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.
Meet Samantha Armstrong
Favorite SubjectLiterature and yearbook
HobbiesReading, puzzles, and being a band mom.
MessageI am looking forward to continuing to work with the Quentin community to help foster a growth mindset for teachers and students so we can put in the effort needed to be our best! "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford
Meet Marlea Alward
HometownHarsens Island, MI
HobbiesReading, cooking, and spending time with family.
MessageI am looking forward to working with parents and the preschool team in order to make the students first school experience a positive one and setting the students up for success.
Meet Karen Garza
HometownLa Mirada, CA
HobbiesCross stitching, swimming, playing games, watching movies
MessageAs an educator, I feel strongly about providing the best for all students. My experience and creativity will be used to expand a child's social, emotional, and educational involvement. I understand the importance of structure and positive collaboration with students and parents. In addition, I will work to provide a positive environment and implement various behavioral strategies for student success. My goal is for every student to feel safe, confident, and successful.
Meet Napua Alvarez
HobbiesSpending time with my two beautiful children, my husband, and family. I also enjoy watching sports and getting outside whenever I can.
MessageMy 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).
Meet Jordan Thompson
HometownEl Paso, TX
HobbiesReading, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
MessageHello. I am really excited to get to know you and your student while motivating them to learn and grow as the year goes on.
Meet Courtany Bartels
Favorite SubjectSocial Studies
HobbiesHanging out with friends, football, and crafting
MessageMy name is Courtany Bartels, and I am currently the first grade teacher in Leola, SD. I have been happily married to the gym teacher for four years. I am mom to Kenton, an active, hilarious, two year old, and a baby on the way. I am privileged to be a Montana native that has been born and raised in the beautiful landscape of America. My setting would not have been as beautiful if it were not for my incredible family. Being the youngest of three daughters, I have been able to experience blessings and guidance from my entire family. My family has taught me the importance of building relationships with those around you to help create a great environment wherever you find yourself.
Meet Taylor Burke
HobbiesCrafting, reading, spending time with my four-legged kiddos.
MessageI am so excited to adventure into first grade, and look forward to growing with you and your kiddo throughout our partnership together.
Meet Eliana Romero
HometownSanta Fe, NM
Favorite SubjectReading and Music
HobbiesReading, dancing, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
MessageI am excited to have your students in my classroom, and I am ready to learn and grow with them.
Meet Kasey Hauck
HometownInver Grove Heights, MN
HobbiesRunning, kickboxing, reading in the sun, and spending time with my family.
MessageI am very excited to get to know the students and families at Littleton. I believe that learning should be fun, exciting, and hands-on.
Meet Ruby Moreno
Favorite SubjectEnglish Language
HobbiesCooking/baking, singing and dancing, and crafting
MessageWelcome to second grade! My name is Ms. M, and I am so excited to be your teacher this year! I cannot wait for a school year filled with so much fun and learning with you all.
Meet Brenda Alamillo
HometownLos Angeles, CA
HobbiesGardening and reading
MessageI am excited to be your child's teacher this year! We are going to have fun learning math, reading, writing, science, and lots more.
Meet Ashley Avechuco
HobbiesSpending time with my family and practicing self-care
MessageHello! I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year! We will learn lots and have fun doing it! It is going to be a great year.
Meet Bailey Vander Molen
HobbiesVolleyball, sports, hiking, and crafting
MessageHi! I am Mrs. Vander Molen! I am so excited for third grade together. I am looking forward to all the fun times and great things we will accomplish.
Meet Meagan Spencer
HometownPeekskill, New York
HobbiesYoga, hiking, and reading
MessageI am looking forward to this school year! "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
Meet Brendan Finegan
HobbiesReading, hiking, traveling, and watching movies.
MessageHello, my name is Brendan Finegan. I have the privilege of being your 6th grade math teacher for the 2021–22 school year. I am originally from Massachusetts and just moved to Phoenix about a month ago. I am very excited to get started for this school year and to join a community of academic integrity and growth.
Meet Linda Ardelean
Favorite SubjectArt and English
HobbiesCrafting, journaling, reading, and riding my bike
MessageI feel honored to be a part of this team, and I am looking forward to meeting all my students. I am passionate about seeing students be the best version of themselves.
Meet Cassandra Lockard
Favorite SubjectHistory and Art History
HobbiesRugby, reading, cooking, hiking, video games, and kick boxing.
MessageMy 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.
Exceptional Learning Teachers
Meet Erika Arthur
HometownBronx, New York
Student Achievement Coach