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

Ricardo Cordova
Principal
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Ricardo Cordova
Ricardo Cordova
Principal

Meet  Ricardo Cordova

Hometown

Willcox, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I love traveling, weightlifting, wrestling, snowboarding, video games, hiking, going to the movies, and spending time with my family.

Message

I am very happy and ready to serve our students, parents, and staff here at Tres Rios Service Academy.
Cochise College Western New Mexico University Arizona State University Grand Canyon University
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Marieka Michaud
Assistant Principal
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Marieka Michaud
Marieka Michaud
Assistant Principal

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Hometown

Kingston, Jamaica

Favorite Subject

Math and science

Hobbies

Family time, crafting, and traveling

Message

"Don't worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." - Jack Canfield
California State University San Marcos University of California San Diego Northern Arizona University
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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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Katrina Mosey
Nurse
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Teachers

Kindergarten

Elizabeth Ramos
Kindergarten
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Elizabeth Ramos
Elizabeth Ramos
Kindergarten

Meet  Elizabeth Ramos

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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Shana Trotter
Kindergarten
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Shana Trotter
Shana Trotter
Kindergarten

Meet  Shana Trotter

Hometown

Kincheloe, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Reading

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.
Central Michigan 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

Danielle Ramirez
First Grade
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Danielle Ramirez
Danielle Ramirez
First Grade

Meet  Danielle Ramirez

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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Melissa J. Rice
First Grade
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Melissa J. Rice
Melissa J. Rice
First Grade

Meet  Melissa J. Rice

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Sundance Elementary School in Peoria, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Message

I am excited to begin a new journey with the students, staff, and community at Tres Rios!
Arizona State University Ottawa University
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Kristina Sessler
First Grade
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Kristina Sessler
Kristina Sessler
First Grade

Meet  Kristina Sessler

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Sewing, hiking, and rock climbing

Message

Let's make this year great!
Arizona State University
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Jessa Stegall
First Grade
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Jessa Stegall
Jessa Stegall
First Grade

Meet  Jessa Stegall

Hometown

Muskegon, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Psychology

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.
Michigan State University
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Second Grade

Claudia Lopez
Second Grade
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Claudia Lopez
Claudia Lopez
Second Grade

Meet  Claudia Lopez

Hometown

Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Math and science

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
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

Meet  Gwen Walt-Eastwood

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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Becky West
Second Grade
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Becky West
Becky West
Second Grade

Meet  Becky West

Hometown

San Diego, California

Where I Started Teaching

Collier Elementary

Favorite Subject

Reading

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.
Glendale Community College
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Third Grade

Kari Burd
Third Grade
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Kari Burd
Kari Burd
Third Grade

Meet  Kari Burd

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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Crystal Carrera
Third Grade
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Crystal Carrera
Crystal Carrera
Third Grade

Meet  Crystal Carrera

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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Jami Petersen
Third Grade
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Jami Petersen
Jami Petersen
Third Grade

Meet  Jami Petersen

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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Shelley Storaska
Third Grade
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Shelley Storaska
Shelley Storaska
Third Grade

Meet  Shelley Storaska

Hometown

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Science

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.
University of Phoenix Grand Canyon University
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Fourth Grade

Scott Fusi
Fourth Grade
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Scott Fusi
Scott Fusi
Fourth Grade

Meet  Scott Fusi

Hometown

Fresno, California

Where I Started Teaching

American Union in Fresno, California

Favorite Subject

Agriculture

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.
California State University Fresno
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Maxwell Horowitz
Fourth Grade
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Maxwell Horowitz
Maxwell Horowitz
Fourth Grade

Meet  Maxwell Horowitz

Hometown

Bethesda, Maryland

Where I Started Teaching

Georgetown Day School - Washington, DC

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Soccer, photography, and drawing

Message

Strive to Thrive
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Diana Sandoval
Fourth Grade
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Diana Sandoval
Diana Sandoval
Fourth Grade

Meet  Diana Sandoval

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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Marvin Villa
Fourth Grade
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Marvin Villa
Marvin Villa
Fourth Grade

Meet  Marvin Villa

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math, science, and reading

Hobbies

Hiking, gardening, attempting to draw/paint, learning 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 more.
Arizona State University
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Fifth Grade

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

Meet  Kimberly Clyde

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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Sean Fair
Fifth Grade
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Sean Fair
Sean Fair
Fifth Grade

Meet  Sean Fair

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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Hayley Robinson
Fifth Grade
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Hayley Robinson
Hayley Robinson
Fifth Grade

Meet  Hayley Robinson

Hometown

New York, New York

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Science and chorus

Hobbies

Rock climbing, swimming, and watching TV

Message

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”
Arizona State University Vanderbilt University
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Erin Van Dusen
ELA/Social Studies
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Erin Van Dusen
Erin Van Dusen
ELA/Social Studies

Meet  Erin Van Dusen

Hometown

Buckeye, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Art and P.E.

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

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

Meet  Melissa Hoppe

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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Lora Morales
ELA/Social Studies
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Lora Morales
Lora Morales
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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Rio Stinger
Math/Science
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Rio Stinger
Rio Stinger
Math/Science

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Seventh Grade

Clarissa Flores
ELA
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Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Pioneer Preparatory School

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Reading, writing, cooking, and learning through social media

Message

"We teachers are rather good at magic, you know." - J.K. Rowling
Arizona State University
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Amber Garcia
Science
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Amber Garcia
Amber Garcia
Science

Meet  Amber Garcia

Hometown

Scio, Oregon

Where I Started Teaching

I started teaching in the Creighton School District in Phoenix, Arizona.

Favorite Subject

Math

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!
Grand Canyon University Western Oregon
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Philip Mashek
Social Studies
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Philip Mashek
Philip Mashek
Social Studies

Meet  Philip Mashek

Hometown

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Where I Started Teaching

Logan Middle School in Logan, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Social studies

Hobbies

Skiing, hiking, disc golf, cooking, and exercising

Message

Excited to join the Tres Rios learning community and become a Puma!
Ohio University
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Ben Winebreak
Math
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Meet  Ben Winebreak

Hometown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

Economics

Hobbies

Football, basketball, traveling, and snowboarding

Message

I am very excited to help show the power and importance of mathematics to our seventh-grade students!
Carnegie Mellon University
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Eighth Grade

Milton Melcher
Eighth Grade
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Milton Melcher
Milton Melcher
Eighth Grade

Meet  Milton Melcher

Hometown

Casa Grande, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios Elementary

Favorite Subject

History

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!
Grand Canyon University Arizona State University
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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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Thomas Sandoval
Eighth Grade
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Thomas Sandoval
Thomas Sandoval
Eighth Grade

Meet  Thomas Sandoval

Hometown

Ahwatukee, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Marketing, math, and history

Hobbies

Hiking, camping, and concerts

Message

I'm happy to be back and continuing to contribute to the Tres Rios family.
Arizona State University
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Susan Candelaria
Gifted Teacher
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Susan Candelaria
Susan Candelaria
Gifted Teacher

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Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Countryside Elementary in the Dysart Elementary School District

Favorite Subject

Science

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
Estrella Mountain Community College Grand Canyon University Arizona State University
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Selene Alarcon
Resource
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Selene Alarcon
Selene Alarcon
Resource

Meet  Selene Alarcon

Hometown

La Puente, California

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

English language

Hobbies

Playing volleyball and dancing

Message

I am so excited to be able to teach our exceptional learners at Tres Rios!
University of California Los Angeles
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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

Meet  Markeita Momon

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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Noah Karvelis
Music
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Meet  Noah Karvelis

Hometown

Rockford, IL

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Cooking, hiking, and playing music and records

Message

I am extremely excited to create and learn about music with all of you!
Illinois
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Gabriel Nells
PE
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Meet  Gabriel Nells

Hometown

Ramah, New Mexico

Favorite Subject

PE

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!
Western New Mexico University
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Thalia Page
Technology
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Thalia Page
Thalia Page
Technology

Meet  Thalia Page

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Social studies

Hobbies

Playing soccer

Message

I love working with kids.
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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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School Support

Paraprofessionals

Rowan Romero
Paraprofessional
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Rowan Romero
Rowan Romero
Paraprofessional

Meet  Rowan Romero

Hometown

Peoria, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

English

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.
South Mountain Community College
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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

Meet  Crystal Porter

Message

I love working with young kids.
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Related Services

Helen Coreas-Mendez
Psychologist
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Helen Coreas-Mendez
Helen Coreas-Mendez
Psychologist

Meet  Helen Coreas-Mendez

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Tres Rios

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Disney collecting

Message

"The only disability in life is a bad attitude."
Arizona State University Ottawa University
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