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

 Dr. Richard Ramos
Dr. Richard Ramos
Principal
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 Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks
Assistant Principal
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 Antonio Bryant
Antonio Bryant
Dean of Students
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Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Cathy Jimenez</br>

Cathy Jimenez
Administrative Secretary
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 Stephanie Bojorquez</br>

Stephanie Bojorquez
Office Support Specialist Sr.
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 Jessica Rivas</br>

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

Michelle Gonzales
Librarian
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Student Achievemtn Coach


Student Achievement Coach

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

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Maryvale High School - Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, roller skating, cooking, technology, and educational research

Message:
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." - Alexandra Trenfor
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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:
Estrella Vista Elementary, LESD #65 - Avondale, AZ

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

 Megan Crawford
Megan Crawford
Home Town:
Ste. Genevieve, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Stix Early Childhood Center, St. Louis, MO

Hobbies:
I love to take my dogs for walks. I also enjoy crafting and watching Netflix

Message:
I truly have a passion for teaching. I love being able to help students reach their full potential. I am always looking for better ways to help each and every one of my students. Also, I make learning fun for the students. I am their biggest fan and cheerleader.
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 Karla Encinas
Karla Encinas
Home Town:
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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

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:
Math, Science, and the Arts

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

 Heather Began
Heather Began
Home Town:
Altamont, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
All of them

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

Hobbies:
Eating good food in good company, reading, and traveling

Message:
Life is full of adventures! Be brave and take on the challenges.
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 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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 Jason Mierczynski
Jason Mierczynski
Home Town:
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

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

Hobbies:
Watching new movies and exploring new things!

Message:
I can't wait for an amazing year with all of you!
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 Jessica Torres
Jessica Torres
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary, LESD #65 Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have three children, Addalyn - 5, Maddox - 2, and Benjamin - 6 months. We love to travel, spend time with friends, and stay active bike riding and going to the gym.

Message:
I am so excited for this school year! I truly believe every child is capable of success and it is my goal that I instill passion for learning and confidence into each child. We have a lot of growth to look forward to as we create a safe, happy environment that supports learning each and every day. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at anytime since we are a team in ensuring goals are met throughout the year!
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Third Grade

 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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 Paula Hernandez
Paula Hernandez
Home Town:
El Mirage, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
English/Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, hiking, playing sand volleyball, going to the movies, and anything that involves adventure

Message:
I am so thrilled to be a part of the Estrella Vista community. I look forward to being a part of our little human's lives and seeing them grow into leaders that our world needs. "If you are uncomfortable, you are growing."
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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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 Jesse Reyes
Jesse Reyes
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math & P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:
Estrella Vista

Hobbies:
Swimming, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with my family and cat

Message:
I am so excited to work here at EV with all the great families! I want my students to know that I will always want what is best for them and will continue to push them every day.
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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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 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

 Rosie Fleeman
Rosie Fleeman
Home Town:
Ste.Genevieve, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Ferguson-Florissant School District, Ferguson, MO

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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 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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 Alexis Hullaby
Alexis Hullaby
Home Town:
Kansas City, KS

Favorite Subject in School:
History and Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
CDF Freedom School, Kansas City, KS

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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 Anna Sagan
Anna Sagan
Home Town:
Boise, Idaho

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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

Hobbies:
Hiking, running, volunteering, church involvement, spending time with friends, studying, watching favorite movies or shows, visiting family in Idaho

Message:
I am excited to begin my first year of teaching in such a great school and district! I absolutely love math and science, and am looking forward to teaching engaging lessons. I am passionate in helping each student be successful in mastering the daily content goals.
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Seventh 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.

Social Studies Penny Nguyen
Penny Nguyen
Social Studies
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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ELA Ramon Nieto-Calderon
Ramon Nieto-Calderon
ELA
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Art

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

Hobbies:
Reading, writing, drawing/painting, and film.

Message:
Education is the development of power and ideal. Let's learn, explore, and do.
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Math Emil Pluhar
Emil Pluhar
Math
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Cartwright School District

Hobbies:
Golf

Message:
Never give up and you will succeed
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Eighth 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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P.E. Antony Brophy
Antony Brophy
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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STEM Mukarram Hans
Mukarram Hans
STEM
Home Town:
Peshawar, Pakistan

Favorite Subject in School:
Computer Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Cathedral School Systems

Hobbies:
Traveling and playing ping-pong (table tennis)

Message:
Logic will get you from A to B. "Imagination will take you everywhere."
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Band Sarah Pigza
Sarah Pigza
Band
Home Town:
Youngstown, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

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

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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Exceptional Learning

Gifted Adriana Amavisca
Adriana Amavisca
Gifted
Home Town:
Hermosillo, Sonora

Favorite Subject in School:
Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Centro de Educacion Bilingue in Hermosillo, Mexico

Hobbies:
Photography, reading, travel

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

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

Where I Started to Teach:
Rocky Ridge Boarding School, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona

Hobbies:
Singing, Working out, Family activities

Message:
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

Where I Started to Teach:
Underdown Jr. High School, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, gardening, and crafting

Message:
BELIEVE, ACHIEVE, SUCCEED
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Resource Grades 4-5 Paige Lamb
Paige Lamb
Resource Grades 4-5
Home Town:
Niles, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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

Hobbies:
Reading, rollerblading, and watching hockey.

Message:
I am ready to learn alongside you all!

Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Fabiola Avina
Fabiola Avina
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

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

Hobbies:
Arts & Crafts

Message:
Looking forward to this school year!

Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Imelda Gomez
Imelda Gomez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Bell Gardens, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math, Reading and PE

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

Hobbies:
Running and Arts & Crafts

Message:
Looking forward to an amazing 2018-2019 school year at our great school!

Paraprofessional - Technology Camaron Hallford
Camaron Hallford
Paraprofessional - Technology
Home Town:
Norfolk, Virginia

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
S.T.A.R. Academy, Avondale

Hobbies:
Painting and DND

Message:
Always reach for your dreams.
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Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Suyen Kimme
Suyen Kimme
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Nandaime, Nicaragua

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

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

Hobbies:
Playing basketball, coaching and watching movies

Message:
Get to know those around you, they are valuable just as you are. Always try to be positive and humble.

Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Evangeline McCue
Evangeline McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Mexicali B.C., Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and language arts

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

Hobbies:
Camping, hiking and cooking.

Message:
Believe in yourself and you will accomplish everything you set your mind to.

Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Mary Rodriguez
Mary Rodriguez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Tolleson, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Underdown Jr. High School, LESD #65, Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Arts & Crafts

Message:
The future of the world is in my classroom.