Elementary Teaching Staff

    Makayla Bratz - Third Grade Teacher

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    Third Grade Teacher

    Phone: 480-248-8025

    Cynthia Butler - Second Grade

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    Second Grade

    Phone: 480-248-8025
    Biography:

    My name is Cindy Butler and I have been teaching since 2000 after earning my BA in Elementary Education from Ottawa University. I have taught grades 2 through 4. I love second graders and I am thrilled to be teaching my favorite grade here at my favorite school LFPA as an Arizona highly qualified teacher. This is my sixth year teaching at LFPA and my twelfth year teaching overall. I am currently certified to teach in the state of Arizona and have both an SEI endorsement and Early Childhood endorsement. I am currently working on an endorsement in Reading. I love to learn and grow as an educator so that I can better help my students. In my classroom, I strive to create an atmosphere in which all children feel safe and comfortable. I encourage mutual respect and try to make all students feel they are appreciated. My goal is to see your child reach his or her full potential.

    On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband for sixyears. I am the proud parent of a daughter who graduated from ASU. We have an energetic yellow lab named Mandy and a cat named Lilly. I enjoy crafts, sewing, computers, reading on my Kindle, and long walks in nature. I am originally from the Bay area in California but have spent much of my adult life here in sunny Arizona. I love the relaxed atmosphere and the great weather that allows me to enjoy the outdoors much of the year.

    Notes:

                                                                                                                       August 2, 2013

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts School – Warner Campus.  My name is Mrs. Butler and I will be your child’s second grade teacher.  This will be my seventh year as an instructor for LFPA.  I have taught grades 2-4 for over 13 years.  I am looking forward to some new and exciting experiences in helping your child with their learning and educational goals.

    I encourage ongoing communication between parents and teacher.  Within a few days after school begins, your child will be bringing home a Parent/ Teacher Communication Folder.  This folder will be used to promote continual home/school communication.

    The following is a list of items your child should bring to school daily:

    ¨  Sensible Backpack (NO suitcase style w/ wheels)

    ¨  Water bottle & healthy snack

    ¨  Parent/Teacher Communication Folder

    ¨  A positive attitude!

    PLEASE DO NOT BRING:

    ¨  3-ring binders (NO “Trapper Keepers”)

    ¨  Pencil sharpeners of any kind

    ¨  Felt markers of any kind

    There are several items on a WISH LIST for our classroom.  If you would like to donate any of the following items anytime throughout the year, it would be really appreciated:

    ¨  Children’s literature books (1– 4 Grade level) – any book your child may like.  These will be donated to our classroom library.  They do not need to be brand new books; used books in nice condition are acceptable.

    ¨  Colored copy paper

    ¨  Card stock paper

    Also, there will be occasions throughout the school year, when I will ask for donations of various items for science units, extra learning activities or parties.  Your generosity is appreciated!

    I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child this year.  I hope that Second Grade will be a fun, interesting, and rewarding experience.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Butler

     Second Grade Supply List

    24 sharpened #2 pencils

    1 box markers and or colored pencils

    1 box of crayons

    2 large pink erasers

    4 glue sticks

    1 pair of scissors

    1 12 in ruler with in. and cm. markings

    1 hard shell pencil box

    2 spiral notebooks-wide ruled

    1 composition notebook

    2 (plastic or poly) pocket folders with brads any color (50 cents each at Target or Walmart)

    Dry erase markers and an old clean sock to use to clean individual white boards.

    1 bag of prizes for our treasure box (stickers, erasers, party prizes or dollar store items are great)

    1 box facial tissues

    1 ream copy paper

    1 pair headphones for the computer lab

    additional items needed:

    1 box ziploc bags -quart – Girls

    1 box ziploc bags – gallon- Boys

    1 box baby wipes or clorox wipes to clean desks weekly

    Snacks to share (crackers, fruit snacks, cookies, etc.)

    MY PERSONAL CLASSROOM WISHLIST

    4 Board games and puzzles for indoor recess

    3 staplers for student use

    Brandy Chambers - Kindergarten

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    Kindergarten

    Biography:

    Hello my name is Ms. Chambers; I am originally from Oregon and moved to Arizona 7 years ago to pursue my dream of teaching. I put myself through college by working in the nursing field as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Medication Aide. I received my associate’s degree from Lane Community College and my Bachelors Degree from Pacific University. I am a highly qualified teacher with a teaching certificate in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and have an endorsement in Structured English Immersion. I have a passion for learning and take classes online through Ideal and at local colleges such as Mesa Community College to keep up-to-date on the latest advancements in education and to further my own education.

    I have been teaching for 6 years and have been a part of the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Family for 2 yrs. I have 4 years experience teaching kindergarten and 2 years experience teaching first grade. I am very passionate about teaching and strive to meet every students needs be differentiated my instruction in reading, writing, and math. I incorporate technology into the daily routine as it is important for the 21st century learner to have instruction, access, and gain the necessary skills in this technology driven world.

    I have 2 cats, 1 named Sassy and the other named Molly and 1 dog named Sgt. Pit Bulldozer. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets. I enjoy playing and watching sports, my favorites being basketball and football. I was on the Varsity Basketball team for 4 years at Creswell High School in Oregon and we made it all the way to the state playoffs with only 7 girls on our team. Being from Oregon I am a huge Ducks fan, but support all Pac-12 teams. I also love to explore new technologies, educational websites, travel, and create slide shows on my computer.

    It has always been my dream and passion to teach. I had the most wonderful kindergarten teacher when I was a child and hope to be the best teacher I can be for your student. I hope to be that teacher your son or daughter remembers for years to come and talks about when he or she is older and has students of his or her own.

    Kendra Crowell - Kindergarten Teacher

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    Kindergarten Teacher

    Notes:

    Many of the supplies will be shared supplies, and may need to be replenished later in the year.

     Please bring supplies to “Meet the Teacher” night on August 15th.

     Shared supplies
    1 box of 24 count crayons
    2 boxes 24 pencils

    1 package of skinny Expo dry erase markers
    1 package of 12 glue sticks
    8 large erasers (pink or white)
    1 pair blunt-ended scissors

    1-2 containers of Clorox or Lysol wipes

    1 regular-sized bottle of hand sanitizer

    1 box of Kleenex

    1-2 reams white copy paper

    1 ream of white cardstock

    Please label to following with your child’s first and last name:

     

    plastic pocket-folders (with brads to insert hold-punched paper) – any color)

    1 Primary journal (100 sheets, blank on top with large lines on the bottom to write)

    1 pair of durable headphones (not ear buds,) in gallon bag labeled

    Backpack (and lunch box, if needed)

    Wish list supplies (not required, but appreciated!)

    Multi-colored thick dry erase markers

    Colored copy paper

    Colored cardstock

    Baggies—any size (snack, sandwich, quart, or gallon)

    Paper towelsI look forward to a phenomenal  year!

    Josh Eyre - Third Grade Teacher

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    Third Grade Teacher

    Biography:

    Mr. Eyre’s Third Grade Class Supply List
     Backpack or bag. Please, no backpacks with wheels or hard plastic
     Reusable pull-top water bottle. To eliminate frequent trips to the drinking fountain. It is important that they have their water bottles at school every day.
     Plastic snap-shut pencil box. Standard size – approx. 8″x 5″x 2″.
     Fiskars blunt-tip kid scissors.
     Colored pencils. 12 or 24 count box.
     2 glue sticks
     2 packages of wide-ruled notebook paper
     Clipboard. Standard size – approx. 9″x 12″.
     1 package Clorox wipes
     1 box of tissues
     Multiplication and division flash cards
     $15.00 for the entire year’s supply of consumables – pencils, erasers, rulers, homework folders, subject folders, binders, personal white boards and dry erase markers, glue, composition books, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and other needed materials
    (Please don’t send any of these items to school as Mr. Eyre will purchase matching supplies in bulk).
    PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON ALL OF YOUR
    SUPPLIES IN PERMANENT MARKER.
    I encourage my students to bring books from home to read during silent reading time and when work is finished (they won’t need them on the first day). I have hundreds of books in the classroom that students are welcome to use, but they might want to bring books from home that I don’t have. They can also order great, cheap books from Scholastic Book Clubs every month which helps us earn free classroom books.
    Please do not bring the following items to school:
     Hand-held pencil sharpeners. Somehow those shavings always get on the floor. I will always have sharp pencils available and a sharpener specifically for sharpening colored pencils.
     Markers or pens.
     Stickers, stamps, or glitter.
     Toys or electronic devices (unless it is brought for show-and-tell, in which case it must stay in a backpack until it is time to show it).
    If you have any questions about supplies, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mreyre@gmail.com or (480) 270-4040. Remember, items can be re-used from last year…they don’t have to be new.

    Luanne Foster - Sixth Grade

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    Sixth Grade

    Biography:

    I am Luanne Foster and am pleased to be a part of the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts School – Warner Campus.  I am a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University where I was an “iTeachAZ” teacher candidate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and I am a highly qualified teacher.

    Before earning my Elementary Education degree, I held several positions in the retail business forum as a department manager and regional trainer. I earned an Associates of Arts degree several years ago and decided in 2010 to return to college after being employed as a special needs paraprofessional in the Chandler Unified School District for three years.

    I have two daughters, Whitney, who is in 8th grade, and Abbey, a 6th grader.  Their love of sports, movies, swimming, and the outdoors keeps me busy. I enjoy nature photography, hiking, reading, art and drama. We have two cats that are sisters, Lily and Rose. I am a native Floridian who loves professional football and the beach.

    As a teacher, I get excited about the learning potential of each student. My goal is to assist every child to achieve success in their own ways of learning and to reach their full potential. Creating passion and excitement in regards to learning is important to me. I want to build a strong classroom community with trust, respect, and appreciation as the foundation. Getting students ready for junior high will be a big goal this year and I believe we will be successful.

     

    David Girard - Fifth Grade Teacher

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    Fifth Grade Teacher

    Biography:

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    I obtained my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and my BA in Sociology / minor Environmental Science from Eckerd College, in Saint Petersburg, Florida. I have six years of international teaching experience including Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States Virgin Islands, as well as one year of teaching in Florida. I have four years of elementary education experience.

     Through my career I have developed fantastic references, worked with varied curriculum, taught numerous grade levels, and taught in classrooms with dynamic academic abilities. I have a professional demeanor, focused educational philosophy, and a desire to work with students. I have chosen the career of an educator because it is my passion, I believe in giving my all to meet the needs of my students and develop them to become educated and productive.

    Rhonda Gross - 1st Grade Teacher

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    1st Grade Teacher

    Julie Halcomb - Fifth Grade

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    Fifth Grade

    Biography:

    My name is Miss Halcomb and I am a fifth grade teacher. I am incredibly excited to be teaching at the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts School.

    It is a pleasure to introduce myself and let you get to know me a bit better. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Summa Cum Laude.  As an Arizona native, I am proud to be a certified elementary educator through the Arizona Department of Education and an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher.

    I am the youngest in a family of four, and find great joy in being an aunt.  I grew up in a family where we learned the importance of education, and grew to respect and believe in the power of knowledge and being a lifelong learner.  Music and the performing arts are essential in my life, and I enjoy coming up with new ideas to incorporate them into education.  I also enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family watching good movies or playing games.

    I am an educator because I believe that every student has infinite potential.  As an educator, I promise to inspire my students and help them to realize this potential hidden within them.  Children are the future, and so to ensure a brighter future, they will be encouraged, challenged, and provided a learning environment that promotes learning and stability in this ever-changing world.

     

    Notes:

    Supplies:

    Students should have all supplies by the first full week of school. It is the student’s responsibility to notify parents if they should run out of supplies. Additional supplies not on the list may be needed as the year goes on – you will be notified when the need occurs.

    Each student will need –

    • Pencils (no mechanical)
    • 2 composition books
    • Backpack (NO wheels)

    Please donate at least two of the following, for class use –

    • Lined paper/Copy paper
    • Tissue box
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Cleaning/sanitizing wipes (i.e. Clorox wipes)

    Thanks,

    Julie Halcomb
    5th Grade Teacher
    Learning Foundation and Performing Arts – Warner
    jhalcomb@lfapa.org

     

    Kelly Halcomb - Fourth Grade

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    Fourth Grade

    Biography:

    Mr. Halcomb earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Education and Child Development at Brigham Young University in 1979.  He previously taught for 29 years in the Mesa Public Schools in grades K – 5.  He has been teaching at LFPA in Fourth Grade since 2008 and is an Arizona highly qualified teacher. Kelly is married to his wonderful wife, Jane (365 years), and they have four children. He especially enjoys reading books in a variety of genres, gardening, and playing with his eight grandchildren

    Notes:

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts School – Warner Campus.  My name is Mr. Halcomb and I will be your child’s fourth grade teacher.  This will be my sixth year as an instructor for LFPA.  Previously I was an educator for 29 years in Mesa Public Schools and have taught grades K-5.  I am looking forward to some new and exciting experiences in helping your child with their learning and educational opportunities.

    I encourage ongoing communication between parents and teacher.  Within a few days after school begins, your child will be bringing home a Student Planner.  Along with specific assignments, this Planner will also be used to promote continual home/school communication.

    The following is a list of items your child should bring to school:

    ¨  Sensible Backpack (NO suitcase style w/ wheels)

    ¨  2 boxes water-based markers – for classroom

    ¨  3 composition books

    ¨  2 boxes of tissues (i.e. Kleenex) – for classroom

    ¨  2 reams of copy (Xerox) paper – for classroom

    ¨  1 box (24 count) crayons

    PLEASE DO NOT BRING:

    ¨  3-ring binders (NO “Trapper Keepers”)

    ¨  Pencil sharpeners of any kind

    ¨  Felt markers of any kind

    ¨  Toy-style erasers or pencil toppers

    There are several items on a WISH LIST for our classroom.  If you would like to donate any of the following items anytime throughout the year, it would be really appreciated:

    ¨  Children’s literature books (3– 6 Grade level) – any book your child may like.  These will be donated to our classroom library.  They do not need to be brand new books; used books in nice condition are acceptable.

    ¨  Hand Sanitizer for student use

    Also, there will be occasions throughout the school year, when I will ask for donations of various items for science units, extra learning activities or parties.  Your generosity is appreciated!

    I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child this year.  I hope that Fourth Grade will be a fun, interesting, and rewarding experience for you and your child.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Halcomb

     

    Julie Klein - Second Grade Teacher

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    Second Grade Teacher

    Biography:

    My name is Julie Klein and I am truly looking forward to having the opportunity to work with your child this coming school year.  I have been with the Learning Foundation for the past 7 years and I truly love my job and what LFPA has to offer.  I want you know that I am very committed to helping your child be successful.  Your child is my number one priority in the classroom.

    I moved here from New York 8 years ago and I love living in Arizona.  I earned my Masters degree here in Elementary Education and am currently working on obtaining my second Masters degree in Educational Leadership.  I am a highly qualified certified teacher with a gifted endorsement.  I love helping students reach their highest potential.

     

    Notes:

    Welcome to the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Warner Campus.  My name is Ms. Klein.  I am going to be your child’s second grade teacher for this coming school year.  I wanted to take some time to introduce myself.   I am truly looking forward to having the opportunity to work with your child.  I have been with the Learning Foundation for the past six years.  I truly love my job and what The Learning Foundation has to offer students.  I really enjoy the family atmosphere we are able to provide throughout the school.   I am very committed to helping your child be successful.  Your child will be my number one priority in the classroom.

    I wanted to share with you some information about my background to let you know a little about who will be teaching your child this year.  I moved here from New York almost ten years ago.  I love living in Arizona!  I got my Masters degree here in Elementary Education.  I am also currently working on obtaining my second Masters degree to in Education Leadership and would like to eventually become a Principal.  I am a certified teacher with a gifted endorsement.  I love helping students reach their highest potential.  I have been teaching grades 1-3 for the past 10 years.  My students have scored highest in the district on their AIMS scores for the past four years.  I am very proud of all of them.

    I am very excited to be transferring from the Gilbert Campus to our new Warner Campus.  I know this new building will help to facilitate optimal learning for all the students.   I really feel the students will enjoy learning at this new beautiful facility.  I love teaching second grade.  I strive to keep a family atmosphere in my classroom and to make sure every child feels like they are an important part of the group.  This year we will be learning about the human body, volcanoes, famous historical Americans, math, reading, writing, computers, and lots of fun home projects.

    I am truly looking forward for this fabulous school year to begin.   Below are some important dates to please put on your calendar:

    August 15th- Come meet the teacher from 5:30pm-7:30pm

    August 19th- First day of School (M-Th) hours:  8:30am-3:15pm.  Friday hours 8:30am-12:45pm

    August 22nd – Curriculum Night from 5:30-7:00pm.

    I can’t wait to meet all my new students and the parents I will be working with this coming school year.  I truly wait all summer for the new school year to begin.  Being at work with my students has always been one of the happiest places for me.  I hope everyone can make it to “Meet the Teacher” night.

    Sincerely,

    Ms. Klein                                                                                        (Always feel free to e-mail me at: jklein@lfapa.org)

    Dear Parents,

    Below I am enclosing an updated copy of your child’s school supply list.  It would be greatly appreciated if you could try to follow the items on the list as closely as possible to keep things uniform among the students.  I chose specific brands that I have found work best for students to use and last a long time throughout the school year.  My goal is to not have to ask you for any more school supplies throughout the year.  I promise all the supplies you purchase will be used wisely since I respect the money you have to spend to purchase everything.  Thanks for all you help and support!

    Ms. Klein

    Classroom Supply List

    **Three 48 packs of “Crayola” crayon boxes (I have found these last longer than any other brand)

    -1 small pencil box (every student will need this item please do not send a pencil case instead)

    -Pack of 4 pink erasers (Paper Mate brand labeled “Pink Pearl” is preferred)

    -4 packs of pencils (Pencils labeled by the brand “Dixon Ticonderoga” are preferred)

    -1 roll of paper towels (Bounty brand is preferred)

    -2 tissue boxes (Kleenex of Puffs brand is preferred)

    -1 back and white marble Composition notebook/journal that is wide ruled (Mead brand is preferred)

    -8 glue sticks (Elmer’s brand Glue stick is preferred)

    -4 folders (pockets need to be at the bottom of the folder when it is opened as opposed to side pockets)

    -2 packs of wide ruled loose leaf paper (Mead brand is preferred)

    -2 pairs of scissors (kid scissors with a more pointy edge rather than a rounded edge are preferred for cutting)

    -1 pack of plain white copy machine paper

    -2 snacks for the class (individual packaged items such as fruit snacks or crackers and cheese packages, etc. are easier to separate for students)

    If you cannot find a specific brand name item on this list it is ok.  I appreciate all your time an effort!  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at jklein@lfapa.org

    Mary Love - 5th Grade Teacher

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    5th Grade Teacher

    Home Phone: 480-248-8025

    Buffie O'Neill - Fourth Grade

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    Fourth Grade

    Mimi Ramos - First Grade Teacher

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    First Grade Teacher

    Biography:

    My name is Edelmira Ramos.  I was born and raised in Mexico.  I moved to Arizona at age 15 and graduated from Red Mountain High School.  I went to Mesa Community College for two years then I transferred to Arizona State University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  As a child I pursued my career in education.  I worked very hard to accomplish it and now I am very excited to be an educator and love what I do.  I have been teaching for 12 years, going into my 13th.  I have taught from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade and I am an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher.  I have been teaching First Grade at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Gilbert for 7 years.  I enjoy teaching this grade and I provide a good and safe environment for any child to learn, have fun and grow.  I am the mother of a beautiful boy named Josue Alejandro who is now 3 years old.  I enjoy playing, bike riding, traveling and being outdoors.

    Angie Young - Sixth Grade Teacher

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    Sixth Grade Teacher

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      Paul Fuller - Martial Arts Teacher

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      Martial Arts Teacher

      Allison Houston - Musical Theatre

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      Musical Theatre

      Biography:

      Allison Houston

      I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BM in Music Theatre and a minor in Justice Studies.  I have performed in musical theatre since 2001 and it was through performance that I discovered my love for teaching.  I have taught musical theatre at Phoenix Theatre, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Camp Broadway at Gammage, and Lionheart Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia.  I have also directed and choreographed productions of Aladdin Jr., Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Spotlight Youth Theatre prior to starting my career with LFPA.

      As a performer, I was seen in Love Makes the World Go ‘Round (Natalie- World Premiere) and Our Town (Rebecca) at Phoenix Theatre. Other favorite shows include Alice in Wonderland (Queen of Hearts/Mathilda/Rose) at Broadway Palm, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Lucy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), and The Secret Garden (Mary) at ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre, Avenue Q (Kate/Lucy u/s perf) and Gypsy (Agnes) at Phoenix Theatre.  I am a National Musical Theatre Competition semifinalist, recipient of two AriZoni Awards, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

      I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful program at LFPA!

      Notes:

      CLASS DESCRIPTION:

      Musical theatre is an exciting, fun, and challenging subject. Through the unique American art form, musical theatre teaches student responsibility, teamwork, social skills, and public speaking. This class will cover the areas of singing, movement, and acting through the process of auditions, rehearsals, and performances. Every class will begin with a theatre game involving ice-breakers, focus activities, cast bonding, and improv. Before the main lesson of the day, there will also be vocal and physical warm-ups to stretch our muscles and relax, learn healthy singing technique, breathing, and diction. Students will learn valuable information about conquering nerves and mastering auditions, learning the foundations of music theory and musical theatre singing, the rehearsal process for music and blocking (stage movement), and the skills and confidence necessary to put on a well-prepared performance.

      SUPPLIES:

      -Pencils

      -Folder for sheet music, scripts, etc.

      -Highlighter

      *Please dress in comfortable clothing and shoes for movement.

      ABOUT THE TEACHER:

      Allison Houston graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with her BM in Music Theatre Performance (and minor in Justice Studies). She has taught musical theatre at Phoenix Theatre’s summer camps, Art and Sol, Spotlight Youth Theatre, Camp Broadway at Gammage, and Lionheart Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA. She has also performed around the Valley with Phoenix Theatre, Broadway Palm, ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

       

       

      Rachael Jacobs - Dance Teacher

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      Dance Teacher

      Barbara Prinz - Fitness / Physical Ed / Competitive Sports

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      Fitness / Physical Ed / Competitive Sports

      Biography:

      I was born in Greenville, South Carolina to an Air Force family.  We moved to Alaska and then England while I was young.  We settled in Northern Virginia for my teenage years.   I received my undergraduate degree in Physical Education from the University of Maryland and Master of Science degree from Virginia Tech.   I also went to American University in Washington D.C. to study dance.  I danced with The Kathy Harty Dance Theater for 6 years, performing in the Washington D.C. area.  I was department chair at Northern Virginia Community College before moving to Arizona.  I am an Arizona Highly Qualified teacher.
      I live with my husband Bill in Gold Canyon.  We have 2 sons, Sean lives in Anthem and Scott and our grandson, Hayden, live in Virginia.  We miss seeing our East Coast families and friends but love Arizona.  I have been blessed with a terrific life and professional career.  I love teaching physical education and health and thank Learning Foundation Charter School for the opportunity to work in a terrific school.

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      Ceramics

      Biography:

      Mrs. Willis began teaching ceramics from her own studio in March of 2005 and shortly after began teaching LFPA students ceramics as an elective class. The classes teach the basic techniques of working with clay. The whole concept of painting your own ceramic pottery is great, “we always have fun” says Mrs. Willis!  Students learn how to make all kinds of different shapes and textures, and best of all you don’t have to be an artist.

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