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

Charles Blanton
Principal
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Charles Blanton
Charles Blanton
Principal

Meet Charles Blanton

Hometown

Rochester, NH

Where I Started Teaching

Franklin, NH

Favorite Subject

Band

Hobbies

Cooking, reading, and playing piano

Message

Express yourself.
University New Hampshire
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Natalie Sauch
Assistant Principal
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Natalie Sauch
Natalie Sauch
Assistant Principal

Meet Natalie Sauch

Hometown

Bourbonnais, Illinois

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading,gardening, and baking.

Message

I am so excited to be back at Fine Arts this year! I love our students and staff. We really are a family here. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work with and serve the members of our community. Here’s to another amazing year at FAA!
Olivet Nazarene University Govenors State University Grand Canyon University
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Scott Popovich
Dean of Students
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Scott Popovich
Scott Popovich
Dean of Students

Meet Scott Popovich

Hometown

Fresno, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Watching Netflix, raising cattle, and riding horses

Message

Welcome to the Fine Arts Academy. It is a pleasure being an administrator in this district. I was involved with 4-H and FFA in elementary and high school. I grew up in the central valley in Fresno. California. I was raised on a farm and grew many crops and livestock as a child and young adult. If anybody is interested in 4-H, I am here to help you. If you have any questions about the program, just let me know.
California State University Fresno
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School Support

Janeen Gaston
Administrative Secretary
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Janeen Gaston
Janeen Gaston
Administrative Secretary

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Daisy Diaz
Nurse
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Daisy Diaz
Daisy Diaz
Nurse

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Vicky Torres
Office Support Senior
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Vicky Torres
Vicky Torres
Office Support Senior

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Stephanie Garcia
Office Support Junior
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Stephanie Garcia
Stephanie Garcia
Office Support Junior

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Diane Hedges
Library Clerk
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Diane Hedges
Diane Hedges
Library Clerk

Meet Diane Hedges

Hometown

Hoquiam, WA

Where I Started Teaching

I am not officially a teacher, but the first school I worked at was Corte Sierra in Avondale, AZ.

Favorite Subject

Science

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
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Guadalupe Okamura
Cafeteria Manager
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Guadalupe Okamura
Guadalupe Okamura
Cafeteria Manager

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Martin Aguilar Cruz
Lead Custodian
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Martin Aguilar Cruz
Martin Aguilar Cruz
Lead Custodian

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Robin Anderson
Psychologist
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Robin Anderson
Robin Anderson
Psychologist

Meet Robin Anderson

Hometown

Bristol, New Hampshire

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Cooking, playing with my children, and going on adventures

Message

I graduated from Arizona State University for Special Education, Argosy University for School Psychology. I am truly grateful to work collaboratively with you to do what is best for ALL children to be successful.
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Teachers

Kindergarten

Beth Raymond
Kindergarten
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Beth Raymond
Beth Raymond
Kindergarten

Meet Beth Raymond

Hometown

Hillsdale, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Cartwright School District, John F. Long Elementary

Favorite Subject

Band and reading

Hobbies

Reading and hanging out with family

Message

The more we practice the better we get.
Hillsdale College
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Kayla Price
Kindergarten
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Kayla Price
Kayla Price
Kindergarten

Meet Kayla Price

Hometown

Potosi, Missouri

Where I Started Teaching

LESD Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I like playing video games, going hiking, and making things with my Cricut.

Message

"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be." -Rita Pierson
Southeast Missouri State University
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First Grade

Jodi Beck
First Grade
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Jodi Beck
Jodi Beck
First Grade

Meet Jodi Beck

Hometown

Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Subject

Reading and Creative Writing

Hobbies

Writing stories, reading, coloring

Message

I am so excited to be learning together with everyone at Fine Arts. This is my 21st year of teaching and first grade is my favorite grade to teach. I can't wait to share the adventure of learning and growing together.
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Aurora Mattern
First Grade
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Aurora Mattern
Aurora Mattern
First Grade

Meet Aurora Mattern

Hometown

Anaheim, CA

Favorite Subject

Math and Music

Hobbies

Hiking, playing my flute, modern calligraphy, reading, video games, baseball

Message

I may have my students for only a year, but I strive to create relationships that last a lifetime.
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Second Grade

Rhea Ciadella
Second Grade
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Rhea Ciadella
Rhea Ciadella
Second Grade

Meet Rhea Ciadella

Hometown

Surprise, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton Elementary

Favorite Subject

Technology

Hobbies

Traveling, board games, Youtube

Message

"Be the best you, you can be."
Arizona State University
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Amy Gontarczyk
Second Grade
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Amy Gontarczyk
Amy Gontarczyk
Second Grade

Meet Amy Gontarczyk

Hometown

Lockport, New York

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton Elementary School District - Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

History, Social Sciences, and English Language Arts

Hobbies

Spending time with family and friends, baking, cooking, crafts, and reading

Message

I am so excited to be your child’s second grade teacher. It is going to be a great year full of new friends, new adventures, and new discoveries. This will be my first year teaching at the Fine Arts Academy. To my students, I want you to know that I cannot wait to get to know you and learn more about you!
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Bonnie Martin
Second Grade
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Bonnie Martin
Bonnie Martin
Second Grade

Meet Bonnie Martin

Hometown

Laguna Niguel, California

Where I Started Teaching

I started teaching 16 years ago.

Favorite Subject

Reading, Writing, and Social Studies

Hobbies

Swimming, shopping, and spending time with family and friends

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Third Grade

Delany Luthy
Third Grade
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Delany Luthy
Delany Luthy
Third Grade

Meet Delany Luthy

Hometown

Mt. Sterling, Illinois

Where I Started Teaching

Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

English

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
Culver Stockton
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Danielle Van Dalen
Third Grade
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Danielle Van Dalen
Danielle Van Dalen
Third Grade

Meet Danielle Van Dalen

Hometown

Clovis, California

Where I Started Teaching

Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

History and language arts

Hobbies

Going to Arizona Diamondback games, reading, swimming, hiking, and watching Netflix

Message

I am beyond excited to start my teaching career! I can't wait to meet my students and their parents/guardians and work with them throughout the year! Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.
Grand Canyon University
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Selma Berlanga
Third Grade
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Selma Berlanga
Selma Berlanga
Third Grade

Meet Selma Berlanga

Hometown

Torreon, Coahuila

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School District, Country Place

Favorite Subject

Social studies and reading

Hobbies

Nail art and collecting movies

Message

"I am excited to be a part of your child's education and future."
Arizona State University
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Fourth Grade

Toshio Fish
Math
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Toshio Fish
Toshio Fish
Math

Meet Toshio Fish

Hometown

Youngstown, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Listening to music, reading, puzzles, watching basketball, watching television, watching movies, and board games.

Message

Every student can achieve success without any exception. Believe in yourself.
Grand Canyon University
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Sara Hall
Fourth Grade
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Sara Hall
Sara Hall
Fourth Grade

Meet Sara Hall

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Pendergast School District

Favorite Subject

Language arts

Message

"Don't judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela
Glendale Community CollegeNorthern Arizona University
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Raymond Thomas
Fourth Grade
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Raymond Thomas
Raymond Thomas
Fourth Grade

Meet Raymond Thomas

Hometown

Goodyear

Favorite Subject

Literature

Hobbies

My favorite hobbies are outdoor recreational activities like camping and hiking in isolated places where I can off-road, swim, photograph, read, craft, explore, fish, and hunt while enjoying the amazing beauty of nature. I also am an avid do-it-yours

Message

I consider working with young people to be a great opportunity to help prepare them for their amazing futures. I remember growing and changing during my elementary school years and how that progression and development impacted my whole life. I believe everyone is capable of learning (and we all learn at our own pace) as long as we have the mindset of wanting to learn, and we have someone to guide us. To that end, I believe one of the greatest accomplishments a teacher can achieve is helping others learn how to learn for themselves for the rest of their lives.
University of Louisville Western Kentucky University Western Kentucky University
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Fifth Grade

Megan Gustafson
Fifth Grade
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Megan Gustafson
Megan Gustafson
Fifth Grade

Meet Megan Gustafson

Hometown

Port Angeles, WA

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Running, hiking, traveling, and reading. Spending quality time with friends and family.

Message

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." - Harriet Tubman
Washington State University
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Michele Nowell
Fifth Grade
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Michele Nowell
Michele Nowell
Fifth Grade

Meet Michele Nowell

Hometown

Philadelphia, PA

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Traveling, reading, going to the theater (performance, movies, etc.)

Message

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence PLUS character - that is the goal of true education." Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr.
Temple University NSU Florida NOVA Southeastern University
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Areya Zugish
Fifth Grade
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Areya Zugish
Areya Zugish
Fifth Grade

Meet Areya Zugish

Hometown

Maryville, WA

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Message

I look forward to this school year with you!
University of Washington
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Sixth Grade

Ciera Adams
Sixth Grade
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Ciera Adams
Ciera Adams
Sixth Grade

Meet Ciera Adams

Hometown

Indianapolis, IN

Favorite Subject

Art

Message

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Indiana University Perdue University of Indianapolis
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Robert Crouse
Sixth Grade
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Robert Crouse
Robert Crouse
Sixth Grade

Meet Robert Crouse

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Bicycling, Netflix, reading, and swimming

Message

There's no such thing as mistakes—just happy little accidents.
Arizona State University
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Jessica Tosti
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Meet Jessica Tosti

Hometown

Tualatin. Oregon

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Tap dancing, traveling, riding bikes, taking my dog to the dog park, doing arts and crafts

Message

Hi! I am Ms. Tosti. This is my first year at Fine Arts Academy, and my first year living in Arizona! I just moved from Oregon with my dog, Mikey. I am so excited to be joining the school and can't wait to get to know you all. We are going to learn a lot and have tons of fun together!
University of Oregon George Fox University
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Joanne Vianos
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Meet Joanne Vianos

Hometown

Born and raised in El Toro, CA, but spent last 33 years in Lake Havasu City, AZ

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Singing in choir, reading, photography, journaling

Message

I like to teach my students the importance of "Being Aware of the World Around You." Being present in our "world" is an important part of becoming a balanced person.
University of Hawaii California State University Long Beach Grand Canyon University
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Seventh Grade

Jaime Fierro
Science
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Jaime Fierro
Jaime Fierro
Science

Meet Jaime Fierro

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Camping, hiking, wood work, motorcycling (formerly), and I want to get back into bicycling

Message

I look forward to working with your students and plan to make science an exciting subject for them.
Colorado Technical College
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Ylicia Ramirez
ELA
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Ylicia Ramirez
Ylicia Ramirez
ELA

Meet Ylicia Ramirez

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Reading, traveling, and learning about new things

Message

Learning has always been a collaborative effort amongst teachers, students, parents, and staff. This year will prove that with extraordinary effort and dedication, we all have an opportunity to become better learners. I am excited to experience the growth our students will have in reading, writing, and learning.
Glendale Community College Grand Canyon University
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Manuel Torres
Social Studies
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Manuel Torres
Manuel Torres
Social Studies

Meet Manuel Torres

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Dysart Unified School District

Favorite Subject

PE

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
SAGU
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Brian Tuttle
Math
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Brian Tuttle
Brian Tuttle
Math

Meet Brian Tuttle

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies

Movies, books, and fish

Message

I have been working in education as a teacher for over 25 years. I am the happiest working with children and am so pleased to be teaching your child this year.
Universities Attended/Graduated: NAU Undergraduate and Masters
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Eighth Grade

Nicholas Corbeil
ELA
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Nicholas Corbeil
Nicholas Corbeil
ELA

Meet Nicholas Corbeil

Hometown

Detroit, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Pioneer Prep

Favorite Subject

ELA

Hobbies

Playing/watching sports, working out, and I am very passionate about movies and television.

Message

I am excited to join the Littleton team! With this being my first full experience in the classroom, I am confident I have the support system in place to help me hit the ground running and be successful. I hope that students will appreciate my passion for education, and I know our students are going to achieve great things this year!
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Andrea DeMondo
Math
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Andrea DeMondo
Andrea DeMondo
Math

Meet Andrea DeMondo

Hometown

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Sports, binge watching shows, playing with my dog, hanging out with my family, sleeping, and eating

Message

“Everything will be okay, in the end if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” - John Lennon
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Margaret Peterson
Social Studies
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Margaret Peterson
Margaret Peterson
Social Studies

Meet Margaret Peterson

Hometown

Bountiful, Utah

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Crafting and logic puzzles

Message

Teaching is my true calling in life, and I will continuously support students in finding their true callings.
BYU
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Vanessa Rios
Science
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Vanessa Rios
Vanessa Rios
Science

Meet Vanessa Rios

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy

Favorite Subject

Science

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.
Arizona State University
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Kristina Crowson
Gifted/Dance
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Kristina Crowson
Kristina Crowson
Gifted/Dance

Meet Kristina Crowson

Hometown

Espanola, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Glendale Elementary District

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Yoga, volleyball, cake decorating

Message

"Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames." - Rumi
Grand Canyon University
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Kathy Ibarra
ESS Resource Teacher
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Kathy Ibarra
Kathy Ibarra
ESS Resource Teacher

Meet Kathy Ibarra

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Choral singing, reading, traveling, camping, and cooking

Message

”Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle
University of phoenix
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Danielle Lowrie
ESS Resource Teacher
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Danielle Lowrie
Danielle Lowrie
ESS Resource Teacher

Meet Danielle Lowrie

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Traveling and spending time with family

Message

I'm so excited to continue working in the Littleton School District community!
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Deb Viste
ESS Resource Teacher
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Deb Viste
Deb Viste
ESS Resource Teacher

Meet Deb Viste

Hometown

Tinly Park, Illinois

Favorite Subject

Independent Reading

Hobbies

Crochet, baking, and shopping

Message

I love teaching! I am looking forward to meeting you and your student and look forward to an amazing year!
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Student Achievement Coach

Susan Candelaria
Student Achievement Coach
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Susan Candelaria
Susan Candelaria
Student Achievement Coach

Meet Susan Candelaria

Hometown

Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Reading, crafting, shopping, watching movies, spending time with family and friends

Message

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." - Henry Ford
Arizona State University
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Reading Interventionist

Dawn Christensen
Reading Interventionist
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Dawn Christensen
Dawn Christensen
Reading Interventionist

Meet Dawn Christensen

Hometown

Algonquin, Illinois

Where I Started Teaching

Elign School District

Favorite Subject

Social studies and science

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
Drake UniversityLoyola University ChicagoNational Louis University
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Related Arts

De'Vonne Gonzales
Dance
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De'Vonne Gonzales
De'Vonne Gonzales
Dance

Meet De'Vonne Gonzales

Hometown

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Science & Performing Arts

Hobbies

Performing; Dance, Theater, Karaoke, cake decorating, and driving my '41 classic packard

Message

Perform like everyone is watching, the world is your stage! Be confident to show everyone who you are!
Wayne County Community College Eastern Michigan University Marygrove College
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Susan Knighton
Band/Music/Theatre
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Susan Knighton
Susan Knighton
Band/Music/Theatre

Meet Susan Knighton

Hometown

Commerce Township, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Novi Community Schools

Favorite Subject

Language arts, music

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
Madonna University
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Fabian Sanchez
P.E.
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Fabian Sanchez
Fabian Sanchez
P.E.

Meet Fabian Sanchez

Hometown

Deming, NM

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Video games, jump rope, walking

Message

I look forward to working within this community with all the phenomenal parents and students to help create an inviting atmosphere where we can all learn and grow together into an incredible unit.
New Mexico State University
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Michelle Walla
Art
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Michelle Walla
Michelle Walla
Art

Meet Michelle Walla

Hometown

Valparaiso, Indiana

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School District, Littleton Elementary

Favorite Subject

Art

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
Michigan State University
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Travis White
Choir/Music/Theatre
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Travis White
Travis White
Choir/Music/Theatre

Meet Travis White

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School District, Country Place

Favorite Subject

Choir

Hobbies

Reading, writing, hiking, playing video games, and sleeping

Message

Music is a world within itself. It is a language we ALL understand.
Northern Arizona UniversityGrand Canyon University
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