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. Richard Ramos
Principal
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Richard Ramos
Dr. Richard Ramos
Principal

Meet Dr. Richard Ramos

Hometown

Globe, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

Reading, exercising, traveling, and dining out for some Mexican food.

Message

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right!"
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Amanda Hicks
Assistant Principal
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Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks
Assistant Principal

Meet  Amanda Hicks

Hometown

Adrian, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Running, swimming, biking

Message

I am very excited to be working with the Estrella Vista Community. I look forward to meeting you.
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Antonio Bryant
Dean of Students
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Antonio Bryant
Antonio Bryant
Dean of Students

Meet  Antonio Bryant

Hometown

Compton, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Traveling, reading, dancing

Message

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

Cathy Jimenez
Administrative Secretary
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Cathy Jimenez
Cathy Jimenez
Administrative Secretary

Meet  Cathy Jimenez

Hobbies

Spoiling my grandchildren,, reading, and traveling.

Message

Work hard, help others, and always appreciate your loved ones.
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Stephanie Bojorquez
Office Support Specialist Sr.
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Stephanie Bojorquez
Stephanie Bojorquez
Office Support Specialist Sr.

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Jessica Rivas
Office Support Specialist, Jr.
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Jessica Rivas
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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Teachers

Kindergarten

Mallory Moore
Kindergarten
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Mallory Moore
Mallory Moore
Kindergarten

Meet  Mallory Moore

Hometown

Farmington, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

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
Kindergarten
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Jacqueline Robinson
Jacqueline Robinson
Kindergarten

Meet  Jacqueline Robinson

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Subject

Social Studies and History

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
Kindergarten
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Margaret Sauer
Margaret Sauer
Kindergarten

Meet  Margaret Sauer

Hometown

St. Louis, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Crafts, sports

Message

I am so excited for this year!
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Danielle Stone
Kindergarten
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Danielle Stone
Danielle Stone
Kindergarten

Meet  Danielle Stone

Hometown

Arnold, Missouri

Favorite Subject

English, Spelling

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
First Grade
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Megan Crawford
Megan Crawford
First Grade

Meet  Megan Crawford

Hometown

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Reading

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
First Grade
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Karla Encinas
Karla Encinas
First Grade

Meet  Karla Encinas

Hometown

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

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

Message

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

Meet  Sandra Gallegos

Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Favorite Subject

Math

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
First Grade
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Laura Montano
Laura Montano
First Grade

Meet  Laura Montano

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

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
Second Grade
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Heather Began
Heather Began
Second Grade

Meet  Heather Began

Hometown

Altamont, Illinois

Favorite Subject

All of them

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
Second Grade
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Ashley Chapman
Ashley Chapman
Second Grade

Meet  Ashley Chapman

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Bowling, reading, swimming, TV junkie

Message

I am looking forward to an exciting new year at EVES!
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Jason Mierczynski
Second Grade
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Jason Mierczynski
Jason Mierczynski
Second Grade

Meet  Jason Mierczynski

Hometown

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Message

I can't wait for an amazing year with all of you!
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Jessica Torres
Second Grade
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Jessica Torres
Jessica Torres
Second Grade

Meet  Jessica Torres

Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

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
Third Grade
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Sean Cappello
Sean Cappello
Third Grade

Meet  Sean Cappello

Hometown

Shelby Township, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Spelling

Hobbies

Lifting heavy weights and occasionally running

Message

Be kinder than is necessary.
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Alyssa Nelson
Third Grade
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Alyssa Nelson
Alyssa Nelson
Third Grade

Meet  Alyssa Nelson

Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Technology and Language Arts

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
Third Grade
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Daisy Sandoval
Daisy Sandoval
Third Grade

Meet  Daisy Sandoval

Hometown

Costa Mesa, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Hiking

Message

Let's have a great year!
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Rebekah Smith
Third Grade
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Rebekah Smith
Rebekah Smith
Third Grade

Meet  Rebekah Smith

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Running

Message

We will have a fabulous year!
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Fourth Grade

Jordan Dixon
Fourth Grade
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Jordan Dixon
Jordan Dixon
Fourth Grade

Meet  Jordan Dixon

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Horseback riding, movies, hiking

Message

I truly believe all children are capable of success, no exceptions!
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Paula Hernandez
Fourth Grade
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Paula Hernandez
Paula Hernandez
Fourth Grade

Meet  Paula Hernandez

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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Alyssa Pakes
Fourth Grade
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Alyssa Pakes
Alyssa Pakes
Fourth Grade

Meet  Alyssa Pakes

Hometown

Alexandria, Indiana

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Hobbies

Photography, travel

Message

"Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." - Walt Disney
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Jesse Reyes
Fourth Grade
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Jesse Reyes
Jesse Reyes
Fourth Grade

Meet  Jesse Reyes

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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Fifth Grade

Lori Bowden
Fifth Grade
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Lori Bowden
Lori Bowden
Fifth Grade

Meet  Lori Bowden

Hometown

El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject

Language arts, science, and art

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
Fifth Grade
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Cindy Landis
Cindy Landis
Fifth Grade

Meet  Cindy Landis

Hometown

Reading, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject

Reading

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
Fifth Grade
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Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte
Fifth Grade

Meet  Scott Schulte

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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Rachel Vliek
Fifth Grade
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Rachel Vliek
Rachel Vliek
Fifth Grade

Meet  Rachel Vliek

Hometown

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Art, science

Hobbies

Art, science, swimming

Message

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

Rosie Fleeman
Sixth Grade
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Rosie Fleeman
Rosie Fleeman
Sixth Grade

Meet  Rosie Fleeman

Hometown

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Social Studies and Science

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
Sixth Grade
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Jessica Gensel
Jessica Gensel
Sixth Grade

Meet  Jessica Gensel

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading and Writing

Hobbies

Baking

Message

"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody!" - Kid President
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Alexis Hullaby
Sixth Grade
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Alexis Hullaby
Alexis Hullaby
Sixth Grade

Meet  Alexis Hullaby

Hometown

Kansas City, Kansas

Favorite Subject

History and Social Studies

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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Chantelle Ottens
Sixth Grade
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Chantelle Ottens
Chantelle Ottens
Sixth Grade

Meet  Chantelle Ottens

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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Seventh Grade

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

Meet  Ramon Nieto-Calderon

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English and Art

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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Emil Pluhar
Math
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Meet  Emil Pluhar

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Golf

Message

Never give up and you will succeed.
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Stephen Batchelder
Science
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Stephen Batchelder
Stephen Batchelder
Science

Meet  Stephen Batchelder

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

Meet  Penny Nguyen

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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Eighth Grade

David Cooper
Science
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David Cooper
David Cooper
Science

Meet  David Cooper

Hometown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject

American History

Hobbies

Sports

Message

Come to school every day; make an effort and success will be yours.
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Rigoberto Gamez
Math
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Meet  Rigoberto Gamez

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

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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Bronson Goodsell
Social Studies
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Bronson Goodsell
Bronson Goodsell
Social Studies

Meet  Bronson Goodsell

Hometown

Battle Creek, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Social Studies/Government

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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Michelle Pitters
ELA
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Meet  Michelle Pitters

Hometown

Roseville, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Traveling, hiking, swimming, eating, reading

Message

Team work makes the dream work!
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Adriana Amavisca
Gifted
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Adriana Amavisca
Adriana Amavisca
Gifted

Meet  Adriana Amavisca

Hometown

Hermosillo, Sonora

Favorite Subject

Biology

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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Carla Clouse
Resource Grades K–3
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Carla Clouse
Carla Clouse
Resource Grades K–3

Meet  Carla Clouse

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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Susan Cox
Resource Grades 6-8
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Susan Cox
Susan Cox
Resource Grades 6-8

Meet  Susan Cox

Hometown

Wayne, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Reading, gardening, and crafting

Message

Believe, Achieve, Succeed
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Paige Lamb
Resource Grades 4-5
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Paige Lamb
Paige Lamb
Resource Grades 4-5

Meet  Paige Lamb

Hometown

Niles, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, rollerblading, and watching hockey

Message

I am ready to learn alongside you all!
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Student Achievement Coach

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

Meet  Jennifer Grbic

Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

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

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Reading Interventionist

Special Areas

Antony Brophy
P.E.
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Meet  Antony Brophy

Hometown

Brownsville, Texas

Favorite Subject

Science, P.E.

Hobbies

Running, reading, general tomfoolery

Message

Let's get out and play!
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Mukarram Hans
STEM
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Meet  Mukarram Hans

Hometown

Peshawar, Pakistan

Favorite Subject

Computer Science

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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Cameron Hallford
Technology
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Cameron Hallford
Cameron Hallford
Technology

Meet  Cameron Hallford

Hometown

Norfolk, Virginia

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Painting and DND

Message

Always reach for your dreams.
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Sarah Pigza
Band
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Meet  Sarah Pigza

Hometown

Youngstown, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Band

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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Michael Spielman
Music
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Michael Spielman
Michael Spielman
Music

Meet  Michael Spielman

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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Julie Whelihan
Art
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Meet  Julie Whelihan

Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michagan

Favorite Subject

Art and Drama

Hobbies

Playing guitar, singing, swimming

Message

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

Meet  Fabiola Avina

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

Meet  Imelda Gomez

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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Suyen Kimme
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Suyen Kimme
Suyen Kimme
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Suyen Kimme

Hometown

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Playing basketball, coaching, watching movies

Message

Get to know those around you, they are valuable just as you are. Always try to be positive and humble.
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Evangline McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Evangline McCue
Evangline McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Evangline McCue

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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Mary Rodriguez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Mary Rodriguez
Mary Rodriguez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Mary Rodriguez

Hometown

Tolleson, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Arts and crafts

Message

The future of the world is in my classroom.
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