Our Staff

East Tucson, Arizona

DENNIS O’REILLY – VP OF RELATIONS

Dennis O’ReillyMr. O’Reilly started working with young people as a volunteer junior high basketball coach back in 1990, and has been in education for over twenty years, starting as a middle school math teacher back in 1993. Mr. O’Reilly has been an administrator since 1999 serving as Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant to the Principal, Principal, and Head of Schools at three different private schools in Tucson, Arizona and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Chapman University. Mr. O’Reilly has been married for sixteen years to his beautiful bride Krissy, and will have two scholars attending Leman Academy, Conner and Adeline.

doreilly@lemanacademy.org


NATHAN EDWARDS – PRINCIPAL

Nathan Edwards
Mr. Edwards was born and raised in Kansas. He attended Emporia State University and graduated with his Bachelors in Elementary Education in 2001. Since moving to Tucson in 2004, Mr. Edwards has taught a wide range of scholars at both the elementary and middle school levels. In 2012, he received his Masters in Educational Leadership from NAU. He has worked with scholars, their families and school faculty in an administrative capacity since that time.

Mr. Edwards has been married to his wife, Tia, since 2003 and they have four children. Nate enjoys mountain biking, reading, cheering for his Kansas Jayhawks and discussing anything related to Star Wars. He and his family also love worshipping and serving alongside their church family. Mr. Edwards is very excited to start the East Tucson Leman Academy and be part of seeing scholars maximize their potential.

nathan.edwards@lemanacademy.org


MICHELLE WOHLFORD – VICE PRINCIPAL

Michelle Wohlford
Mrs. Wohlford is honored to be at the Leman Academy of Excellence. She began her career in education as a math teacher after first serving in the Air Force, then staying home with her children while following her military husband all over the world. She has taught math in the public, international and charter school systems. She was a school director for grades K-12 for the six years prior to joining the Leman Academy of Excellence team.

Mrs. Wohlford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts degree in Education. She has been married to Jeff since 1993 and they are the proud parents of three sons who are now 23, 20 and 18 (they follow Dr. Leman’s "The Birth Order Book" descriptions perfectly). She and her husband have two dogs who help fill up their empty nest.

michelle.wohlford@lemanacademy.org


WENDY SMITH - OFFICE MANAGER

Wendy SmithMrs. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in business marketing and a master's degree in elementary education. She taught for 10 years, worked for two local non-profits benefiting youth in our community, and is honored to have re-entered the education field at Leman Academy of Excellence as the Office Manager at East Tucson. She has a wonderful husband of almost 30 years, three amazing stepdaughters, 6 grandkids, and three amazing feline fur-kids! She enjoys reading and cooking in her spare time.

wendy.smith@lemanacademy.org


GABRIELA GONZALEZ - ADMIN ASSISTANT

Gabriela GonzalezGabriela Gonzalez grew up in Tucson, AZ and has lived in other places like Scottsdale and also San Diego, CA! She loves hanging out with her family and friends, but especially with her wife and their two fur babies! Gabriela has over 10 wonderful years of experience and is excited to get to know our new Leman community!

 

gabriela.gonzalez@lemanacademy.org


Maria Lind - ADMIN ASSISTANT

Mia_LindMia Lind was born and raised in the mountains of New Mexico but realized her love for the desert when she moved to Tucson in 2003. After meeting her wonderful husband shortly after, she settled down and welcomed her two boys Henry and William in 2008 and 2011. Most weekends you’ll find her out climbing rocks or helping her husband fix up their new school bus! Her favorite past times include loving on her 3 boys and lounging in a hammock on her beautiful property in the Empire mountains.

maria.lind@lemanacademy.org


 

ANDREA BROBECK - Half Day KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Andrea BrobeckMrs. Brobeck has been teaching in Tucson for 6 years in the K through 2nd grade levels. She and her husband are native Tucsonans! They love the city and the community. Recently, they were able to foster the sweetest twins and rejoice in the successful reunification to their mother! During that time, Mrs. Brobeck became pregnant! Their adorable baby girl, Alice, was born Dec 23! They are very big on spending quality time with their families and community. They enjoy musicals, theater, unique and local restaurants, Second Mile Church, and trips to Japan! She cannot wait to get to know about her scholars, their family, and build a wonderful community at East Tucson Leman Academy!

andrea.brobeck@lemanacademy.org


MEGAN BRODERICK - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Megan BroderickMrs. Broderick is so excited to begin her first year at Leman Academy of Excellence! This will be her 15th year teaching, but her first year to teach at the Leman Academy! She is looking forward to learning with her scholars and making this first year at this new school an exciting and memorable one. She previously taught Kindergarten for 14 years at St. Joseph Catholic School and is so excited to begin a new journey in her 15th year of Kindergarten here!

Mrs. Broderick was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Sabino High School and then went to the University of Arizona and received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She then later went on to receive her Master's Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Human Relations, with distinction, for Northern Arizona University. She is certified with the state of Arizona and has received endorsements for Early Childhood Education and Structured English Immersion. She is married and has a daughter, Rebecca, who will also be attending the Leman Academy of Excellence Eastside Campus! Rebecca will be in 5th grade this year!

Mrs. Broderick loves animals, playing volleyball, and cheering on her favorite sports team, the Arizona Wildcats. Go Cats!!! She is looking forward to a wonderful and successful school year with her scholars and their families! She is happy to provide them with high academic expectations in a fun, safe, and positive learning environment that is welcoming to all unique learning styles and that instills values and morals of love and kindness.

megan.broderick@lemanacademy.org


VIVIAN RUSKOWITZ - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Vivian RuskowitzMrs. Ruskowitz is beyond thrilled and honored to be joining the Leman Academy of Excellence team. Her caring nature resonates throughout her classroom, building a positive and safe learning environment. She has taught scholars from preschool to 8th grade for over 12 years. The majority of her teaching experience is with kindergarten and 1st grade scholars. Her hard work ethic and passion for community service is evident by the countless years of volunteer work she has performed. She has volunteered as a reading coach, cheerleading coach, religious education teacher, Spanish teacher, Child Advocate, and performance dance instructor.

Mrs. Ruskowitz, a Tucson native, graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and a Post Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education. She is also a certified Reading Specialist. Last year she became a certified Zumba and Pound Fitness instructor. Although she loves spending her free time with her family most of all, she also enjoys playing the piano, singing, dancing, reading, jogging, and swimming. She resides on the east side of Tucson with her husband, two children, and three cats.

vivian.ruskowitz@lemanacademy.org


KATIE SHERMAN - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Katie ShermanMrs. Sherman knew from a very young age that she would one day be a teacher. After spending a few years working at Lamb’s Gate Preschool, she completed her Bachelor in Elementary Education degree from the University of Arizona. For the last 14 years, she has worked in TUSD teaching K-4th grade, and most recently was a Curriculum Service Provider. She is so excited to be back in the Kindergarten classroom, which is her true passion, and looks forward to building many memories with her young scholars. When she is not teaching, she stays very busy with her husband and two daughters. Together they enjoy “glamping” at the lake, karate, softball and swimming.

kathryn.sherman@lemanacademy.org


Kelsey Kirkendall - Kinder Teacher

Kelsey Kirkendall
Kelsey Kirkendall has been working in education for the last five years and is so excited to be joining the Leman Family! Kelsey has two little babies, a girl who is two years old and a boy who is four months old. She is looking forward to her own children becoming immersed in the classical education model as well as they get older. When Kelsey is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her children, husband, and two puppies outdoors. Kelsey cannot wait to be a part of your child's education!

kelsey.kirkendall@lemanacademy.org


 

JENNIFER ULRICH - INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Jennifer_Ulrich

jennifer.ulrich@lemanacademy.org


 

Kimberly Kristl - Kinder Instructional Assistant

Kimberly Kristl

kimberly.kristl@lemanacademy.org


 

Rebecka Schauer - Kinder Instructional Assistant

Rebecka Schauer

rebecka.schauer@lemanacademy.org


 

Amber Flores - Kinder Instructional Assistant

Amber Flores

amber.flores@lemanacademy.org

 


 

Megan Juhasz - Kinder Instructional Assistant

Megan Juhasz

megan.juhasz@lemanacademy.org

 


 

PAULINE HALL - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Pauline HallMrs. Hall is very excited to be part of Leman Academy of Excellence. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University San Bernardino, then went on to earn an Elementary Education Teaching Credential.
Later during her career, she went on to earn her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from NAU.

Since moving to the Tucson area, Mrs. Hall has taught many grade levels in elementary school (K-5). She has also taken on many leadership roles such as Curriculum Management, Cognitive Coach, Instructional Team Leader, and English as a Second Language (ESL) coordinator. Mrs. Hall was selected as Acacia Elementary-Vail School District Teacher of the Year in 2003/2004.

In order to spend more time with family, Mrs. Hall opened an In-Home Daycare where she continued to teach. She provided a complete preschool program and provided a homework club for her students. As her youngest now enters high school, she feels that she is being call back into the classroom and cannot wait for the first day of school.

Mrs. Hall and her husband Steve have enjoyed the Tucson area for over 20 years. They are both so glad that they made the decision to move from California to Tucson to raise their four children (Chris, Jeff, Megan, & Sean).

pauline.hall@lemanacademy.org


TONIA SMITH - 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Tonia SmithMs. Smith graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1995. She has worked as a teacher in many different school settings since that time, including technology education, first grade, second grade and preschool. Most recently she worked as a preschool teacher on the Tohono O’odham reservation while receiving her Master's degree in reading instruction from Grand Canyon University. She looks forward to working at the Leman Academy of Excellence as a first grade teacher in the 2018-2019 school year as we build a community of learners together.

tonia.smith@lemanacademy.org


Lisa Locke - 1st Grade Teacher

Lisa Locke
Lisa Locke has been working in education for over 13 years and is thrilled to be part of the Leman family. After completion of her Master’s degree in 2012, Lisa began homeschooling her two small children using the Classical model as her curriculum. Her love for Classical education was an immediate draw to Leman Academy. Both of Lisa’s boys attend Leman and have enjoyed the transition to a school that offers several incredible opportunities. Lisa has been married to her amazing husband for 13 years. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hanging with her pug, kayaking, gardening, volunteering, reading, and being outdoors with her boys. Lisa is thrilled to be teaching the brilliant children of Tucson!

llocke@lemanacademy.org


VALERIE LUCAS – 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Valerie Lucas

Valerie Lucas is a Tucson native. She and her husband have three boys. Two of her boys currently attend the Leman Academy of Excellence. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
In 2011, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. She has taught for the last five years in Amphitheater Public Schools, all in first grade. Her experience in 1st grade has solidified her passion to encourage and cultivate a love of learning and exploration. She is excited to join the Leman Academy of Excellence team this year and looks forward to collaborating with teachers and parents to help her scholars succeed.

valerie.lucas@lemanacademy.org


Victoria Johnson – 1ST GRADE TEACHER

Victoria Johnson
Victoria Johnson is a first year teacher and is thrilled to be a part of the Leman family. After completion of her Master's Degree in May of 2019, Victoria is looking forward to time in the classroom using the classical model. Victoria chose Leman Academy because it offers each scholar the opportunity for both personal and educational growth. Originally from California and after spending some time in Colorado, Victoria is happy to be in Arizona. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing sports and hanging out with her friends and family. Victoria is excited to be teaching the brilliant children of Tucson!

victoria.johnson@lemanacademy.org


CLAUDIA RANGEL - 2ND GRADE TEACHER

Claudia RangelMs. Rangel was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She earned her BS in International Business, Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. For the past two years she has worked as a Math Interventionist with students in grades K-8 at a local Tucson charter school. Ms. Rangel is very excited to be joining Leman Academy as a second grade teacher and looks forward to building positive relationships with her scholars and their families. When she is not teaching she loves spending time with her three children. They do activities such as night time bike rides around their neighborhood, hiking, Netflix, church and staycations.

claudia.rangel@lemanacademy.org


ANNE ZIMMERMAN - 2ND GRADE TEACHER

Anne ZimmermanMs. Zimmermann is delighted to join the 2nd grade team! She brings nineteen years experience working with children in not-for-profit organizations and in public and private schools across the United States. Ms. Zimmermann holds a B.A. degree in Economics, B.S. in Social Work, and is a certified teacher in New Jersey and Arizona. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, gardening, harvesting rainwater, and adventuring with family. Ms. Zimmerman’s philosophy of life is twofold: live by the Golden Rule and just do your best work possible on each and every given day.

anne.zimmermann@lemanacademy.org


Alison Moore - 2ND Grade Teacher

Alison Moore
Ms. Moore acquired her BA in English from California Baptist University and will soon have completed her Masters work in Christian Education with a concentration in Counseling. She began her journey with Leman Academy of Excellence on the Exceptional Scholar Services team and immediately developed a love for the Leman culture and values. She eagerly made the transition to teaching second grade and is ecstatic to have found her calling.

When not in the classroom, Ms. Moore can usually be found being the world’s best aunt to her niece and four nephews or spending time with her rambunctious pup, Brie.

alison.moore@lemanacademy.org


Kellie LaMasney - 2ND Grade Teacher

Kellie LaMasney
Mrs. LaMasney is a Tucson native and earned her B.A. degree in Elementary Education at the University of Arizona. She has 8 years experience teaching K-8 in Tucson public schools. Mrs. LaMasney loves spending time with her husband, Brian, and her children, Jacob and Mallory. They enjoy swimming, playing board games, attending live music events, and finding new hiking trails in Tucson to explore. Mrs. LaMasney is very excited to begin teaching second grade at Leman Academy.

kellie.lamasney@lemanacademy.org


WENDY DUNN - 3RD GRADE TEACHER

Wendy DunnMrs. Dunn has a Bachelor's degree from WCU and a Master's degree from UNCP, both in Elementary Education. She has taught 14 years in NC, 4 years in Massachusetts and one year in Arizona schools. She has been a classroom teacher as well as a hands in Science teacher during those 19 years of teaching. She and her loving husband Quincy have been married 11 years and they have three beautiful children: Cameryn is 10, Quinten is 8 and Chloe is 3.

wendy.dunn@lemanacademy.org


CAITLIN NIETO - 3RD GRADE TEACHER

Caitlin NietoMrs. Nieto recently graduated from GCU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and this will be her first year as an official teacher. She could not be more excited!

Her educational philosophy is founded on the belief that every child is capable of learning and succeeding in the classroom. To ensure that each of her scholars succeeds in the classroom, she believes that the home-school partnership is essential for each scholar's success. She also thinks it is important for learning to be fun, engaging and differentiated so her scholars can enjoy the content that they are learning. Further, she believes it is important to build all of her scholars so they believe in themselves so they can become the future generation of empowered critical thinkers and problem solvers. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” -Nelson Mandela.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling to new places, and spending time with family and friends.

caitlin.nieto@lemanacademy.org


ARLETTE SANDOVAL - 3RD GRADE TEACHER

Arlette SandovalMs. Sandoval will be starting her first year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence as a Third Grade Teacher. She grew up in Douglas, AZ and moved to Tucson after high school to go to the University of Arizona. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

arlette.sandoval@lemanacademy.org


MONICA LOVATO - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

Monica LovatoMrs. Lovato has always had a passion for serving ever since her early career as a member of Security Forces in the United States Air Force. She has always had a passion for education and because of this, has graduated with four degrees. After becoming a mother, she chose to realign her career to pursue her passion of teaching and to continue to serve our country through its youth.

She is married to Ryan Lovato and together they are blessed with two daughters, Mia and Lily, who will also be attending East Tucson Leman Academy. Her family also owns businesses in Tucson. When they have time to take off, they enjoy spending time together traveling and enjoying church activities.

monica.lovato@lemanacademy.org


DAVID MENDOZA - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

David MendozaMr. Mendoza is excited to be part of East Tucson Leman Academy. He was born and raised in Delano, California where he graduated from high school in 1998. Then, in 1999, he moved to Tucson to begin his college career at Pima Community College. In 2005 he attended and graduated from the University of Arizona (GO WILDCATS!) He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science.

Mr. Mendoza has been a teacher for over 13 years and he has 8 years of experience teaching at the high school level. This past year he decided to make a transition into elementary education. It was a great decision, because with that, he found a renewed passion as an educator. Building a positive student-teacher rapport is critical and each day there are opportunities to challenge and engage scholars into reaching their fullest potential.

He is a big fan of sports and athletics and anytime he gets a chance to talk or play sports, he seizes the moment. At heart he's a coach, and that’s one of the traits that he will bring not only to his scholars, but to the entire school. He looks forward to creating a culture in his classroom that embraces movement while learning…. the key is to be an active participant!
He has a wife and named Vanessa and they have been together for 10 years. They have a 5-year-old son named John. They enjoy spending time doing family activities such as going to the movies, reading, and traveling. When he has spare time, he likes to play basketball and frisbee golf with his best friends.

He hopes to make the remainder of this year and many more to follow a great learning environment for not only himself, but for the scholars as well.

david.mendoza@lemanacademy.org


Donna Kephart - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

Donna Kephart
Ms. Kephart is very enthusiastic about starting with East Tucson Leman Academy this year. She was born into an Air Force family, and although she was born in Flagstaff, AZ she soon moved to Texas, then Germany and ended up in North Dakota. She graduated from Minot State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.

Ms. Kephart has been a teacher for 9 years, teaching kindergarten through high school levels. Ms. Kephart has a passion for teaching, with the emphasis on the well being of each scholar. She loves to keep the scholars challenged but encouraged to expand their learning skills. She likes to connect with her scholars in all areas of their academic experience. She gets to know the scholars she instructs so they feel comfortable to ask any question.

In Ms. Kephart’s spare time, she loves to spend time with family, travel, enjoys church activities, and loves to sing and play the piano. She enjoys trying new things, especially new restaurants and paint nights. Ms. Kephart enjoys playing games, going to music concerts and sporting events with friends.

Ms. Kephart is excited to get to know you this year and looks forward to wonderful times in the coming years here at East Tucson Leman Academy.

donna.kephart@lemanacademy.org

NAOMI CARTER - 5TH GRADE TEACHER

Naomi CarterThis is Ms. Carter's first year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence. She looks forward to continuing the passion of building and maintaining a sense of community, a love for learning, as well as opportunities for growth. Her background is in elementary education with experience teaching students in grades K-6th. She embraces moments where she is able to learn from her students and see them shine not only in the classroom but in their friendships, family, and community. This is Ms. Carter's second year living in Tucson. She is eager to enjoy the food, attractions, activities, and the people which make Tucson a special place to live.

naomi.carter@lemanacademy.org


Kathleen Tutaan - 5TH GRADE TEACHER

Kathleen TutaanMs. Tutaan is overjoyed to be joining the Leman Academy of Excellence family! As a Wildcat alum, she graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a minor in Creative Writing. She has been published both for her writing and art, and some of her photography can be found displayed in the Asian Pacific American Student Affairs center at the University of Arizona. For the last few years, Ms. Tutaan worked in broadcast media as a Morning Show Producer sharing and teaching the great stories of Anchorage, Alaska. Born in Madrid, Spain, Ms. Tutaan grew up in a military family — her father served 21 years in the United States Air Force. She also comes from a long line of teachers on her mom’s side. It was only natural that she made a career shift toward public service and education.

Currently Ms. Tutaan is in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She started out doing observations in all grade levels and then worked as a long-term guest teacher at Leman Academy East. She is grateful to serve 5th grade scholars this year as an official Leman Academy of Excellence Educator and to have the opportunity to be a part of their incredible scholastic journey. Her goal is to create challenging and creative experiences for her diverse scholars in an atmosphere that is based on mutual respect and caring.

As a Filipino-American, Ms. Tutaan travels to the Philippines every 2-3 years. In her free time, she loves to do yoga and kickboxing aerobics, read classical novels, and write short stories. Outside of the classroom she can be found painting, hanging out with her brothers, going on road trips, or taking long walks with her rescue Chihuahua, Paco. Ms. Tutaan dedicates herself to lifelong learning and professional development. She looks forward to building strong and meaningful relationships with her colleagues, scholars, and their families.

kathleen.tutaan@lemanacademy.org


 

Roland Lytle - 5TH GRADE TEACHER

Roland Lytle
Roland Lytle has been working in education for 8 years and feels right at home as a member of the Leman family. He will be our 5th grade teacher teacher this academic school year. Mr. Lytle began his career in education while completing his Bachelor's degree in history from Monmouth University. Later, he earned 27 credits in a Masters in Education program at Monmouth University and currently working on his Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration at SNHU. Mr. Lytle enjoys working out and staying active through various indoor and outdoor activities. He is happy to be here and aid scholars in their educational endeavors!

roland.lytle@lemanacademy.org


NANCY VARELA - 6th Grade Science/7th Grade Math

Nancy VarelaMrs.Varela was born in the Chicago area and moved to Arizona as a teen. She previously worked in the medical field, and in retail human resources before returning to school to obtain a teaching degree at the same time her son left for his freshman year of college. She has been teaching in Tucson area districts for seventeen years at both the elementary and middle school grade levels.

Mrs. Varela is married to her husband, Sal, and enjoys time at home, taking care of the family pets, spending time with family and friends and teaching. She is very excited to join the Leman Academy of Excellence faculty and is looking forward to building relationships with scholars and their families.

nancy.varela@lemanacademy.org


Cynicka Maberry- MS ELA

Cynicka MaberryMs. Maberry is a certified K-8 Elementary Education School teacher with an SEI endorsement. She maintained a meritorious academic record throughout the certification program and earned A’s in all courses.  She also holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in Management and Organizations from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where she graduated with honors.  Additionally, she achieved a 4.0 GPA, graduating with distinction, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Master's of Science degree in Management. She was twice recognized as the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for outstanding merit and academic accomplishment as a student. This is her fourth year as an elementary school educator, and before coming to LAE, she taught at a private Catholic school. ​

Prior to becoming an elementary school teacher, Ms. Maberry was an adult-level instructor on Davis-Monthan AFB (DMAFB). She was the sole instructor for the Transitioning Service Member program at DMAFB, delivering Department of Labor (DOL) employment information to hundreds of separating military members. She was ranked first instructor by the DOL, receiving a 100% score in accuracy in delivery and approval rating, for the entire Southwest Region. She was also an adjunct instructor at ITT-Technical Institute and prior to their closing, and taught for the company for over two years. She successfully instructed Introduction to Business, Business Communication, Team Leadership, Strategies for the Technical Professional, Global Project Management, Microeconomics and Fundamentals of Management courses (to name a few) to community college level students.

Ms. Maberry has three amazing children who all attend LAE. Bricyn, her strong reader, is a sixth grader this year, Paxson, her sweet little comedian, is in third grade along with his twin sister Claire, her "everything must be pink" princess!

cynicka.maberry@lemanacademy.org



Zachary Dales - 6th/7th Grade History

Zachary Dales - MS History
Mr. Dales was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he was three years old. He always knew he wanted to be a teacher because he spent so much time in his mother’s class helping her with daily teaching duties. He attended Randolph College in Virginia on a tennis scholarship and was team captain for three years. Randolph College was a perfect fit for Mr. Dales because of his love of history and Randolph’s strong History Department. He received his Bachelors’ Degree in History in 2015. Mr. Dales has spent over ten years being a mentor for children in treatment foster care. He served as a volunteer middle school tennis coach for all four years of high school. He began his career as a head tennis coach in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then later in Tucson at Catalina High School. Mr. Dales came to Tucson to work in AmeriCorps as a youth career development specialist. He spent the last two years in the Tucson teaching Social Studies and Avid. Along with his teaching responsibilities he was head volleyball and soccer coach. Mr. Dales is excited for the new school year to resume and to begin teaching at Leman Academy.

zachary.dales@lemanacademy.org


Ashley Marquez - 6th Grade Math/7th Grade Science

Ashley Marquez
This is Ms. Marquez’s first year teaching at Leman Academy of Excellence. She recently moved to Tucson from sunny Puerto Rico. While there she earned her education which includes a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with a minor in Chemistry, a Masters degree in Science Education and now she is currently pursuing her Education Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. She looks forward to continuing the passion of building and maintaining a sense of community, a love for learning, as well as opportunities for growth. She embraces moments where she is able to learn from her scholars and see them shine not only in the classroom but in their friendships, family, and community.

ashley.marquez@lemanacademy.org


Kenneth New - 6th/7th Grade Latin

Kenneth New
Mr. New was born in Ohio, but moved to Arizona while in middle school. He served his country in the US Army for four years after graduation, then moved to Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona and graduated with his Bachelors in Latin, History and Classics in 1993. Mr. New has taught a wide range of scholars at both the middle school and high school levels, in subjects including ELA, AP US History and Latin at the high school level, and ELA, Social Studies, Latin, Science and Math (including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2) at the middle school level.

Mr. New met his future wife Terri while still in middle school. They been married since 1986 and they have three children. Ken enjoys cooking, writing, reading, and discussing anything related to science fiction. Mr. New is very excited to be a part of the Leman family at the the East Tucson Leman Academy and to mentor scholars on their journey to become excellent, well-rounded human beings and to maximize their potential.

kenneth.new@lemanacademy.org


Micaela Tillis - EXCEPTIONAL SCHOLAR SERVICES TEACHER

Micaela Tillis
Micaela Tillis is excited to be joining the Leman family as a member of the Exceptional Scholar Services team. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been working with exceptional students for over 14 years and is excited to incorporate her experiences with Leman scholars.

Micaela has been married for 13 years to Rich and her daughter Bell will be joining the Leman family in fifth grade. When she’s not at school, Micaela enjoys spending time with family and friends. She likes going to the movies and just hanging out at home.

micaela.tillis@lemanacademy.org


STACY WALKER - EXCEPTIONAL SCHOLAR SERVICES TEACHER

Stacy WalkerMrs. Walker grew up in San Diego and attended Sonoma State University. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development. After she graduated, she moved to Tucson to be close to her grandparents. She worked in a non-profit school-based program where she was introduced to a classroom for children with emotional disabilities. She decided to go back to school and get my Cross Categorical Teaching Certification. She has been teaching for 9 years. She has taught most of her career in self-contained classrooms for children with emotional disabilities. She also spent a year teaching 5th grade and taking an administrative role as the Special Education Director at a charter school.

Mrs. Walker has a wonderful husband and two children. They enjoy going to the park, playing with their dog and visiting with family. Teaching scholars in this field is her heart and she looks forward to all we will learn this year.

stacy.walker@lemanacademy.org


Rozalynn Jedinak - Exceptional Scholar Services Instructional Assistant

Rozalynn Jedinak

rozalynn.jedinak@lemanacademy.org


Karly Rhodes - Exceptional Scholar Services Instructional Assistant

Karly Rhodes

karly.rhodes@lemanacademy.org


Jenny Dalton- READING INTERVENTION

Jenny Dalton

jennifer.dalton@lemanacademy.org


DEBORAH STAHR - READING INTERVENTION

Deborah Stahr

Ms. Stahr has been blessed to work as an educator in Southern Arizona for almost 40 years. She has taught Kindergarten through Fifth Grade and is very excited to be working as a Reading interventionist.

deborah.stahr@lemanacademy.org


Roxanne Hamilton - ART TEACHER

Roxanne Hamilton
Joining the Leman East Tucson team this year as the art teacher, Roxanne Hamilton is excited to share her love of art with the scholars. She paints professionally, and has taught art to scholars of all ages for the past thirty years, most recently at Pima Community College, where she teaches painting and art history. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona, and an MFA from the University of Hartford. She is married to a wonderful man, and has four fabulous children and 6 amazing (and adorable) grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is, of course Art!

roxanne.hamilton@lemanacademy.org


KATY MCNIFF - MUSIC TEACHER

Katy McNiffMrs. McNiff joined the Tucson Academy East staff as Music Teacher in 2018 and teaches all music classes, as well as directs the Honor Choirs. In addition, she is the Director of Music at Christ Presbyterian Church in Tucson and Director of Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir Summer Institute: an educational program for undergraduate students with locations in Tucson and Tempe.

Previously, Mrs. McNiff has taught in the Tucson Unified Public Schools as an Arts Integration Specialist and Teaching Artist. She has also held positions as: Director of Music at Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Assistant Director for the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Artistic Director for the Bisbee Community Chorus, and Director of Music for Church of the Painted Hills United Church of Christ in Tucson. She was the Chorus Master for the University of Arizona Opera Productions, taught undergraduate courses in opera scenes and lead four undergraduate choral ensembles for the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. Her love of opera has lead her to conduct at the Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY and with the Arizona Rose Opera Company. Mrs. McNiff is also the former Director of Music and Drama at Deborah's Stage Door School for the Performing Arts in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and has taught voice and musical theater for the West Bloomfield Public School District in West Bloomfield, MI. For the past five years, she has been active as an Arizona Music Educator Association (AMEA) adjudicator for high school all-regional choral auditions.

Mrs. McNiff holds a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Arizona, a Master's Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University, and Bachelor's Degrees in Music History and Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son, William.

kathryn.mcniff@lemanacademy.org


KAREE COPELAND - Karee Copeland - Spanish Teacher and Athletic Director

KaRee CopelandMrs. Copeland was born in Newport News, Virginia, She is an Air Force dependent, and spouse. She relocated to Tucson two years ago after their military retirement. She absolutely loves teaching! Her formal education includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, one in Foreign Language, Spanish and an MBA. She loves hamburgers, ice cream and recently, a slight obsession with Life Saver gummy snacks. Their youngest daughter will be a junior in high school.

karee.copeland@lemanacademy.org


Kenneth New - MS Latin/Logic

Kenneth New
Mr. New was born in Ohio, but moved to Arizona while in middle school. He served his country in the US Army for four years after graduation, then moved to Tucson where he attended the University of Arizona and graduated with his Bachelors in Latin, History and Classics in 1993. Mr. New has taught a wide range of scholars at both the middle school and high school levels, in subjects including ELA, AP US History and Latin at the high school level, and ELA, Social Studies, Latin, Science and Math (including Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2) at the middle school level.

Mr. New met his future wife Terri while still in middle school. They been married since 1986 and they have three children. Ken enjoys cooking, writing, reading, and discussing anything related to science fiction. Mr. New is very excited to be a part of the Leman family at the the East Tucson Leman Academy and to mentor scholars on their journey to become excellent, well-rounded human beings and to maximize their potential.

kenneth.new@lemanacademy.org


Karee Copeland - Spanish Teacher and Athletic Director

KaRee CopelandMrs. Copeland was born in Newport News, Virginia, She is an Air Force dependent, and spouse. She relocated to Tucson two years ago after their military retirement. She absolutely loves teaching! Her formal education includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, one in Foreign Language, Spanish and an MBA. She loves hamburgers, ice cream and recently, a slight obsession with Life Saver gummy snacks. Their youngest daughter will be a junior in high school.

karee.copeland@lemanacademy.org


Laura Moore - Physical Education

Laura-MooreLaura Moore is excited to join the Leman Academy Family as a first year teacher in Physical Education. Passionate about fitness and fundamentals of physical exercise, Laura is dedicated to bringing a structured but fun and physical program into the student’s educational experience at Leman. As a mom of 3 (Judah 11, Jordyn 9, and Jericho 6), she and her husband Lawson (12 years) have been drawn by Leman’s high value for student engagement and passion for cultivating each individual child. Laura aims to teach functional movements, court/field skills, sportsmanship, health and general fitness with that same holistic perspective — making PE no exception but rather an extension of active learning while having fun and maybe breaking a sweat from time to time.

laura.moore@lemanacademy.org


BRENDA LAIRD - HEALTH COORDINATOR

Brenda LairdMs. Laird has been a medical assistant for 17 years. She has worked in pediatric offices and enjoys caring for children. She was born and was raised in Patagonia, AZ. She has 2 girls, ages 4 and 6, who she loves spending time with. They enjoy the outdoors, horse back riding and are very involved with their church family. It is a blessing to have this opportunity to be a part of the Leman Academy and meet all of the wonderful families.

brenda.laird@lemanacademy.org


Emelie Wisnieski - After Bell Director

Emelie Wisnieski

 

emelie.wisnieski@lemanacademy.org


Janine Bratlee-Pomeroy- Lunch Lead

Janine Bratlee-Pomeroy
Mrs. Janine Bratlee Pomeroy, or Mrs. P as the scholars call her, is in her fourth year of college studying Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education. Mrs. P has two daughters and enjoys tumbling, dance and spending time with her family.

janine.bratleepomeroy@lemanacademy.org


Timothy Brecht - Lunch/After Bell Staff

Timothy Brecht

timothy.brecht@lemanacademy.org


Sara Huitron - Lunch/After Bell Staff

Sara Huitron

sara.huitron@lemanacademy.org


Alondra Rodriguez - Lunch/After Bell Staff

 Alondra Rodriguez

alondra.rodriguez@lemanacademy.org


Morgan Shields - Lunch/After Bell Staff

Morgan Shields

morgan.shields@lemanacedemy.org


Seth Wohlford - Lunch/After Bell Staff

Seth Wohlford

seth.wohlford@lemanacademy.org


Jason Majuta - Facilities Staff


jason.majuta@lemanacademy.org


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