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Teachers and Staff

At FAA, you’ll find teachers dedicated to meeting the individual learning needs of their students. Together with a team of office and support staff members, we create a positive environment, which nurtures creativity and inspires learning.

Administration

Susan Gibson Susan Gibson
Principal
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Math, Drama
Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale Elementary School District, Smith Elementary
Hobbies:
Theater, travel, adventures
Message:
I'm so excited for a great first year at the Fine Arts Academy.
 
Stefani Bender Stefani Bender
Dean of Students
Home Town:
Northport, New York
Favorite Subject in School:
Photography and Film Class
Where I Started to Teach:
Dysart School District, Willow Canyon High School
Hobbies:
Painting and cooking
Message:
"Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless" - Author Unknown
 

Support Staff

Rosa Martinez Rosa Martinez
Administrative Secretary
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Daisy Diaz Daisy Diaz
Nurse
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Teresa Lugo Teresa Lugo
Office Support Senior
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Guadalupe Okamura Guadalupe Okamura
Cafeteria Manager
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Martin Aguilar Cruz Martin Aguilar Cruz
Lead Custodian
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Instructional Services

Laurell Lejander Laurell Lejander
Psychologist
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Reading
Message:
If you focus too much on the process, you may forget the purpose of it all.
 
John Meacham John Meacham
Social Worker
 
Dawn Christensen Dawn Christensen
Reading Interventionist
Home Town:
Algonquin, Illinois
Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Elign School District
Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, playing American Indian flute, walking the dogs
Message:
"The person who does the work is the only one who learns." -Harry Wong
 
Mia De La Rosa Mia De La Rosa
Student Achievement Coach
 
Diane Hedges Diane Hedges
Library Clerk
Home Town:
Hoquiam, WA
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
I am not officially a teacher, but the first school I worked at was Corte Sierra in Avondale, AZ.
Hobbies:
Reading, meeting authors, and traveling
Message:
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." – Dr. Seuss
 

Teachers

Kayla Hudak Kayla Hudak
Physical Therapist
 
Beth Raymond Beth Raymond
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Hillsdale, Michigan
Favorite Subject in School:
Band and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Cartwright School District, John F. Long Elementary
Hobbies:
Reading and hanging out with family
Message:
The more we practice the better we get.
 
Caitlyn Adams Caitlyn Adams
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Rochester, New York
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Reading
Message:
"Working hard is important. But there is something that matters even more: believing in yourself." -Harry Potter
 
Nora McGlown Nora McGlown
Kindergarten
Home Town:
Chicago, IL
Favorite Subject in School:
Math
Where I Started to Teach:
Chicago, IL
Hobbies:
Cooking and jigsaw puzzles
Message:
Life is like a rainbow, it's a struggle when you first start climbing, when you get to the middle you can rest a little, and after that it will be a grand slide into the pot of gold waiting on the other side.
 
Celeste Henry Celeste Henry
First Grade
Home Town:
Lexington, MO
Favorite Subject in School:
World History
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Traveling, hiking, camping, being outdoors (weather permitting), and spending quality time with friends and family. I enjoy a good book and great coffee to go with it.
Message:
"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence."- Robert Frost
 
Shannon Govern Shannon Govern
First Grade
Home Town:
Twinsburg, Ohio
Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Hiking/walking, movies, traveling, time with family and friends
Message:
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know." - A.A. Milne
 
Rhea Ciadella Rhea Ciadella
Second Grade
Home Town:
Surprise, AZ
Favorite Subject in School:
Technology
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary
Hobbies:
Traveling, board games, Youtube
Message:
"Be the best you, you can be."
 
Lynn Tran Lynn Tran
Second Grade
Home Town:
Garden Grove, CA
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, and watching live music
Message:
"The lotus always blooms in the mud."
 
Selma Berlanga Selma Berlanga
Third Grade
Home Town:
Torreon, Coahuila
Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Country Place
Hobbies:
Nail art and collecting movies
Message:
"I am excited to be a part of your child's education and future."
 
Clarissa Alvarez Clarissa Alvarez
Third Grade
Home Town:
Nogales, Mexico
Favorite Subject in School:
Mathematics
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Sports and hiking
Message:
"Children must be taught how to think, and not what to think." -Margaret Mead
 
Bailey Wilson Bailey Wilson
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Favorite Subject in School:
History
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Running, reading, and traveling
Message:
"At the end of the day your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling."-Shanti
 
Allen Studnitzer Allen Studnitzer
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Homewood-Flossmore, Illinois
Favorite Subject in School:
Math
Where I Started to Teach:
Evanston, Illinois
Hobbies:
Yoga, golf, and reading
Message:
I am glad to be living in the valley of the sun teaching the young minds in fourth grade.
 
Rio Stinger Rio Stinger
Fourth Grade
Home Town:
Mesa, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Writing
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Traveling, Performing and Composing Music, Writing, Playing Sports and Learning.
Message:
"Our struggles determine our successes."
 
Robert Dowdy Robert Dowdy
Fifth Grade
Home Town:
Goodyear, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Reading
Where I Started to Teach:
Saddle Mountain District
Hobbies:
Music, Reading, and Vacations
Message:
"My job is to help create students' visions so students can be successful."
 
Rebecca Portillo Rebecca Portillo
Fifth Grade
Home Town:
Los Angeles, California
Favorite Subject in School:
Mathematics
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Reading, going to concerts, playing board games, watching Netflix and going to movies
 
Raby Gueye Raby Gueye
Fifth Grade
Home Town:
Dakar, Senegal
Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Social Studies
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School
Hobbies:
Traveling and meeting new people
Message:
"Teachers...are those who help find strengths, drive away tears, overpower demons and conquer fears."
 
Sara Hall Sara Hall
Sixth Grade
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts
Where I Started to Teach:
Pendergast School District
Message:
"Don't judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela
 
Daniel Budzban Daniel Budzban
Sixth/Seventh Grade Language Arts
Home Town:
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Favorite Subject in School:
Art
Where I Started to Teach:
Rainbow Valley Elementary
Hobbies:
Graphic design, watching sports
 
Laniray Pomeroy Laniray Pomeroy
Sixth/Seventh Grade Science
Home Town:
Yokosuka, Japan
Favorite Subject in School:
Computer programming
Where I Started to Teach:
Rainbow Valley Elementary School
Hobbies:
Playing video games, reading comics and video editing
 
Manuel Torres Manuel Torres
Sixth/Seventh Grade Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
PE
Where I Started to Teach:
Dysart Unified School District
Hobbies:
Camping, fishing, watching sports and movies
Message:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." -Maimonides
 
Jovonnie Avelar Jovonnie Avelar
Seventh/Eighth Grade ELA
Home Town:
Tempe, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Chemistry
Where I Started to Teach:
Fine Arts
Hobbies:
Thrift shopping, making playlists, talking about social justice, hiking, baking
Message:
“Accept who are; and revel in it.” – Mitch Albom
 
Robert Crouse Robert Crouse
Seventh/Eighth Grade Math
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Bicycling, Netflix, reading, and swimming
Message:
There's no such thing as mistakes, just happy little accidents.
 
Margaret Peterson Margaret Peterson
Seventh/Eighth Grade Social Studies
 
Vanessa Rios Vanessa Rios
Seventh/Eighth Grade Science
Home Town:
Glendale, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Fine Arts Academy
Hobbies:
Drawing, acting, painting, writing, comic conventions, making props and costumes
Message:
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
 
Dustin Sponsler Dustin Sponsler
Gifted Education
Home Town:
Ashland, Ohio
Favorite Subject in School:
History, Math
Hobbies:
Drawing, painting, and woodworking/carpentry
Message:
I am so happy to be part of the Littleton Elementary School District community. I have lived in the community since 2005 where my son attended both Quentin (Go, Sharks!) and Country Place. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail.
 
John Alvarez John Alvarez
Special Education
 
Deborah Viste Deborah Viste
Special Education
 
Home Town:
Commerce Township, Michigan
Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts, Music
Where I Started to Teach:
Novi Community Schools
Hobbies:
Gardening, reading, playing with my cats
Message:
"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." -Billy Joel
 
Travis White Travis White
Music
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona
Favorite Subject in School:
Choir
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Country Place
Hobbies:
Reading, writing, hiking, playing video games, and sleeping
Message:
Music is a world within itself. It is a language we ALL understand.
 
Home Town:
St. Louis, Missouri
Favorite Subject in School:
PE
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Tres Rios
Hobbies:
Hanging with friends and going on vacations.
Message:
"I enjoy helping students learn to live an active, healthier lifestyle."
 
Home Town:
Valparaiso, Indiana
Favorite Subject in School:
Art
Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District, Littleton Elementary
Hobbies:
Love to travel and see new places, watching Michigan State and Chicago Bears football, hiking, boating, and painting
Message:
Excited for another exciting school year with bright smiling faces ready to create some amazing artwork! "Every child is an artist." - Pablo Picasso