Teachers and Staff

Here at Tres Rios we have an outstanding team of teachers, administrators, and support staff. Working together with you, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing, and positive environment for your children to learn and flourish in. We believe one of the most powerful tools for student success is frequent, ongoing communication with parents and guardians. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our faculty or staff with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to help!


Administration


Administration

Principal Ricardo Cordova
Ricardo Cordova
Principal
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Assistant Principal Marieka Michaud
Marieka Michaud
Assistant Principal
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Dean of Students Lindsay Kent
Lindsay Kent
Dean of Students
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Support Staff


Office Staff

 Grace Gutierrez</br>                                                                 
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Luciana Vargas</br>                                                                 
Administrative Assistant

Luciana Vargas
Administrative Assistant
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 Judith Collins</br>                                                                 
Librarian

Judith Collins
Librarian
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 Annita Quintana</br>                                                                 
Support Specialist, Jr.

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 Katrina Mosey</br>                                                                 
Nurse

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Teachers


Kindergarten

Kindergarten Elizabeth Ramos
Elizabeth Ramos
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Renfrew, Ontario Canada

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
I started teaching in 2003.

Hobbies:
Book club and watching my kids in their activities

Message:

Teaching kindergarten has been my passion for over ten years!


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Kindergarten Shana Trotter
Shana Trotter
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Kincheloe, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Traveling, reading, and spending time with my friends and family

Message:

I'm beyond excited to get to know you your children better, and I'm ready for a great year of learning. 


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Kindergarten Patricia Wawrzyk
Patricia Wawrzyk
Kindergarten
Home Town:
New York

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Pendergast

Hobbies:
Hiking, shopping, and baking

Message:

I look forward to watching your children grow academically and as an individual. 


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First Grade

 Danielle Ramirez
Danielle Ramirez
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading/Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading and crafting

Message:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go." –Dr. Suess


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 Melissa J. Rice
Melissa J. Rice
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Sundance Elementary School in Peoria, AZ

Hobbies:
I love going mudding and, of course, my Cardinals!

Message:

I am excited to begin a new journey with the students, staff, and community at Tres Rios!


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 Kristina Sessler
Kristina Sessler
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary School

Hobbies:
Sewing, hiking, and rock climbing

Message:

Let's make this year great!


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 Jessa Stegall
Jessa Stegall
Home Town:
Muskegon, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Psychology

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading, fashion, cooking, gardening, and exploring new places

Message:

I'm very excited to get to know all of you throughout this school year. First grade is a big time with lot of big changes, and I feel privileged to be here to make that step of the journey with you all. 


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Second Grade

 Claudia Lopez
Claudia Lopez
Home Town:
Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Playing sports, traveling, fishing, and hiking

Message:

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!" - Dr. Suess


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 Jennifer Maidment-Stout
Jennifer Maidment-Stout
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA and PE

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Hiking, volleyball, and some occasional tennis. I love being with my family, our granddaughter, and our friends.

Message:

I strive to encourage, influence, and inspire each child to the best of my abilities!


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 Gwen Walt-Eastwood
Gwen Walt-Eastwood
Home Town:
Tampa, FL

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Country Place Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reading, movies, shopping, traveling, and spending time with family

Message:

"A #2 pencil and dream can take you anywhere." - Joyce A Meyers


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 Becky West
Becky West
Home Town:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading, spending time with my dogs, and visiting the beach

Message:

Every child can succeed. I look forward to meeting all of you and supporting your student.


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Third Grade

 Kari Burd
Kari Burd
Home Town:
Ann Arbor, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Service Academy

Hobbies:
Hiking, cooking, baking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Message:

I am excited to be back a Tres Rios! I am looking forward to being a partner in your child's learning and success.


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 Crystal Carrera
Crystal Carrera
Home Town:
Avondale

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA/Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
I love traveling and exploring!

Message:

Welcome to third grade! I am looking forward to a great year full of learning and fun!


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 Jami Petersen
Jami Petersen
Home Town:
Syracuse, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Playing sports, hiking, reading, and being with family and friends

Message:

I am looking forward to a wonderful and learning-filled first year with the LESD family. 


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 Shelley Storaska
Shelley Storaska
Home Town:
Allentown, PA

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Traveling, cross stitching, collecting rocks, stamps & coins

Message:

I am excited to join the second grade team. My goal is to inspire children to love learning and to create a safe, respectful community.       


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Fourth Grade

 Scott Fusi
Scott Fusi
Home Town:
Fresno, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Agriculture

Where I Started to Teach:
American Union in Fresno, CA

Hobbies:
Watching Netflix, and spending time with family

Message:

I am very interested in the 4-H program. We are starting a 4-H club here at Tres Rios Academy this year as part of the service learning community. If you are interested in 4-H please let me know, and I will give you all the information you need to become an active part of the program.


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 Maxwell Horowitz
Maxwell Horowitz
Home Town:
Bethesda, Maryland

Favorite Subject in School:
Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Georgetown Day School - Washington, DC

Hobbies:
Soccer, Photography, Drawing

Message:

Strive to Thrive


 Diana Sandoval
Diana Sandoval
Home Town:
Costa Mesa, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Working out and spending time with family

Message:

I am excited to be at Tres Rios Service Academy! Go, Pumas! "Kid, you'll move mountains!" Dr. Seuss


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 Marvin Villa
Marvin Villa
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math, Science, and Reading

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Hiking, Gardening, Attempting to draw/paint, learn new things

Message:

I am excited to start the year and meet my new future students and the parents as well! The year is filled with great new things and material to learn and much.


Fifth Grade

ELA/Social Studies Kimberly Clyde
Kimberly Clyde
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Garden Grove, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Wilson Colton, CA

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family and relaxing

Message:

I hope that this year will be filled with a lot of growing and learning together. I look forward to getting to know all of you this year.


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 Sean Fair
Sean Fair
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math, science, P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, coaching, playing sports, and going to the movies

Message:

I am so excited for another school year here at Tres! I look forward to helping my students become better learners, and to show growth each day!


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 Hayley Robinson
Hayley Robinson
Home Town:
New York, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Science and Chorus

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Rock climbing, swimming, and watching TV

Message:

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”


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ELA/Social Studies Erin Van Dusen
Erin Van Dusen
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Buckeye

Favorite Subject in School:
Art and P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Hiking, painting, reading, and Krav Maga

Message:

Hello! This is an exciting year as we are launching the new service-learning program. I am thrilled to be a part of Tres Rios Service Learning Academy teaching fifth grade; where students are learning about how to be more responsible with their resources and are developing empathy for those in need.


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Sixth Grade

Math/Science Melissa Hoppe
Melissa Hoppe
Math/Science
Home Town:
Tolleson

Favorite Subject in School:

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Volleyball, hiking, and spending time with family

Message:

I am excited to begin teaching in a district that I grew up in, helping students in my community.


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ELA/Social Studies Andrea Luna
Andrea Luna
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Downey, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Dancing

Message:

Let's work together to help motivate and teach our children how to make our world a better place.


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Math/Science Marilynda Milum
Marilynda Milum
Math/Science
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Fowler Elementary

Hobbies:
Hiking, swimming, tennis, walking, dining out, hanging out with friends

Message:

Put your best foot forward!


ELA/Social Studies Lora Morales
Lora Morales
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Bayard, New Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing and Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Hobbies:
Scrapbooking, taking pictures, playing video games, and hanging out with my family

Message:

If a child cannot learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn.


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Seventh Grade

ELA Clarissa Flores
Clarissa Flores
ELA
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Pioneer Preparatory School

Hobbies:
Reading, writing, cooking, and learning through social media

Message:

"We teachers are rather good at magic, you know." - J.K. Rowling


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Science Amber Garcia
Amber Garcia
Science
Home Town:
Scio, OR

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
I started teaching in the Creighton School District in Phoenix, AZ.

Hobbies:
Volleyball, Rubik's Cube, and travel

Message:

I am so excited to be returning to Tres, and I hope to have a great year!


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Social Studies Philip Mashek
Philip Mashek
Social Studies
Home Town:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Logan Middle School in Logan, Ohio

Hobbies:
Skiing, hiking, disc golf, cooking, and exercising

Message:

Excited to join the Tres Rios learning community and become a Puma!


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ELD Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
ELD
Home Town:
Belize

Favorite Subject in School:
Religion

Where I Started to Teach:
My first class was a preschool classroom at Kuban School in Murphy School District.

Hobbies:
I love to swim and spend time with my family.

Message:

Knowledge is what keeps the momentum going between dreams and reality.


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Math Ben Winebreak
Ben Winebreak
Math
Home Town:
Philadelphia, PA

Favorite Subject in School:
Economics

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
Football, basketball, traveling, and snowboarding

Message:

I am very excited to help show the power and importance of mathematics with our seventh grade students!


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Eighth Grade

 Milton Melcher
Milton Melcher
Home Town:
Casa Grande, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios Elementary

Hobbies:
I love to travel the world, backpacking, motorcycling, and enjoying fine foods.

Message:

"Difficulty is the excuse history never excepts" - Edward R. Murrow   
Let's do this together!


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Science Vanessa Sanchez
Vanessa Sanchez
Science
Home Town:
Mabton, WA

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Watch movies, spend time with family, and creative writing

Message:

I'm super excited for this school year and can't wait to meet all of my students!


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ELA Chad Schafer
Chad Schafer
ELA
Home Town:
Beal City, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
English, drama, and history

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Cooking, hiking, writing, and reading

Message:

Let's help our students be the positive change we wish to see in the world. 


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 Thomas Webb Sandoval
Thomas Webb Sandoval
Home Town:
Ahwatukee, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Marketing, math, and history

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Hiking, camping, and concerts

Message:

I'm happy to be back and continuing to contribute to the Tres Rios family. 


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ELD Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
ELD
Home Town:
Belize

Favorite Subject in School:
Religion

Where I Started to Teach:
My first class was a preschool classroom at Kuban School in Murphy School District.

Hobbies:
I love to swim and spend time with my family.

Message:

Knowledge is what keeps the momentum going between dreams and reality.


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Related Arts

Service Learning Erika Avelar
Erika Avelar
Service Learning
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends

Message:

This is going to be a great year with my students again! I am so excited to see them and watch them grow as learners everyday!


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Music Noah Karvelis
Noah Karvelis
Music
Home Town:
Rockford, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Cooking, hiking, playing music, records

Message:

I am extremely excited to create and learn about music with all of you!


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PE Gabriel Nells
Gabriel Nells
PE
Home Town:
Ramah, NM

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Playing sports, guitar, reading, and spending time with family

Message:

I am happy to be joining the Tres Rios community and look forward to a great year! 


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Technology Thalia Page
Thalia Page
Technology
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Playing soccer

Message:

I love working with kids.


Art Judith M. Smith
Judith M. Smith
Art
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Art

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Triathlons

Message:

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out." - Dr. Seuss


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SPED

Resource Selene Luna Alarcon
Selene Luna Alarcon
Resource
Home Town:
La Puente, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English language

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Playing volleyball and dancing

Message:

I am so excited to be able to teach our exceptional learners and Tres Rios! 


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Resource Irene Vasquez
Irene Vasquez
Resource
Home Town:
Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale School District

Hobbies:
I enjoy hiking with my family and doing yoga with my friends.

Message:

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Winnie the Pooh


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Master Teacher

Student Achievement Coach Gina Forney-Lee
Gina Forney-Lee
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Phoenix

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Phoenix Elementary

Hobbies:
Shopping and bingo

Message:

Looking forward to a fantastic school year getting to know your students and being able to help them achieve their educational goals. 


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Paraprofessionals


Iracema Leija
Early Childhood Paraprofessional
Home Town:

Favorite Subject in School:

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:

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Ana Moran
Paraprofessional
Home Town:
Buckeye, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Kidz Kreationz

Hobbies:
Dance, soccer, DIY

Message:

I believe that everyone can succeed in life if they believe in themselves.


Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Crystal Porter
Crystal Porter
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Family

Message:

I love working with young kids.


Paraprofessional Rowan Romero
Rowan Romero
Paraprofessional
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Reading, traveling, and playing trumpet

Message:

Hi! My name is Rowan, and I am a partial IB graduate from Ironwood High School. I participated in marching band and jazz band all four years of high school. I was the trumpet section leader for two years. I love all things music, as well as helping others! I currently attend South Mountain Community College, and I am studying psychology and education. My career goal is to be a social worker with a focus on children, especially those with special needs.


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Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Maria Vargas
Maria Vargas
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Chihuahua, Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
Family, fun, and travel

Message:

Be your best everyday!


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Gifted Teacher Susan Candelaria
Susan Candelaria
Gifted Teacher
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Countryside Elementary in the Dysart Elementary School District

Hobbies:
Crafts, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, and shopping

Message:

"To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor." - Stacey T. Hunt


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Psychologist Helen Coreas-Mendez
Helen Coreas-Mendez
Psychologist
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Disney collecting

Message:

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."


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Social Worker, FRI John Meacham
John Meacham
Social Worker, FRI
Home Town:
Dayton, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center

Hobbies:
Golf and thrifting

Message:

Caviat emptor (buyer beware)


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Reading Intervention K-3 Markeita Momon
Markeita Momon
Reading Intervention K-3
Home Town:
Compton, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and history

Where I Started to Teach:
Phoenix Elementary

Hobbies:
Traveling, going on cruises, family and friends

Message:

"The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr Seuss


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