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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Nicole Durazo
Dr. Nicole Durazo
Principal

Meet Dr. Nicole Durazo

Hometown

Scottsdale, AZ

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Spending time with my family, learning new things, and listening to music.

Message

"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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Cara Miller
Assistant Principal
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Cara Miller
Cara Miller
Assistant Principal

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Hometown

Peoria

Favorite Subject

English

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I have been an educator for ten plus years. serving as an English teacher, English Language Arts Content Coach, and Assistant Principal in traditional, alternative, and online environments. No matter where I am working or what role I have, my passion for public education and my belief that all students are capable of achieving success does not change. I love what I do, and I am thrilled to serve the Littleton Elementary School District community this year.
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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

Message

"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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Maricela Ortega
Office Support Specialist, Sr.
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Maricela Ortega
Maricela Ortega
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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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.

Message

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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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

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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Shea Robinson
School Psychology
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Shea Robinson
Shea Robinson
School Psychology

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Hometown

Austin, TX

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, documentaries, travel

Message

Each new day is an opportunity to make the most of our education, and I am looking forward to helping Littleton students and families reach their learning potential!

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Katy Valasin
Reading Interventionist
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Katy Valasin
Katy Valasin
Reading Interventionist

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Hometown

Muskegon, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

I like to go camping with my daughter, husband, and golden retriever, Wally. I also enjoy reading books, watching movies, and swimming.

Message

I have such a passion for teaching children how to read! I am so excited to meet students where they are at and then help them become amazing readers. This year is going to be so exciting!
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Kindergarten

Suyen Kimme
Kindergarten
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Suyen Kimme
Suyen Kimme
Kindergarten

Meet  Suyen Kimme

Hometown

Nandaime, Nicaragua

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Watching movies, camping, and playing or watching sports.

Message

“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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Laura Montano
Kindergarten
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Laura Montano
Laura Montano
Kindergarten

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

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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

Message

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

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

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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.

Message

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

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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Nancy Farrell
Second Grade
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Nancy Farrell
Nancy Farrell
Second Grade

Meet  Nancy Farrell

Hometown

Goodyear

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and baking. I am an animal lover and love spending time taking care of my pets.

Message

Welcome to second grade! My name is Mrs. Farrell, and I am so excited that you are part of my class. We are going to have so much fun learning this year. Parents and students, please always remember that you are important to me and never forget how much you are loved!
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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

Message

I am ready to learn alongside you all!
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Third Grade

Kelsey Barnes
Third Grade
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Kelsey Barnes
Kelsey Barnes
Third Grade

Meet  Kelsey Barnes

Hometown

El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Softball, and crafting

Message

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! As a teacher, my priority is creating and fostering a safe classroom environment. I believe that by building connections and trust with each student we can have a great year!
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Torrey Parker
Third Grade
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Torrey Parker
Torrey Parker
Third Grade

Meet  Torrey Parker

Hometown

Mission Viejo, CA

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Reading, martial arts

Message

I am so excited to be here with you at EV! We are going to have an amazing year learning together!
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Rebecca Paul
Third Grade
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Rebecca Paul
Rebecca Paul
Third Grade

Meet  Rebecca Paul

Hometown

Salem, Missouri

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Reading, photography, and spending time with my fur babies Daisy (husky mix) and Iris (cat).

Message

Hello! My name is Miss Paul and I am very excited to be joining the second grade team at Estrella Vista! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you, but first I'll tell you some things about me. I was born in Missouri, where I lived my entire life until now. I went to school in Silex, Missouri until sixth grade, when I moved to Salem, Missouri. I went to college at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where I got my degree in early childhood education. I live with my dog Daisy, who is a husky mix, and my cat, Iris. I can't wait to meet each and every one of you and start the school 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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Fourth Grade

Kiara Danovaro
Fourth Grade
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Kiara Danovaro
Kiara Danovaro
Fourth Grade

Meet  Kiara Danovaro

Hometown

Auburn, California

Favorite Subject

Reading

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I am so excited to be joining the amazing EV community! I cannot wait to get to know all of you and begin our learning adventures together this school year!
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Jason Mierczynski
Fourth Grade
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Jason Mierczynski
Jason Mierczynski
Fourth Grade

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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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Philip Prusa
Fourth Grade
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Philip Prusa
Philip Prusa
Fourth Grade

Meet  Philip Prusa

Hometown

Cleveland, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Social Studies, Reading

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, sports

Message

I'm very excited to be joining the Littleton School District family! Looking forward to an amazing 2021–2022 school year.

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Elliot Wasbotten
Fourth Grade
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Elliot Wasbotten
Elliot Wasbotten
Fourth Grade

Meet  Elliot Wasbotten

Hometown

Cleveland, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Sign Language

Hobbies

I love traveling, cooking, and spending time with my loved ones and pets

Message

I am beyond excited to be part of the EV family! Together, we will grow as a team, challenge ourselves, support each other, and learn new things every day. I cannot wait for an amazing year!
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Fifth Grade

Mark Brown
Fifth Grade
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Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Fifth Grade

Meet  Mark Brown

Hometown

Bakersfield, CA

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Graphic design, photography, music, thalassophile

Message

Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.

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Robert Del Castillo
Fifth Grade
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Robert Del Castillo
Robert Del Castillo
Fifth Grade

Meet  Robert Del Castillo

Hometown

Dallas, Texas

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Spending time with family and friends, hiking, and traveling.

Message

All students can learn and succeed, but not in the same way, and not in the same day. --William G. Spady
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Deborah Peptenar
Fifth Grade
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Deborah Peptenar
Deborah Peptenar
Fifth Grade

Meet  Deborah Peptenar

Hometown

Arizona

Favorite Subject

ELA, math, and science

Hobbies

Exercising, golfing, and reading

Message

Thank you for allowing me to guide and shape your child's future. As a team, we will educate the whole child while never ceasing to amaze. Together, we will transform the world. And, it all starts with your child.

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Margarida Peterson
Fifth Grade
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Margarida Peterson
Margarida Peterson
Fifth Grade

Meet  Margarida Peterson

Hometown

Livingston, NJ

Favorite Subject

History

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I'm so excited to be part of the EV family! Looking forward to having your child in my class.
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Sixth Grade

Lori Bowden
HSS
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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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Lynda Davis
Math
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Meet  Lynda Davis

Hometown

Avondale

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Writing, needle point sewing, painting, cooking/baking

Message

I want to welcome all of my students and parents/families, and I am so glad you are here, and this is going to be a great year for us all. I welcome the parents to visit my classroom and share their insight into our achievements and the assurance of good study faculties, and the great benefits that are offered to the students/parents.
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Cindy Landis
ELA
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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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Chantelle Ottens
Science
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Chantelle Ottens
Chantelle Ottens
Science

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

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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Madisen Miller
ELA
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Scott Schulte
HSS
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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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Eighth Grade

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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Paula Hernandez
HSS
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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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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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Darrie Nowell
Math
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Meet  Darrie Nowell

Hometown

Ahoskie, NC

Favorite Subject

Spanish

Hobbies

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

Message

A leader knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way!
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

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

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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Cynita Slater
Resource Grades K–3
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Cynita Slater
Cynita Slater
Resource Grades K–3

Meet  Cynita Slater

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Running, shopping, dancing, listening to music

Message

My name is Cynita Slater. I am new to Arizona and looking forward to a new adventure. I graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington in May 2018 with my master's degree. This is my first year in Littleton Elementary School District, but my ninth year teaching. I have been in the education field for over thirteen years. Sharing my time with students and teaching them about life is one of my greatest joys. I cannot wait for us to get to know each other.
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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, educational research, and practicing TaeKwonDo

Message

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." –William Butler Yeats
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Reading Interventionist

Special Areas

Bobbie Brock
P.E.
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Meet  Bobbie Brock

Hometown

Hallam

Favorite Subject

Physical Education

Hobbies

Hiking and bike riding

Message

My students and parents are my priority and I am here for you. I care and want to make a difference in the lives of my students. I am 100% committed to the success of my students.
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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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Joseph Mansfield
Band
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Meet  Joseph Mansfield

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

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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Rachel Vliek
STEM
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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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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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Evanglina McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Evanglina McCue
Evanglina McCue
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Evanglina 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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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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Custodial Staff

Alfonso Almanza
Lead Custodian

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