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
Eric Atuahene
Principal
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Assistant Principal Marieka Michaud
Marieka Michaud
Assistant Principal
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Dean of Students Loni Fife
Loni Fife
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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Kindergarten

 Thomas Schneider
Thomas Schneider
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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 Sarah Steward
Sarah Steward
Home Town:
Columbus, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Volleyball, hiking, and traveling

Message:

Tall people can be nice too.


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

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
2nd Grade, Alhambra District (Phoenix)

Hobbies:
reading, crafts, grandparenting, traveling

Message:

I believe that life is a bold and dashing adventure!


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First Grade

 Christine Leppla
Christine Leppla
Home Town:
Long Island, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing, Reading, and Theater

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District

Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Message:

I am excited to get to know my students and their families. I strongly believe that when parents and teachers work together great things happen for the child. We are going to have a great year!


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 Shane Sears
Shane Sears
Home Town:
Toronto, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Shopping, jogging, teaching and spending time with family and friends

Message:

I am so excited to begin my teaching career at Quentin. I know it will be a wonderful year in first grade. 


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 Brittany Bonner
Brittany Bonner
Home Town:
Army Child

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Basketball, volleyball, and reading

Message:

I am so excited to be joining the Quentin first grade team. I am looking forward to making great memories with all the super first graders in my class! 


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 Deborah Yancy
Deborah Yancy
Home Town:
Mesa, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:
I A = 5 Classroom teacher

Hobbies:
Shopping, arts and crafts

Message:

I love to teach! 


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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:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Card making and scrapbooking

Message:

Hand in hand together we can!


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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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 Rhiannon McGowan
Rhiannon McGowan
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Las Vegas, Nevada

Hobbies:
I'm a mommy to 3 amazing kids. I love to read and do crafts. I like to host parties and get-togethers, go to the movies, travel and see new places

Message:

I am so excited to join the Littleton and Quentin Shark family. I believe all students can be successful, and am looking forward to working with Quentin students, families, staff, and community to help all of my students achieve their goals and dreams! It takes a village and I am honored to be trusted with future leaders of our town, state, world, and country! Oh...the Places we will Go!


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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:
4th grade, Fowler District (Phoenix)

Hobbies:
Playing with my kiddos, reading, and shopping

Message:

I am excited to be part of Shark Nation!

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


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 Rosa Garcia
Rosa Garcia
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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 Mary Mesich
Mary Mesich
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

 Andy Schaefer
Andy Schaefer
Home Town:
Frankenmuth, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Video games, Netflix, hiking, ASU and Patriots football, golfing, weightlifting, running 5 K's

Message:

I look forward to making a positive impact in the lives of my students this year and in all the years to come! 


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 Don Young
Don Young
Home Town:
Detroit, Michigan

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Detroit, Michigan

Hobbies:
I work out, and I'm a big sports fan!

Message:

A person's attitude will often determine their altitude.


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 Michelle Thiede
Michelle Thiede
Home Town:
Scottsdale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Winslow, AZ

Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, watching sports, and shopping

Message:

I am happy to be back at Quentin. I am ready to show my students how to be better people and show them how to get where they want to go. 


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 Rome Johnson
Rome Johnson
Home Town:
Gonzales, LA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
I love to read, write and perform onstage. I also have fondness for board games, Monopoly is my favorite

Message:

I am so looking forward to getting to know each and every one of my students, and I hope that I can spark the same love of learning in them that so many of my teachers ignited in me.


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Fifth Grade

 Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reading, dancing, gym-going, cooking, and playing soccer

Message:

You are your biggest obstacle. When you believe you can, you will.


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 Monique Hines
Monique Hines
Home Town:
Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Las Vegas, NV

Hobbies:
Spending time with family, movie watching, listening to music and traveling

Message:

"You could be the greatest! You can be the best!"  - The Script


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 Gwen Eastwood
Gwen Eastwood
Home Town:
Tampa, FL

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Country Place Elementary School

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

Message:

"A #2 pencil and dream can take you anywhere." - Joyce A Meyers 


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Sixth Grade

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

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Yuma

Hobbies:
Traveling

Message:

Life is good!


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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:
Pikuni Indian Reservation

Hobbies:
Sports, hiking, coaching, exercise, reading, politics, comedy, learning, and travel.

Message:

"There are two choices in life, accept things as they are or accept the responsibility to change them."


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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:
El Dorado Private School

Hobbies:
Shopping and bike riding

Message:

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


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Math & Science Erin McAlear
Erin McAlear
Math & Science
Home Town:
Twin Bridges. MT

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Ennis, Montana

Hobbies:
Watching my children do sports, Fantasy Football, and anything competitive that does not require running

Message:

I am excited to be part of the Quentin team and work with your children!


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Seventh Grade

ELA Kaitlin Vasil
Kaitlin Vasil
ELA
Home Town:
Nampa, ID

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Challenger Private School

Hobbies:
Soccer, cooking, traveling, and exercising

Message:

I am excited to begin a new adventure at Quentin. My goal is not only to educate my students but also to question and challenge their own thoughts of literature.  


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Math Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson
Math
Home Town:
Albemarle, NC

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Running, hiking, basketball, enjoying the outdoors

Message:

I am still learning, and I enjoy learning.  My desire is to help students enjoy developing the skill of becoming life-long learners.


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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:
Coaching

Message:

Focus and Follow Through


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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:

"I know of no time in human history where ignorance was better than knowledge." Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Seventh & Eighth Grade

 Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
Home Town:
Belize

Favorite Subject in School:
Religion

Where I Started to Teach:
My first class was a preschool classroom at Kuban School in Murphy School District.

Hobbies:
I love to swim and spend time with my family.

Message:

Knowledge is what keeps the momentum going between dreams and reality.


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Eighth Grade

ELA Mathew Giannakos
Mathew Giannakos
ELA
Home Town:
Delaware, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts and Lunch

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Coaching wrestling, running my dog, playing guitar, writing and rereading Jurassic Park.

Message:

I believe that patience, understanding and humor are the keys to enjoying life.


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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:
Soccer, reading, and PS4

Message:

In my classroom everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student.


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Science George Guddendorf
George Guddendorf
Science
Home Town:
Pueblo, Colorado

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Goodnight School

Hobbies:
Fishing, Drawing, Hiking

Message:

Once we accept our limits , we go beyond them. Albert Einstein


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Social Studies Marcos Quintana
Marcos Quintana
Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Copper Trails School, Goodyear, Arizona

Hobbies:
Cooking, camping, college ready mentoring

Message:

Everyone is capable of success, they just have to prove to themselves they want it bad enough.


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Exceptional Learning

 Ishmia Reed-Smith
Ishmia Reed-Smith
Home Town:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Hiking, reading, movies, and time with family.

Message:

"Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out." -John Wooden


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4th -8th grade FAP teacher Cecilia Stratton
Cecilia Stratton
4th -8th grade FAP teacher
Home Town:
Cashion, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Cooking and Hosting Family Gatherings

Message:

Learn all that you can!


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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 Jaime Mercado
Jaime Mercado
Resource 4-5
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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Resource 5-6 Keith Carter
Keith Carter
Resource 5-6
Home Town:
Lakenheath

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Family time, listen to music, watch movies

Message:

Success does involve you trying.


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Resource 7-8 Jami Rivera
Jami Rivera
Resource 7-8
Home Town:
Military Brat-Was born in Germany

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
In Arizona-Dysart School District

Hobbies:
Watching Sports (Football is my favorite), traveling, and Shopping!

Message:

"You might be the first smile your students see each morning, or their first hug they've had since Friday! We have the most important job of all!"-Author Unknown  That we do, teachers are the best!!! Love what you do, I know I do!


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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 Public School

Hobbies:
Reading, word puzzles, swimming, and resting.

Message:

" If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn."


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PE Brayden Crowe
Brayden Crowe
PE
Home Town:
Wichita, Kansas

Favorite Subject in School:
PE, Psychology, Sociology

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Exercising, reading, and hiking

Message:

I'm looking forward to a great year. 


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Music Dennis Greenwood
Dennis Greenwood
Music
Home Town:
Bernville

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Playing the guitar and piano and singing

Message:

It is my honor to teach your child music. I will strive to be the best in teahing your child to be a musician. Students will gain a deep understanding of music and will develop their singing voice as well. Thank you for this opportunity to help your child become a budding musician.


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Physical Therapist Kayla Hudak
Kayla Hudak
Physical Therapist
Home Town:

Favorite Subject in School:
Anatomy and Physiology

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Spending time with my husband and two fur babies, decorating (or redecorating) the home, and traveling

Message:

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Technology / Media Teacher Samantha Inlow
Samantha Inlow
Technology / Media Teacher
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science and Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Art, music, technology, beauty/fashion, and animals.

Message:

I'm so excited to be back at Quentin for this new school year! Sharks ROCK!


5-8 Band Sarah Pigza
Sarah Pigza
5-8 Band
Home Town:
Goshen, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Playing instruments, reading, outdoor activities

Message:

I am so excited to make music with your students this year!


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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:
Attending sporting events, concerts, movies. Spending time with family and friends.

Message:

Looking forward to another great year at Quentin! Let's go Sharks!


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

Favorite Subject in School:
Art, Music, Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Laveen, Arizona

Hobbies:
Music, photography, travel, and glass fusing

Message:

I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year at Quentin Elementary School!


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School Psychologist Stacey Akhbari
Stacey Akhbari
School Psychologist
Home Town:
New York City

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Paradise Valley

Hobbies:
Spending time outside with my family and pets.

Message:

I'm excited to join Quentin's faculty, and I look forward to working with all of the students, families, and staff! My door is always open to you!


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

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale, Arizona

Hobbies:
I love to spend time with my family, shop, read, watch movies, and travel.

Message:

I love being a part of the Quentin family and look forward to the Sharks achieving more great things. Here's to another 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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