Teachers and Staff

We have a wide range of talented professionals at Quentin Elementary. Our team of administrators, teachers, instructional aides, and support staff all have the same passion: teaching. They all want one thing: for your child to be and feel successful during their academic career at Quentin. We believe a good education empowers students to follow and achieve their dreams. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Parents are as important to our team as the rest of our wonderful members.


Admin


Administration

Principal Eric Atuahene
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Principal
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Assistant Principal Pamela Duty
Pamela Duty
Assistant Principal
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Dean of Students Marieka Michaud
Marieka Michaud
Dean of Students
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Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Elizabeth Garcia</br>                                                                         
Library

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Library
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 Elizabeth Dobson</br>                                                                         
Nurse

Elizabeth Dobson
Nurse
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 Maria Del Toro</br>                                                                         
Admin Secretary

Maria Del Toro
Admin Secretary
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 Ana Arce</br>                                                                         
Support Specialist, Sr.

Ana Arce
Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Jaquline Chan</br>                                                                         
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Teachers


Student Achievement Coach

Student Achievement Coach Samantha Armstrong
Samantha Armstrong
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Literature and Yearbook

Where I Started to Teach:
Western Valley Middle School

Hobbies:
Reading, puzzles, and being a band mom

Message:

I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Quentin community  to help foster growth mindset for teachers and students, so we can put in the effort needed to be our best!

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford


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Student Achievement Coach Mia DeLaRosa
Mia DeLaRosa
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Brownsville, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Collier Elementary School

Hobbies:
Playing soccer, crafting, swimming, and living the dream

Message:

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle 


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Kindergarten

 Thomas Schniedier
Thomas Schniedier
Home Town:
Omaha, NE

Favorite Subject in School:
Art and Theater

Where I Started to Teach:
California

Hobbies:
Working out, baking, crafts, drawing, reading, and ceramics.

Message:

Looking forward to the new school year.


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 Migdalia Schoenberg
Migdalia Schoenberg
Home Town:
Bayonne, NJ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Durham, North Carolina

Hobbies:
Traveling, movies, and making games for my class.

Message:

I am friendly and outgoing, and I love teaching.  

 


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 Karen Williams Riffenburg
Karen Williams Riffenburg
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Languages and anthropology

Where I Started to Teach:
Alhambra

Hobbies:
Music (singing and listening), knitting, sewing, reading, traveling

Message:

I am excited to be teaching kindergarten in Littleton District, at Quentin Elementary! I love working with these young students.


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First Grade

 Margaret Robinson
Margaret Robinson
Home Town:
Fresno, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Geography

Where I Started to Teach:
Madison Elementary School in Indio, CA

Hobbies:
I love to bake, quilt, travel, and watch movies.

Message:

I'm so happy to be here at Quentin Elementary. I love being with the little ones and seeing their growth! There are so many great reasons to be a teacher. My favorite reason is seeing my student's happy faces each morning! This sure helps me be a better teacher.


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 Christine Behler
Christine Behler
Home Town:
Long Island, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, Social Studies, and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, traveling, exploring all that Arizona has to offer.

Message:

I am excited to continue my teaching journey here at Quentin!

"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."

- Lao-Tze


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 Christine Parks
Christine Parks
Home Town:
Southfield, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Literature

Where I Started to Teach:
Douglas, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, computers, and grandkids

Message:

I'm very happy to be part of the Quentin team. I truly believe all children are capable of success and the adults in their lives need to help them reach their goals and dreams. 


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 Ursula Salais
Ursula Salais
Home Town:
Hotevilla, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History, Social Studies, and Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Camping, photography, and art projects

Message:

I am looking forward to a wonderful new year of learning.


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Second Grade

 Brenda Alamillo
Brenda Alamillo
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Arizona

Hobbies:
I like to read books, and I also like to explore and eat at different restaurants.

Message:

I am excited to start a new school year at Quentin. Thank you to the parents, Quentin teachers, and staff for making our students our number one priority. 


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 Ashley Avechucco
Ashley Avechucco
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Card and jewelry making

Message:

This is my third year at Quentin, and I am excited for another great school year! Go, Sharks!


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 Sarah Steward
Sarah Steward
Home Town:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Volleyball and hiking

Message:

I am a treasure hunter.


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Third Grade

 Araceli Barrera
Araceli Barrera
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Phoenix, Arizona

Hobbies:
Playing with my kiddos, reading, and shopping

Message:

"I am so lucky because I teach - I get to do what I love."  -JH


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 Raquel Iglesias
Raquel Iglesias
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, Writing, Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale School District

Hobbies:
I enjoy to hike, run, read, exercise, paint, listen to music, dance, outdoor recreational activities, and spend time with my children and family as much as possible.

Message:

Welcome to the wonderful world of 3rd grade! This will be a an exciting new year! I look forward to being your child's teacher. This is my ninth year teaching, and my fourth year teaching third grade. Teaching keeps getting better and better! Please feel free to communicate throughout the year by sending me a note, calling and leaving a message, or e-mailing me. E-mailing works the best! I look forward to working with you, your support, and dedication you will be giving to help with the success of your child. Here's to an amazing year!


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 Kacey Wade Schmitendorf
Kacey Wade Schmitendorf
Home Town:
Gardner, KS

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading, movies, music, and sports (Go, Royals!)

Message:

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - B.B. King


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3rd Grade ELD Mary Mesich
Mary Mesich
3rd Grade ELD
Home Town:
Milwaukee, WI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Taking care of my doggies, playing with the plants, and wondering around.

Message:

Believe in yourself, and you can learn anything!


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Fourth Grade

 Elizabeth Apodaca
Elizabeth Apodaca
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ

Hobbies:
I love to shop, go to the movies, and read.

Message:

I am excited for a new year to watch a new group of students learn, and strive for greatness.


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 Nicole Kline
Nicole Kline
Home Town:
Kalamazoo, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Kalamazoo Public Schools

Hobbies:
Reading, spending time with my family and friends, and coaching

Message:

I am excited for the opportunity to have another year of learning and growing with my students! You can do anything you set your mind to!


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 Shandra Leis
Shandra Leis
Home Town:
Crescent City, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Crescent City, CA

Hobbies:
Crafting

Message:

I love to see the light in a child's eyes when they realize they understand. Parents, Richard Bach said it best when he said, "You are all learners, doers, and teachers." Let's work together to make sure our students realize their age should not keep them from being all three.


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Fifth Grade

 Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary District

Hobbies:
Reading, playing piano, dancing, writing, and playing sports

Message:

The future is in your hands. Don't drop it!


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 Robert Ryan
Robert Ryan
Home Town:
Cave Creek, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, outdoors, running, and athletics

Message:

Education is the foundation for success. Let's make this an excellent year!


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 Bianca Sarai España
Bianca Sarai España
Home Town:
Tolleson, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Zumba, reading, working out, playing with science kits

Message:

I am excited to be a part of your child's educational journey. Together we can help them achieve their goals and dreams because every single child is capable of success. No exceptions!


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 Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
Home Town:
Belize

Favorite Subject in School:
Religion

Where I Started to Teach:
Garcia School in the Murphy School District

Hobbies:
Swimming and sailing

Message:

If you shoot for the moon and you miss, you will land among the stars!


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Sixth Grade

ELA/Social Studies Marilyn Gutierrez
Marilyn Gutierrez
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Albuquerque, NM

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
St. Francis School

Hobbies:
Decorating, spending time with family, and traveling

Message:

In everything you do, always do your best!


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ELA/Social Studies Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Browning Junior High

Hobbies:
Sports, hiking, water activities, and family fun day.

Message:

Strive for perfection, and settle for excellence. 


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Math & Science Christine Russell
Christine Russell
Math & Science
Home Town:
Fontana, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Surprise, AZ

Hobbies:
Shopping and bike riding

Message:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world!" - Ghandi


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Math & Science Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams
Math & Science
Home Town:
Fort Worth, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading, writing, and traveling

Message:

I am so excited to begin another year! I am looking forward to helping students be successful and working with families to support my students. This year is going to be a great year, and I am honored to be a part of the Quentin family.


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Seventh Grade

ELA Brandon Bivens
Brandon Bivens
ELA
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Arizona

Hobbies:
Movies, working out, reading, watching TV, and exploring

Message:

It is going to be a great year!


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Math Tomas Simpson
Tomas Simpson
Math
Home Town:
Norwood, NC

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Basketball, running, hiking, and playing with my four kids

Message:

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, so let's keep learning!


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Science Luis Varela
Luis Varela
Science
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Basketball

Message:

Listen to your teachers when they tell you what to do. But more importantly, think about it later, and ask yourself why they told you to do it. 


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Social Studies Melissa Myers
Melissa Myers
Social Studies
Home Town:
Philadelphia, PA

Favorite Subject in School:
World History

Where I Started to Teach:
Gila Bend, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, crafts, and animal rescue

Message:

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”  - Dalai Lama XIV


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Seventh & Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

ELA Lakisha Carter
Lakisha Carter
ELA
Home Town:
Chicago, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Illinois

Hobbies:
Reading, traveling, shopping, spending time with family (my favorite)

Message:

Character is just as important as knowledge in order to attain success. 


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Math Jeremiah Gallegos
Jeremiah Gallegos
Math
Home Town:
Litchfield Park, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Copper Trails Elementary School, Avondale District

Hobbies:
Model planes, PS4, hiking, and camping

Message:

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris


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Science Larry Lopes
Larry Lopes
Science
Home Town:
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Working out, history

Message:

You can do the difficult immediately, and the impossible even faster … if you believe in yourself.


Social Studies Jon Alfred
Jon Alfred
Social Studies
Home Town:
Los Angeles

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Utah State University

Hobbies:
Reading, SCUBA, family history, football, and computer gaming

Message:

Get as much education as you can, be self reliant, and question everything. Do this, and you'll be successful.


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Exceptional Learning

FAP 5-8 Cecilia Stratton
Cecilia Stratton
FAP 5-8
Home Town:
Cashion, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Crafts and cooking

Message:

I am excited to spend the school year with everyone.


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Functional Academics K-3 Suzanne Hudson
Suzanne Hudson
Functional Academics K-3
Home Town:
Clearwater, Florida

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:
Desert Oasis Elementary

Hobbies:
Crocheting, reading, camping, and hiking

Message:

It is great to officially join the Quentin team! I am excited to be here and look forward to a fantastic year with all of my fellow sharks!


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Resource 4-5 Keith Carter
Keith Carter
Resource 4-5
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale, AZ

Hobbies:
Listening to music, watching movies

Message:

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.


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Resource 6-8 Jami Rivera
Jami Rivera
Resource 6-8
Home Town:
Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Language arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Arizona

Hobbies:
Watching football, UFC, and boxing

Message:

I love what I do! Teaching is my passion, and students being successful means so much to me!


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Resource K-3 Jaime Mercado
Jaime Mercado
Resource K-3
Home Town:
Union City, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Netflix, sleep, traveling to new places, and trying new foods

Message:

I want to help my students learn and grow as individuals and reach their greatest potential in whatever they set their mind to!


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Sev/Pro Odelphia King
Odelphia King
Sev/Pro
Home Town:
St. Louis, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
St. Louis, Missouri

Hobbies:
Swimming, reading, and time with family

Message:

Education open doors!


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Special Area

Technology Rosa Garcia
Rosa Garcia
Technology
Home Town:
Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
I love to craft, play softball, play volleyball, and figuring things out.

Message:

"Working hard is important, But there is something that matters even more: Believing in yourself." - Harry Potter


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Music Janice Pemberton
Janice Pemberton
Music
Home Town:
Elmhurst, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:
Maryvale High School

Hobbies:
Reading, crosswords, learning new things, socializing, golf

Message:

I pledge to continually make myself better, and I trust my students will do the same. Experience the joys of expressing yourself with music!


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PE Eric Ruthmansdorfer
Eric Ruthmansdorfer
PE
Home Town:
Manitowoc, WI

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

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Sports, movies, concerts, spending time with my family and friends.

Message:

Looking forward to a great school year at Quentin! 


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Band Matthew Tolman
Matthew Tolman
Band
Home Town:
Bountiful, UT

Favorite Subject in School:
Band and French

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Trombone, (my) mustang!, traveling to France, French language

Message:

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi


Art Tammy Van De Bogart
Tammy Van De Bogart
Art
Home Town:
East Aurora, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Music/Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Laveen, Arizona

Hobbies:
Traveling, playing music, and photography

Message:

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso    

Welcome back to all the Quentin Art Sharks!


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Related Services

Reading Specialist Kimberly Buckner
Kimberly Buckner
Reading Specialist
Home Town:
Syracuse, New York

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Shopping and reading

Message:

I am so excited to be working as an interventionist at Quentin. It's going to be an amazing year!


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School Social Worker John Meacham
John Meacham
School Social Worker
Home Town:
Dayton, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Black History

Where I Started to Teach:
Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center

Hobbies:
Golf

Message:

Caveat Emptor


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School Psychologist Jacqueline Siwiec
Jacqueline Siwiec
School Psychologist
Home Town:
Cicero, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
I love to go hiking, hang out with friends, and watch hockey! Specifically the Chicago Black Hawks, I always try to attend games when they are in town.

Message:

I look forward to meeting you and working with your students! 

Through others we become ourselves. Learning is more than the acquisition of the ability to think; it is acquisition of many specialized abilities for thinking about a variety of things. - Lev Vygotsky


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