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

 Morgan Fulks
Morgan Fulks
Dean of Students
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Office & Staff

 Sue Dallas</br>                                                                           
Admin.  Secretary

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Admin. Secretary
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 Libby DeLeon</br>                                                                           
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Veronica Menchaca</br>                                                                           
Front Office, Jr.

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Front Office, Jr.
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 Ruth Ann Lamberd</br>                                                                           
Librarian

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Librarian
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 Elena Ramirez</br>                                                                           
Nurse

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Teachers

Kindergarten

 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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 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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 Samantha Lerbs
Samantha Lerbs
Home Town:
St. Louis, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Flint Hill Elementary School, Wentzville, MO

Hobbies:
Traveling, watching sports, playing volleyball, softball, and cheerleading, and crafting

Message:
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
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First Grade

 Cecelia Crawley
Cecelia Crawley
Home Town:
Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
James Memorial Christian Academy, Maywood, IL

Hobbies:
Reading, board games, bowling

Message:
I love teaching, and this year at Collier is great.
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 Bertha Cervantes
Bertha Cervantes
Home Town:
Yuma, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
English

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

Hobbies:
Family

Message:
Every child is capable of success! No exceptions!
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 Stephany Nasr
Stephany Nasr
Home Town:
San Antonio, Texas

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

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

Hobbies:
Hiking, sports, and reading

Message:
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
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 Alicia Yount
Alicia Yount
Home Town:
Arnold, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
History

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

Hobbies:
Reading, taking walks, cooking

Message:
I'm so excited to begin this school year! We're going to have a great time in first grade!
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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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 Alexis Hightaian
Alexis Hightaian
Home Town:
St. Louis, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Being surrounded by family and friends, Pure Barre classes, hiking, shopping, and being outdoors!

Message:
Hello! I am so excited for this school year and to be part of the team at Collier. I cannot wait to meet all of the families and support them with their child's education. We are going to have a blast while learning this year, especially with incorporating hands on material and new technology.
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 Becky West
Becky West
Home Town:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

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

Hobbies:
Reading, crafts, and baking

Message:
I am excited to meet all of you!
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Third Grade

 Amanda Housel
Amanda Housel
Home Town:
Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing and math

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

Hobbies:
Cooking

Message:
I am so excited to be teaching at Collier Elementary! Go Coyotes!
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 Jackie Older
Jackie Older
Home Town:
Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:

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

Hobbies:
Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking

Message:
I am excited for this school year!
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 Kyla Medina
Kyla Medina
Home Town:
Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:

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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 Megan DeVore
Megan DeVore
Home Town:
Swansea, Illinois

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, Shopping, Hiking

Message:
I'm excited to start the school year and meet all of you!
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Fourth Grade

 Kailey Wright
Kailey Wright
Home Town:
White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Science

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

Hobbies:
Hiking, camping, reading, spending time with friends and family

Message:
Looking forward to a great year full of learning and fun!
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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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 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 DeRose
Brandy DeRose
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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 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

Fifth Grade

 Elizabeth Stevens
Elizabeth Stevens
Home Town:
Mission Viejo, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
History

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

Hobbies:
Music, Disneyland, eating, baseball, and other sports

Message:
"Around here, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
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 David Cedor
David Cedor
Home Town:
Anaheim, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Social studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Munich Business School, Munich, Germany

Hobbies:
Travel, listening to music (everything except heavy metal), and reading, of course!

Message:
Quoting Abraham Lincoln on the key to success: "The main thing is work, work, work."
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 Yadeli Corella
Yadeli Corella
Home Town:
Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

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

Hobbies:
Hiking, crafting, listening to music

Message:

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 Maria Delgado
Maria Delgado
Home Town:
St. Louis, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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

Hobbies:
Playing and watching sports, working out, and traveling

Message:
I am very excited to start this new journey at Collier. I can't wait to learn and grow with you this year!
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Sixth Grade

Language Arts/Social Studies Jessica Cummins
Jessica Cummins
Language Arts/Social Studies
Home Town:
Wickenburg, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

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

Hobbies:
Reading, hiking, camping, movies, crafting, learning.

Message:
"The stories we love best live in us forever." - J. K. Rowling
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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 Trixy Struck
Trixy Struck
Math/Science
Home Town:
Iselin, New Jersey

Favorite Subject in School:
Civics/Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Ombudsman Charter East

Hobbies:
Hiking, reading, socializing with friends, dancing

Message:
"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works." -Carl Sagan
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Language Arts/Social Studies Ashley Beason
Ashley Beason
Language Arts/Social Studies
Home Town:
Prescott, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:

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

Hobbies:
Camping, spending time with family

Message:
I am so excited about this year and happy to be at Collier Elementary!
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Seventh Grade

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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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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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.

Eighth Grade

Social Studies Adam Haller
Adam Haller
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 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 Leticia Mattei
Leticia Mattei
Language Arts
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

Student Achievement Coaches

Student Achievement Coach Yusra Millenbaugh
Yusra Millenbaugh
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Warren, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Reading, spending time with family, and shopping

Message:
"Every child deserves to be a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson
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Student Achievement Coach Aracely Vazquez
Aracely Vazquez
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, reading, and running

Message:

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Exceptional Learning

K-2 Resource Cindy Cooley
Cindy Cooley
K-2 Resource
Home Town:
Goodyear, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
When I am not teaching I enjoy antiquing, crafting, baking, camping, and exploring off road trails.

Message:
Dear Parents/Guadians: I became a teacher because I believe that the key to a bright future is through education. All students deserve the opportunity to grow and prosper to their full potential. I would like to be a part of that process. I firmly believe that on-going communication between home and school is vital for a successful school year.
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3-4 Resource Ashley Agney
Ashley Agney
3-4 Resource
Home Town:
Houghton Lake, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:

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

Hobbies:
Boating, traveling, and shopping

Message:
"All students can learn, just not in the same day, or the same way." - George Evans
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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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6-8 Resource Lindsay Punke
Lindsay Punke
6-8 Resource
Home Town:
Springfield, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Dancing, hiking, and crossfit

Message:
I am a dedicated worker and will do everything in my power to positively impact student's lives.
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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 Annamarie Shifflett
Annamarie Shifflett
4-6 Behavior Support
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Phoenix Elementary School District

Hobbies:
Cooking, traveling, writing, reading, and spending time with my husband, daughter, two fur babies, and friends.

Message:
Hello! I am so excited to meet all of you and look forward to a year filled with learning, exploring, discovering, and most importantly, stretching and challenging your current abilities!
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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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Special Area

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. Ian Blain
Ian Blain
P.E.
Home Town:
Buffalo, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Rugby, football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, and snowboarding. I am a huge Buffalo Bills fan!

Message:
I can't wait to meet you all and get the school year started!
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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

Where I Started to Teach:

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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Technology Mary Rodriguez
Mary Rodriguez
Technology
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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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Reading Specialist Samantha Foster
Samantha Foster
Reading Specialist
Home Town:
Hampton, Virginia

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

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

Hobbies:
Cheerleading at my son’s basketball games

Message:
Never let anyone dull your sparkle
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Social Worker John Meacham
John Meacham
Social Worker
Home Town:
Dayton, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Golf

Message:
Life is short, enjoy everyday as best you can.
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Physical Therapist Kayla Hudak
Kayla Hudak
Physical Therapist
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Favorite Subject in School:
Anatomy and Physiology

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Hobbies:
Spending time with my husband and two fur babies, decorating (or redecorating) the home, and traveling

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 Giovana Diaz</br>                                                                           
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 Gerri Flower</br>                                                                           
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 Ana Frias</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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 Kerri Smith</br>                                                                           
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 George Gonzales</br>                                                                           
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 Louis Madrigal</br>                                                                           
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 Salome Alvarado</br>                                                                           
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 Tom Brown</br>                                                                           
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