Meet Our Teachers and Staff

We are very fortunate to employ such talented and committed faculty members at Littleton Elementary STEM Academy. Our qualified staff strives to keep lines of communication open and is happy to receive any questions or comments. Please feel free to contact us as needed.

Administration

James Verrill
Principal
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James Verrill
James Verrill
Principal

Meet James Verrill

Hometown

Gray, ME

Hobbies

Hiking, camping, and CrossFit.

Message

My passion for education has continued to grow throughout my 20 years as a teacher, technology coach, curriculum director, and principal. I look forward to sharing my strengths with the Littleton Elementary community.
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Steven Rickert
Assistant Principal
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Steven Rickert
Steven Rickert
Assistant Principal

Meet Steven Rickert

Hometown

Freeport, IL

Hobbies

Playing and watching sports, attending concerts, and traveling.

Message

It is an honor to serve the students and families of our district, and I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure our students' success.
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Richard McCormick
Dean of Students
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Richard McCormick
Richard McCormick
Dean of Students

Meet Richard McCormick

Hometown

Sturgeon Bay, WI

Hobbies

Fishing, golfing, skiing, kayaking, hiking, and anything outside.

Message

Thank you for letting me help your student reach their optimum learning potential. Attitude is altitude.
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Office Support

Irene Dargan
Administrative Secretary
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Irene Dargan
Irene Dargan
Administrative Secretary

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Alfredo Ramirez
Support Specialist, Sr.
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Alfredo Ramirez
Alfredo Ramirez
Support Specialist, Sr.

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Liliana Hernandez
Support Specialist, Jr.
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Liliana Hernandez
Liliana Hernandez
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Marie Gutierrez
Librarian
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Marie Gutierrez
Marie Gutierrez
Librarian

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Diana McLean
School Health Aide
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Diana McLean
Diana McLean
School Health Aide

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Martha Riemenschneider
District Nurse
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Martha Riemenschneider
Martha Riemenschneider
District Nurse

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Teachers

Preschool

Vanessa Asarisi
Preschool
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Vanessa Asarisi
Vanessa Asarisi
Preschool

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Jennifer Hartstein
Preschool
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Jennifer Hartstein
Jennifer Hartstein
Preschool

Meet Jennifer Hartstein

Hometown

Watervliet, MI

Favorite Subject

Reading, writing, and art.

Hobbies

Hiking, dancing, reading, crafting, and volunteering.

Message

I am excited to help children become lifelong learners through play exploration, experiences, and meaningful discoveries. My hope is that each day, having learned something new, children will leave the classroom smiling a little brighter and more confident in who they are and who they can become than when they first entered the doors.
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Celeste Kolinchak
Preschool
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Celeste Kolinchak
Celeste Kolinchak
Preschool

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Danielle Lowrie
Preschool
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Danielle Lowrie
Danielle Lowrie
Preschool

Meet Danielle Lowrie

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Crafting, traveling, and going to antique shops.

Message

I just want to express how amazing it is to get to know your child throughout the school year. They offer valuable insights, unique personality traits, and creative ideas to our classroom culture. We learn to work together, even with those who may be completely different from us. In doing so, we gain lifelong lessons about tolerance, acceptance, and compassion. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child's educational journey.
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Bertha Plaza
Preschool
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Bertha Plaza
Bertha Plaza
Preschool

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Hometown

Yuma, AZ

Favorite Subject

English
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Tamika Russell
Preschool
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Tamika Russell
Tamika Russell
Preschool

Meet Tamika Russell

Hometown

San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject

English, Social Studies

Hobbies

Talking on phone and shopping.

Message

Every child is special.
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Rebekah Womack
Preschool
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Rebekah Womack
Rebekah Womack
Preschool

Meet Rebekah Womack

Hometown

Aviano, Italy

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Reading and traveling.

Message

New places bring new adventures.
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Angelica Yanez
Preschool
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Angelica Yanez
Angelica Yanez
Preschool

Meet Angelica Yanez

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Spending my free time with family and taking pictures.

Message

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
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Kindergarten

Napua Alvarez
Kindergarten
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Napua Alvarez
Napua Alvarez
Kindergarten

Meet Napua Alvarez

Hometown

Buckeye, AZ

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Spending time with my two beautiful children, my husband, and family. I also enjoy watching sports and getting outside whenever I can.

Message

My mission is to bring the aloha spirit to my kindergarten classroom so that I can inspire your student's first love of learning. I would like to share my Hawaiian culture to all of Littleton in hopes of being that happy, encouraging teacher that students come back to, even after years of kindergarten have gone by. E komo mai (welcome) to my ohana (family).
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Natalie Sauch
Kindergarten
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Natalie Sauch
Natalie Sauch
Kindergarten

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Jordan Thompson
Kindergarten
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Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson
Kindergarten

Meet Jordan Thompson

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Reading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Message

Hello. I am really excited to get to know you and your student while motivating them to learn and grow as the year goes on.
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First Grade

Elisabeth Coco
First Grade
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Elisabeth Coco
Elisabeth Coco
First Grade

Meet Elisabeth Coco

Hometown

Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Reading, hiking, and drinking coffee.

Message

"The best things in life are worth waiting for, fighting for, believing in, and just never letting go of." -Unknown
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Ashley Davis
First Grade
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Ashley Davis
Ashley Davis
First Grade

Meet Ashley Davis

Hometown

Grandville, MI

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Singing, baking, cooking, painting, and playing with my two beautiful boys.

Message

My goal is to grow all student's minds, guide their hearts, and instill a love for lifelong learning through positive character development.
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Eliana Romero
First Grade
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Eliana Romero
Eliana Romero
First Grade

Meet Eliana Romero

Hometown

Santa Fe, NM

Favorite Subject

Reading and Music

Hobbies

Reading, dancing, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

Message

I am excited to have your students in my classroom, and I am ready to learn and grow with them.
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Second Grade

Kasey Hauck
Second Grade
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Kasey Hauck
Kasey Hauck
Second Grade

Meet Kasey Hauck

Hometown

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Running, kickboxing, reading in the sun, and spending time with my family.

Message

I am very excited to get to know the students and families at Littleton. I believe that learning should be fun, exciting, and hands-on.
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Bonnie Martin
Second Grade
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Bonnie Martin
Bonnie Martin
Second Grade

Meet Bonnie Martin

Hometown

Laguna Niguel, California

Favorite Subject

Reading, writing, and social studies.

Hobbies

Spending time with family and friends, working out, and swimming.

Message

All children are capable of success. No exceptions.
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Terese Wilson
Second Grade
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Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
Second Grade

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Third Grade

Cassandra Lockard
Third Grade
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Cassandra Lockard
Cassandra Lockard
Third Grade

Meet Cassandra Lockard

Hometown

Savannah, Georgia

Favorite Subject

History and Art History

Hobbies

Rugby, reading, cooking, hiking, video games, and kick boxing.

Message

My favorite quote is: "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." I look forward to helping our students cross the oceans of learning with courage, excitement, and dedication.
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Rachel Mullins
Third Grade
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Rachel Mullins
Rachel Mullins
Third Grade

Meet Rachel Mullins

Hometown

Maryville, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

I love to cook, spend time with my pets, play video games, scroll Pinterest and Netflix, travel to new places, and learn anything new I can learn.

Message

It is my first year as a teacher, but I am so excited to begin the journey as a Littleton Firebird. My classroom will be full of exploration, creativity, and problem solving. The 2018-2019 school year will be the best school year ever.
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Darby Vance
Third Grade
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Darby Vance
Darby Vance
Third Grade

Meet Darby Vance

Hometown

Bowdon, GA

Favorite Subject

Social Studies and Language Arts

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Message

Hello. I am very excited about the upcoming school year. It is going to be full of fun, adventures, and learning. One of my favorite quotes is: "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." I cannot wait to involve my students in learning and watch them grow. In my eyes, all students are capable of success. I can hardly wait to meet you all.
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Fourth Grade

Kayla Billings
Fourth Grade
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Kayla Billings
Kayla Billings
Fourth Grade

Meet Kayla Billings

Hometown

Gorham, Maine

Favorite Subject

Math and Science

Hobbies

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

Message

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass
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Bethany Erwin
Fourth Grade
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Bethany Erwin
Bethany Erwin
Fourth Grade

Meet Bethany Erwin

Hometown

Kansas City, Missouri

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Traveling, exercising, and reading.

Message

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and watching them learn and grow.
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Elizabeth Johnson
Fourth Grade
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Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
Fourth Grade

Meet Elizabeth Johnson

Hometown

Greenvile, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

I enjoy watching the Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, playing softball, traveling, and reading.
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Fifth Grade

Cari Howlett-Koehn
Fifth Grade
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Cari Howlett-Koehn
Cari Howlett-Koehn
Fifth Grade

Meet Cari Howlett-Koehn

Hometown

Bridgeport, MI

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Fitness, reading, and motorcycles.

Message

"Education is what you make it."
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Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Fifth Grade
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Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Fifth Grade

Meet Jeanine Jones-Rankins

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Literature

Hobbies

Genealogy research, writing poetry, and walking.

Message

"You know more than you think you do; you are smarter than you think you are. Don't tell me what you can't do; show me what you can do."
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Daniel Mainord
Fifth Grade
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Daniel Mainord
Daniel Mainord
Fifth Grade

Meet Daniel Mainord

Hometown

Riverside, CA

Favorite Subject

U.S. History

Hobbies

Church activities, cross-country running, and cars.

Message

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for the country." - John F. Kennedy
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Serina Puebla
Fifth Grade
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Serina Puebla
Serina Puebla
Fifth Grade

Meet Serina Puebla

Hometown

Caledonia, MN

Favorite Subject

ELA

Hobbies

I collect salt and pepper shakers.

Message

"To teach is to touch lives forever." - Anonymous
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Sixth Grade

Benjamin Bassey
Sixth Grade
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Benjamin Bassey
Benjamin Bassey
Sixth Grade

Meet Benjamin Bassey

Hometown

Nigeria

Favorite Subject

Mathematics

Hobbies

Basketball and soccer.

Message

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better." - Tim Rohn
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Erin Mitchel
Sixth Grade
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Erin Mitchel
Erin Mitchel
Sixth Grade

Meet Erin Mitchel

Hometown

Apache Junction, Arizona

Favorite Subject

English and Earth Science

Hobbies

I like to read, travel with my family, watch movies, and relax.

Message

I am excited to get to know my students and their families. I look forward to working together to make sure everyone is successful, and I am motivated to make a difference in everyone's lives.
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Seventh Grade

Julie Cole
Seventh Grade Math
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Julie Cole
Julie Cole
Seventh Grade Math

Meet Julie Cole

Hometown

Indiana

Favorite Subject

Spanish

Hobbies

Traveling

Message

My goal is to make learning math simple. I enjoy helping adults with math just as much as I enjoy helping children. Never be afraid to ask me questions. We are all in this together.
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Taylor Scott
Seventh Grade ELA
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Taylor Scott
Taylor Scott
Seventh Grade ELA

Meet Taylor Scott

Hometown

Chatham, IL

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Reading, traveling, writing, and being with friends and family.

Message

I am so excited for the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals with you this year.
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Seventh and Eighth Grade

Rosa Cruz Cova
Seventh & Eighth Grade Science
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Rosa Cruz Cova
Rosa Cruz Cova
Seventh & Eighth Grade Science

Meet Rosa Cruz Cova

Hometown

Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject

Biology

Hobbies

Painting and watching movies.

Message

I am excited to meet you all and look forward to working together in order to have a successful school year. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
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Dallas Gilleland
Seventh & Eighth Grade Social Studies
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Dallas Gilleland
Dallas Gilleland
Seventh & Eighth Grade Social Studies

Meet Dallas Gilleland

Hometown

Fruitland, IA

Favorite Subject

US History

Hobbies

Watching the Cubs and Hawkeyes, hiking, and taking my dog to the dog park.

Message

"Learning is not a spectator sport." - Ehrmann and Chickering
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Eighth Grade

Martin Fitch
Eighth Grade Math
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Martin Fitch
Martin Fitch
Eighth Grade Math

Meet Martin Fitch

Hometown

Bangor, Maine

Favorite Subject

Math and Reading

Hobbies

Hiking, sky diving, sailing, and anything else outside.

Message

I plan to learn as much from my students as they will learn from me.
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Stephanie Rudzki
Eighth Grade ELA
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Stephanie Rudzki
Stephanie Rudzki
Eighth Grade ELA

Meet Stephanie Rudzki

Hometown

Simi Valley, CA

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Traveling, writing, spending time with friends and family, and attending concerts.

Message

I am beyond excited to work with your child this year, and to better prepare them for their upcoming years in high school. "One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world." - Malala Yousafzai
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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Marissa Bryant
SPED
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Marissa Bryant
Marissa Bryant
SPED

Meet Marissa Bryant

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Favorite Subject

Reading and History

Hobbies

Reading, painting, and spending time with my family.

Message

Every child has a success, a light bulb moment, and wants to be heard. In my class, I am here to help them achieve all three.
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Anna Coker
SPED
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Anna Coker
Anna Coker
SPED

Meet Anna Coker

Hometown

Ashland, OH

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Shopping, watching sports, and playing pool.

Message

I look forward to getting to know your student this year. I am excited to contribute to the learning process that will assist in your student's continued educational growth.
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Bernadette Daite
SPED
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Bernadette Daite
Bernadette Daite
SPED

Meet Bernadette Daite

Hometown

Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject

Asian History and Math

Hobbies

Photography, hiking, camping and reading.

Message

"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it." - Analects
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Savannah Meredith
SPED
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Savannah Meredith
Savannah Meredith
SPED

Meet Savannah Meredith

Hometown

Lincoln, NE

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Shopping, hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, and relaxing.

Message

I'm really excited to be starting my first year of teaching here at Littleton and am excited to work with parents, students, and staff.
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Leticia Oliva
SPED
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Leticia Oliva
Leticia Oliva
SPED

Meet Leticia Oliva

Hometown

McAllen, TX

Favorite Subject

Science, Math

Hobbies

Baking, Zumba, and working out.

Message

"The three C's of life: choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change."
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Beaney Payan
SPED
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Beaney Payan
Beaney Payan
SPED

Meet Beaney Payan

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math. Science, Art

Hobbies

I love to do arts and crafts in my spare time. I enjoy hiking and being outdoors; this is something that relaxes me. I also enjoy to read inspirational books and watch movies.

Message

"Wisdom begin in wonder." - Socrates
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Ashley Perman
SPED
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Ashley Perman
Ashley Perman
SPED

Meet Ashley Perman

Hometown

Akron, OH

Favorite Subject

Language Arts, History, and Band

Hobbies

Snow skiing, CrossFit, crafting, and hanging out with friends and family.

Message

Welcome parents and students. My name is Ms.Perman, and I am so excited to start working with each of you this school year. This is going to be a fun year full of learning, making new discoveries, and having fun with our friends. My room is open to all, and if there is ever any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I cannot wait to meet all of you very soon.
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April Quinones
SPED
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April Quinones
April Quinones
SPED

Meet April Quinones

Hometown

Glendale, AZ

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.
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Nathaniel Short
SPED
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Nathaniel Short
Nathaniel Short
SPED

Meet Nathaniel Short

Hometown

Cleveland, Ohio

Favorite Subject

math, science, history

Hobbies

Playing chess, gardening

Message

My goal as a teacher is to do everything I can to give students the tools and strategies they need to figure out anything.
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Benjamin Sullens
SPED
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Benjamin Sullens
Benjamin Sullens
SPED

Meet Benjamin Sullens

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math and Reading

Hobbies

Reading, crafting, and relaxing with friends.

Message

I look forward to getting to know the families and students of Littleton. I am excited to find ways to support our students in developing their skills and connecting with technology.
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Student Achievement Coach

Amanda Herrera
Student Achievement Coach
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Amanda Herrera
Amanda Herrera
Student Achievement Coach

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Reading Interventionist

Jackie Older
Reading Interventionist K–4
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Jackie Older
Jackie Older
Reading Interventionist K–4

Meet Jackie Older

Hometown

Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, reading, decorating, sketching, gardening, and playing scrabble with my mom.

Message

I truly believe that every child is capable of success. My goal is to build self-confidence and foster a love of reading in every student I work with.
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Special Areas

Saudat Balogun
Exploring Potential
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Saudat Balogun
Saudat Balogun
Exploring Potential

Meet Saudat Balogun

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
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Karyn Genrich
Physical Education
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Karyn Genrich
Karyn Genrich
Physical Education

Meet Karyn Genrich

Hometown

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject

PE and Science

Hobbies

Being outdoors and watching movies.

Message

Let's make this the best year yet and get out and be active.
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Delaney Rogers
Art
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Delaney Rogers
Delaney Rogers
Art

Meet Delaney Rogers

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Art & English

Hobbies

Playing with my dog, doing yoga, reading, painting, trying out new coffee shops, and cheering on the Denver Broncos during football season.

Message

My goal is to inspire creativity in each and every one of my students and help them take pride in their work. As Pablo Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
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Damion Saucier
Music
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Damion Saucier
Damion Saucier
Music

Meet Damion Saucier

Hometown

Mandeville, LA

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Music, salt-water aquariums, and football.

Message

I come with many years of experience and a love of performing arts. We will be diving into many aspects of art through our time together.
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Marissa Wilt
Music
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Marissa Wilt
Marissa Wilt
Music

Meet Marissa Wilt

Hometown

Woodville, OH

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Trumpet, music, reading, and horseback riding.

Message

I am very excited to be joining the Littleton and Collier team and look forward to an awesome school year. "Music can change the world because it can change people." - Paul Hewson
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School Support

Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern
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Nohemi Franco
Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern

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Sharon Hines
PreK & CASA Program
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Sharon Hines
Sharon Hines
PreK & CASA Program

Meet Sharon Hines

Hometown

Arvada, Colorado

Favorite Subject

Math and Reading

Hobbies

Reading and Traveling

Message

I am so excited to work with your child this year. Together we can build a solid foundation for future academic success.
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Gloria Lira
Lead Custodian
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Gloria Lira
Gloria Lira
Lead Custodian

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Damon Lorenz
Preschool Psychologist
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Damon Lorenz
Damon Lorenz
Preschool Psychologist

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Katie Wisener
K-8 Psychologist
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Katie Wisener
Katie Wisener
K-8 Psychologist

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