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

Eric Atuahene
Principal
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Eric Atuahene
Eric Atuahene
Principal

Meet Eric Atuahene

Hometown

Toronto, Ontario

Favorite Subject

Physics

Hobbies

Sports
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Samantha Armstrong
Assistant Principal
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Samantha Armstrong
Samantha Armstrong
Assistant Principal

Meet Samantha Armstrong

Hometown

Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject

Literature and yearbook

Hobbies

Reading, puzzles, and being a band mom.

Message

I 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
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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

Maria Del Toro
Administrative Secretary
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Maria Del Toro
Maria Del Toro
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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Lilianna Hernandez
Support Specialist, Jr.
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Lilianna Hernandez
Lilianna Hernandez
Support Specialist, Jr.

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Pamela A Ricci
Registered Nurse
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Pamela A Ricci
Pamela A Ricci
Registered Nurse

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Hometown

Goodyear

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Bike riding, crafting

Message

I will keep your children safe to the best of my ability.
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Teachers

Preschool

Jazmin Pacheco
TOSA
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Jazmin Pacheco
Jazmin Pacheco
TOSA

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Marlea Alward
Preschool
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Marlea Alward
Marlea Alward
Preschool

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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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Karen Garza
Preschool
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Karen Garza
Karen Garza
Preschool

Meet Karen Garza

Hometown

La Mirada, CA

Favorite Subject

English

Hobbies

Cross stitching, swimming, playing games, watching movies

Message

As 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.
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Celeste Kolinchak
Preschool
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Celeste Kolinchak
Celeste Kolinchak
Preschool

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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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Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool
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Jasmine Rodriguez
Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool

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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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Sandra Gutierrez
Kindergarten
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Sandra Gutierrez
Sandra Gutierrez
Kindergarten

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Hometown

Salton City, CA

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Painting

Message

I'm looking forward to meeting all families and working together to have a successful school year.
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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

Courtany Bartels
First Grade
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Courtany Bartels
Courtany Bartels
First Grade

Meet Courtany Bartels

Hometown

Polson, MT

Favorite Subject

Social Studies

Hobbies

Hanging out with friends, football, and crafting

Message

My 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.
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Taylor Burke
First Grade
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Taylor Burke
Taylor Burke
First Grade

Meet Taylor Burke

Hometown

Melbourne, FL

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Crafting, reading, spending time with my four-legged kiddos.

Message

I am so excited to adventure into first grade, and look forward to growing with you and your kiddo throughout our partnership together.
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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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Ruby Moreno
Second Grade
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Ruby Moreno
Ruby Moreno
Second Grade

Meet Ruby Moreno

Hometown

Avondale, AZ

Favorite Subject

English Language

Hobbies

Cooking/baking, singing and dancing, and crafting

Message

Welcome 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.
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Alejandra Valdes
Second Grade
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Alejandra  Valdes
Alejandra Valdes
Second Grade

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Third Grade

Brenda Alamillo
Third Grade
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Brenda Alamillo
Brenda Alamillo
Third Grade

Meet Brenda Alamillo

Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Gardening and reading

Message

I am excited to be your child's teacher this year! We are going to have fun learning math, reading, writing, science, and lots more.
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Ashley Avechuco
Third Grade
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Ashley Avechuco
Ashley Avechuco
Third Grade

Meet Ashley Avechuco

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Spending time with my family and practicing self-care

Message

Hello! 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.
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Bailey Vander Molen
Third Grade
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Bailey Vander Molen
Bailey Vander Molen
Third Grade

Meet Bailey Vander Molen

Hometown

Escalon, CA

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Volleyball, sports, hiking, and crafting

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Hi! I am Mrs. Vander Molen! I am so excited for thrid grade together. I am looking forward to all the fun times and great things we will accomplish.
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Fourth Grade

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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Arizona Nguyen
Fourth Grade
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Arizona Nguyen
Arizona Nguyen
Fourth Grade

Meet Arizona Nguyen

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Relaxing and winding down

Message

All students are capable of success, and I am excited to support the students in this journey to endeavor their future.
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Serina Puebla
Fourth Grade
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Serina Puebla
Serina Puebla
Fourth 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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Fifth Grade

Tearra Hunter
Fifth Grade
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Tearra Hunter
Tearra Hunter
Fifth Grade

Meet Tearra Hunter

Hometown

Tucson, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Bodybuilding, dog training, and binge-watching Survivor

Message

I am looking forward to working with you. It will be an exciting year together.
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Mariana Hurtado
Fifth Grade
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Mariana Hurtado
Mariana Hurtado
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Favorite Subject

Reading

Hobbies

Reading

Message

I am so excited to learn together.
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Meagan Spencer
Fifth Grade
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Meagan Spencer
Meagan Spencer
Fifth Grade

Meet Meagan Spencer

Hometown

Peekskill, New York

Hobbies

Yoga, hiking, and reading

Message

I 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
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Sixth Grade

Kayla Billings
Sixth Grade
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Kayla Billings
Kayla Billings
Sixth 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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Petrit Gashi
Sixth Grade
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Petrit Gashi
Petrit Gashi
Sixth Grade

Meet Petrit Gashi

Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading, gaming, podcasts, cooking, running, cycling, basketball, soccer, sketching/drawing

Message

I am looking forward to teaching this year! As a 2020 TFA Corps member, I am absolutely grateful and honored to be a part of the Littleton community.
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David Irvin
Sixth Grade
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David Irvin
David Irvin
Sixth Grade

Meet David Irvin

Hometown

Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Driving

Message

"Let the word go forth from this time and place that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" -John F. Kennedy, 1961
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Seventh Grade

Linda Ardelean
ELA
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Linda Ardelean
Linda Ardelean
ELA

Meet Linda Ardelean

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Favorite Subject

Art and English

Hobbies

Crafting, journaling, reading, and riding my bike

Message

I 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.
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Cassandra Lockard
Social Studies
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Cassandra Lockard
Cassandra Lockard
Social Studies

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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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Emily Segerman
Math
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Emily Segerman
Emily Segerman
Math

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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Eighth Grade

Bernadette Daite
Math
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Bernadette Daite
Bernadette Daite
Math

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Hometown

Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject

Reading, history, math, linguistics

Hobbies

reading, traveling, camping, hiking/backpacking, photography
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Jeanette Kelley
ELA
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Jeanette Kelley
Jeanette Kelley
ELA

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Hometown

Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject

PE

Hobbies

Reading, sports, and movie

Message

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." -B.B. King
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Justin Sjaaheim
Science
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Justin Sjaaheim
Justin Sjaaheim
Science

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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Erika Arthur
Social Worker
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Erika Arthur
Erika Arthur
Social Worker

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Hometown

Bronx, New York

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Photoraphy
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Karin Middeker
SPED K-4
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Karin Middeker
Karin Middeker
SPED K-4

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Hometown

Rochester, New York

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

All things dog-related and exploring the west coast.

Message

I am excited to start my second year at Quentin Elementary and grow with my students.
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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

Kimberly Buckner
Reading Interventionist
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Kimberly Buckner
Kimberly Buckner
Reading Interventionist

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Hometown

Syracuse, New York

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

I love to spend time with my family, shop, read, watch movies, and travel.
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Special Areas

Adriana Amavisca
Gifted
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Adriana Amavisca
Adriana Amavisca
Gifted

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Pamela A Ricci
Registered Nurse
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Pamela A Ricci
Pamela A Ricci
Registered Nurse

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Hometown

Goodyear

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Bike riding, crafting

Message

I will keep your children safe to the best of my ability.
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Karyn Genrich
Physical Education
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Karyn Genrich
Karyn Genrich
Physical Education

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Hometown

Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject

PE and Science

Hobbies

Being outdoors and watching movies.

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

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Hometown

West Lafayette, IN

Favorite Subject

English and Art (Photo and Ceramics)

Hobbies

Crocheting/knitting, reading, plants, and going on trips

Message

I love art, and I am so passionate about practicing and teaching it! It's such a fun learning experience and gives people the chance to express themselves and try out new things in a safe environment. I hope to instill a love of art and its practice in your children that will last a lifetime.
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Rachel Mullins
Computer Science
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Rachel Mullins
Rachel Mullins
Computer Science

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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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Dillon Shidemantle
Music
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Dillon Shidemantle
Dillon Shidemantle
Music

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Hometown

Conneautville, PA

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Watching movies, playing volleyball, hiking, bowling, playing cards, grilling, eating ice cream

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I am very excited and looking forward to meeting everyone! Music has always been a huge part of my life and I am honored to be sharing my love for it with the students. Get ready for a fun and productive year! :)
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Marissa Wilt
Band
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Marissa Wilt
Marissa Wilt
Band

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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

Gina Duran
Librarian
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Gina Duran
Gina Duran
Librarian

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Robin Anderson
Preschool Psychologist
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Robin Anderson
Robin Anderson
Preschool Psychologist

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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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Crystal Simons
K-8 Psychologist
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Crystal Simons
Crystal Simons
K-8 Psychologist

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Hometown

Tucson, AZ

Favorite Subject

PE or English

Hobbies

Hiking, traveling, concerts, and spending time with family

Message

I am passionate about what I do, and I will always work hard and strive to provide an authentic and quality service. Together, we can accomplish great things.
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Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern
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Nohemi Franco
Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern

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Heather Royster
Physical Therapy
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Heather Royster
Heather Royster
Physical Therapy

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Dr. Kayla Hudak
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Dr. Kayla Hudak
Dr. Kayla Hudak

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Natalie Heldenbrand
Speech
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Natalie Heldenbrand
Natalie Heldenbrand
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Mariah Murphy
Speech
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Mariah Murphy
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Sara Aguilar
Speech
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Sara Aguilar
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Chelsey Walworth
Occupational Therapy
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Chelsey Walworth
Occupational Therapy

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Yolanda Brown
Paraprofessional
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Yolanda Brown
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Brittany Celaya
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Ileana Espinoza
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Carlos Gallegos
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Carlos Gallegos
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Trenaty Nevels
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Gracie Villanueva
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Gracie Villanueva
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Johnny Hernandez
Lead Custodian
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Johnny Hernandez
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Leticia Hernandez de Reyes
Night Custodian
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Leticia Hernandez de Reyes
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Frank Navaro
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Javier Tarango
Night Custodian
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