Meet Our Wonderful 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

Steven Rickert
Principal
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Steven Rickert
Steven Rickert
Principal

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Hometown

Freeport, IL

Hobbies

Playing and watching sports, attending concerts, and traveling.

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It is an honor to serve the students and families of our district, and I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure our students' success.
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Eric Nelson
Assistant Principal
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Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson
Assistant Principal

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Lindsay Kent
Dean of Students
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Lindsay Kent
Lindsay Kent
Dean of Students

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Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Playing sand volleyball and hiking

Message

One of the most wonderful things about education is that a single teacher can change a kid’s life.
Arizona State University
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Office Support

Grace Gutierrez
Support Specialist, Sr.
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Grace Gutierrez
Grace Gutierrez
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Luciana Vargas
Administrative Assistant
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Luciana Vargas
Luciana Vargas
Administrative Assistant

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Judith Collins
Librarian
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Judith Collins
Judith Collins
Librarian

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Annita Quintana
Support Specialist, Jr.
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Annita Quintana
Annita Quintana
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Teachers

Kindergarten

Yadira Lopez
Kindergarten
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Yadira Lopez
Yadira Lopez
Kindergarten

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Hometown

Long Beach, CA

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I love spending time with my husband and kids. I also love food and shopping.

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Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was in second grade. In my classroom we will be learning so much about reading, writing, math, and more. The skills we practice daily are the building blocks for your child’s future success in school and in life. I will guide and encourage your child, celebrating each step of the way as he or she gains a love of learning, self confidence, and the academic skills that form a foundation for continued success. The education of every child invokes a partnership between parents and teachers. There are many ways we will be able to work together to ensure your child receives the best education possible. Thank you for letting me have the opportunity to teach them.
Grand Canyon University
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Elizabeth Ramos
Kindergarten
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Elizabeth Ramos
Elizabeth Ramos
Kindergarten

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Hometown

Renfrew, Ontario Canada

Where I Started Teaching

I started teaching in 2003.

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Book club and watching my kids in their activities

Message

Teaching kindergarten has been my passion for over ten years!
Arizona State University
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Patricia Wawrzyk
Kindergarten
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Patricia Wawrzyk
Patricia Wawrzyk
Kindergarten

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Hometown

New York

Where I Started Teaching

Pendergast

Favorite Subject

Social studies

Hobbies

Hiking, shopping, and baking

Message

I look forward to watching your children grow academically and as an individual.
Arizona State University
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First Grade

Giovanna Guzman
First Grade
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Giovanna Guzman
Giovanna Guzman
First Grade

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Hometown

El Paso, Texas

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading, going to museums, and the beach

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Danielle Ramirez
First Grade
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Danielle Ramirez
Danielle Ramirez
First Grade

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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Reading and writing

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
Arizona State University
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Jordan Trainor
First Grade
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Jordan Trainor
Jordan Trainor
First Grade

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Hometown

Westerville, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I love to take my dog, Maggie, for walks, reading, going fishing, traveling, going to movies, and sewing projects. I enjoy to spend time on the weekends working in the garden with my husband. I always travel back east to see family in the summer.

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My name is Mrs. Trainor and I will be teaching first grade at Tres Rios Service Academy. In previous years I have taught Kindergarten and I am excited for a new adventure. I am looking forward to getting to know your child and anticipating a year of fun. We will have a year of laughter, ideas, learning, and discovery. We will spend our time working together to learn and create a positive learning environment where everyone is excited to come to school. We will treat everyone with kindness and respect. I want to thank each child and family in advance for all the warmth, kindness, and memories we will get to share this year. We will all grow together and always strive to be the best we can be.
Northern Arizona University
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Second Grade

Courtney Koska
Second Grade
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Courtney Koska
Courtney Koska
Second Grade

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Hometown

Nelsonville, OH

Favorite Subject

Science and Art

Hobbies

Hiking, yoga, and traveling.

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"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so......get on your way!" Dr. Seuss
University of Akron
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Claudia Lopez
Second Grade
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Claudia Lopez
Claudia Lopez
Second Grade

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Hometown

Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Math and science

Hobbies

Playing sports, traveling, fishing, and hiking

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"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!" - Dr. Suess
Grand Canyon University
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Jennifer Maidment-Stout
Second Grade
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Jennifer Maidment-Stout
Jennifer Maidment-Stout
Second Grade

Meet  Jennifer Maidment-Stout

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

ELA and PE

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!
Arizona State University
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Gwen Walt-Eastwood
Second Grade
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Gwen Walt-Eastwood
Gwen Walt-Eastwood
Second Grade

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Hometown

Tampa, Florida

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Math and science

Hobbies

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

Message

"A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere." - Joyce A Meyers
Grand Canyon University
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Third Grade

Crystal Carrera
Third Grade
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Crystal Carrera
Crystal Carrera
Third Grade

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Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

ELA/Reading

Hobbies

I love traveling and exploring.

Message

Welcome to third grade! I am looking forward to a great year full of learning and fun!
Arizona State University
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Diana Corona
Third Grade
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Diana Corona
Diana Corona
Third Grade

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Hometown

Costa Mesa, California

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Math

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
Arizona State University
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Kari Pitcher
Third Grade
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Kari Pitcher
Kari Pitcher
Third Grade

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Hometown

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Service Academy

Favorite Subject

Social studies

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.
Eastern Michigan University
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Fourth Grade

Sean Fair
Fourth Grade
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Sean Fair
Sean Fair
Fourth Grade

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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Math, science, P.E.

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 every day!
Arizona State University
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Lora Fernandez
ELA/Social Studies
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Lora Fernandez
Lora Fernandez
ELA/Social Studies

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Hometown

Bayard, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Favorite Subject

Writing and social studies

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.
New Mexico State University Northern Arizona University
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Jami Petersen
Fourth Grade
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Jami Petersen
Jami Petersen
Fourth Grade

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Hometown

Syracuse, New York

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Reading and writing

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.
Niagra University
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Fifth Grade

Kimberly Clyde
ELA/Social Studies
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Kimberly Clyde
Kimberly Clyde
ELA/Social Studies

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Hometown

Garden Grove, California

Where I Started Teaching

Wilson Colton, California

Favorite Subject

Math

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.
California State University Long Beach
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Erin Van Dusen
ELA/Social Studies
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Erin Van Dusen
Erin Van Dusen
ELA/Social Studies

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Hometown

Buckeye, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Art and P.E.

Hobbies

Hiking, painting, reading, and Krav Maga

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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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Megan Lindsay
Fifth Grade
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Megan Lindsay
Megan Lindsay
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Lombard, IL

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

I love to play with my cats, watch documentaries, and try new things.

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I am very excited to be continuing my teaching career in an amazing school like Tres Rios. I hope to equip each one of my students to make and reach goals, communicate effectively, and take responsibility for his or her own actions. I can’t wait to see you shine!
Eastern Illinois University
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Alicia Rosado
Fifth Grade
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Alicia Rosado
Alicia Rosado
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Dancing, cooking, and reading.

Message

I love to learn. Together we will learn and grow as we support each other on our learning journey.
Concordia UniversityCapella UniversityGrand Canyon University
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Sixth Grade

Melissa Hoppe
Math/Science
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Melissa Hoppe
Melissa Hoppe
Math/Science

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Hometown

Tolleson, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

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.
Arizona State University
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Andrea Luna
ELA/Social Studies
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Andrea Luna
Andrea Luna
ELA/Social Studies

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Hometown

Downey, California

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Dancing

Message

Let's work together to help motivate and teach our children how to make our world a better place.
Arizona State University
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Rio Stinger
Math/Science
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Rio Stinger
Rio Stinger
Math/Science

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Shayna Voeller
ELA/Social Studies
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Shayna Voeller
Shayna Voeller
ELA/Social Studies

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Hometown

Tucson, AZ

Favorite Subject

English and Social Studies

Hobbies

Running, arts and crafts, and reading.

Message

I am excited to join the Tres Rios community and I hope to encourage my students everyday to work hard towards their dreams.
University of Arizona
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Seventh Grade

Stephen Davis
Math
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Meet  Stephen Davis

Hometown

Marietta, Georgia

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Sports, video games, and traveling.

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Welcome! I am Mr. Davis, as you probably already know. I am looking forward to the 2020–2021 school year. You will learn more about me as the year goes on, but since you are reading this, I assume that you would like to know more about me now, so I created the following list. Hopefully, each one of you can relate to something below, but if not, I am sure that we will find something that we have in common as the year goes on. As you will soon see, I can be one big kid and I like to have fun.....after the learning, of course. My Hobbies: My sports team(s): Braves, Hawks, Atlanta United, Falcons, and the Georgia Bulldogs. Play Station, X-Box, or Nintendo: Play Station Favorite Video Game Series: The Batman: Arkham Series Favorite Type of Music: Hip-Hop (pre-2010's) and punk rock. Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight, closely followed by Infinity War/Endgame Marvel or DC: Actually it is Image, but I do love the MCU and Batman. Favorite Subject in School: Social Sciences Morning or Evening Person: Evening Favorite Food: BBQ ribs, potato salad, and collard greens. What I love about Mesa, AZ: The sunsets and the winter. What I don't care for about Mesa, AZ: The summers. Interests: I have a wide range of interests from sports, to video games, to traveling.
University of Georgia
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Nick Ferrando
Social Studies
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Nick Ferrando
Nick Ferrando
Social Studies

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Hometown

Aurora, OH

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

Football, basketball, swimming, weight lifting, and golf.

Message

I am excited to get started and grow with the students.
Kent State University
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Moira McKinnon
Science
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Moira McKinnon
Moira McKinnon
Science

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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Science

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Arizona State University Cappella UniversityRio Salado College
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Candice Tolliver
ELA
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Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Leadership

Hobbies

My hobbies consist of, but aren't limited to reading, dancing, star gazing, and cooking.

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I believe that education is a group effort and requires the student, the caregiver, and myself to work together in achieving success. I am passionate about my role in educating, equipping, and enabling each student to thrive academically and culturally. I look forward to meeting you.
The University of Arizona Northern Arizona University Arizona State University
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Eighth Grade

David Isham Sr.
Social Studies
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David Isham Sr.
David Isham Sr.
Social Studies

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Hometown

Tolleson, AZ

Favorite Subject

History and Government

Hobbies

Coaching high school football, writing short stories and prose, and spending quality time with my family.

Message

I am committed to enriching your child’s educational opportunities and character development through creative, interactive, and meaningful lessons that inspire a passion in life long learning,
Ottawa UniversityUniversity of Phoenix
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Kyounghee Mills
Math
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Hometown

Buckeye, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Golf, horseback riding, swimming, and hiking

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I wish to make math as interesting as possible to the students. To achieve that it is essential that students have an open mind toward math.
University of Michigan
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Vanessa Sanchez
Science
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Vanessa Sanchez
Vanessa Sanchez
Science

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Hometown

Mabton, Washington

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Watching movies, spending 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!
Arizona State University University of Washington
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Chad Schafer
ELA
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Meet  Chad Schafer

Hometown

Beal City, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

English, drama, and history

Hobbies

Cooking, hiking, writing, and reading

Message

Let's help our students be the positive change we wish to see in the world.
Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Andrew Garza
Resource
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Andrew Garza
Andrew Garza
Resource

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Hometown

Omaha, NE

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Church, coaching, football, music, and family.

Message

Time to get after it!
Bellevue University
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Irene Vasquez
Resource
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Irene Vasquez
Irene Vasquez
Resource

Meet  Irene Vasquez

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Avondale School District

Favorite Subject

Math

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
Grand Canyon University
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Student Achievement Coach

Gina Forney-Lee
Student Achievement Coach
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Gina Forney-Lee
Gina Forney-Lee
Student Achievement Coach

Meet  Gina Forney-Lee

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Phoenix Elementary

Favorite Subject

Reading

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.
Arizona State University Northern Arizona University
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Reading Interventionist

Markeita Momon
Reading Intervention K-3
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Markeita Momon
Markeita Momon
Reading Intervention K-3

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Hometown

Compton, California

Where I Started Teaching

Phoenix Elementary

Favorite Subject

Reading and history

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
Arizona State University Northern Arizona University
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Special Areas

Erika Avelar
Service Learning
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Erika Avelar
Erika Avelar
Service Learning

Meet  Erika Avelar

Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Math

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!
Arizona State University Grand Canyon University
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Ingrid Benson
Technology
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Ingrid Benson
Ingrid Benson
Technology

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Hometown

Irvington, New Jersey

Hobbies

Yoga, biking, and church activities.

Message

My mission as a computer teacher is to inspire my students through technology to become active lifelong learners and good citizens. I will create a positive, supportive, and encouraging computer lab environment that nurtures the student and the student's learning experience. Through the use of technology and technology-based projects, I will challenge and empower each student to strive to reach his full potential in our evolving global society.
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Michael Carden
Music
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Meet  Michael Carden

Hometown

Canfield, OH

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Biking and other light exercise.

Message

I am excited to work with the students at Tres Rios and do what I can to help them grow into the best young people they can be.
University of AkronKent State UniversityCentral Michigan University
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Roberta Garcia
Gifted Teacher
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Roberta Garcia
Roberta Garcia
Gifted Teacher

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Judith M. Smith
Art
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Judith M. Smith
Judith M. Smith
Art

Meet  Judith M. Smith

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Triathlons

Message

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?" - Dr. Seuss
Arizona State University
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Autumn St George
PE
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Hometown

Torrance, California

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Playing sports, hiking, gardening, reading, bike riding, and walking with my dogs.

Message

I am excited to have the opportunity to share my passion for movement and fitness with students. My goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a long-lasting healthy lifestyle.
California State University
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School Support

Paraprofessionals

Maria Vargas
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Maria Vargas
Maria Vargas
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet  Maria Vargas

Hometown

Chihuahua, Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Family, fun, and travel

Message

Be your best everyday!
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Iracema Leija
Paraprofessional
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Iracema Leija
Iracema Leija
Paraprofessional

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Denise Martinez
Paraprofessional
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Denise Martinez
Denise Martinez
Paraprofessional

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Crystal Porter
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Crystal Porter
Crystal Porter
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

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I love working with young kids.
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