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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Loni Fife
Dean of Students

Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Elizabeth Garcia</br>                                                                         
Library

Elizabeth Garcia
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.

Jaquline Chan
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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

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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 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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 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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 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

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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

 Christine Leppla
Christine Leppla
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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Shane Sears
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Deborah Yancy
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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.

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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

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


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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
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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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 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
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Don Young
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Michelle Thiede
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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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Monique Hines
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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.

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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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Erin McAlear
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Kaitlin Vasil
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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 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

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


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

 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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Eighth Grade


Mathew Giannakos
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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

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


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George Guddendorf
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Marcos Quintana
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Exceptional Learning


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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

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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

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Education open doors!


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Dennis Greenwood
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Sarah Pigza
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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.

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Looking forward to a great school year at Quentin! 


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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

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"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


Stacey Akhbari
School Psychologist
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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

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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

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Caveat Emptor


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