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

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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

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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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Office Support

Maria Del Toro
Administrative Secretary
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Maria Del Toro
Maria Del Toro
Administrative Secretary

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Jesica Cervantes
Office Support Sr.
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Jesica Cervantes
Jesica Cervantes
Office Support Sr.

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Maria Huerta
Office Support Jr.
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Maria Huerta
Maria Huerta
Office Support Jr.

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Pamela Ricci
Nurse
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Pamela Ricci
Pamela Ricci
Nurse

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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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Anyssa Kemp
Preschool
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Anyssa Kemp
Anyssa Kemp
Preschool

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Hometown

Colorado Springs

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Reading, creating art, and traveling

Message

I am looking forward to beginning my teaching career here and supporting this community.
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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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Inez Powell
Preschool
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Inez Powell
Inez Powell
Preschool

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Hometown

Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject

Writing

Hobbies

Spending time with family

Message

I am so excited to be a part of your child's educational journey.
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Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool
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Jasmine Rodriguez
Jasmine Rodriguez
Preschool

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Miriam Rodriguez
Preschool
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Miriam Rodriguez
Miriam Rodriguez
Preschool

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Hometown

Tolleson, AZ

Favorite Subject

Language Arts

Hobbies

Activities with my family

Message

All children are capable of success, no exceptions.
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Kindergarten

Napua Alvarez
Kindergarten
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Napua Alvarez
Napua Alvarez
Kindergarten

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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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Jordan Thompson
Kindergarten
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Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson
Kindergarten

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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

Brigitte Bautista
First Grade
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Brigitte Bautista
Brigitte Bautista
First Grade

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Hometown

El Paso, TX

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Sleeping, playing soccer, and going on adventures

Message

Be the change you want to see in the world.
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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

Courtany Bartels
Second Grade
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Courtany Bartels
Courtany Bartels
Second Grade

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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 second 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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Kasey Hauck
Second Grade
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Kasey Hauck
Kasey Hauck
Second Grade

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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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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

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Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Gardening and reading

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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

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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

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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 third 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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Rachel Mullins
Fourth Grade
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Rachel Mullins
Rachel Mullins
Fourth 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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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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Fifth Grade

Iliana Alamillo
Fifth Grade
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Iliana Alamillo
Iliana Alamillo
Fifth Grade

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Hometown

Tolleson, AZ

Favorite Subject

Math, social studies

Hobbies

Folklorico dancing, painting, playing tennis, and watching movies
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Tearra Hunter
Fifth Grade
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Tearra Hunter
Tearra Hunter
Fifth Grade

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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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Sixth Grade

Kayla Billings
English / Math
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Kayla Billings
Kayla Billings
English / Math

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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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David Irvin
Science / HSS
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David Irvin
David Irvin
Science / HSS

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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 and Eighth Grade

Brendan Finegan
Math
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Brendan Finegan
Brendan Finegan
Math

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Hometown

Billerica

Favorite Subject

History

Hobbies

Reading, hiking, traveling, and watching movies.

Message

Hello, my name is Brendan Finegan. I have the privilege of being your math teacher for the 2022–23 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.
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Cassandra Lockard
Science
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Cassandra Lockard
Cassandra Lockard
Science

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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
English
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Emily Segerman
Emily Segerman
English

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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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Exceptional Learning Teachers

Bernadette Daite
SPED 5–8
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Bernadette Daite
Bernadette Daite
SPED 5–8

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Hometown

Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject

Reading, history, math, linguistics

Hobbies

Reading, traveling, camping, hiking/backpacking, photography
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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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Jakob Deaver
Music
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Jakob Deaver
Jakob Deaver
Music

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Hometown

Springfield, OR

Favorite Subject

Music

Hobbies

Music
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Emma Laskowski
Art
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Emma Laskowski
Emma Laskowski
Art

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Hometown

Hong Kong

Favorite Subject

Art

Hobbies

Hiking, drawing, spending time with friends
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Kelly Murray
Physical Education
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Kelly Murray
Kelly Murray
Physical Education

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Hometown

DeKalb, IL

Favorite Subject

Science

Hobbies

Shopping, swimming, barbecuing, watching movies
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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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Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern
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Nohemi Franco
Nohemi Franco
K-8 Psychologist Intern

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

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Mariah Murphy
Speech
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Mariah Murphy
Mariah Murphy
Speech

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Yanel Nava
Social Worker
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Yanel Nava
Yanel Nava
Social Worker

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Hometown

Pomona, CA

Favorite Subject

Math

Hobbies

Arts and crafts

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I am excited to be joining the Littleton family. I am excited to meet all the students and their families and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to be happy and successful.
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Chelsey Walworth
Occupational Therapy
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Chelsey Walworth
Chelsey Walworth
Occupational Therapy

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Allison Wickstrom
School Psychologist
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Allison Wickstrom
Allison Wickstrom
School Psychologist

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Hometown

Duluth, Minnesota

Favorite Subject

Math and History

Hobbies

Hiking and reading
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Paraprofessionals

Yolanda Brown
Paraprofessional
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Yolanda Brown
Yolanda Brown
Paraprofessional

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Carlos Gallegos
Paraprofessional
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Carlos Gallegos
Carlos Gallegos
Paraprofessional

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Tersa Garcia
Paraprofessional
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Tersa Garcia
Tersa Garcia
Paraprofessional

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Suzana Hernandez
Paraprofessional
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Suzana Hernandez
Suzana Hernandez
Paraprofessional

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Maria Terry Martinez
Paraprofessional
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Maria Terry Martinez
Maria Terry Martinez
Paraprofessional

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Miriam Montes
Paraprofessional
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Miriam Montes
Miriam Montes
Paraprofessional

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Veronica Moreno
Paraprofessional
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Veronica Moreno
Veronica Moreno
Paraprofessional

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Felicita Rodriguez
Paraprofessional
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Felicita Rodriguez
Felicita Rodriguez
Paraprofessional

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Gabryelle Almaraz
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Custodial

Miriam Cibrian
Lead Custodian
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Miriam Cibrian
Miriam Cibrian
Lead Custodian

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Leticia Hernandez de Reyes
Day Custodian
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Leticia Hernandez de Reyes
Leticia Hernandez de Reyes
Day Custodian

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Norma Montiel
Night Custodian
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Norma Montiel
Norma Montiel
Night Custodian

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Javier Tarango
Night Custodian
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Javier Tarango
Night Custodian

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