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Our Staff

At Fowler Elementary school, you’ll find teachers dedicated to meeting the individual learning needs of their students. Together with a team of office and support staff members, we create a positive environment that nurtures creativity and inspires learning.

Administration

Robert Altavilla
Principal
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Seleste Alvarez
Secretary
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Perla Hernandez
Clerk
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Lauren Reaves
Counselor
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About Lauren Reaves

Education

I graduated from Capella University in June 2020 with a master's degree in school counseling.

Experience

I completed my fieldwork experience at Notre Dame Academy Elementary and St. Bernard High School during the 2019–2020 school year. This is my first year as a school counselor in the Fowler Elementary School District.

Why I Teach

I am committed to promoting a supportive, engaging, and inclusive school climate that will allow students to reach their fullest potential.

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Head Start

Sandra Mata
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About Sandra Mata

Education

BA in early childhood, MA in special education

Experience

I have 20 years of experience.

Why I Teach

Helping children grow and learn through experiences has always been my passion! Children are sponges, and our Reggio Emilia-inspired program at Head Start provides children with the opportunities they need to thrive.

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Kindergarten

Martha Astorga-Villegas
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About Martha Astorga-Villegas

Education

BS Early Childhood Education with a Structured English Immersion Endorsement - Grand Canyon University

Experience

I am in my fifth year teaching kindergarten at Fowler Elementary School.

Why I Teach

I often tell children their only job is to be happy. I also tell them happiness follows when they make good choices, and good choices happen when they have knowledge. I became a teacher to help children acquire knowledge. Academic and social emotional-knowledge that will help them make choices leads to their happiness.

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Betty Roush
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About Betty Roush

Education

BA - Cedarville University, MA Education - California State University

Experience

I have taught kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade throughout my career. I have experience teaching in Ohio, California, and Arizona. Currently, I am teaching kindergarten at Fowler Elementary.

Why I Teach

I became a teacher to make a difference in the life of children. I want the children to be successful in life, and a good education is important. My influence is to show them that they have potential and can achieve to the best of their ability. As a teacher, I care about their academics, emotions, and self-confidence. My goal is to provide them with a well-rounded education.

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Karen Zaucha
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About Karen Zaucha

Education

BA Elementary Education - Northeastern Illinois University

Experience

Founder/owner of a private preschool/kindergarten in Illinois for 24 years

Why I Teach

I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a kindergartner myself! The reason I teach is because I am passionate about helping children build a strong foundation and develop a love for learning. Teaching came naturally to me, and I have many creative ideas on how to present early childhood subjects using fun, engaging, and innovative approaches. I enjoy teaching with music, movement, literature, and games to motivate children and make learning exciting. We do many activities that enable the children to begin drawing, writing, and eventually reading. Math, science, and social studies are also subjects that many students love! It has been a privilege to teach at Fowler Elementary for the past five years. There is so much to learn from A to Z. I am happy to be in sunny Arizona doing what I love!

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First Grade

Dawn Carman
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About Dawn Carman

Education

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Experience

I have taught for a total of three years. My first year in the Avondale school district and two years in the Fowler school district.

Why I Teach

I teach because I believe that children are the future and I am here to help lead and guide children to become the best version of themselves. I teach because we live in a world that is constantly bringing other people down, and I want to give hope to my students that they can do anything they set their mind to do.

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Magali Ledesma
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About Magali Ledesma

Education

BA Elementary Education - Grand Canyon University

Experience

This is my fifth year teaching. I have taught first and second grade.

Why I Teach

I teach because I like to help children learn new things every day. I want to make a difference in the children’s lives. The children are our future. I believe that all children can achieve their dreams.

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Rosemary Reyes
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About Rosemary Reyes

Education

BA Elementary Education, MA Early Childhood Education

Experience

20 years of teaching experience

Why I Teach

I teach to make a difference in children's lives. I want children to become successful and confident in their future. I want to be the person that students see as supportive and believes in them. I love seeing the growth and transformation of a student. I teach because I love helping children aspire towards their dreams and goals.

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Second Grade

Lorena Figueroa
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About Lorena Figueroa

Education

BA in Early Childhood Education and MA in Bilingual/Multicultural Education - Northern Arizona University

Experience

14 years

Why I Teach

I teach because I feel as if it is something I was meant to do. I believe kids deserve a safe place to learn, grow, and find love and support. I love helping kids learn in different ways. Kids are natural learners just waiting to have their full potential discovered. I love leading and guiding every student who crosses my path to becoming life long learners of our society. I teach because I believe in them!

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Alejandrina Mora
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About Alejandrina Mora

Education

BA Elementary Education with a Bilingual Endorsement - San Diego State University

Experience

This is my 21st year teaching at Fowler. I have taught second, third, and fourth grade.

Why I Teach

The reason I teach is because I love to witness a child's "aha" moment. It gives me pleasure when a student grasps a concept for the first time. There is no better reward than helping a student finally reach clarity and helping them grow. I love to teach to reach children and see their progress develop over time to prepare them to be successful.

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Sophia Stedl
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About Sophia Stedl

Education

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

Experience

This is my second year teaching second grade at Fowler. I have also had experience teaching kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade.

Why I Teach

I teach because I want every child to become the best version of him or herself. Children deserve a nurturing, caring environment with high expectations in order to achieve this. I teach to create this environment for my students. I teach because I have had great teachers that helped me achieve my dreams, and I would like to do the same for others.

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Third Grade

Lorena Avelino
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About Lorena Avelino

Education

MA on Early Childhood Education

Experience

10 years teaching third grade

Why I Teach

I teach because when I was little I had amazing teachers and I got inspired knowing those great teachers year after year. I would like to inspire my students to not giving up and persuade their dreams. I always wanted to be a teacher and I can't imagine myself doing something different.

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About Ms. G

Education

Bachelor's Degree

Experience

Five years

Why I Teach

I became a teacher to teach students and help students learn skills to progress in school. Every year is a new adventure with different students. No year is ever the same. I believe every student is capable of success if they try and work hard. My goal is to instill in my students the love of learning.

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Maria Vance
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About Maria Vance

Education

BS Physical Education K–12, Health K–12, TESOL Endorsement

Experience

I have five years of experience in Arizona and a total 23 years in Ohio schools. I have also worked as an instructional paraprofessional and as an adult teacher.

Why I Teach

I love teaching because every student is unique and every day is new. I get excited when I see students learn a new skill in a subject they were having trouble with. I also love the excitement they have when someone is listening to their ideas and points of views. I get a good feeling about teaching our future leaders.

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Fourth Grade

Carol Dawson
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About Carol Dawson

Education

MBA, currently working on a full-time teaching credential

Experience

I have been teaching elementary school for the past four years.

Why I Teach

I love teaching because as an educator I have an opportunity to impact the lives of our future. It is a very rewarding and fulfilling assignment for me personally. The experience of watching a child grow and mature from one phase in life to another makes me proud to say I played apart in their growth process. Every child deserve a chance to learn and grow, and I am honored to be able to serve in this capacity.

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William Stern
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About William Stern

Education

BA Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Psychology - New Jersey City University.

Experience

This is my fifth year at Fowler (my ninth year teaching).

Why I Teach

I teach because I have a passion for learning and passing on what I learn to today's youth. It makes me feel great to know that I have made a difference in the life of a child. It is also satisfying and rewarding to see how much my students have grown from the time they walk through my door in August until that last day in May. I feel as though this is one of the most meaningful professions there is because we are the ones who are teaching today's children to become tomorrow's world leaders.

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Leticia Villa
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About Leticia Villa

Education

MA Elementary Education

Experience

21 years

Why I Teach

I teach because I love to see students learn. Seeing lights turn on in their heads when they learn a new concept is extremely gratifying. I enjoy the feeling I get when I'm helping tomorrow's generation get ahead. Being around students gives me the opportunity to interact with many different personalities, and I get joy out of bonding with students and making a difference in their lives.

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Fifth Grade

Leondina Garrett
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About Leondina Garrett

Education

Master's Degree - University of Phoenix

Experience

I have been in education for several years now. I owned my own tutoring company for several years. I then became a substitute teacher and taught in various grades, kindergarten through eighth grade. I have even taught a few students in the high school grades. Since then, I have become a certified teacher and have taught eighth, sixth and fifth grades. I have taught fifth grade for the past several years.

Why I Teach

I teach because it is my dream job. I grew up wanting to be a teacher like the ones I had in school. I love teaching children, and my favorite part of teaching is when a student final understands something and they have what I call the "light bulb" moment. You can see their faces light up from the joy of knowing they understand what they were taught. This is why I teach; I love watching the joy they experience from learning.

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Michael Kubasko
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About Michael Kubasko

Education

Bachelor's Degree - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Experience

Taught fourth grade for eight years, and now this is my fourth year as a fifth grade teacher.

Why I Teach

I believe I have a responsibility to instill and enforce life skills throughout the day to ensure my students are academically ready for the future and to contribute to our society. This will make them successful and have a brilliant future.

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Troy Stewart
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About Troy Stewart

Education

Ottawa University

Experience

This is my first year teaching.

Why I Teach

Hello, there! My name is Mr. Stewart. I am a fifth grade teacher at Fowler Elementary School. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ottawa University in the summer of 2020. I am a first year teacher, and I am eager to learn with and learn from your children as I teach them essential skills for their future. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to this new and exciting teaching and learning experience!

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Special Area Teachers

Michelle Brunette
Music
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About Michelle Brunette

Education

Miami University in Oxford, OH; Magna Cum Laude

Experience

I am Kodaly Level I and Orff Level II certified. I have taught high school marching band, pep band, mixed and select treble choir, beginning and intermediate band, but I especially love teaching general music to elementary students.

Why I Teach

I began teaching because school was socially difficult for me. My award-winning high school band director believed in me and music was something I excelled at. My goal for teaching is to share the love for the art and discipline of music.

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Maria Flater
Physical Education
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About Maria Flater

Education

Ottawa University

Experience

16 years teaching all grade levels from preschool to second grade

Why I Teach

I enjoy teaching kids. I enjoy helping them learn the basic skills they will need to use in their life. It is rewarding to see their progress every year. It is a joy to be with them in their journey through childhood. I look forward to teaching for many years to come.

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Londa Gilmore
Interventionist
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About Londa Gilmore

Education

BA Child and Adolescent Development - San Jose State University, MA Education Specialist in Reading and Language Arts - San Jose State University

Experience

I have been teaching for over 40 years. I spent the first 26 years teaching preschool and have been an elementary teacher for the past 17 years.

Why I Teach

Many years ago, when I was a third-grade student, I decided to become a teacher. It was because of a teacher who inspired me. I wanted to be just liker her. I wanted to make learning so fun that my students wanted to be in school. I wanted to inspire my students so that they could see that setting goals and achieving them was exciting. I wanted to create a consistent and caring learning environment where there are no mistakes, only opportunities to learn something new. I teach because everyday I learn so much from my students. I learn to listen and that by listening, students talk. I learn that being consistent provides safety, and that when students are safe and know that someone cares, they learn. I teach so that every child has a chance to succeed. If I can touch one life today, make a difference for just one child today, make one child feel like someone is listening today, I have achieved my goals. I teach because I care.

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Crystal Kirschenheiter
Art
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About Crystal Kirschenheiter

Education

BFA with K–12 Teaching Certification - Slippery Rock University

Experience

Six years teaching elementary art at Fowler Elementary

Why I Teach

I teach because I love to share my knowledge and experience with students. We have fun and learn new and interesting things every day. I enjoy problem solving to find solutions to help students achieve their goals. I teach students that just because something is hard, it doesn't mean we can't do it; it just takes us a little longer. And making mistakes is okay, but giving up is not okay. Teaching a child to persevere through a task they previously thought unachievable is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a teacher.

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Special Education

Gisel Acevedo
Resource
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About Gisel Acevedo

Education

Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies

Experience

Three years

Why I Teach

I decided to become a special education teacher because one of my brother has a diagnosis of severe intellectual disabilities. He inspired me to help other kids that need additional support to learn. I want to help students be independent, work hard and achieve their goals.

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Alyssa Yusko
Resource
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