Teachers and Staff

Estrella Vista is equipped with some of the finest educators Arizona has to offer. Each teacher is certified to teach in Arizona and comes to the classroom with innovative and effective teaching methods that help your child understand the curriculum thoroughly.


Administration


Administration

 Richard Ramos
Richard Ramos
Principal
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 Katherine Hoornstra
Katherine Hoornstra
Assistant Principal
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Dean of Students Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks
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Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Cathy Jimenez</br>

Cathy Jimenez
Office Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Jessica Badilla</br>

Jessica Badilla
Office Support Specialist, Jr.
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 Michelle Gonzales</br>

Michelle Gonzales
Librarian
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Student Achievemtn Coaches


Student Achievement Coaches

Student Achievement Coach Jennifer Grbic
Jennifer Grbic
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Band

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Cooking, coding computers, and educational research

Message:
I am very excited to be joining the Estrella Vista family!
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 Susan Rumann, Ph.D
Susan Rumann, Ph.D
Home Town:
Albuquerque, NM

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts and Spanish

Where I Started to Teach:
Academia Cotopaxi - Quito, Ecuador

Hobbies:
Hiking, cycling, reading, and travel

Message:
The 2017-18 school year will provide all of us the opportunity to discover the treasure in each student.
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Teachers


Kindergarten

 Mallory Moore
Mallory Moore
Home Town:
Farmington, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Hiking, paddle boarding, and watching baseball

Message:
"Our greatest natural resource is the mind of our children" - Walt Disney
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 Jacqueline Robinson
Jacqueline Robinson
Home Town:
Chicago, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and History

Where I Started to Teach:
May Community Academy, Chicago Public Schools - Chicago, IL

Hobbies:
Spending time with family, Journaling, Collecting magnets, Walking, Dancing, Art therapy

Message:
Greetings to my EV families, I’m excited to be your partner in successful learning and teaching!
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 Margaret Sauer
Margaret Sauer
Home Town:
St. Louis, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Crafts, sports

Message:
I am so excited for this year!
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 Danielle Stone
Danielle Stone
Home Town:
Arnold, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
English, Spelling

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Cooking, crafting, watching baseball

Message:
I am so excited for this year! We are going to have a fantastic time together!
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First Grade

 Stacy Batiste
Stacy Batiste
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Madison Park Middle School, Madison District - Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, pets, spending time with mom

Message:
Hello everyone! I am so excited to be part of the Littleton Elementary School District! I look forward to a great year with you all!
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 Karla Encinas
Karla Encinas
Home Town:
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Exercising, reading, crafting, music, dancing ad spending time with my family and friends

Message:
Looking forward to an amazing year at Estrella Vista
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 Sandra Gallegos
Sandra Gallegos
Home Town:
Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Cooking and Running

Message:
I am very excited to be your child’s teacher. We will have fun and learn at the same time.
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 Laura Montano
Laura Montano
Home Town:
Goodyear, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Collecting butterfly-themed items, riding bikes (single, tandem, and limo), spending time with family, doodling and drawing, reading, watching comedies

Message:
I am blessed to be a part of the teaching staff at Estrella Vista, and I hope that my students and their parents are as excited as I am for the adventures this year will bring.
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Second Grade

 Ashley Chapman
Ashley Chapman
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Bowling, reading, swimming, TV junkie

Message:
I am looking forward to an exciting new year at EVES!
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 Janalene Kellar
Janalene Kellar
Home Town:
Cleveland, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Reading, hiking, crafting, gardening

Message:
It is going to be an amazing year! I look forward to your child's wisdom and the things he/she can teach me.
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 Brittany Levandoski
Brittany Levandoski
Home Town:
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Traveling and going to the beach

Message:
I can’t wait to work with you during my first year at Estrella Vista STEM Academy!
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 Taylor Oliva
Taylor Oliva
Home Town:
Colorado

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
I enjoy hiking, reading and spending time with my loved ones

Message:
I am looking forward to working with your child this school year. I'm excited to see all the wonderful things AZ brings to me!
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Third Grade

 Kari Burd
Kari Burd
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 Sean Cappello
Sean Cappello
Home Town:
Shelby Township, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Spelling

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Lifting heavy weights and occasionally running

Message:
Be kinder than is necessary
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 Alyssa Nelson
Alyssa Nelson
Home Town:
Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Technology and Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Volleyball, basketball, swimming, hiking.

Message:
I'm excited to meet you, and I can't wait to have an exciting year!
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 Daisy Sandoval
Daisy Sandoval
Home Town:
Costa Mesa, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Hiking

Message:
Let's have a great year!
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 Rebekah Smith
Rebekah Smith
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Running

Message:
We will have a fabulous year!
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Fourth Grade

 Jordan Dixon
Jordan Dixon
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Horseback riding, Movies, Hiking

Message:
I truly believe all children are capable of success, no exceptions!
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 Anthony Haduch
Anthony Haduch
Home Town:
Park Ridge, Illinois

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Running, movies, eating cookies

Message:
As a motivated professional, I cannot wait to begin working with your family!
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 Alyssa Pakes
Alyssa Pakes
Home Town:
Alexandria, IN

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Photography, travel

Message:
"Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." - Walt Disney
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 Liz Ricario
Liz Ricario
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Fifth Grade

 Lori Bowden
Lori Bowden
Home Town:
El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts, Science, and Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Myrtle Copper Elementary, SISD - Texas

Hobbies:
I love to play golf, paint, be creative, and try new things.

Message:
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein
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Resource Grades 4-5 Rosie Fleeman
Rosie Fleeman
Resource Grades 4-5
Home Town:
Ste.Genevieve, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Science

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Hobbies:
I like to read, sit at the pool, and hang out with my friends.

Message:
I'm so excited to start this new adventure in Arizona with you and your children.
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 Cindy Landis
Cindy Landis
Home Town:
Reading, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Rollerskating, camping, swimming

Message:
I'm very excited to part of the Littleton Community, and I'm looking forward to an EPIC year.
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 Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Arizona sports teams, music, movies, reading, traveling

Message:
The worst question is the one not asked. We're going to have a fantastic year here at Estrella Vista.
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 Rachel Vliek
Rachel Vliek
Home Town:
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Art, Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Art, science, swimming

Message:
Never be afraid to ask "why" or "how."
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Sixth Grade

 Jessica Gensel
Jessica Gensel
Home Town:
Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Baking

Message:
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody!" - Kid President
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Science Michelle Gerrick
Michelle Gerrick
Science
Home Town:
Carol Stream, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Math, Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Running

Message:
I am very excited to be here at Estrella Vista, and I look forward to meeting all of you.
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 Alexis Hullaby
Alexis Hullaby
Home Town:
Kansas City, KS

Favorite Subject in School:
History and Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Reading fiction novels, exploring new restaurants, watching old musicals, and going to movies. My absolute favorite hobby is playing volleyball

Message:
Get excited for a fantastic, engaging and enriching school year! I expect the absolute best from my students because I know that they are the best. Every day we wake up, we embark on a new journey, when you enter our classroom, that journey will be how to be the best you can be.
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 Michael Laureano
Michael Laureano
Home Town:
San Diego, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Drafting/Architecture

Where I Started to Teach:
Deer Valley Unified School District

Hobbies:
Playing coed softball, Golf, Basketball. Love to camp, hike, and ride my motorcycle

Message:
STEM is about the "journey", not the end results!
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Seventh Grade

Science David Cooper
David Cooper
Science
Home Town:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject in School:
American History

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Sports

Message:
Come to school every day; make an effort and success will be yours.
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Math Rigoberto Gamez
Rigoberto Gamez
Math
Home Town:
Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Playing soccer, Solving integrals and derivatives, Eating wings

Message:
I am excited to be a part of this school, and to make Estrella Vista STEM Academy a great place for growth!
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Social Studies Bronson Goodsell
Bronson Goodsell
Social Studies
Home Town:
Battle Creek, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies/Government

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Hiking, Playing tennis, Basketball, and Swimming

Message:
I look forward to getting to your student and help teaching them skills for the future.
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ELA Michelle Pitters
Michelle Pitters
ELA
Home Town:
Roseville, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Traveling, Hiking, Swimming, Eating, Reading

Message:
Team work makes the dream work!!
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Eighth Grade

Science Stephen Batchelder
Stephen Batchelder
Science
Home Town:
Orland, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Writing, hiking, travel, and swimming

Message:
I am thrilled to be a partner in learning and growing at Estrella Vista Elementary.

Math Brandy Chaidez
Brandy Chaidez
Math
Home Town:
Globe, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, and spoiling my puppy

Message:
"Mistakes are proof that you are trying."
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Math Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark
Math
Home Town:
Lincoln Park, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, hiking, and swimming.

Message:
I am very excited to be a part of the Estrella Vista community, and I look forward to getting to know everyone here.
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ELA Concepcion De La Huerta
Concepcion De La Huerta
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7th P.E. Antony Brophy
Antony Brophy
7th P.E.
Home Town:
Brownsville, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Science, P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Running, reading, general tomfoolery

Message:
Let's get out and play!
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Technology Penny Nguyen
Penny Nguyen
Technology
Home Town:
Jackson, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Computers

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

Hobbies:
Spending time with my children, traveling, going to movies, and learning about technology

Message:
“Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.” – Louis V Gerstner Jr.
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STEM Nonubari Nsgane
Nonubari Nsgane
STEM
Home Town:
Houston, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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Hobbies:
Spending time with my two children and husband. Cooking, watching tv, reading and getting to know people

Message:
I am looking forward to working with my students and their parents. The school year will be great!
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Band Sarah Pigzah
Sarah Pigzah
Band
Home Town:
Youngstown, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

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Hobbies:
Playing musical instruments, soccer, hiking and reading

Message:
I look forward to making music with students and parents this year.
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Music Michael Spielman
Michael Spielman
Music
Home Town:
Scottsdale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:
Eastside Christian School - Fullerton, CA

Hobbies:
Playing the piano, baking, going to Disneyland

Message:
"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." -Jimi Hendrix
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Art Julie Whelihan
Julie Whelihan
Art
Home Town:
Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Art and Drama

Where I Started to Teach:
Central City Academy, Phoenix Union School District - Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
Playing guitar, singing, swimming

Message:
I am delighted to be back in the art room with your wonderful children!
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Adriana Amavisca
Giften
Home Town:
Hermosillo, Sonora

Favorite Subject in School:
Biology

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Hobbies:
Photography, reading, travel

Message:
Everything is possible with a positive attidude, determination, and hard work I'm excited to be a part of the EV STEM Academy!
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SPED K-3 Carla Clouse
Carla Clouse
SPED K-3
Home Town:
Tucson, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

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Hobbies:
Singing, Working out, Family activities

Message:
I am totally excited about the opportunity to work with the students at Estrella Vista STEM Academy!I am totally excited about the opportunity to work with the students at Estrella Vista STEM Academy!
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Resource Grades 6-8 Susan Cox
Susan Cox
Resource Grades 6-8
Home Town:
Wayne, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

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Hobbies:
Reading, gardening, and crafting

Message:
BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED
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SPED 4-5 Paige Lamb
Paige Lamb
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Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Fabiola Avina
Fabiola Avina
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Mary Rodriguez
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