Meet Our Wonderful Teachers & Staff

We have a wide range of talented professionals at Quentin STEM Academy for Health Sciences. Our team of administrators, teachers, instructional aides, and support staff all have the same passion: teaching. They all want one thing: for your children 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.

Administration

Loni Fife

Loni Fife
Principal
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Loni Fife
Loni Fife
Principal

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Hometown

La Blanca, Texas

Favorite Subject

Math and science

Hobbies

I enjoy reading, running, and cooking.

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"Who you are on a daily basis is who you are when you compete. If you want to be a champion, you have to have the mindset of a champion every day." - Jerry Ignalls, Olympic Weight Lifter
Park University University of Houston Clear Lake Grand Canyon University
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Kari Chicas

Kari Chicas
Assistant Principal
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Kari Chicas
Assistant Principal

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Regan Schied

Regan Schied
Dean of Students
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Regan Schied
Regan Schied
Dean of Students

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Hometown

Sturgis, Michigan

Favorite Subject

English/Reading

Hobbies

Growing indoor house plants and reading mysteries.

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Hello, Shark family! I am so grateful to be here at Quentin, and I am looking forward to supporting you on your academic journey!
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Office Support

Irene Dargan

Irene Dargan
Admin Secretary
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Irene Dargan
Irene Dargan
Admin Secretary

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Ana Arce

Ana Arce
Support Specialist, Sr.
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Ana Arce
Ana Arce
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Jaquline Chan

Jaquline Chan
Support Specialist, Jr.
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Jaquline Chan
Jaquline Chan
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Alyssa Peterson

Alyssa Peterson
Health Aide
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Alyssa Peterson
Alyssa Peterson
Health Aide

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Teachers

Kindergarten

Shannon Franklin

Shannon Franklin
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Chanel Lopez

Chanel Lopez
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Angela Schenck

Angela Schenck
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First Grade

Alisa Barrio

Alisa Barrio
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Hometown

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Favorite Subject

Literature, Reading

Hobbies

I love to read, listen to music, and spend time with my family.

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Hello! My name is Mrs. Barrio and I am going to be your first grade teacher! This will be my first year teaching at Quentin Stem Academy but my eighth year in early childhood education. I have a master's degree in early education and I love to teach! I can't wait to help you become a great learner and provide you with many new learning adventures!
New Mexico State University
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Guadalupe Lopez Ibarra

Guadalupe Lopez Ibarra
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Guadalupe Lopez Ibarra

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Nora McGlown

Nora McGlown
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Jacqueline Robinson

Jacqueline Robinson
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Jacqueline Robinson
Jacqueline Robinson

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Second Grade

Kyrie Arellano

Kyrie Arellano
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Hometown

Silver City, NM

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Spending time with my family, reading, and traveling.

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Welcome to the new school year! I am so excited to have your child in my class this year! I look forward to working with your child and helping them succeed in their education. This school year will be filled with excitement, discovery, and learning. We are going to have a great year together.
Sincerely,
Ms. Arellano
ASU Estrella Mountain Community College
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Jake Brashear

Jake Brashear
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Darrell Covert

Darrell Covert
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Samantha Liddell

Samantha Liddell
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Hometown

Tooele, UT

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

I love music and playing the guitar. I also love singing. I enjoy gardening and crocheting as well.

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Southern Utah University
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Third Grade

Araceli Barrera

Araceli Barrera
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Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Where I Started Teaching

4th Grade, Fowler District (Phoenix)

Favorite Subject

Reading and math

Hobbies

Playing with my kiddos, reading, and shopping

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I am excited to be part of Shark Nation!
"I am so lucky because I teach—I get to do what I love." - JH
National University Grand Canyon University California State University Dominguez Hills
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Nicole Bell

Nicole Bell
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Hometown

Phoenix

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

I love spending time with my family.

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I am so excited to become a Quentin Shark!
ASU
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Mary Mesich

Mary Mesich
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Hometown

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Where I Started Teaching

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading and science

Hobbies

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

Message

Believe in yourself and you can learn anything!
Arizona State University Northern Arizona University
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Fourth Grade

Megan Holman

Megan Holman
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Hometown

Tacoma, Washington

Where I Started Teaching

This is my first year teaching.

Favorite Subject

English and history

Hobbies

Reading, coloring, music, going to hockey games, spending time with family and friends, and playing soccer

Message

I am so excited to be joining the Quentin family, and I look forward to teaching and helping my students become responsible citizens who love to learn.
Northern Arizona University
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Megan Medcalf

Megan Medcalf
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Hometown

Goodyear, AZ

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

I like to read and spending time with my family.

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Hello! My name is Miss Medcalf, and I am a first-year kindergarten teacher. I am thankful to spend my first year with Quentin STEM Academy and looking forward to a happy, healthy, and successful school year. My goal is to create an environment that welcomes everyone, promotes individual and collective growth, and makes learning exciting. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
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Laura Rivera

Laura Rivera
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Hometown

El Paso, TX

Favorite Subject

Visual Arts

Hobbies

I really love to spend time outdoors and always want to find hidden gems throughout the city I am at. On my free time, I really love to paint, draw, and do some photography.

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I am really excited to begin this new school year with families, parents, and students. As we begin this journey, I hope that I can be someone whom you trust and will always have an open line of communication for any questions or concerns. I also believe that all students are capable of learning and achieving academic success by providing then with all resources needed in order for them to feel prepared. Above all, I commit to follow three essential beliefs: all children can learn, all students are powerful, and I must center students in the classroom.
Texas A&M University
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Fifth Grade

Marilyn Gutierrez

Marilyn Gutierrez
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Hometown

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Yuma, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Traveling

Message

Life is good!
Northern Arizona University
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Nicole Hanson

Nicole Hanson
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Hometown

Clintonville, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject

Biology, Health, Psychology

Hobbies

My hobbies include trail running, reading, traveling, writing, hiking, and exploring in nature.

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I can't wait to meet everyone and begin the exciting adventure that is learning!
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
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Lacy Piper

Lacy Piper
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Hometown

Madison, WI

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family

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I am overjoyed to be part of the first-grade team, and I look forward to this year with you and your student.
Grand Canyon University
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Michelle Thiede

Michelle Thiede
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Hometown

Scottsdale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Winslow, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

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.
Northern Arizona University
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Sixth Grade

Kathleen Brady-Shea

Kathleen Brady-Shea
Science
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Kathleen Brady-Shea
Kathleen Brady-Shea
Science

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Hometown

Rowland Heights, California

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Musician - keyboards, guitar, bass, ukulele, percussion, vocals
Baking - cupcakes and cookies

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Welcome to the 2020–2021 school year! Whether we are in the classroom or learning online, we will strive for excellence in all things science! I look forward to building a relationship based on mutual respect with all my students and their families ... we are a team: teacher, parents, and student.
University of Phoenix
Mount San Antonio College
Azusa Pacific University
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Abby De Roon

Abby De Roon
Social Studies
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Abby De Roon
Abby De Roon
Social Studies

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Hometown

Elk River, Minnesota

Where I Started Teaching

Quentin Elementary

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends

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University of Northern Iowa
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Erin McAlear

Erin McAlear
Math
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Erin McAlear
Erin McAlear
Math

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Hometown

Twin Bridges, Montana

Where I Started Teaching

Ennis, Montana

Favorite Subject

Math and biology

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!
Montana State University Billings Lesley University
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Cameron Stevens

Cameron Stevens
ELA
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Cameron Stevens
Cameron Stevens
ELA

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Hometown

West Des Moines, Iowa

Where I Started Teaching

Northern Iowa University

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

I enjoy being around friends and family. My hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, hiking, fishing, reading, and sports.

Message

Never stop grinding for your goals in life!
University of Northern Iowa
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Seventh Grade

Priscilla De La Cruz

Priscilla De La Cruz
Science
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Priscilla De La Cruz
Science

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Hometown

Los Angeles

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Dancing, traveling, and quality time with friends and family

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Dear parents and students, I am very excited to work with you all during my first year here in Arizona. I am happy to service you all with the best of my abilities.
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Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn
ELA
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Hometown

Orland Park, Illinois

Where I Started Teaching

Benito Juarez Community Academy

Favorite Subject

Mythology

Hobbies

Travel, hiking, and fishing

Message

"Learning never exhausts the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci
University of Illinois Chicago
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John Garcia

John Garcia
Math
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John Garcia
John Garcia
Math

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Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Watching all sporting events, especially World Cup Soccer.

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I truly believe that math is essential to the developmental progress of all individuals.
Arizona State University
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Jonathan Ricks

Jonathan Ricks
Social Studies
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Jonathan Ricks
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Eighth Grade

Nora Abujbarah

Nora Abujbarah
ELA
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Nora Abujbarah
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Trisha Demola Derosa

Trisha Demola Derosa
Social Studies
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Trisha Demola Derosa
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Leslie Pena Corral

Leslie Pena Corral
Math
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Leslie Pena Corral
Math

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Chrisy Turner

Chrisy Turner
Science
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Chrisy Turner
Science

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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Jami Carlo

Jami Carlo
Resource
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Jami Carlo
Jami Carlo
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Hometown

Military brat—I was born in Germany.

Where I Started Teaching

In Arizona - Dysart School District

Favorite Subject

Reading

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"You might be the first smile your students see each morning or the 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!
Arizona State University
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Bianca Balderrama

Bianca Balderrama
Resource
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Bianca Balderrama
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Hometown

Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

My hobbies include going to the movies, crafting, and going to the gym.

Message

I am dedicated to making sure every student is successful.
Estrella Mountain Community College ASU
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Saudat Balogun

Saudat Balogun
K-8 Gifted
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Saudat Balogun
Saudat Balogun
K-8 Gifted

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Hometown

Ogbomoso (Nigeria)

Favorite Subject

Biology

Hobbies

Dancing and singing.

Message

"There is no magic to achievement, it's really about hard work, choices, and persistence." - Michelle Obama
Ottawa University University of Lagos Bayo University
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Margaret Lauren Kreiner

Margaret Lauren Kreiner
CASA
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Margaret Lauren Kreiner
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Jaime Mercado

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April Quinones

April Quinones
CASA
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April Quinones
April Quinones
CASA

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Hometown

Glendale, AZ

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton Stem Academy

Favorite Subject

History and Music

Hobbies

Food catering, running, and camping up north at Woods Canyon Lake.

Message

You're capable of anything. You matter to me and everyone else in your life. My classroom is for practice, not performance. Learning is practice.
Estrella Mountain Community CollegeGrand Canyon University
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Student Achievement Coach

Christine Russell

Christine Russell
Student Achievement Coach
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Christine Russell
Christine Russell
Student Achievement Coach

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Hometown

Fontana, California

Where I Started Teaching

El Dorado Private School

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Shopping and bike riding

Message

"Be the change you wish to see in the world!" - Ghandi
University of Phoenix Ottawa University
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Reading Interventionist

Alicia Madril

Alicia Madril
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Favorite Subject

Reading and Math

Hobbies

Spend time with family, watch movies, and go shopping.

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I am excited to join Shark Nation family!
ASU Grand Canyon University
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Special Areas

Marcus Bartels

Marcus Bartels
PE
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Marcus Bartels
PE

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Hometown

Belden, NE

Favorite Subject

PE

Hobbies

Spending time with family, working out, and Nebraska

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My passion and desire are that all parents and students would strive to be physically active for life!
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Rosa Garcia

Rosa Garcia
Art
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Rosa Garcia
Art

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Hometown

Surprise, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Quentin Elementary

Favorite Subject

Technology

Hobbies

I love to craft, play softball, play volleyball, and figure things out.

Message

"Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself." - Harry Potter
Arizona State University
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Michelle Hodges

Michelle Hodges
Health Focus
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Joseph Mansfield

Joseph Mansfield
Band
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Hometown

Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Music, fishing, reading history, and learning new skills.

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I am excited to create music with you and your student.
Carnegie Mellon University Younstown State University
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Megan McCan

Megan McCan
Music
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Kellen Thornton

Kellen Thornton
PE
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School Support

Elizabeth Garcia

Elizabeth Garcia
Library
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Amber Enriquez

Amber Enriquez
Social Worker
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Katherine Wisener

Katherine Wisener
Psychologist
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Terese Wilson

Terese Wilson
ELL Interventionist
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Gloria Lira

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Blanca Ortiz

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Alejandra Aguilar

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David Sanchez

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