Our Staff

Oro Valley, Arizona

ERIC CAREY – PRINCIPAL

Eric Carey
Mr. Carey has served at Leman Academy for 3 years with nearly 20 years of experience in teaching and administration. Much of Mr. Carey’s career has been in teaching High School English, serving as a Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, and now has the priveledge of being the Principal of Leman Virtual Academy. Having earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University (Malvern, PA), and his BSED in English at West Chester University (West Chester, PA), he holds PreK-12 Principal and for Teaching 6-12 English certifications in both Arizona and Pennsylvania. Mr. Carey, his wife, and their four children enjoy living in Eastern Tucson where they hike and mountain bike. He also enjoys woodworking, and keeping his ‘67 Chevy II running strong. One of Mr. Carey’s favorite quotes is by the 18th Century Poet, Alexander Pope: “A little learning is a dangerous thing/Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring.”

ecarey@lemanacademy.org


DEE ETTER – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Dee Etter
Mrs. Etter originally from Iowa has been in Tucson over 30 years, so feels like a native. Her professional career includes 34 plus years of working in many different capacities in education. Prior to accepting the position at Leman Academy of Excellence, she was a classroom teacher and an assistant administrator in a local district for 28 years. During that time she was allowed a leave by her district to participate (facilitate) in an NSF (National Science Foundation) to improve mathematics in surrounding Tucson schools, as well as teaching math methods in the college of Ed. In 2014 she retired and worked part time for Northern Arizona University supervising student teachers. Mrs. Etter received her undergraduate degree from Truman University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

It is with great pride the she has become part of the Oro Valley Leman Academy of Excellence team. She is honored to be in this position, and is looking forward to assisting Mrs. Papajohn in making this an unforgettable school year. It is her uncompromising view that all students can learn given a positive learning atmosphere that welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence. One of her commitments to the community is to look for and celebrate successes.

dee.etter@lemanacademy.org


JACKIE TODD - Scholar Support/Assistant to the Principal

JACKIE TODD
Ms. Todd has a passion for teaching and learning. Those “Aha” moments as children learn new concepts and form new ideas are what drive her to strive for excellence every day in the school environment. She believes that learning is a journey filled with excitement and discovery. She is excited to support scholars in the Leman community in order to ensure that each scholar has the opportunity to learn and grow, share his/her background and experience and develop the skills to become a life-long learner.

Ms. Todd has been in education for over thirty years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Todd holds endorsements in Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, Gifted Education and Reading. She has taught 26 years in the regular elementary classroom as well as six years in Gifted Education, English as a Second Language and Reading. She has also been a mentor teacher for student teachers, as well as a peer coach and mentor for classroom teachers. She believes in working together with staff, families and scholars as part of a team that encourages and fosters a love of learning.

jtodd@lemanacademy.org


Tamara-Terpstra - OFFICE MANAGER

Tamara-Terpstra
Tami Terpstra is so excited to be a part of the Leman Academy of Excellence Oro Valley as the Office Manager and Registrar. She joined the LOV team on July 2, 2018. She is recently retired from public education after over 22 years of working in the cafeteria, registrar, health assistant and secretary. She looks forward to meeting the LOV families and community. If you have any registration questions you may reach Tami at

tamara.terpstra@lemanacademy.org


CHONDRA BABB - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Chondra Babb

Ms. Babb hails from Queens, New York and is a recent transplant to 3rTucson via New Jersey and Austin, Texas!

She has lived in Tucson for a little over a year and loves the sunshine and hot temps!
She has served as an Administrative Assistant in both corporate America, and the University level.
She is mom to two sweet daughters nineteen and fourteen. She is excited and looks forward to bringing warmth and experience to the Leman Oro Valley family.

chondra.babb@lemanacademy.org


KELLY CARDWELL - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kelly Cardwell
Originally from Michigan, Mrs. Cardwell moved to the Tucson area in 1996 where she received her Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She later graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science where she earned the honor of Summa Cum Laude. Mrs. Cardwell has worked in education since 2012 and comes to Leman Academy after working with the operations department of another local elite charter school. Mrs. Cardwell is looking forward to deepening her knowledge and understanding of school operations, educational leadership, and is also eager to make positive impacts within the school and local community. She is delighted to be a part of the Leman Academy family.

kelly.cardwell@lemanacademy.org


Brandy Fimbres - Afterbell Director


Katherine Tayyeb - Afterbell Staff


SHARON “DENISE” HAYS - KINDERGARTEN Teacher

Denise Hays
Mrs. Hays earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and has an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. She has been in education here in Tucson since 1984 in Kindergarten through 2nd grades. Finding the strengths in her scholars and partnering with parents to provide the greatest success has been her passion for over twenty-five years in the classroom

She and her husband John have enjoyed life together for over thirty years and have three adult children, one son-in-law, and their first grand baby! When not busy she spends her time outdoors, reading, and crafting. Her joy in life comes from her faith, family and friends.

sharon.hays@lemanacademy.org


Carolyn Bondi - KINDERGARTEN Teacher

Carolyn Bondi
I’m a local gal, the first born in my family, and raised in the little town of Oracle, AZ; located just north of Tucson.

I graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School and hold a bachelors degree from University of Arizona. After spending many years serving in the industry of Sales, Marketing and Event Planning, my husband and greatest supporter affirmed for me the calling I felt had been placed on my heart ~ to serve our next generations with all that is within me. As I pursued this calling, doors of opportunity and favor opened in the most unexpected and exciting ways!

In 2017, I successfully completed student teaching through the Pima Community College post-baccalaureate program to earn my certification to teach elementary education.

I look forward to a beautiful year of connecting with our sweet Kinder-scholars and their families, sharing my joy and passion for life, and lighting a spark of love for learning in little hearts and minds!

carolyn.bondi@lemanacademy.org


ELKA SWINGLE - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Elka Swingle
A Tucson native, Ms. Swingle graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development in 2003. Elka has served as a school-based speech-language pathologist, a professional photographer, a middle- and high-school photography and graphic design teacher, and a kindergarten teacher.

Elka has lived in Southern California, Washington state, and Washington D.C. area, but has enjoyed settling back in her home state of sunny Arizona. Her most exciting adventures have been with her two sons, Tre and Paxton, going on fishing/camping trips and spending time in the White Mountains. She also enjoys cooking recipes from The Pioneer Woman, reading funny memoirs and educational or child development books, visiting the county fair, watching her sons play sports, and trying (unsuccessfully) to keep her potted plants alive. She so enjoys teaching that she plans fun learning projects to do with her boys at home, and is constantly on the look-out for quality children’s books to add to her overflowing collection.

Elka has loved working with children of all ages in so many capacities over the past two decades, and is thrilled to be joining the Leman Academy Oro Valley team of staff and families to guide these precious scholars toward a love of learning.

elka.swingle@lemanacademy.org


NATALIE YUEN - KINDERGARTEN Teacher

Natalie Yuen
Ms. Yuen graduated from Cedarville University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Art. She taught elementary school for five years in Ohio before moving. Her hobbies are reading, gallery browsing, and raising her son.

Having recently returned to professional teaching, she is looking forward to meeting all the wonderful people in the Leman Academy family and sharing in the joys of educating again.

natalie.yuen@lemanacademy.org


GRETCHEN ELLWOOD - FIRST GRADE

Gretchen Ellwood
Mrs. Ellwood, a Tucson native, is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona. During her time at the UA, she studied Speech, Hearing, and Language Sciences while competing as a jumper on the Track & Field team. Upon graduation, she married her high school sweetheart and accepted a teaching position working with young children. Mrs. Ellwood has spent the past three years active in the world of Early Childhood Education while simultaneously pursuing her teacher certification through Pima Community College. She will serve as a Kindergarten teacher during the 2017-2018 school year as the final step of the PCC program.

Aside from teaching, she says her greatest joys in life are faith and family; both have shaped her into the teacher she is today and provide her with goals to strive toward. She is excited and honored to be a part of the exceptional team of teachers Leman has to offer.

gretchen.ellwood@lemanacademy.org


MARGARET PURVIS - First GRADE

MARGARET PURVISMrs. Purvis is one of our founding teachers at the Leman Marana school. She has brought joy to our campus for two years now with her positive attitude and enduring smile. She holds the honor of being our first recipient of the Dr. Leman Award. This award goes to a staff member who exemplifies what it means to be a top-notch Leman Academy Staff member. She also brings more than 25 years of teaching experience! We are so glad to have her joining the team in Oro Valley and leading the first grade team!

mpurvis@lemanacademy.org


Angela Gallo - First GRADE

Angela-Gallo
Angela Gallo is enthusiastic to be part of the Leman Academy of Excellence community. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Child Development and minor in Studio Art. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials in Elementary Education and has been teaching for over 20 years. Her passion for teaching scholars has begun with preschoolers, teaching grades from kindergarten through 6th graders as well as being in administration as an Instructional Coach. She has found her love with Young learners, especially first graders. Their imagination, creativity, and eagerness to learn is always a delight to be around. She has high expectations of all scholars and engages them in a fun nurturing environment. She believes that families are essential and the primary component for each scholar to be successful to work as a team. In her spare time Angela loves spending time with her family, traveling, and enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. She is very excited to help your child be successful and enjoy learning this upcoming year!

angela.gallo@lemanacademy.org


Laura Smithson - First GRADE

Laura Smithson
Laura is originally from New England. She moved to Tucson after graduating with a BS in Health Education in 2004. Since moving to Tucson, Laura has worked in foster care services for Arizona's foster children. After the birth of her daughter, she enjoyed being a stay at home Mom. Avery now attends Leman Academy Oro Valley. Laura was an instructional assistant at Leman for the 2017-2018 school year. She is excited to further her education journey teaching first grade.

Laura is an avid Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. She enjoys spending time with her family and watching her daughter's dancing. She also loves to cook and is passionate about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, especially concerning children. She hopes to bring some of that knowledge to the classroom.

laura.smithson@lemanacademy.org


HOLLY BEDFORD - SECOND GRADE

Holly Bedford
Originally from California, Mrs. Bedford graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Having raised four children, she began her teaching career in 1996, and just completed seventeen years as a 2nd grade teacher in a neighboring school district.

Holly has lived in many different places around the country, but likes the desert in Tucson the best. If you know Holly, you know that she is passionate about her faith, her family, bundt cakes, yard work, and of course, teaching children. She is very excited about joining the team at Leman!

holly.bedford@lemanacademy.org


SARAH TUCKER - SECOND GRADE

SARAH TUCKERMrs. Tucker joined Leman Marana this past year in our second grade and will be leading the second grade team in Oro Valley this year. Sarah has been an educator in Arizona for more than 20 years. She has an intuitive way about her in understanding the many layers of each of her learners and uses this to effectively meet their needs. Sarah definitely encourages her scholars to grow in many aspects of life and learning.

stucker@lemanacademy.org


Sherri Hamdan - 2nd Grade Teacher

Sherri Hamdan
Ms. Hamdan brings 13 years of experience as an educator to Leman Academy. She holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education from the State University of New York (Oswego). Her career as a teacher includes preschool, a bilingual teacher for Head Start and as an elementary teacher. She is excited for the new year working with her scholars and their families, sharing learning through joy, care and enthusiasm.

sherri.hamdan@lemanacademy.org


Kari Richardson - 2nd grade Teacher

Karissa Richardson


Melissa Crawley - 2nd grade Teacher

Melissa Crawley


SUSAN SCOTT - THIRD GRADE

Susan Scott
Mrs. Scott loves to teach!  So much so that the philosophy of Leman Academy of Excellence, and their focus on the school-family connection, has lured her back to the classroom. Susan graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities Education. She has taught kindergarten, first and third grades. Twenty years of her career were spent teaching third grade in one of our neighboring school districts.

Mrs. Scott and her husband Tom have three wonderful grown daughters and two awesome grandsons!  They are active in their church, love spending time with their family, and travel to Kauai as often as possible!

Mrs. Scott is looking forward to being a part of Leman Academy in Oro Valley and building strong relationships with her scholars and their families!
susan.scott@lemanacademy.org


Maryanna Wheeler - THIRD GRADE

Maryanna Wheeler
Maryanna graduated from Southeastern University in 2008 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education K-6. She had the opportunity to teach both Kindergarten and First grade. Two years later, she moved into a full time Children pastorship. She spent four years at a church in FL before she moved to the Tucson area to work at Victory Worship Center. There she met and married her amazing husband Bryan.

After 7 years of full time ministry, her and her husband transitioned to GA, but missing the mountains and their Tucson family they are glad to be back. She is looking forward to stepping back into the classroom.

maryanna.wheeler@lemanacademy.org


BRANDIE BARR - Third Grade Teacher

Brandie Barr
Ms. Barr graduated with Honors from Northern Arizona University with a Masters in Elementary Education. Before becoming a teacher worked for an ergonomic computer keyboard company out of Washington State for 15 years. Ms. Barr's dream of being a professional photographer came true in 2004 when she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Studio Art. She opened her own business shortly after and loves capturing moments for her customers. MS. Barr is overly joyed and excited to begin the next chapter of her story at Leman Academy of Excellence!

brandie.barr@lemanacademy.org


KIMBERLY DANLEY - FOURTH GRADE

Kimberly Danley
Mrs. Danley is a native Arizonan and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Minor in Social Studies, in 1993.  She has twelve years of classroom experience in a variety of grade levels, with several additional years spent in administrative roles.  Her experience was divided by nine years spent homeschooling her triplets; Kayla, Andrew and Connor, using the Classical Education model!

Kimberly and her husband, James, have been married for twenty-five years, this December. A highlight for Kimberly was when the Danley family was privileged to spend one year volunteering in a children’s home in Ukraine.  She returned to the classroom in 2013.  For fun she enjoys singing, hiking, cooking and eating.

kimberly.danley@lemanacademy.org


ROBIN TAPIA - FOURTH GRADE

ROBIN TAPIAMrs. Tapia taught fourth grade this past year in our Leman Marana school and loved it! Robin has been an elementary educator for 33 years! She brings such mastery to integrating all of the subjects together in an engaging way for our scholars. Her scholars enjoy the integration of art and theater throughout their school day. We are thrilled to have her joining our Oro Valley team of teachers and leading the fourth grade team!

rtapia@lemanacademy.org



Guadalupe Holguin - FOURTH GRADE

Guadalupe Holguin
Originally from Texas, but has now been in Tucson for the the last 7 years. She is prior military (Air Force) where she used to work in a medical laboratory. Has Bachelors in Management with a minor in Human Resources from University of Phoenix and is currently working on her Teaching Certificate through the Post-Baccalaureate Education program at Pima Community College.

She has a wonderful daughter which she homeschooled using the classical education model before attending Leman Oro Valley last school year. Ms. Holguin worked as a Sunday school teacher in the past and fell in love with teaching at LOV after substituting last year. She is passionate about children and ecstatic to be a part of LOV family both as a teacher and a parent.

On her free time she loves going to the gym, hiking, baking, shopping, going to the movies, traveling and spending time with family and friends

guadalupe.holguin@lemanacademy.org


Meagan Holcomb - FIFTH GRADE Teacher

Meagan Holcomb
Mrs. Holcomb is excited to embark on the first year of her teaching journey at Leman Academy. She has been serving the educational community through volunteer work and tutoring for over 10 years and in 2016 she gained her Master of Arts in Education. Mrs. Holcomb and her family of 6 are brand new members of the Oro Valley area and can’t wait to hike, bike, and explore Arizona!

meagan.holcomb@lemanacademy.org


Barry Burnett - FIFTH GRADE Teacher

BARRY BURNETTMr. Burnett has taught children and young people for over 20 years. He was born in Texas, but raised on the Amazon River in Brazil. His last years have been spent teaching in the Dominican Republic, he speaks three languages and has travelled through most of Latin America. Thereafter, he and his wife came to Tucson to be close to their children, his son, Erik, an optometrist and a captain in the Air Force. His oldest daughter, Gabriela, is entering her second year at the University of Arizona and his youngest daughter, Brianna, is a junior at a local high school. In addition, his wife, Sonia, works at the University of Arizona foundation. He is very passionate about working with children and looks forward to helping his scholars learn and discover the world around them as well as explore new frontiers as they learn their age level subject materials.

bburnett@lemanacademy.org


Beth Schmugge - 5th grade


ERIK GUTIERREZ - SIXTH GRADE

Erik Gutierrez
Mr. Gutierrez is originally from Las Cruces New Mexico has spent the majority of his life in the Southwest, except for a few years overseas in South Korea. He has been in education for nine years, all at the elementary level. Erik attended the University of Arizona and then completed his Bachelor’s degree at New Mexico Highlands University.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. They enjoy being outdoors, trying new restaurants, watching movies, hiking, bike riding, and family game night. He is a fan of both the U of A and Arizona Cardinals. On most weekends, he can be found on the sidelines of his nine and eleven year olds’ current sports interest. Finding new music, gardening, and garage tinkering also keeps him busy. Also, he enjoys hunting both migratory birds and big game. He has a wonderful hunting bird dog named Kona.

He is looking forward to meeting and creating positive relationships with his new scholars and staff. The Leman Academy of Excellence will allow him to continue to challenge, motivate, and inspire kids to do their very best.

erik.gutierrez@lemanacademy.org


Andrea Williams - Sixth Grade Math & Science Teacher

Andrea Williams
Mrs. Williams is originally from southwest Louisiana, but recently moved to Arizona after living in Idaho for 16 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, with a major in Mass Communication/Journalism and minors in Art and Business Administration.  After college, she worked in an advertising agency as an account coordinator and proofreader for a number of years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Prior to moving to Arizona, Mrs. Williams served as a substitute teacher in the classroom and in extended resource education at the elementary level. Last year Mrs. Williams served as a Guest Teacher at Leman Academy and loved the classical education model and the caring community.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing games, crafting with her daughter, and cheering on her boys in their basketball games.  She and her husband, Jason, have been married for 17 years, and have three children.

andrea.williams@lemanacademy.org


Monique Durbin - 5th & 6th Grade Study Skills


CALLIE HIME - Seventh Grade Science Teacher

Callie Hime
Mrs. Hime is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a Packer fan. She graduated from Taylor University, in Indiana, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with Middle School endorsements in Math and Science.

Her adventuresome spirit has led her to teach in Bolivia, South Texas and now in Arizona to students of all different ages, ranging from pre-K to seventh grade. Through a variety of teaching experiences, Mrs. Hime has discovered a passion for building relationships with scholars of all ages to instill a love of learning and a sense of accomplishment in meeting academic goals. She loves spending time with her three kids and husband by hiking, watching movies, serving in their church, swimming and the occasional family dance party.

callie.hime@lemanacademy.org


Amanda Bryant - 7th Grade ELA & History

Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant has been an Oro Valley resident since 2015, when she and her husband and two kids relocated from Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mrs. Bryant graduated from University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations, and a minor in professional and technical writing. She received her Secondary Teaching Certificate through the Post-Baccalaureate Education program at Pima Community College.

With more than 15 years’ of real-world experience, Mrs. Bryant brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the classroom. Prior to joining the staff at Leman Academy, Mrs. Bryant was the owner of a marketing, advertising and communications business for more than four years. And was also a former communications director at an Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and an account executive at a public relations agency in St. Louis, Missouri.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. They enjoy being outside, hiking, biking, pool days and going to the park. Movie nights and game nights are always a hit. She also enjoys cooking and reading.

Her goal is to be a mentor, confidant and friend to her students. She wants to share her passion of writing with her students and help them understand that writing is more than just a class, but a life lesson that they will always use and need.

amanda.bryant@lemanacademy.org


Luke Sunukjian - 7th & 8th Grade Math


Carrie Turpin - 7th & 8th Grade Study Skills


Rebecca Nemec - 8th Grade ELA & History


JILL COULTER - ART 

Jill Coulter
Mrs. Coulter is coming to Leman Academy with over thirty years of experience in teaching the Visual Arts. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education, as well as receiving her MLA from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with an emphasis in Humanities. Mrs. Coulter’s post graduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University focused on Art Museum Education and Visual Arts Curriculum Development.

Although her young Border Collie keeps her busy as the puppy learns basic skills, Mrs. Coulter volunteers and evaluates future teams for Animal Assisted Therapy with Pet Partners International (mainly hospitals), Gabriel’s Angels (working with children at risk) and Read to a Dog programs as well.

Mrs. Coulter looks forward to sharing the “World of Art” with the Leman Academy Community.

jill.coulter@lemanacademy.org


Emily Ward - Music Teacher

Emily Ward
Originally from Tucson, Emily Ward received her bachelor's in Music Education from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Choral Music. There, she had many professional opportunities to perform choral music both nationally and internationally. She finished her degree student teaching in the Vail School District where she had the chance to teach at Cienega High School and Esmond Station K-8.

After receiving her degree, her goal was to continue teaching in Tucson to be closer to family. Emily Ward is happily married to her husband, Alex, and has 3 loving dogs. She loves singing, listening to music, painting, traveling, reading, hiking, and board games.

emily.ward@lemanacademy.org


Leslie "Christie" Pearce - Athletic Director

Christie Pearce
Mrs. Pearce holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. She also earned her personal training certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mrs. Pearce has 15 years in the health and fitness industry. She is passionate about health and fitness especially so in our youth. Physical Education was a natural next step in Mrs. Pearce’s career. She enjoys her time with all of her scholars teaching and encouraging them in how to be both healthy and active.

leslie.pearce@lemanacademy.org


Sherry Cameron Exceptional Scholar Teacher 5th & 6th

Sherry Cameron
Ms. Cameron up in Ohio and went to college at Bowling Green State University. I have taught special-education and elementary education for many different grade levels. I have a son, Morgan, and a daughter, Hayley. They were born and raised in Arizona and love it here, as do I. Along with teaching, I enjoy traveling, hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

sherry.cameron@lemanacademy.org


Nadene Nappi - Exceptional Scholar Services Instructional Assistant

Nadene is originally from New Jersey, but moved to Arizona for her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and is currently half way through her Masters of Social Work program. She has worked with many populations in the behavioral health field such as substance abuse clients, domestic violence survivors, homeless individuals and children. She has certifications in CPR, Mandated Reporting, and is a member of the PSI CHI International Honor Society for Psychology. She has a great interest in human behavior and cognition along with cats, tacos, horror movies, and video games preferably all at the same time.

nadene.nappi@lemanacademy.org

 


Theresa Jakubik Hawkins - Exceptional Scholar Services Instructional Assistant


Alisandra Sainz - Exceptional Scholar Teacher K-4th


Nancy Blevins - Exceptional Scholar Teacher 7th & 8th


Becky Barney - Exceptional Scholar Services Instructional Assistant


CATY PRIETO-GARCIA - SPANISH TEACHER K – SECOND

Caty Prieto-Garcia
Born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, Caty graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her passion for teaching made her go back to school to obtain her bilingual elementary teacher’s certification. She was a dual language (Spanish/English) teacher in Texas, and an elementary Spanish teacher in Michigan.

Her husband’s job moved her to Arizona. She has two amazing kids, Santiago and Sofia and two great schnauzer dogs, Pancho and Chiquis. She loves reading, cooking Mexican food, exercising, dancing, listening to Latin music, traveling, and a good cup of coffee with friends.

Education has always been in her heart. Having the opportunity of watching her scholars learn and grow is priceless to her. Caty fell in love with Leman Academy’s philosophy and core values, and is very excited to be part of this teaching adventure at Leman Academy Oro Valley.

ana.prieto-garcia@lemanacademy.org


Lorena De Frias - Latin & Logic Teacher

Lorena De Frias
Ms. DeFrias joins LOV as the Latin Teacher for Grades 3rd -7th. Her education preparing her for this role is a testament to a life-learner. She holds a Bachelors of Philosophy from Michigan State University, a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Memphis, and a Masters of Legal Studies from James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Ms. DeFrias first teaching role was during her Graduate Teaching Assistantship while at the University of Memphis. Now at LOV she is focused on helping students to develop critical thinking skills in Language, Arts and Literature, expanding and contributing ideas supporting the Classical Curriculum Model.

lorena.defrias@lemanacademy.org


MONICA VALENCIA - Health Office Coordinator

Monica Valencia

Mrs. Valencia graduated from Pima Community College with a degree to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). For 12 years she has word as a school nurse in both elementary and high settings. Prior to school nursing Mrs. Valencia’s career was in the medical field specializing in Surgical Dermatology, ENT, Allergy Nursing and Orthopedics. In the summer she escapes the summer heat and enjoys working as a summer camp nurse in Prescott, Arizona.

Mrs. Valencia and her husband Manny have been married for 19 years, and they have two wonderful daughters, both scholars at LOV. They enjoy spending time together playing games, going to the movies, shopping, bike riding, going to various sporting events and traveling.
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Mrs. Valencia graduated from Pima Community College with a degree to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). For 12 years she has word as a school nurse in both elementary and high settings. Prior to school nursing Mrs. Valencia’s career was in the medical field specializing in Surgical Dermatology, ENT, Allergy Nursing and Orthopedics. In the summer she escapes the summer heat and enjoys working as a summer camp nurse in Prescott, Arizona.

Mrs. Valencia and her husband Manny have been married for 19 years, and they have two wonderful daughters, both scholars at LOV. They enjoy spending time together playing games, going to the movies, shopping, bike riding, going to various sporting events and traveling.

mvalencia@lemanacademy.org


Faith Mathews - Health Assistant


Gordon Carpenter, Jr. - District Facilities Coordinator

Gordon Carpenter, Jr.
12 years experience in facilities, in and around the Tucson and Marana area. Born and raised in Northwest Tucson. I enjoy building Model RC vehicles, PC's or anything else that will keep my hands busy. I am a Saguaro enthusiast, and I am happy to call Leman Academy my new home.

gordon.carpenter@lemanacademy.org


Ed Kimmel - Facilities Technician


Scott Edwards - Facilities Coordinator


Mary Figge - Food Service Coordinator


Minah Hayne - Food Service Staff


Ann Jansen - Lunch Recess Staff


Dalila Suarez - Lunch Recess Staff


Maegan Hanks - Reading Interventionist

Maegan Hanks
Mrs. Hanks was born in Arizona, lived in eight different cities and returned to Tucson a few years ago. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught preschool for eight years, five of which included teaching her own three kids as students. She has also tutored reading and math, coached soccer, and coached Odyssey of the Mind for the last few years.

Maegan likes outdoor adventures including running, hiking, biking and camping. A big part of her life is her faith, family and fitness. She loves musical theater, muffins with fruit and playing piano and singing. Her family likes traveling, rock climbing and their new dog Jet. She is thrilled to join the Leman Oro Valley team!

maegan.hanks@lemanacademy.org


Linda Kimmel - Kinder Instructional Assistant


Pauline Corral - Kinder Instructional Assistant


Jennifer Rogers - Kinder Instructional Assistant


Julie Baker - Kinder Instructional Assistant


Noemi Beko - Kinder Instructional Assistant


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