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Teachers and Staff

At FAA, you’ll find teachers dedicated to meeting the individual learning needs of their students. Together with a team of office and support staff members, we create a positive environment, which nurtures creativity and inspires learning.

Administration

Susan Gibson Susan Gibson
Principal
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Math, Drama
Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale Elementary School District, Smith Elementary
Hobbies:
Theater, travel, adventures
Message:
I'm so excited for a great first year at the Fine Arts Academy.
 
Charles Blanton Charles Blanton
Assistant Principal
 
Stefani Bender Stefani Bender
Dean of Students
Home Town:
Northport, New York
Favorite Subject in School:
Photography and Film Class
Where I Started to Teach:
Dysart School District, Willow Canyon High School
Hobbies:
Painting and cooking
Message:
"Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless" - Author Unknown
 

Support Staff

Rosa Martinez Rosa Martinez
Administrative Secretary
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Daisy Diaz Daisy Diaz
Nurse
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Jeanne Gaston Jeanne Gaston
Office Support Senior
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Ana Contreras Ana Contreras
Office Support Junior
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Guadalupe Okamura Guadalupe Okamura
Cafeteria Manager
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Martin Aguilar Cruz Martin Aguilar Cruz
Lead Custodian
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Instructional Services

Helen Coreas-Mendez Helen Coreas-Mendez
Psychologist
 
Dawn Christensen Dawn Christensen
Reading Interventionist
Home Town:
Algonquin, Illinois
Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Elign School District
Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, playing American Indian flute, walking the dogs
Message:
"The person who does the work is the only one who learns." -Harry Wong
 
Mia De La Rosa Mia De La Rosa
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Brownsville, Texas
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and History
Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary
Hobbies:
I enjoy anything that keeps the mind and body active and happy.
Message:
“It is the mark of an educated mind, to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
 
Diane Hedges Diane Hedges
Library Clerk
Home Town:
Hoquiam, WA
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
I am not officially a teacher, but the first school I worked at was Corte Sierra in Avondale, AZ.
Hobbies:
Reading, meeting authors, and traveling
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
 

Teachers

Beth Raymond Beth Raymond
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Hillsdale, Michigan
Favorite Subject in School:
Band and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Cartwright School District, John F. Long Elementary
Hobbies:
Reading and hanging out with family
Message:
The more we practice the better we get.
 
Caitlyn Adams Caitlyn Adams
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Rochester, New York
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Reading
Message:
"Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself." -Harry Potter
 
Nora McGlown Nora McGlown
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Chicago, IL
Favorite Subject in School:
Math
Where I Started to Teach:
Chicago, IL
Hobbies:
Cooking and jigsaw puzzles
Message:
Life is like a rainbow, it's a struggle when you first start climbing, when you get to the middle you can rest a little, and after that it will be a grand slide into the pot of gold waiting on the other side.
 
Celeste Henry Celeste Henry
First Grade
Home Town:
Lexington, MO
Favorite Subject in School:
World History
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Traveling, hiking, camping, being outdoors (weather permitting), and spending quality time with friends and family. I enjoy a good book and great coffee to go with it.
Message:
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence."- Robert Frost
 
Shannon Govern Shannon Govern
First Grade
Home Town:
Twinsburg, Ohio
Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Hiking/walking, movies, traveling, time with family and friends
Message:
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know." - A.A. Milne
 
Kelly Manges Kelly Manges
First Grade
 
Rhea Ciadella Rhea Ciadella
Second Grade
Home Town:
Surprise, AZ
Favorite Subject in School:
Technology
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary
Hobbies:
Traveling, board games, Youtube
Message:
"Be the best you, you can be."
 
Delany Luthy Delany Luthy
Second Grade
Home Town:
Mt. Sterling, IL
Favorite Subject in School:
English
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Knitting, crocheting, watching movies, spending time with family, and traveling
Message:
"Today is your day. You're off to great places! You're off and away! You have a brain in your head. you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
 
Clarissa Alvarez Clarissa Alvarez
Third Grade
Home Town:
Nogales, Mexico
Favorite Subject in School:
Mathematics
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Sports and hiking
Message:
"Children must be taught how to think, and not what to think." -Margaret Mead
 
Danielle Van Dalen Danielle Van Dalen
Third Grade
 
Selma Berlanga Selma Berlanga
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Torreon, Coahuila
Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Country Place
Hobbies:
Nail art and collecting movies
Message:
"I am excited to be a part of your child's education and future."
 
Robert Crouse Robert Crouse
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Bicycling, Netflix, reading, and swimming
Message:
There's no such thing as mistakes, just happy little accidents.
 
Sara Hall Sara Hall
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts
Where I Started to Teach:
Pendergast School District
Message:
"Don't judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela
 
Raby Gueye Raby Gueye
Fourth/Fifth Grade
Home Town:
Dakar, Senegal
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Social Studies
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School
Hobbies:
Traveling and meeting new people
Message:
"Teachers...are those who help find strengths, drive away tears, overpower demons and conquer fears."
 
Peyton Bergman Peyton Bergman
Fifth Grade
Home Town:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Favorite Subject in School:
Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Crafting, reading, running, and traveling
Message:
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." - Robin Williams
 
Jaqueline Roeske Jaqueline Roeske
Fifth Grade
Home Town:
San Diego, CA
Favorite Subject in School:
History
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Volleyball and traveling
Message:
"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Dumbledore
 
Diana Olivarria Diana Olivarria
Fifth Grade
 
Hazen Dauphinee Hazen Dauphinee
Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies
 
Robert Dowdy Robert Dowdy
Sixth Grade ELA and Social Studies
Home Town:
Goodyear, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Saddle Mountain District
Hobbies:
Music, Reading, and Vacations
Message:
"My job is to help create students' visions so students can be successful."
 
Rebecca Portillo Rebecca Portillo
Sixth Grade Math and Science
Home Town:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Subject in School:
Mathematics
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Reading, going to concerts, playing board games, watching Netflix and going to movies
 
Lynn Tran Lynn Tran
Sixth Grade Math and Science
Home Town:
Garden Grove, CA
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, and watching live music
Message:
"The lotus always blooms in the mud."
 
Daniel Budzban Daniel Budzban
Seventh Grade ELA
Home Town:
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Favorite Subject in School:
Art
Where I Started to Teach:
Rainbow Valley Elementary
Hobbies:
Graphic design, watching sports
 
Kari Diecknoff Kari Diecknoff
Seventh Grade Science
 
Jay Leach Jay Leach
Seventh Grade Math
 
Manuel Torres Manuel Torres
Seventh Grade Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
PE
Where I Started to Teach:
Dysart Unified School District
Hobbies:
Camping, fishing, watching sports and movies
Message:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." -Maimonides
 
Jovonnie Quintero-Avelar Jovonnie Quintero-Avelar
Eighth Grade ELA
Home Town:
Tempe, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Chemistry
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts
Hobbies:
Thrift shopping, making playlists, talking about social justice, hiking, baking
Message:
“Accept who are; and revel in it.” – Mitch Albom
 
Sharon Jones Sharon Jones
Eighth Grade Math
 
Margaret Peterson Margaret Peterson
Eighth Grade Social Studies
Home Town:
Bountiful, Utah
Favorite Subject in School:
Math
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton
Hobbies:
Crafting and logic puzzles
Message:
Teaching is my true calling in life, and I will continuously support students in finding their true callings.
 
Vanessa Rios Vanessa Rios
Eighth Grade Science
Home Town:
Glendale, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Drawing, acting, painting, writing, comic conventions, making props and costumes
Message:
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
 
Kristina Crowson Kristina Crowson
Gifted/Dance
 
Home Town:
Valparaiso, Indiana
Favorite Subject in School:
Art
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Littleton Elementary
Hobbies:
Love to travel and see new places, watching Michigan State and Chicago Bears football, hiking, boating, and painting
Message:
Excited for another exciting school year with bright smiling faces ready to create some amazing artwork! "Every child is an artist." - Pablo Picasso
 
Home Town:
St. Louis, Missouri
Favorite Subject in School:
PE
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Tres Rios
Hobbies:
Hanging with friends and going on vacations.
Message:
"I enjoy helping students learn to live an active, healthier lifestyle."
 
Susan Knighton Susan Knighton
Band/Music
Home Town:
Commerce Township, Michigan
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts, Music
Where I Started to Teach:
Novi Community Schools
Hobbies:
Gardening, reading, playing with my cats
Message:
"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." -Billy Joel
 
Travis White Travis White
Music/Choir
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Choir
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Country Place
Hobbies:
Reading, writing, hiking, playing video games, and sleeping
Message:
Music is a world within itself. It is a language we ALL understand.