Our Staff

Sierra Vista, Arizona


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.



Marsha Jones
My name is Marsha Jones and I currently reside in Douglas Az. I have a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disability, a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies and a Diploma in Elementary Education. My professional experience includes over 17 years of classroom teaching in which I have taught grades 1,2 and 3. It is one of the most gratifying experiences to see students grasp the content and knowledge imparted to them through the building of relationship and in turn using it to become a positive contributor to society.

For the past 3 years, I have also had the opportunity to mentor other teachers, through my role as Instructional Leadership Team Member. This role afforded me the opportunity to provide the coaching and support needed to orient and better equip the teacher for their assigned role in the classroom. It also enabled me to assist in the implementation of the schools curricular and programs that foster an increase in the overall management of the school and by extension improving student academics. I am currently pursuing my Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-12 Leadership Program.

It is my hope that this field of study will deepen my knowledge and broaden my understanding of the roles of educational leaders. It will further expose me to different innovative strategies and theoretical principles, theories, research, policies and practices that undergird educational organizations. I am excited to join this great team and look forward serving as the Vice Principal for Leman Academy Sierra Vista Campus as I continue to make a positive impact on students’ holistic development.



Brian Haag


Liz Tuggle - Office Manager

ELIZABETH TUGGLELiz is originally from New Mexico and is a graduate of New Mexico State University. She has over 20 years working in an educational environment and has been a Registrar for the entire 20 years. Liz's role as Registrar for Leman Academy is to provide a  pleasant and thorough enrollment experience for both parents and scholars alike. She feels blessed to be part of a wonderful school and looks forward to being part of an overall greatness that is now part of the Sierra Vista community.


Monica Moore - Administrative Assistant

Monica MooreI love working with children, and I am excited to be a part of the Leman Academy of Excellence Family.


Diana Milazzo - Administrative Assistant

Dinana Milazzo



Sandra WilliamsI was born, educated, and raised in the Montgomery, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. I received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education at Alabama State University and a M.Ed. in the same field at Auburn University at the Montgomery campus.

I began my teaching career at Ft. Rucker Primary School and later married in 1981 and moved with my husband, Stan, to Germany and taught at Erlangen Elementary School. After living there for three years and enjoying the travel and culture in Europe, we had a daughter, Brittany our last year in country. When Brittany was five months old, my family and I then relocated to our final Army duty station at Ft. Huachuca and have lived in Sierra Vista ever since.

My daughter was educated in Sierra Vista Public schools and attended undergrad at ASU and earned a Masters from University of Phoenix. She married this past April, 2016 and we now have a son-in-law, Ryan.

I have taught locally for 28 years at Bella Vista, Carmichael and Town and Country Elementary Schools as well as Joyce Clark Middle School (formerly Sierra Vista Middle School). I received certifications in Middle School English and also served as a Reading Specialist there. At JCMS, I was also co-sponsor of the Kiwanis Builders Club and was recently notified that the afterschool club received the Kiwanis International Builders Club of the year for the third year straight, 2013-2016! I enjoyed helping students see beyond our campus and serve the community and support international causes.

Throughout the years, I have been proud to keep in touch with many area families and watch children I have taught go on to their own college education as well as other careers. It also a joy to see many of them in the workforce of our city.



I am very excited to be a part of Leman Academy. I received my bachelors degree in education from U of A. For the past few years I have been teaching first grade. Prior to that I taught sixth grade and I was a substitute teacher. I have a huge passion for kids of all ages and I am dedicated to meeting the needs of all students. In my free time I enjoy hiking or spending time with family and friends.

Janelle Starr - Kindergarten Teacher and Lead Interventionist

Janelle Starr
I, Janelle Starr, have been residing in Sonoita, AZ for over 6 years. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University (1989), Santa Clara, CA. I have devoted myself to working in the education field for over the past 12 years with children ranging from K-12th grade. I have also worked with special needs kids (mild to severe conditions) from all ages. In the past couple of years, I taught 6th grade (all subjects). I enjoy helping children learn and develop into great scholars at any age.

In addition to teaching, I am a Breast Cancer Survivor (2017-18) which has inspired me to enjoy painting (oil/water colors) and share with others. I highly value education and hope to obtain my goal in pursuing a Masters in Education.

I'm married and have a wonderful son. My son enjoys learning and excelling in his academics. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling, horseback riding, reading, gardening, cooking, hiking, painting, and playing the piano. Some other past highlights in my life include: Producing radio shows for a local school and owning a television production business.

I look forward to teaching and being apart of Leman Academy Sierra Vista Campus!


April Clark - 1st Grade Teacher

APRIL CLARKApril Clark is currently the first grade teacher here at Leman Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree at the University of Arizona. April graduated with honors and accepted Dean’s List with Distinction.

She was born in California and later moved to Arizona where she grew up. She has lived in Sierra Vista off and on for about 25 years. She has 4 children: 2 girls and 2 boys. She enjoys hanging out with her kids and doing different fun activities with them. She also likes to go hiking, camping and swimming. April loves to go on vacation and her favorite place so far is Disneyland. She really loves Tigger! April currently has an Associate’s degree in child development along with her Bachelors of Science in elementary education. April has completed many hours in child development trainings. April is extremely excited to start the new school year off at Leman Academy.


Andrea Simpkins- 1st Grade Teacher

Andrea Simpkins


Leann Duncan - 2nd Grade Teacher

LEANN DUNCANLeann Duncan is a 2nd Grade teacher at Leman Academy of Excellence since its founding in 2016! Mrs. Duncan was born and raised in Michigan. She attended Michigan State University for her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and began her teaching career in 2003. After a few years being a stay at home Mom, she changed avenues from Music to general classroom teaching. Mrs. Duncan married her husband in 2003 and they have been residents of Sierra Vista since 2007. She and her husband enjoy time alone together riding their motorcycle. Three of their five children are scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence and enjoy every opportunity Leman offers them! They and their children enjoy singing in the car, activities with their church, watching movies, running, riding bikes, and swimming.



JOVANA VILLALOBOSJovana Villalobos is a 2nd grade teacher at Leman Academy of Excellence! She is a mother of two wonderful children which are scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence. She graduated with Honors from Universidad Kino in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, with a degree in education in 2006.

She was born in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. She recently moved with her husband and kids to Sierra Vista and are very excited to be part of this community.

Ever since she can remember she wanted to be a teacher. She has been teaching since 2003, as a Kindergarten, Second Grade and Sixth Grade Teacher. She loves teaching and being part of kids lives.


EvaMarie Morales - 2nd Grade Teacher

EvaMarie Morales
I am a hard working mother of two wonderful children and I have been married for almost 21years! I love my family and l love being a part of helping scholars grow into real world thinkers! This year will be exciting for all of us!




Ms. Hannah Mackenzie is a strong proponent of lifelong learning  and has enjoyed teaching the Classical model at Leman Academy Sierra Vista since its founding in 2016. She grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan before moving to Sierra Vista in 2014. Ms. Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and her Master’s degree in English Curriculum and Instruction.  She taught Middle School Language Arts and Science before joining Leman Academy to teach third grade. In her free time, she enjoys writing, weight-lifting, running in the mountains, and hunting.



Kathleen Baker
Ms. Baker moved to Arizona at the very end of 2016. She discovered Leman Academy School of Excellence two weeks later, and has never left. She has been heavily involved in the Sierra Vista site and it's scholars before taking on the role as a new teacher. Ms. Baker moved from a small town in San Diego County called Poway. She graduated from California State University of San Marcos in 2014 with her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies, and in Depth of Study in History. In 2015-2016, she taught part time as an IMPACT Teacher for 2nd grade in Poway, as well as functioning as a Guest Teacher for all the district’s schools.
Recently engaged, she has been spending her time planning her & her fiance’s wedding. When she is not doing that you can find her reading, exploring the outdoors, cooking, traveling, scrap booking, cheering on U of A sports or her San Diego Padres, or maybe attempting some craft she found on Pinterest!


Elizabeth Leming - 3RD GRADE TEACHER

Elizabeth Leming
Elizabeth Leming has a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Phoenix. She has worked as a preschool teacher, in a school library, as a guest teacher and as a second grade teacher. This will be her first year teaching third grade and is excited to be teaching at Leman Academy. She is married and has five amazing children. Her hobbies include baking and gardening. She loves every minute of family time, whether it be supporting her kids in sports or choir or sitting home watching a movie.



Lorena Briones
New to our team is Lorena Briones whom was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. First in her family to attend college and graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in Foreign Language Spanish. Previously a military wife and having worked in administration, she decided to make the passionate change in careers and will begin her second year in elementary education here at Leman Academy of Excellence. Her experience includes teaching 3rd grade in AZ and volunteering in school classrooms in NM & AZ. Lorena is married to her high school sweetheart Roberto of 19 years, has 3 young awesome children and 2 hyper boxers. Her family has made Sierra Vista, Arizona their home in the previous year and greatly enjoy the area. She enjoys volunteering, traveling, outdoors and is very active in her children’s interests and sports. Lorena is very thrilled in joining the Leman Academy community and working with our scholars.


Paula Crista - 4TH GRADE TEACHER

Paula Crista
Paula Crista graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona in May of 2003, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Crista graduated with Highest Academic Distinction and was awarded Dean’s List with distinction. Over the years she has taught from toddlers to adults, but her favorite setting is in a K-2 classroom. She is excited to teach fourth grade at Leman Academy. She loves the classical education model, and can’t wait to see the benefits for her own children and scholars alike. Paula enjoys attending church functions, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, poetry, photography and reading. When not working she often is off exploring nearby places with her husband and six children.



Elizabeth Iles
Elizabeth Iles is a proud Texas A&M University graduate who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy in 2010. She has taught for fourteen years, but has also been an Instruction Math Coach for three years. This past year she was a Fourth Grade Instructional Coach for all core content. Her favorite thing about teaching is sharing her love of learning with her students and seeing their excitement when they come to school each day. Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Iles proudly served six years in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Spanish Linguist. Originally from Texas, Mrs. Iles is anxious to begin her new adventure in Arizona since she and her military husband recently were stationed at Ft. Huachuca. She looks forward to traveling all around Arizona and swimming in her pool each day.



SANDY MOOREMrs. Sandy Moore is excited to begin her second year at Leman Academy of Excellence in Sierra Vista! An experienced educator with over 30 years in the classroom, Mrs. Moore’s experience includes 5th, 3rd, 2nd, and 6th grade Title I. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Minor-German and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Moore’s father was in the military, so she traveled extensively when she was young. In fact, the first full year of school spent in one place didn’t occur until she was in 5th grade! She has lived in Sierra Vista for the past 28 years, so this is “home”. Mrs. Moore is a “critter” person and has a few unusual classroom pets. Her passion is teaching, and she enjoys watching her scholars discover, think, discuss, and grow throughout the year. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, reading, and learning about the natural world.



MICHELE GLASSMs. Glass is thrilled to be a part of the Leman Academy Team in Sierra Vista! She has been teaching children at the elementary level since 1993. Ms. Glass earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, and her Master’s in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Prior to teaching, she was a proud member of the United States Air Force, serving as a jet engine mechanic and computer operator. Ms. Glass has a brilliant son, Tommy, and bright grandson, Ethan. She also has energetic Chihuahuas named Boo & Mel that keep her on her toes! Her hobbies are gardening, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family.


KANDI ZIMPLEMAN - Middle School Teacher

KANDI ZIMPLEMANMrs. Zimpelman has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and has been teaching since 2009. Mrs. Zimpelman started her teaching career in second grade and during that time she found her passion for teaching math. Mrs. Zimpelman received her Middle School Math Endorsement and has been teaching Middle School students since 2011. Mrs. Zimpelman has her Masters in Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis on Reading. Upon completing her Masters, Mrs. Zimpelman received her Middle School Endorsement for English. Mrs. Zimpelman loves spending time with her autistic daughter doing activities that are fun and exciting. Mrs. Zimpelman has been teaching at Leman Academy since 2016. Mrs. Zimpelman looks forward to teaching all subjects and integrating the lessons together at Leman Academy with her scholars.


MARK MCEUEN - Middle School Teacher

MARK MCEUENMr. McEuen comes to Leman Academy from northwest Arkansas, where he taught in Springdale Public Schools. He earned a Masters degree from Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. He and his wife, Gretchen, have five children, and seven grandchildren. They have lived in Arkansas, Missouri, and Arizona. Mr. McEuen enjoys music, trains, and jokes (both good and bad). He is excited to be teaching 4th grade at Leman Academy of Excellence.


Elizabeth Nelson - Middle School Teacher

Elizabeth NelsonElizabeth is an Arizona Native. She was raised in the neighboring community of Sahuarita. Elizabeth and her husband ,Tyler, moved to Sierra Vista 10 years ago and reside in the Whetstone area. Elizabeth obtained her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona South. She spent two years teaching middle school before starting her family. The Nelson Family has been blessed with two beautiful girls ages 3 and 5. We are pleased to have her oldest attending Leman Academy with us in this fall. Elizabeth has always had a passion for teaching, and is very excited to be reentering the classroom and serving the families in our community.


Kimberly Weinberger - Middle School Teacher

Kimberly WeinbergerMrs. Weinberger comes from Pennsylvania. She earned her Masters Degree from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelors Degree from Johns Hopkins University. She and her husband have four children, including three Leman scholars. In her free time she enjoys playing games with her kids, travel (especially international), rock collecting, and learning new recipes.


Jennifer Batemon - Middle School Teacher

Jennifer BatemonJennifer Batemon began her passion for educating youth within the waters of an Olympic-sized pool in Northern California. She taught swimmers ranging from 5 – 18 years old on character development, cooperation, personal goal-making, and dedication. Her experience with competitive swimming fostered a drive for scaffolding growth that builds success and positive self-esteem in youth.
Ms. Batemon earned her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of California, Davis in the area of Human Development with a minor in Biological Sciences. She completed an internship teaching second grade at a local elementary school as well as aiding in a dissertation study on the physical and cognitive impacts that nutritional deficiencies have on youth in neighboring communities. By the end of her undergraduate work, her compassion for youth and determination to aid in their success was solidified.

Next came the completion of her multiple subject teaching credential, followed by her first job teaching all subjects to a 7th grade classroom in Sebastopol, California. Over the following 10 years, she taught grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in a variety of capacities ranging from classroom instruction, to afterschool STEM program activities. Her ability to understand and facilitate youth development can be attributed to experience and flexibility throughout her teaching career. Although her strengths are in science and mathematics, she enjoys developing in all areas of study to grow in her ability to integrate all disciplines and deepen the instruction within her classroom.

Ms. Batemon has also earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix and has been a mentor to new teachers utilizing her skills learned in the Master’s program. She enjoys developing her own abilities alongside her students as an important modeling to youth that setting personal goals is a life-long endeavor.

At home, Ms. Batemon raises four children ranging from 12 years old, to two months old! She and her family enjoy weekly games nights, adventures in hiking, delighting in reading a classical book, and most of all, swimming at various pools and lakes together! Whether at home or in the classroom, Ms. Batemon is fascinated by people and life and loves to share in the gifts that this world has to offer!



Hilda Franke

Hilda Franke is thrilled to work as the ESS at Leman Academy of Excellence!

Born and raised in Puerto Rico Mrs. Franke has been teaching since 1993 and most of her experience has been with scholars with special needs.  In 2007 Mrs. Franke completed her Master's Degree in Bilingual Special Education at the University of AZ. She also holds a Behavior Specialist Certificate. Mrs. Franke has worked as a Resource Teacher (Elementary and Middle School) and as a Special Education Department Coordinator helping and advocating for scholars, parents and their families. Mrs. Franke has strong passion for teaching and helping scholars. As an educator Mrs. Franke focuses on scholars' strengths and encourages them to succeed. Mrs. Franke is married with two kids who are scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence. Mrs. Franke enjoys to exercise, read, garden and spend time with family and friends.



Stephanie Lara
My name is Miss Lara and I am SO excited to be a part of the Leman family. It is going to be a fun year of lots of learning and new adventures.

I was born in Douglas, Arizona and I am the oldest of THREE! I have a younger sister, Selina and a younger brother, Richard. They are my best friends. When I graduated Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, I moved to Flagstaff to attend Northern Arizona University- GO LUMBERJACKS!!! I majored in Early Childhood and Special Education; I graduated with my bachelors and could not wait to start teaching! I have been teaching kindergarten and special education for a few years now.

I have two dogs Caine and Luci and they love to play! We love to go on long walks and they love to swim! I am very excited to be your learning community. This year is going to be a fun and adventurous year!!



Ariana Denney



Jaimie Murphy



ASHLEY RICKSAshley is a lifelong musician. She has been singing or playing the piano nearly all of her life. After graduating from the Grammy winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in Las Vegas, NV, she continued her musical studies at Northern Arizona University where she completed a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education. While teaching junior high in the Gilbert, AZ area, she completed her Master of Music in Music Education, also at NAU. Ashley has taught music to students of all ages in Arizona for over 15 years, including elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate ensembles. Her choirs consistently receive superior ratings at festivals. In addition to working with Leman Academy scholars, she also is the choral director of 3 ensembles at Cochise College and maintains a private music studio. Ashley is active in local and state music associations, including service on the leadership boards of those associations. As a result of her leadership with AzACDA, she founded the AZACDA Cantaremos Honor Choir Festival, an honor choir system for students in grades 5-9, which continues to be held annually each fall. She moved to Sierra Vista with her family in 2011 and is thrilled to be a part of the Leman Academy family. When not doing something musical, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and can often be found in the midst of a crafting project.



CHRISTEN SCOFIELDChristen studied at the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. Her studies focused in mixed media art with an emphasis in graphic design. Following graduation her career of choice was being a full time mother to five beautiful children. Christen has never let her passion for art die, and she instilled a love for the arts in her children. She has been a vigilant volunteer in countless classrooms sharing her love of art and ensuring arts education was a part of children's lives whenever possible. After 17 years she entered the workforce once again and has spent 6 years at the Fort Huachuca Arts and Crafts Center. During her time at Fort Huachuca she has been able to teach a variety of classes and art techniques to students of all ages from toddlers to adults. School age children in her classes have been exposed to a wide variety of art experiences including art history and use of multiple mediums including ceramics, glass art, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, paper mache and mixed media. Christen believes art is an experience and should be messy!



LETICIA NÚÑEZLeticia M. Nunez is from Douglas, Arizona and received her BS/BA and MBA from the University of Phoenix which she graduated with honors. After working for the State of Arizona for 25 years, she made the decision to start a second career and worked for the Douglas Unified School District. She has enjoyed teaching at the elementary level since 2014. She considers it an honor to be part of the Leman Academy team and looks forward to building relationships with the scholars and their families. Leticia was teaching third grade last year and will be teaching Spanish this year. Leticia is married to Adalberto and they have two children, Marisela and Fernando, and one grandson, Jose Roberto. She enjoys spending time with her family especially cooking and baking for them.


Josue Mejia - P.E. TEACHER

Josue Mejia



TINA JACKSONMs. Tina Jackson is the Health Services Coordinator for the Leman Academy of Excellence Sierra Vista Campus. In this position, she assists in the coordination of medical care and minor treatments for scholars of the academy. Tina is also a certified Red Cross trainer and carries certification through the State of Arizona for the hearing and vision screening program.

Ms. Jackson is an experienced health-care provider committed to serving scholars as a trained medical professional and passionate public health advocate. She is committed to creating conditions for students to have the fullest possible educational opportunity by minimizing absences due to illness and creating a climate of health and well-being in district schools. She excels in supporting students with minor illnesses and injuries as well as providing referrals to other health care specialists when appropriate. She has specialized training in first aid/CPR, emergency assistance, health assessment, medication management, health counseling, community resource referrals, and hearing/vision screening.

A self-proclaimed former “Military Brat”, Tina grew up all over the world and settled in Arizona upon her father’s retirement at Ft. Huachuca 25 years ago. Tina is very happily married and has two beautiful talented children. Some of her favored hobbies include autocross racing, hanging at the beach, and outdoor sporting events. Tina and her family are extremely active in the local community. In fact, you’ve probably spotted “Miss Tina” at a youth sports or scouting function a time or two!


CAROLINE MAHFOUD - Food Service Staff

Caroline Mahfoud
Mrs. Mahfoud has been married for 25 Years of which 20 years were spent living around the world as her husband served our great country as a soldier in the U.S Army. She is the mother of 5 children, three Girls and two Boys. Mrs. Mahfoud has called Sierra Vista her home since late 1999. She has always been passionate towards children's learning; for she truly believes that they are our future. While living in various places Mrs. Mahfoud has worked in Day Care Centers, she has volunteered in her children's schools, worked as a preschool teacher and to include the chapel nursery while living in Germany.

Mrs. Mahfoud, always wanting to do more and never satisfied with good enough is now continuing to further her education in Early Childhood Education. While being a devoted wife and mother of 5 she has managed to achieve a GPA of 4.0 from Cochise College and being accepted into Phi Theta Kappa being distinguished as a honor student. Her focus and excitement is joining Leman academy of Excellence as the Afterbell Director and Lunch room assistant. She looks forward to meeting many new scholars in the fall semester. Her hobbies include interior decorating, biking and jogging.


Gretchen Mceuen - Food Service Coordinator

Gretchen Mceuen


Gloria Russell - Monitor

Gloria Russell


Krystal Green - Instructional Assistant

Krystal Green
Krystal was born and raised in Arizona. She has an associates degree in general studies from Cochise College. For 8 years she was fortunate to stay home and raise her two children, whom are both scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence. One of her first jobs was a kinder lead teacher in the after school program for Vail school district. She knew one day her path would lead her to working with young scholars again. She has enjoyed volunteering in the classroom and taking part on the PTO at Leman Academy. Krystal enjoys a strong cup of coffee, camping and archery with family and friends.



Katelynd Duncan
Mrs. Duncan grew up in the small town of Henry, Illinois. When she was a teenager, she moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona. She married her husband David in 2010, and followed him to Fort Campbell, Tennessee in 2012, with their two children. Mrs. Duncan and her family moved back to Sierra Vista in 2015 because they love this town and wanted to live near family. Her hobbies include reading, going on adventures, playing board games, and spending time with family. She earned her Associate’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education from and General Studies. She has been working with children of all ages (from newborns to teenagers) for the past 9 years. Her daughter and son are both scholars at Leman Academy. While her oldest scholar was in kindergarten, she realized how much she loved volunteering in the classroom, seeing the children’s faces every day, and being a part of Leman Academy. She looks forward to being a Kinder-Aide at Leman Academy.



Gail Convertino-Shaw
Originally from Central New York, Gail moved to Arizona May 2016 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She is the youngest of fifteen children. Throughout her childrens childhood, she volunteered in classrooms assisting teachers for all grade levels.Very involved in the PTA she could be found each year prepping, planning and even dancing on stage. Gail completed courses in 2004 to obtain her Teacher Assistant status in New York. Her grandchildren are scholars at the Leman Academy of Excellence. Since their opening in Sierra Vista, Gail has been an active member of the Leman Academy PTO. During her leisure time Gail enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, riding her bicycle, shopping, traveling, reading and cooking. She is excited to embark on a new journey at Leman Academy of Excellence in Sierra Vista.



Dana Hewitt



Kimberley Odoms
Kim Odoms has been an educator since 2003. After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 2002, she returned home to Sierra Vista to begin her teaching career at one of the local schools teaching 3rd graders and 4th graders. After teaching for 5 years, she took a break to focus on her family. After being a Leman Academy parent for 2 years, she has made the choice to come on board to serve as an Interventionist in the Response to Intervention program. Kim is married to her husband, Marcus and they have three children, two who are scholars at Leman Academy of Excellence!



Natalee Zavala


Joseph Rodriguez - Facilities Coordinator