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Sunridge Staff

It’s a privilege to be part of providing our students with opportunities to develop their creativity through increased exposure to STEM. We infuse STEM into all core subjects.

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Rebecca Osorio
Principal
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Anaisa Lopez
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Romelia Nava
School Nurse
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Andrea Ferrer
Attendance Clerk
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Violeta Limon
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Vanessa Estrada
ELL Tester
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Preschool

Vilma Lewis
Preschool Lead Teacher
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About Vilma Lewis

Education

BA Preschool

Experience

22 years

Why I Teach

I love working with children. I want to make sure that the future for the children is brilliant. It is a lot fun to teach the children when you enjoy and love a job the way I do. I would like to continue all my life teaching Head Start preschool.

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Andrea Hoyos-Villa
Preschool I.A.
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Head Start

Cynthia Norman
Head Start Lead Teacher
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Education

MA Early Childhood Education

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Teaching, business administration, and accounts payable

Why I Teach

I have a passion for working with young children and love being a Head Start teacher! I received a master's degree in early childhood education from Ottawa University. This is my 10th year in service as a Head Start teacher and my seventh year working here at Fowler School District. I taught in another Head Start program for three years before I began here at FESD. I also taught kindergarten for three years at a charter school in Phoenix. It is always exciting to come to work and help my students to learn through investigation and discovery.

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Kindergarten

Anayeli Abreo
Teacher
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Education

MA Education Curriculum & Instruction: Reading emphasis in Elementary Education

Experience

12 years

Why I Teach

The reason I chose to become an educator is to make a difference in students' lives. I want to be able to reach out to students and cultivate meaningful relationships. I love children and think that we can learn so much from each other. I think that by spending time with children we can stay young at heart, which is something that I hope to accomplish. I want to inspire my students to become self-sufficient, caring, respectful, innovative, and empathetic learners and teachers. I want my students to be successful. I strongly believe that as early childhood educators we must provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. The first years of a child's schooling are the most important. I believe that as teachers it is our mission to promote positive learning and to spark the enthusiasm of learners. I believe that teachers who share their passion for teaching and teach with passion and sympathy are more likely to connect with learners and increase learner performance.

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Diana Simental
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About Diana Simental

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MA Early Childhood Education

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I have been at Sunridge Elementary for eight years and taught kindergarten for four years.

Why I Teach

My teaching philosophy has exponentially grown throughout my educational career. Nothing makes me happier than to see the smile on my students' faces when they are actively engaged in their learning. There are many activities that one can do with students to engage them in their learning while having fun with them. Singing songs or being plain silly as we play has turned out to be very beneficial to my students' learning. It is very gratifying to see my students actively engaged in their learning and allowing me to guide them along their educational path.

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Stacie Swartz
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BA Liberal Studies - Fresno Pacific University, teaching certification - Ottawa University

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I have been teaching in the Fowler Elementary School District for 21 years. I was at Fowler for three years, and this is my 18th year at Sunridge. I taught third grade for six years, music for two years, second grade for three years, first grade for eight years, and this is my second year teaching kindergarten.

Why I Teach

I teach because I love moments that we call "A-HA" moments. They are the times a student truly understands a new concept, and they think, "A-HA, I get it!" Sometimes you can physically see it on their faces as the new concept becomes part of their understanding. I also love seeing students feel proud of their learning as they are progressing. It is great to see students and how much they progress through the year while they are with me.

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First Grade

Almira Salazar
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Arizona State University

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I have been teaching for six years.

Why I Teach

Becoming a teacher was my dream since I was a little girl. I remember I used to play "teacher" with my younger relatives. I was always the teacher! Many years later, I made my dream a reality. I became a teacher because I enjoy spending time with children. I want to be involved in the process of raising new generations. I love to see a child's face brighten up when they have learned something new. My students are the reason I continue teaching.

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Victoria Simerman
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Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana

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I have been teaching for two years.

Why I Teach

I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana during the start of the pandemic. I teach because I believe that every single child should have someone who believes in them, and they should feel safe, loved, and heard every single day at school. I love getting to know my students and each one of their unique personalities and creating a classroom family. Education has always been my passion, and my goal is to bring that passion alive in my students by showing them how fun and exciting learning really can be. 

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Luz Vasquez
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About Luz Vasquez

Education

BA Early Childhood Education

Experience

I have been teaching for seven years.

Why I Teach

I teach because each day is different. I like to find strengths in every student and make them more determined to do their best. I want my students to be confident about what they can accomplish. I teach to make a difference in the life of each student. I teach for the students.

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Second Grade

Ruben Palomares
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K–8 teaching certification and bilingual endorsement

Experience

20 years

Why I Teach

I have always had a great respect for teachers, as they helped me to become the person I am now. Teaching was not my first option when choosing a career; however, once I started teaching, I knew that I had found my passion and purpose. Knowing that I play an important role in shaping future generations of students makes me proud and, at the same time, motivates me to be passionate and become a better teacher every day. There is no better feeling of accomplishment than to see students grow in knowledge, confidence, and skills. I know that the seed of knowledge I am planting now will follow students down their path years from now.

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." - Henry B. Adams

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Susana Perez
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Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Education - Arizona State University

Experience

20 years teaching elementary school

Why I Teach

I became a teacher to make a difference in a child's life. I want the children to remember me as a teacher who believes that every student can be successful if they have someone who cares for them and guides them towards any small goal, academically and socially. I have worked with students from preschool to elementary and in the classroom. I encourage students to participate in all classroom subjects throughout the day. Students in my classroom are exposed to various experiences through hands-on-projects and their own unique style of learning. I provide extra support to the students who may require the assistance to fully incorporate into daily activities and projects. I give students the opportunity to learn through positive praise and reinforcement.

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Barbara Quiroga
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BS Education - Baker College, BS Sociology - The University of Hawaii at Manoa

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12 years

Why I Teach

I teach to inspire! I want my students engaged and inquisitive about the world around them. Each student is precious and worthy of a chance to succeed. I value my position of trust and want my parents to know that it is an honor to teach their children. I help shape the future every single day, and that feels great!

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Third Grade

Janie Clay
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BA Political Science, MEd Elementary Education

Experience

24 years

Why I Teach

Life is about making choices. My varied experiences put me on a path to choose education as my career. I could have been a lawyer, a librarian, or a lion tamer. Instead, I wanted to reach out to students and provide them with the opportunities to choose their own destiny through the pathway of education. I teach because I choose to teach.

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Cristina Kondo
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Annabelle Robertson
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Fourth Grade

Tracy ONeill
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MA - Tesol

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13 years

Why I Teach

This is my 13th year teaching various grades in Arizona, and I have loved every second. I was born and raised in Cadillac, Michigan. In 1992, I graduated with my associate's degree in commercial portraiture. It was while working with children at a local portrait studio that I developed a love for teaching. In the year 2000, that passion for teaching took me back to school to earn my education degree, majoring in elementary education with minors in language arts and social studies. While earning my degree, I worked full time in a local bank. In 2007, I moved to Goodyear, Arizona, and began teaching. I adore working with the students and am available anytime to speak to you regarding the educational success of your student. My school email is TONeill@fesd.org.

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June Ross
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Fifth Grade

Alicia Crockett
Teacher
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MA Education, BS Family Studies

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Two years teaching first grade, five years teaching kindergarten

Why I Teach

I teach because I believe teachers can change the lives of students as well as students change teachers' lives. I teach because I love children and the new, fresh, and exciting experiences that being inside a classroom brings. I love children and being able to help shape their future is an added bonus.

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Pamela Fallas
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BA - English teaching as a foreign language

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Two years of experience.

Why I Teach

Initially, I went to college because I just wanted to learn English. I knew that being bilingual would open many doors. I was right. Here I am teaching abroad, and I love it. I love the experience of teaching my kids about my country and culture and learning from them about theirs. The feeling of satisfaction and happiness that I get from watching my students grow, learn, and be successful is priceless. Knowing that I have the opportunity to continue influencing positively the life of so many kids gives my life a greater sense of purpose. 

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Special Area

Kaylynne Fox
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MA Music Education

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I have taught private piano, voice, and violin lessons for 30 years. I have taught in public schools, charter schools, and college for 25 years. I have traveled and performed with various performance groups. I have been a performing member of the Carson City Symphony Chorus and the Utah Symphony chorus. I am currently teaching piano, violin, and voice in the evenings and perform with the Phoenix symphony chorus.

Why I Teach

I teach music for many reasons. It is a very important part of my life and brings me much joy and helps me work through issues and conflicts that arise in my daily life. I am a lifelong learner and musician. Music is something I can enjoy at any age and continue to use throughout my life. It is my goal as a music teacher to give my students opportunities to have enriching experiences by coming in contact with music throughout their life through varied learning activities; being involved in music while they move and sing along with the music; learning to become proficient musicians; seeing them get excited when they achieve success with something that has been a struggle for them; encounter laughter while playing singing games and doing music tasks. Music has power to allow us to get in touch with our emotions. I love watching the students identify with their emotions as they experience music in all genres.

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Londa Gilmore
Reading Interventionist
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Liliana Gonzales
Reading Interventionist Assistant
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Lorena Hernandez
Librarian
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Annette Jacobs
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MA Early Childhood Education, MA Reading and Elementary Literacy

Experience

20 years

Why I Teach

I became a teacher in 2008, and it is an important part of my life. I love to see the sparkle in children's eyes when they know they got it. I believe strongly in giving our students a strong foundation. My goal for my students is to instill in them the desire for a lifetime of learning.

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Elisa Martinez
Resource Teacher
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BA Elementary Education, MA Curriculum and Instruction, MA Cross Categorical Special Education, ESL and Reading endorsements

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I am in my 18th year of teaching and have taught first through fifth grades.

Why I Teach

I teach because I love it! All children have the ability to learn, and I teach in order to cultivate their individual learning abilities. It is amazing to watch them grow throughout their elementary school years! "What greater joy can a teacher feel than to witness a child's success?" - Michelle L. Graham

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Ana Ruvalcaba
Crossing Guard and Monitor
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Vacant
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Bryan White
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BS Business - Point Loma Nazarene University, MA Education - ASU

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I have been a teacher for 15 years now. I started my career in education teaching English in Bangladesh with the Peace Corps. I started teaching here in the valley 10 years ago and have worked here ever since.

Why I Teach

I teach because I love to see the light bulb go off when my students come to an understanding. I enjoy being a mentor to those students and teaching them to be contributing members of society. It all starts with an idea and a mindset. Students who are ready in class are typically ready for life outside our school walls.

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Maintenance & Custodial

Jenry Moreno
Maintenance
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Maria Moreno
Custodian
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Kelly Garcia
Manager
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Lucia Marquez
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Miwa McNeil
Cashier
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Delfina Ortiz
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Virginia Rivard
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Manuela Soto
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