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 Karen Grose
Karen Grose
Principal

Assistant Principal Charles "Charlie" Blanton
Charles "Charlie" Blanton
Assistant Principal

Dean of Students Lindsay Westberg
Lindsay Westberg
Dean of Students

office Staff


Office Staff

 Grace Gutierrez</br>                                                                
Support Specialist, Sr.

Grace Gutierrez
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.

Annita Quintana
Support Specialist, Jr.
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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!


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. 


First Grade

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

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA and PE

Where I Started to Teach:

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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 Danielle Rios
Danielle Rios
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading/Writing

Where I Started to Teach:

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


 Jessa Stegall
Jessa Stegall
Home Town:
Muskegon, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Psychology

Where I Started to Teach:

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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 Megan Vigorito
Megan Vigorito
Home Town:
St. Louis, MO

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Reading, watching movies, baking, and cross-stitch

Message:

I am excited to be working with all my third graders this year. Together, we will learn many exciting things. I am excited to see how you all grow over the year.


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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:

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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 Sheilah McCalpine
Sheilah McCalpine
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 Rebecca Mobley
Rebecca Mobley
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Message:

Welcome to second grade! I cannot wait to begin my first year at Tres Rios. Let's make it an amazing year!


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 Johanna Spalding
Johanna Spalding
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and science

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

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

Message:

I am very excited to work for another year at Tres Rios. I have been a third grade teacher for two years and a teacher for three. I love Tres and the community that surrounds our school.


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Third Grade

 Crystal Carrera
Crystal Carrera
Home Town:
Avondale

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA/Reading

Where I Started to Teach:

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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 Melissa Hoppe
Melissa Hoppe
Home Town:
Tolleson

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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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 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. 


 Shelley Storaska
Shelley Storaska
Home Town:
Allentown, PA

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:

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

 Stephen Davis
Stephen Davis
Home Town:
Marietta, GA

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Travel, backpacking, reading comics, video games, and watching football

Message:

I am excited for the new year, and I can't wait to get to know the students, learn together, and hopefully have a little fun.


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 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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 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


ELD Kelsee Wirtjes
Kelsee Wirtjes
ELD
Home Town:
Peoria, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Traveling, camping, hiking, reading, and watching movies

Message:

I am looking forward to a great year and can't wait to learn and grow together!


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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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 Lora Morales
Lora Morales
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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

 Erika Avelar
Erika Avelar
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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ELA/Social Studies Itzer Garcia
Itzer Garcia
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Guerrero, Mexico

Favorite Subject in School:
English Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
I enjoy swimming, hiking, and traveling.

Message:

Welcome to Room # 586! It is my goal to make learning relevant in our classroom with diverse opportunities to succeed, NO EXCEPTIONS! "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada


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 Scott Kelbick
Scott Kelbick
Home Town:
Blue Bell, PA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Norristown Area School District, Norristown, PA

Hobbies:
Exercising and basketball officiating

Message:

I want to challenge my students to do their best. I believe that all students have the innate desire to learn and relate content to their lives. All students can be successful, no exceptions.


 Andrea Luna
Andrea Luna
Home Town:
Downey, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:

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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Seventh Grade

 Suzanne Green
Suzanne Green
Home Town:
New Harmony, UT

Favorite Subject in School:
Journalism

Where I Started to Teach:
Coconino Community College

Hobbies:
Sewing, motorcycling, and baking

Message:

It's an honor to spend my days with my students and share my love of reading with them. 


 Allen Melcher
Allen Melcher
Home Town:
Casa Grande, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:

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 Hayley Robinson
Hayley Robinson
Science
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Math Ben Winebreak
Ben Winebreak
Math
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Eighth Grade

 John Hines
John Hines
Home Town:
Crowley, Texas

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Hiking, scuba diving, mountain biking, reading, doing crosswords, and spending time at our cabin with my wife.

Message:

I am very passionate about teaching, especially history and social studies! I am truly looking forward to getting to know your children and making them passionate about history as well. 


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 Kevin Salazar
Kevin Salazar
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Tres Rios

Hobbies:
Sports, arts and crafts, experiencing new foods and cultures

Message:

Cannot wait to work together to help our students succeed. 


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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Related Arts

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!


Technology Marius Mateescu
Marius Mateescu
Technology
Home Town:
Chicago

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies, P.E.

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Basketball, reading, spending time with my family

Message:

Treat others as you would want to be treated.


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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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Art Judith M. Smith
Judith M. Smith
Art
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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

Paraprofessional - Early Childhood Thalia Page
Thalia Page
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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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 - Early Childhood Vicky Torres
Vicky Torres
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin

Hobbies:
Disneyland with my family.

Message:

Kinder kids are the best!


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
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 Helen Coreas-Mendez
Helen Coreas-Mendez
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."


Social Worker, FRI John Meacham
John Meacham
Social Worker, FRI
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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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