Meet Our Faculty and Staff

We are fortunate to have such a high quality of administration, faculty, and support staff members at Country Place Elementary. Our teachers hail from Seattle to Syracuse, Charleston to Chicago, and we’ve even imported from Hawaii. When we mix this new blood with our homegrown talent, we can offer you a rich foundation on which to base your children’s learning experiences.

Administration

Dr. Michael Cagle
Principal
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Michael Cagle
Dr. Michael Cagle
Principal

Meet Dr. Michael Cagle

Hometown

Fort Worth, Texas

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Rooting for the University of Arizona, NASCAR, reading, learning and teaching about leadership and the 7 Habits, positive psychology, Dallas Cowboys, basketball, watching the Walking Dead, everything Star Wars, playing games with my boys, and country

Message

My mission is to develop leadership in myself and others in all aspects of my life. I believe that we control our own happiness and that each individual has immense power over his or her own life. Many people give this power away. Through my example, actions, and words, I want to help empower people to take charge of their lives and capture their power. I believe that we have immense power to make the world a better place—one interaction at a time. When we are kind to others and recognize the worth of each other, it makes our community a better place. Say a kind word or share a smile—change the world.
"Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves." - Dr. Stephen Covey
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Jazmin Pacheco
Assistant Principal
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Jazmin Pacheco
Jazmin Pacheco
Assistant Principal

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Hometown

Somerton, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Murphy School District at Sullivan Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

I like to do projects in our yard. I like to do various crafts, and I am now working on making birdhouses and decorating them for our yard.

Message

"Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny." - Samuel Smiles
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Sarah Crites
Dean of Students
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Sarah Crites
Sarah Crites
Dean of Students

Meet Sarah Crites

Hometown

San Diego, California

Where I Started Teaching

Trevor G. Browne High School

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Hiking, yoga, playing soccer, camping, and cooking

Message

I am super excited to be a mustang this coming year! My goal is to help our kiddos blossom into leaders and lifelong learners.
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
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Office Support

Yeceli Heras
Administrative Secretary
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Yeceli Heras
Yeceli Heras
Administrative Secretary

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Monique Dunlap
Librarian
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Monique Dunlap
Monique Dunlap
Librarian

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Ruby Espana
Support Specialist, Sr.
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Ruby Espana
Ruby Espana
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Gladys Silvain
Support Specialist, Jr.
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Gladys Silvain
Gladys Silvain
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Melinda Naomi Martinez
Nurse
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Nurse

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Teachers

Kindergarten

Jacqueline Davis
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Meet Jacqueline Davis

Hometown

Novi, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

I began working in education in Novi, Michigan, as a resource assistance in special education. I continued at Pendergast School District, then Avondale. I have been in the Littleton School District since 2006.

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Golfing with family

Message

An education is the most important gift we can give a child.
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Anastasia Hanns
SEI
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Anastasia Hanns
Anastasia Hanns
SEI

Meet Anastasia Hanns

Hometown

Cashion, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

I began teaching when I worked at the Brighter Angels Learning Center while I was attending college to earn my bachelor's in education. I then got my first job in the Creighton School District teaching first grade at Larry C. Kennedy School. I taught four years in this school and then moved here to Country Place where I plan on staying for a very long time.

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Softball, hiking

Message

"Be the best that you can be!"
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Karina Hernandez
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Meet Karina Hernandez

Hometown

Arcadia, California

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Elementary

Favorite Subject

I love reading and writing.

Hobbies

I love spending time with my husband and family. I also love playing soccer and doing things that keep me active.

Message

Never give up on your dreams no matter how long it takes to reach them.
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Sheilah E. McCalpine
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Sheilah E. McCalpine
Sheilah E. McCalpine

Meet Sheilah E. McCalpine

Hometown

Detroit, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Cleveland, Ohio

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, attending sporting events, movies, concerts, and plays

Message

It takes a big heart to shape little minds.
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First Grade

Cassandra King
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Meet Cassandra King

Hometown

San Diego, California

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

English/Writing

Hobbies

Spending time with family, sports, music, church, and volunteer work

Message

"Every student is one caring adult away from being a success story." - Author unknown
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Maria Meza
ELD
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Meet Maria Meza

Hometown

Yuma, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

I student taught at Country Place for the 2012-2013 school year, and I have been teaching here since.

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Photography and baking

Message

Hello! I can't wait to meet you and work with you. It's going to be an exciting year.
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Kristina Palacios
ELD
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Kristina Palacios
Kristina Palacios
ELD

Meet Kristina Palacios

Hometown

Chandler, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Hiking, baking, sewing, reading

Message

"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." - Dr. Seuss
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Jessica York
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Meet Jessica York

Hometown

Kingman, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Cake decorating, sports

Message

Every child deserves a chance to learn. I am here to provide a safe and fun learning environment that will benefit all students.
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Second Grade

Tami Hopper
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Meet Tami Hopper

Hometown

Imlay City, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Bullhead City, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Mathematics

Hobbies

Painting, sports, and being a mom

Message

If your career is what you love, you will love waking up to do it every day! Find your passion!
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Caroline Nicholson
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Meet Caroline Nicholson

Hometown

Portland, Oregon

Where I Started Teaching

I started teaching here at Country Place.

Favorite Subject

Sociology

Hobbies

Playing outside, relaxing, watching, comedies

Message

I'm very excited to work with all of you this year! We're going to learn a lot and have fun!
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Pamela Sanchez
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Meet Pamela Sanchez

Hometown

Tolleson, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

In my free time I like to spend time with my family, explore Arizona, and nap.

Message

I want my students to believe in themselves as much as I believe in them.
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Edward Tafolla
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Meet Edward Tafolla

Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Spending time with family, reading books, and traveling

Message

"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world."
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Third Grade

Valerie Cowan
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Meet Valerie Cowan

Hometown

Kansas City, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

Interior design, photography, and gardening. Hiking, biking, and spending time with family. Watching baseball and attending spring training games.

Message

Hello! After eight years in private education, I'm thrilled to be joining Country Place Elementary and returning to public school. Education is my passion and I'm excited to be teaching 3rd grade.
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Lynette Hill
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Meet Lynette Hill

Hometown

Goodyear, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Elementary in 2010

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, wakeboarding

Message

Welcome to a new and exciting year! I am very happy to play a role in your child's education. As a parent of two students here at Country Place, I know how important it is to know what your child is learning in school. I have an open door policy so please feel free to stop in and see for yourself.
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Maria Serrano
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Meet Maria Serrano

Hometown

Duarte, California

Where I Started Teaching

I started in the education field in 2000 in the Cartwright District as a kindergarten paraprofessional. In 2005, I moved to the Littleton District at Country Place where I began working as a kindergarten paraprofessional and a SPED paraprofessional. I moved to my own classroom in 2014 to teach third grade at CPLA and counting.

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Spending time with family and crafting

Message

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss
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Danielle Skunza
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Meet Danielle Skunza

Hometown

Charleston, South Carolina

Where I Started Teaching

Fowler Elementary in Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Putting puzzles together, cooking, baking, and arts and crafts

Message

I look forward to working with all the families that call Country Place home.
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Fourth Grade

Roberta Garcia
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Meet Roberta Garcia

Hometown

Cashion, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Quentin Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Anything sporty

Message

¡Sí, se puede!
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Astrid Garcia
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Meet Astrid Garcia

Hometown

El Paso, Texas

Where I Started Teaching

Texas

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, watching movies, and puzzles

Message

Great minds don't always think alike.
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Rocio Suarez-Ruiz
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Meet Rocio Suarez-Ruiz

Hometown

San Luis, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

I started teaching in 2007 for the Gadsden Elementary School District in San Luis, Arizona. I taught first, second, and third grade there.

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

Camping, off roading, listening to music

Message

We will work together to make sure our children succeed.
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Melissa Torres
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Meet Melissa Torres

Hometown

Lubbock, Texas

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Scrapbooking, baking, and going to the movies

Message

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!
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Fifth Grade

Cody Cherland
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Meet Cody Cherland

Hometown

Yuma, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

San Luis, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Building projects in my shop, yardwork, and hanging out with Mrs. Cherland

Message

"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and with hard work you can accomplish anything." - Vince Lombardi
Go, Mustangs!
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Serena Garcia
ELA
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Serena Garcia
Serena Garcia
ELA

Meet Serena Garcia

Hometown

Roswell, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Elementary School in 2012

Favorite Subject

Math

Message

"Teamwork makes the dream work!"
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Carrie Rodriguez
Language Arts
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Carrie Rodriguez
Carrie Rodriguez
Language Arts

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Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

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Welcome to 5th grade! We will have an exciting year full of fun and learning.
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Stacey Sobelman
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Meet Stacey Sobelman

Hometown

St. Louis, Missouri

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Crafts, Reading, and Watching Sports

Message

"Life is short. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it!" - Ferris Bueller
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Sixth Grade

Stephanie Budzban
Math/Science
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Stephanie Budzban
Stephanie Budzban
Math/Science

Meet Stephanie Budzban

Hometown

Spearfish, South Dakota

Where I Started Teaching

Rainbow Valley Elementary in Buckeye, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, Rubik's cubing, and playing with my cats

Message

I am looking forward to an outstanding year at Country Place Leadership Academy! It is a joy to work at a school with such a dedicated staff and enthusiastic students.
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Julia Fach
ELA/Social Studies
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Julia Fach
Julia Fach
ELA/Social Studies

Meet Julia Fach

Hometown

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Where I Started Teaching

Littleton School

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Reading and gardening

Message

Choose to be happy and you will be.
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Ashley Farrell
ELA
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Ashley Farrell
Ashley Farrell
ELA

Meet Ashley Farrell

Hometown

Port Byron, Illinois

Where I Started Teaching

Raul H. Castro Middle School in Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

ELA

Hobbies

Reading, dancing, playing with my puppies, and spending time with family and friends.

Message

I am looking forward to some amazing things happening this year!
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Alexandra Gerber
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Meet Alexandra Gerber

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math and language arts

Hobbies

I play four different instruments. I love to paint and read books. I absolutely love snowboarding and getting active.

Message

I am so excited to be a teacher with Country Place Leadership Academy this year! I student taught last year in this same, exact position and can't wait to get to meet all my new students. I believe all students have their own strengths, and I love getting to know each and every one of them!
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Seventh Grade

Paul Budge
Social Studies
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Paul Budge
Paul Budge
Social Studies

Meet Paul Budge

Hometown

Rainier, Oregon

Where I Started Teaching

Estrella Mountain Elementary School in Goodyear, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Woodshop or any shop class

Hobbies

Building things from scrap wood such as pallets and hunting and fishing

Message

I believe that all children can learn, and each child possesses a unique, individual learning style. Students come to us with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and levels of prior knowledge. I believe that it is important to know how each individual student learns best.
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Tatum Green
Math
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Tatum Green
Tatum Green
Math

Meet Tatum Green

Hometown

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Math and PE

Hobbies

Sports, reading, playing with my puppies, and volunteering

Message

I am so excited to be a part of the Country Place staff and community this year! Lets make it an amazing year!
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Mariza Lopez
ELA/Social Studies
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Mariza Lopez
Mariza Lopez
ELA/Social Studies

Meet Mariza Lopez

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Message

I believe that every child has a gift, and it's my mission to help them believe in it and explore the countless opportunities that are available to them! Wahoo!
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Erika Poblete
Math/Science
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Erika Poblete
Erika Poblete
Math/Science

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Hometown

Corona, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Soccer, baking, karaoke, reading

Message

This year is going to be aaamazing!
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Eighth Grade

Katherine Acree
Science
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Katherine Acree
Katherine Acree
Science

Meet Katherine Acree

Hometown

Brighton, Michigan

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Hiking, golfing, and skiing

Message

"We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way." - Gloria Gaither
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Teresita Esquibel
Language Arts
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Teresita Esquibel
Teresita Esquibel
Language Arts

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Hometown

Bacobampo, Sonora, Mexico

Where I Started Teaching

Escuela Primaria Revolucion in Providencia, Sonora, Mexico - 1985

Favorite Subject

Language

Hobbies

Knitting

Message

Always do your best. Always have a goal. Strive for excellence!
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Aileen Mancillas
Math/Science
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Aileen Mancillas
Aileen Mancillas
Math/Science

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Hometown

East Los Angeles, California

Where I Started Teaching

Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math and English

Hobbies

Reading, shopping for school supplies, and listening to music

Message

I love our school, our parents, and our children. Country Place Leadership Academy is a place where I feel that all of us can grow together. Every year I look forward to working with our staff and families. I learn from our students sometimes more than what they learn from me. I love seeing their happy faces every morning. They brighten my day with their warmth, love, and positive attitudes, and I hope I brighten theirs.
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Rachel Rasey
Social Studies
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Rachel Rasey
Rachel Rasey
Social Studies

Meet Rachel Rasey

Hometown

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Where I Started Teaching

Window Rock, Arizona

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading and walking my dog

Message

Looking forward to this year!
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Ginny Biddle
Gifted
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Ginny Biddle
Ginny Biddle
Gifted

Meet Ginny Biddle

Hometown

Aurora, Illinois

Where I Started Teaching

Crockett Elementary, Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Math and social studies

Hobbies

Flying, working with animals, golf, reading, traveling

Message

My goal is to help every student strive to reach his or her full potential.
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Rajwant Cheema
7-8 Resource
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7-8 Resource

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Donna Maple
C.C. K–3
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Donna Maple
Donna Maple
C.C. K–3

Meet Donna Maple

Hometown

Denver, Colorado

Favorite Subject

Literature and history

Hobbies

Traveling, home improvements, sewing/crafts, music, reading, and family time

Message

Every person can learn and grow, achieving their greatest successes. I believe the grace and dignity I demonstrate has a lasting impact on everyone I encounter in my life. My goal is to always leave people, places, and things better than I found them. I agree with Helen Keller that kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
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Teresa Marquez
K–3 Resource
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Teresa Marquez
Teresa Marquez
K–3 Resource

Meet Teresa Marquez

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School - Glendale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Walking, biking, reading and traveling

Message

I am very excited to be at Country Place! I look forward to sharing my love of education and leadership with my students and colleagues.
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Ishmia Reed-Smith
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Meet Ishmia Reed-Smith

Hometown

San Diego, California

Where I Started Teaching

Quentin Elementary School

Favorite Subject

Social studies and reading

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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Alvin Stewart
C.C. 6–8
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Alvin Stewart
Alvin Stewart
C.C. 6–8

Meet Alvin Stewart

Hometown

St. Louis, Missouri

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Elementary School in 2012

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Playing sports, hanging out with family, and listening/writing music

Message

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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Student Achievement Coach

Kathy Larm
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Meet Kathy Larm

Hometown

Duluth, Georgia

Where I Started Teaching

I started to teach at Rainbow Valley Elementary School.

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, hiking, decorating, and spending time with my family

Message

I am so excited to be a part of the Country Place team! It's going to be a great year!
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Reading Interventionist

Margie Hourihan
Reading Specialist
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Margie Hourihan
Margie Hourihan
Reading Specialist

Meet Margie Hourihan

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

I began teaching in Phoenix in the Cartwright district as a music teacher. I taught guitar at Glendale High School and general music in the Glendale Elementary School District where I attended as a child. When I realized that I enjoyed helping children learn to read through music, I became a third grade teacher and then a reading teacher. I have been teaching reading for 25 years. I came to Country Place in 2011 because I saw a school where children love to learn and parents value education.

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Guitar, motorcycles, gardening

Message

My goal is to help every child become a competent reader so they can be successful in school and life. My dream is that every child will love reading and see the value in reading every day.
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Special Areas

Laura Boyzo
Technology
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Laura Boyzo
Laura Boyzo
Technology

Meet Laura Boyzo

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Quentin Elementary in 2006

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Art, wood burning, cooking, spending time with family, and watching The Office

Message

Be kind.
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Gloria Chadwick
Band
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Gloria Chadwick
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Band

Meet Gloria Chadwick

Hometown

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Where I Started Teaching

Pendergast Elementary School District

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Exercising, marine aquatics, and traveling

Message

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor." - Henry David Thoreau
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Anthony Davis
Art
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Art

Meet Anthony Davis

Hometown

Toledo, Ohio

Where I Started Teaching

I first started teaching at Jangok Elementary School in Jung-ri, South Korea

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Travel, camping, and photography

Message

Looking forward to another amazing year at Country Place!
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Daisy HO
Music
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Daisy HO
Daisy HO
Music

Meet Daisy HO

Hometown

Hong Kong SAR, China

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Singing, swimming, snorkeling, biking, hiking, traveling, gardening, and cooking

Message

I experience what Hans Christian Anderson says, "Where words fail, music speaks." I am excited to share the power of music with you and to know a genius like you.
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Anastasia Jones
P.E.
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Anastasia Jones
Anastasia Jones
P.E.

Meet Anastasia Jones

Hometown

Boise, Idaho

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

English and Choir

Hobbies

Rugby, running, swimming, almost all sports, reading, journaling, and drawing

Message

I am so excited to learn, grow, and play sports with the students at CPLA! My philosophy on physical education begins with physical fitness, pauses at nutrition and positive mindset, then ends with a lot of fun! Let's go, Mustangs!
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Anitra Morin
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Meet Anitra Morin

Hometown

Joplin, Missouri

Where I Started Teaching

Estrella Mountain Elementary

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and running.

Message

My mission is all about love. Love yourself. Love others. Love learning. Approach anything and everything with a happy heart and a helping hand. Love is all you need; it conquers all!
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School Support

Paraprofessionals

Brianna Amaro
Paraprofessional - C.C 3-6
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Brianna Amaro
Brianna Amaro
Paraprofessional - C.C 3-6

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Laura Avila
LD Paraprofessional
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Laura Avila
Laura Avila
LD Paraprofessional

Meet Laura Avila

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Photography, exploring new adventures,and spending time with friends and family

Message

"Never give up on your dreams" - Barack Obama
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Mara Castillo
Paraprofessional - C.C. 3–6
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Mara Castillo
Mara Castillo
Paraprofessional - C.C. 3–6

Meet Mara Castillo

Hometown

San Jose, California

Where I Started Teaching

Santa Clara Country of Education

Favorite Subject

Reading and history

Hobbies

Cooking and gardening

Message

"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius
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Melissa Castro
Paraprofessional
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Melissa Castro
Melissa Castro
Paraprofessional

Meet Melissa Castro

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Reading/Writing

Hobbies

Spending time with family, shopping, watching reality TV, and cheering on the Arizona Cardinals

Message

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
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Alysia Frausto
Paraprofessional - C.C 7-8
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Noelani Gouveia
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Noelani Gouveia
Noelani Gouveia
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet Noelani Gouveia

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Abundant Love Preschool

Favorite Subject

Language arts and biology

Hobbies

Hula/Tahitian dance and reading

Message

I'm not an official teacher yet. I am still working on my B.A. in elementary education, but I enjoy my position as an early childhood paraprofessional here at Country Place!
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Aaron Gutierrez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood
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Aaron Gutierrez
Aaron Gutierrez
Paraprofessional - Early Childhood

Meet Aaron Gutierrez

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Drawing, listening to different music, and hiking

Message

Let's have an amazing year. Go Mustangs!
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Daylan Herrera
LD Paraprofessional
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Daylan Herrera
Daylan Herrera
LD Paraprofessional

Meet Daylan Herrera

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place Leadership Academy

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Make-up and trying new food places

Message

"She believed she could, so she did" - R.S Grey
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Charmaine Jefferson
Paraprofessional - C.C. 3–6
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Charmaine Jefferson
Charmaine Jefferson
Paraprofessional - C.C. 3–6

Meet Charmaine Jefferson

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Where I Started Teaching

Starr Academy

Favorite Subject

Biology

Hobbies

Drawing and reading

Message

I am a patient person with a caring heart. I have always enjoyed working with children. Having this opportunity to assist students in the educational system is great. I am happy that I can help impact their learning process here at Country Place Leadership Academy.
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Serene Mejia
Paraprofessional C.C K-3
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Serene Mejia
Serene Mejia
Paraprofessional C.C K-3

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Ruth Miller
Paraprofessional
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Ruth Miller
Ruth Miller
Paraprofessional

Meet Ruth Miller

Hometown

Glendale, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

I began teaching at Glendale Community College as a math and science tutor while I attended GCC. I then attended NAU and continued to work in the science and math community. After a few years of traveling and establishing a family, I decided to teach elementary school. Later, I was drawn to my first love— teaching math—so I decided to move to junior high in the Prendergast District for a few years. Finally, I left Prendergast to join the Littleton District where I taught 7th-grade math for one year and have been teaching science for the last three years. I came to Country Place Leadership Academy in 2013 because I saw a school where students were focused on learning and parents synergize the education process.

Favorite Subject

Science and math

Hobbies

Traveling

Message

My goal is to seek out lifelong learners dedicated to honesty, scientific discovery, and leadership within the community.
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Marilynda Milum
Paraprofessional C.C. K–3
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Marilynda Milum
Marilynda Milum
Paraprofessional C.C. K–3

Meet Marilynda Milum

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Hiking, reading, and hanging out with my nephew and niece

Message

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Irene Perez
Paraprofessional - C.C. 7–8
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Irene Perez
Irene Perez
Paraprofessional - C.C. 7–8

Meet Irene Perez

Hometown

Independence, OR

Where I Started Teaching

Fowler School District

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Traveling and camping

Message

I'm excited to be here! "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Linda Rubalcaba
Paraprofessional - C.C. K–3
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Linda Rubalcaba
Linda Rubalcaba
Paraprofessional - C.C. K–3

Meet Linda Rubalcaba

Hometown

Cashion, Arizona

Where I Started Teaching

Country Place gave me the opportunity to be a special education paraprofessional for the 2017-2018 school year. This is a new adventure for me, as I had worked in the judicial system and as a criminal courtroom clerk for over 20 years.

Favorite Subject

Reading and English

Hobbies

Cooking, reading, sewing for Stitches of Love, crafts, selling Avon, and spending time with my kids and grandkids.

Message

You are never too old or too young to learn something new every day!
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Zulma Tobar
Paraprofessional
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Zulma Tobar
Zulma Tobar
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Crystle Morris
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Crystle Morris
Crystle Morris
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Meet Crystle Morris

Hometown

Born in Michigan, but I consider Seattle my home town.

Where I Started Teaching

Redmond, Washington

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, travel, crafts, cooking, and listening to live music

Message

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." - Maya Angelou
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