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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Ann Catlin
Assistant Principal
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Ann Catlin
Ann Catlin
Assistant Principal

Meet Ann Catlin

Hometown

White Bear Lake, MN

Hobbies

Most of all, I love spending time with my children and family at our cabin in northern Minnesota boating, fishing, playing games, and walking in the forest. I also enjoy traveling, attending plays and concerts, as well as visiting art museums.

Message

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to partner with parents and support each child's optimal learning and development.
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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

Marlea Alward
Preschool
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Marlea Alward
Marlea Alward
Preschool

Meet Marlea Alward

Hometown

Harsens Island, MI

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, and spending time with family.

Message

I 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.
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Vanessa Asarisi
Preschool
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Vanessa Asarisi
Vanessa Asarisi
Preschool

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Cecelia Crawley
Preschool
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Cecelia Crawley
Cecelia Crawley
Preschool

Meet Cecelia Crawley

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, board games, traveling, and spending time with family.

Message

Welcome to the world of preschool. I’m excited to be a partner in supporting your child and my students in developing to their fullest potential.
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Lakwauna Hawkins-Tinsley
Preschool
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Lakwauna Hawkins-Tinsley
Lakwauna Hawkins-Tinsley
Preschool

Meet Lakwauna Hawkins-Tinsley

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Favorite Subject

Reading/Social Studies

Hobbies

Shopping and traveling.

Message

I am looking forward to working with your children this year.
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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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Nora McGlown
Preschool
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Nora McGlown
Nora McGlown
Preschool

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Bertha Plaza
Preschool
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Bertha Plaza
Bertha Plaza
Preschool

Meet Bertha Plaza

Hometown

Yuma, AZ

Favorite Subject

English
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Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool
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Jasmine Rodriguez
Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool

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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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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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Roslyn Rhodes
Kindergarten
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Roslyn Rhodes
Roslyn Rhodes
Kindergarten

Meet Roslyn Rhodes

Hometown

Detroit, MI

Favorite Subject

Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.

Hobbies

I enjoy going to the movies, singing in my church choir, painting pictures, and shopping! I also enjoy traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Message

Hello to my students and families! I am so excited to partner up with you all this year and have a fun-filled year with learning, growth, and development! I can’t wait to foster a love for learning in the lives of my students while also inviting them to become life-long learners! When we partner up together, we will truly reach our goal. This year will truly be a phenomenal year and I can’t wait to see the growth and development that we will accomplish this year while also making an impact on my students and families.
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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

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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Sandra Matadamas
First Grade
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Sandra Matadamas
Sandra Matadamas
First Grade

Meet Sandra Matadamas

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Yoga and spin.
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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

Maleia Capaldi
Second Grade
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Maleia Capaldi
Maleia Capaldi
Second Grade

Meet Maleia Capaldi

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading and spending time with my family.

Message

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer. I am very excited to meet all my new second graders. We are going to have a great year.
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Maria-Ana Moneda
Second Grade
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Maria-Ana Moneda
Maria-Ana Moneda
Second Grade

Meet Maria-Ana Moneda

Hometown

Manila, Philippines

Favorite Subject

Music and Art

Hobbies

Working out, exercising, listening to music and audio books, and dancing.

Message

I am happy to welcome you to the 2019–2020 school year! I am excited to be your child’s second-grade teacher! We will have an exciting year filled with lots of new friends, adventures, and fun learning. My main goals are for students to feel successful and to spark joy in their learning journey! I am looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.
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Alejandra Valdes
Second Grade
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Alejandra  Valdes
Alejandra Valdes
Second Grade

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Third Grade

Alena Banderas-Bella
Third Grade
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Alena Banderas-Bella
Alena Banderas-Bella
Third Grade

Meet Alena Banderas-Bella

Hometown

Sacramento, California

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

My hobbies are traveling, spending time with my family, reading, listening to music, and watching movies.

Message

I am extremely to join the LIttleton family. I am looking forward to watching your child grow. I can't wait to get to know you and your child.
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Kasey Hauck
Third Grade
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Kasey Hauck
Kasey Hauck
Third 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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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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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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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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Daniel Mainord
Fourth Grade
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Daniel Mainord
Daniel Mainord
Fourth 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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Fifth Grade

Jerair Barmaksezian
Fifth Grade
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Jerair Barmaksezian
Jerair Barmaksezian
Fifth Grade

Meet Jerair Barmaksezian

Hometown

Glendale, CA

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Hiking, lifting weights, and watching TV shows.
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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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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

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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Emily Segerman
Sixth Grade
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Emily Segerman
Emily Segerman
Sixth Grade

Meet Emily Segerman

Hometown

South Haven, MI

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Reading, exercise, and cooking.

Message

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” — Malcolm X
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Terese Wilson
Sixth Grade
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Terese Wilson
Terese Wilson
Sixth Grade

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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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Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Seventh Grade ELA
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Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Seventh Grade ELA

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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Seventh and Eighth Grade

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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Jacob Shaw
Seventh and Eighth Grade Science
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Jacob Shaw
Jacob Shaw
Seventh and Eighth Grade Science

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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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Celeste Kolinchak
SPED
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Celeste Kolinchak
Celeste Kolinchak
SPED

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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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Patricia Rzadzki
SPED
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Patricia Rzadzki
Patricia Rzadzki
SPED

Meet Patricia Rzadzki

Hometown

Hoffman Estates, IL

Favorite Subject

Math and Literacy

Hobbies

Hiking, painting, and traveling.
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Adrianne Williams
SPED
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Adrianne Williams
Adrianne Williams
SPED

Meet Adrianne Williams

Hometown

Altadena, CA

Favorite Subject

Geography and Geometry

Message

I am so elated to be joining the Littleton Community and serve as a special education resource teacher. Each child is capable of learning and excelling academically at their own pace.
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Angelica Maddux
SPED
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Angelica Maddux
Angelica Maddux
SPED

Meet Angelica Maddux

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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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

Holly Toohey
Reading Interventionist
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Holly Toohey
Holly Toohey
Reading Interventionist

Meet Holly Toohey

Hometown

Erie, PA

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading, decorating, exercising, and spending time with family.

Message

When things get tough, I always remember my favorite quote by Christopher Robin. “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
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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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Kennedy Gunnes
Art
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Kennedy Gunnes
Kennedy Gunnes
Art

Meet Kennedy Gunnes

Hometown

Eau Claire, WI

Favorite Subject

Art, Music, and Spanish

Hobbies

Making art, making music, and traveling.

Message

I am excited to see growth in each student's artistic abilities and creative thinking skills while at the same time I grow as their teacher.
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Rachel Mullins
Computer Science
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Rachel Mullins
Rachel Mullins
Computer Science

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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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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Matthew Lussier
Lead Custodian
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Matthew Lussier
Matthew Lussier
Lead Custodian

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Robin Anderson
Preschool Psychologist
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Robin Anderson
Robin Anderson
Preschool Psychologist

Meet Robin Anderson

Hometown

Bristol, NH

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Cooking and crafting.

Message

I believe collectively, we can support all children with achieving their goals.
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Katie Wisener
K-8 Psychologist
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Katie Wisener
Katie Wisener
K-8 Psychologist

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