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

Dr. Nicole Durazo
Principal
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Dr. Nicole Durazo
Dr. Nicole Durazo
Principal

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Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Spending time with my family and reading

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"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle As the proud principal of Estrella Vista STEM Academy, I am here to serve the students, families, teachers, and staff. I am committed to providing a positing learning environment where every member of our school family feels safe, valued, loved, and respected.
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TBA
Assistant Principal
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TBA
Assistant Principal

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Antonio Bryant
Dean of Students
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Antonio Bryant
Antonio Bryant
Dean of Students

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Hometown

Compton, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Traveling, reading, dancing

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"Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly" - Author Unknown
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Office Support

Stephanie Bojorquez
Administrative Secretary
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Stephanie Bojorquez
Stephanie Bojorquez
Administrative Secretary

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Jessica Rivas
Office Support Specialist, Jr.
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Jessica Rivas
Teachers and Staff Jessica Rivas
Office Support Specialist, Jr.

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Michelle Gonzales
Librarian
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Michelle Gonzales
Michelle Gonzales
Librarian

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Monica Huerta
Health Aid
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Monica Huerta
Monica Huerta
Health Aid

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Social Worker

Belia Alvarado
School Social Worker
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Belia Alvarado
Belia Alvarado
School Social Worker

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Hometown

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I like spending time with my family, hanging out with friends, taking walks, light hiking, and fun things.

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Hi everyone. I go by Bel. I am excited to meet everyone, and I am looking forward to getting to know each of you more.
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Teachers

Kindergarten

Nicole Harned
Kindergarten
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Nicole Harned
Nicole Harned
Kindergarten

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Hometown

Algonquin, Illinois

Favorite Subject

English Language Arts

Hobbies

Swimming, hiking, and time with family

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I am very excited for the new school year and look forward to working with you!
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Laura Montano
Kindergarten
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Laura Montano
Laura Montano
Kindergarten

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Hometown

Goodyear, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math, Science, and the Arts

Hobbies

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

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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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Margaret Sauer
Kindergarten
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Margaret Sauer
Margaret Sauer
Kindergarten

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Hometown

St. Louis, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Crafts, sports

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I am so excited for this year!
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First Grade

Karla Encinas
First Grade
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Karla Encinas
Karla Encinas
First Grade

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Hometown

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

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

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Looking forward to an amazing year at Estrella Vista.
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Sandra Gallegos
First Grade
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Sandra Gallegos
Sandra Gallegos
First Grade

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Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Cooking and running

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I am very excited to be your child's teacher. We will have fun and learn at the same time.
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Kathy Gonzalez-Galvez
First Grade
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Kathy Gonzalez-Galvez
Kathy Gonzalez-Galvez
First Grade

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Hometown

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Favorite Subject

Biology

Hobbies

I enjoy doing home improvement projects, crafting, swimming, and hiking.

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My goal is to establish a partnership with parents and guardians to help our students thrive in their education.
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Suyen Kimme
First Grade
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Suyen Kimme
Suyen Kimme
First Grade

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Hometown

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Watching movies, camping, and playing or watching sports.

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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton
Thank you for all you do for me and our school!
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Second Grade

Rahimat Adewumi
Second Grade
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Rahimat Adewumi
Rahimat Adewumi
Second Grade

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Hometown

Ogbomosho, Nigeria

Favorite Subject

English Language

Hobbies

Cooking, shopping, listening to music, and spending time with family and children

Message

Education is the premise of progress in every society, in every family, and together we can achieve success.
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Ashley Chapman
Second Grade
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Ashley Chapman
Ashley Chapman
Second Grade

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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Bowling, reading, swimming, TV junkie

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I am looking forward to an exciting new year at EVES!
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Nancy Farrell
Second Grade
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Nancy Farrell
Nancy Farrell
Second Grade

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Paige Lamb
Second Grade
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Paige Lamb
Paige Lamb
Second Grade

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Hometown

Niles, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, rollerblading, and watching hockey

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I am ready to learn alongside you all!
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Third Grade

Jason Mierczynski
Third Grade
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Jason Mierczynski
Jason Mierczynski
Third Grade

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Hometown

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

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I can't wait for an amazing year with all of you!
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Alyssa Nelson
Third Grade
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Alyssa Nelson
Alyssa Nelson
Third Grade

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Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Technology and Language Arts

Hobbies

Volleyball, basketball, swimming, hiking

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I'm excited to meet you, and I can't wait to have an exciting year!
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Rebeccah Paul
Third Grade
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Rebeccah Paul
Rebeccah Paul
Third Grade

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Daisy Sandoval
Third Grade
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Daisy Sandoval
Daisy Sandoval
Third Grade

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Hometown

Costa Mesa, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Hiking

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Let's have a great year!
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Fourth Grade

Victoria Camarillo-Aguilar
Fourth Grade
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Victoria Camarillo-Aguilar
Victoria Camarillo-Aguilar
Fourth Grade

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Hometown

Globe, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Photography and spending time with family and friends

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I am excited to join Estrella Vista STEM Academy, and I look forward to growing alongside the students and families.
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Paula Hernandez
Fourth Grade
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Paula Hernandez
Paula Hernandez
Fourth Grade

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Hometown

El Mirage, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English/Writing

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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Jesse Reyes
Fourth Grade
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Jesse Reyes
Jesse Reyes
Fourth Grade

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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math & P.E.

Hobbies

Swimming, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with my family and my 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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Elliot Wasbotten
Fourth Grade
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Elliot Wasbotten
Fourth Grade

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Fifth Grade

Lori Bowden
Fifth Grade
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Lori Bowden
Lori Bowden
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject

Language arts, science, and art

Hobbies

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

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~Albert Einstein
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Sean Cappello
Fifth Grade
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Sean Cappello
Sean Cappello
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Shelby Township, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Spelling

Hobbies

Lifting heavy weights and occasionally running

Message

Be kinder than is necessary.
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Robert Del Castillo
Fifth Grade
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Robert Del Castillo
Fifth Grade

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Cindy Landis
Fifth Grade
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Cindy Landis
Cindy Landis
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Reading, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Rollerskating, camping, swimming

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I'm very excited to part of the Littleton Community, and I'm looking forward to an EPIC year.
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Sixth Grade

Payton Bergmann
Sixth Grade
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Payton Bergmann
Payton Bergmann
Sixth Grade

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Hometown

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Crafting, reading, running, and traveling

Message

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." - Robin Williams
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Darrie Nowell
Sixth Grade
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Darrie Nowell
Darrie Nowell
Sixth Grade

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Hometown

Ahoskie, NC

Favorite Subject

Spanish

Hobbies

Chess, swimming, martial arts, studying Spanish, and teaching about leadership.

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A leader knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way!
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Chantelle Ottens
Sixth Grade
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Chantelle Ottens
Chantelle Ottens
Sixth Grade

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Hometown

Mesa, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I love to do most types of arts and crafts. I also love to bake and cook.

Message

I am very excited to be a part of the EV Team. I hope to help guide the growth and development of the students here at EV. A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt always comes to mind when I think about our future. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” This to me means that you can do anything when you put your mind to it and I hope to help them do it. Thank you and let’s all have a great rest of the year.
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Scott Schulte
Sixth Grade
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Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte
Sixth Grade

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Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

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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Seventh Grade

David Cooper
Science
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David Cooper
David Cooper
Science

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Hometown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject

American History

Hobbies

Sports

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Come to school every day; make an effort and success will be yours.
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Rachel Eriquez
Social Studies
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Rachel Eriquez
Rachel Eriquez
Social Studies

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Rigoberto Gamez
Math
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Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Hobbies

Playing soccer, solving integrals and derivatives, eating wings

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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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Madisen Miller
ELA
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Eighth Grade

Sharon Abdur-Rasheed
Math
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Sharon Abdur-Rasheed
Sharon Abdur-Rasheed
Math

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Hometown

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I like watching cowboy movies.

Message

I believe that all students can be successful if given the opportunity. All students should have access to a safe environment where they can receive an education that will allow them to grow to their full potential.
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Stephen Batchelder
Science
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Stephen Batchelder
Stephen Batchelder
Science

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Hometown

Orland, California

Favorite Subject

English and Biology

Hobbies

Writing, hiking, travel, and swimming

Message

I am thrilled to be a partner in learning and growing at Estrella Vista Elementary.
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Penny Nguyen
Social Studies
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Penny Nguyen
Penny Nguyen
Social Studies

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Hometown

Jackson, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Math and Computers

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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Ramon Nieto-Calderon
ELA
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Ramon Nieto-Calderon
Ramon Nieto-Calderon
ELA

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Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English and Art

Hobbies

Reading, writing, drawing/painting, and film

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Education is the development of power and ideal. Let's learn, explore, and do.
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Adriana Amavisca
Gifted
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Adriana Amavisca
Adriana Amavisca
Gifted

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Hometown

Hermosillo, Sonora

Favorite Subject

Biology

Hobbies

Photography, reading, travel

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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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Carla Clouse
Resource Grades 3–6
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Carla Clouse
Carla Clouse
Resource Grades 3–6

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Hometown

Tucson, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Band

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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Illian De La Rosa
Resource Grades 6–8
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Illian De La Rosa
Illian De La Rosa
Resource Grades 6–8

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Hometown

Brownsville, Texas

Favorite Subject

Math and history

Hobbies

I enjoy anything that keeps the mind and body active and happy.

Message

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle
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Cynita Slater
Resource Grades K–3
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Cynita Slater
Cynita Slater
Resource Grades K–3

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Student Achievement Coach

Jennifer Grbic
Student Achievement Coach
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Jennifer Grbic
Jennifer Grbic
Student Achievement Coach

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Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

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

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Reading Interventionist

Katy Vlasin
Reading Interventionist
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Katy Vlasin
Katy Vlasin
Reading Interventionist

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Special Areas

Antony Brophy
P.E.
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Hometown

Brownsville, Texas

Favorite Subject

Science, P.E.

Hobbies

Running, reading, general tomfoolery

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Let's get out and play!
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Jessica Gensel
Technology
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Jessica Gensel
Jessica Gensel
Technology

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Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading and Writing

Hobbies

Baking

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"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody!" - Kid President
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Joseph Mansfield
Band
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Hometown

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Music, fishing, reading, and learning new skills

Message

I am excited to create music with you and your student.
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Michael Spielman
Music
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Michael Spielman
Michael Spielman
Music

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Hometown

Scottsdale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Music

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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Rachel Vliek
STEM
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Hometown

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Art, science

Hobbies

Art, science, swimming

Message

Never be afraid to ask "why" or "how."
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Julie Whelihan
Art
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Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michagan

Favorite Subject

Art and Drama

Hobbies

Playing guitar, singing, swimming

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I am delighted to be back in the art room with your wonderful children!
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School Support

Fabiola Avina
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Fabiola Avina
Fabiola Avina
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

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Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Hobbies

Arts and crafts

Message

Looking forward to this school year!
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Imelda Gomez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Imelda Gomez
Imelda Gomez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

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Hometown

Bell Gardens, California

Favorite Subject

Math, Reading, and P.E.

Hobbies

Running, arts and crafts

Message

Looking forward to an amazing 2018-2019 school year at our great school!
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Evangline McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Evangline McCue
Evangline McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

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Hometown

Mexicali B.C., Mexico

Favorite Subject

Math and language arts

Hobbies

Camping, hiking, cooking.

Message

Believe in yourself and you will accomplish everything you set your mind to.
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Blanca Silva
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Blanca Silva
Blanca Silva
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Blanca Silva

Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

I love hiking around Arizona.

Message

I enjoy spending time with my family, and I have a passion for working with children and making a difference in their lives.
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