taking care of my pets

Message:
“If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you dream it, you can become it.” - William Arthur Ward
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P.E. Rommel Garcia
Rommel Garcia
P.E.
Home Town:
Tinley Park, Illinois

Favorite Subject in School:
P.E. & Science

Where I Started to Teach:
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Hobbies:
Playing and coaching baseball, hiking, traveling, watching sports (especially the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears & Chicago Blackhawks), and spending time with friends and family.

Message:
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle I’m so excited to start the new school year with you! Go Coyotes!
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Music Ilene Rosas
Ilene Rosas
Music
Home Town:
Orinda, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Choir

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School, Avondale AZ

Hobbies:
Singing, hiking, cooking

Message:
All students can be musicians if we work in harmony!
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Band Marissa Wilt
Marissa Wilt
Band
Home Town:
Woodville, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

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Hobbies:
Trumpet, music, reading, horseback riding

Message:
"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Paul Hewson
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Art Patti Shannon
Patti Shannon
Art
Home Town:
Smithville, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
St. Marks Day School, Casper, WY

Hobbies:
Reading, swimming, creating

Message:
Using our creative mind is a skill like any other. Whether it's art, music, or a solution to a problem!
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P.E. Jose Urquijo
Jose Urquijo
P.E.
Home Town:
Superior, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Superior

Hobbies:
Fishing, camping, cooking, coaching, playing baseball

Message:
Always continue striving to reach your goals.
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Speech Christina Robertson
Christina Robertson
Speech
Home Town:
El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Working out, shopping, and spending time with my kids

Message:
I look forward to helping support parents and children succeed.
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School Psychologist Mike Linehan
Mike Linehan
School Psychologist
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Psychology

Where I Started to Teach:
Pioneer Elementary School, Glendale, AZ

Hobbies:
Biking, running, collecting and listening to vinyl records, going to concerts to see live music, and grilling

Message:
I became a teacher because I enjoy the kids. I became a school psychologist because I wanted to support programs to help our kids, and I come to school every day because I believe every child is important, can learn, and contribute to our world.
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Social Worker John Meacham
John Meacham
Social Worker
Home Town:
Dayton, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
History

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Hobbies:
Golf

Message:
Life is short, enjoy everyday as best you can.
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 Lisa Chavez</br>                                                                            
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 Gerri Flower</br>                                                                            
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 Sharon Nevels</br>                                                                            
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 Linda Stallard</br>                                                                            
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 Amaris Nino</br>                                                                            
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 Thais Nunes</br>                                                                            
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 Marissa Rodriguez</br>                                                                            
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 Clara Romero</br>                                                                            
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 TBA TBA</br>                                                                            
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 George Gonzales</br>                                                                            
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 Salome Alvarado</br>                                                                            
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 Tom Brown</br>                                                                            
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