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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.

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Robert Altavilla
Principal
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Jennifer Quirk
Assistant Principal
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Seleste Alvarez
Secretary
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Perla Hernandez
Clerk
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Head Start

Brianna Gaspar
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About Brianna Gaspar

Education

Working towards a Bachelor's Degree.

Experience

I have been teaching for the Fowler Head Start program for five years.

Why I Teach

I enjoy watching the children learn through play and to see that "little light bulb pop up" when they make the connection to what they are learning. Being able to work with the children and their families has been gratifying and fulfilling.

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Maria Cathy Hernandez
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About Maria Cathy Hernandez

Education

Bachelor's Degree

Experience

Five years

Why I Teach

I am excited and ready to welcome all my students to a positive learning environment to facilitate the academic, personal, social, and intellectual development of each student. I love working with this age group (three to five years old) and I will like to encourage all my students to become life-long learners. I love to see them learn and grow.

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Sandra Mata
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About Sandra Mata

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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

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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

Magali Ledesma
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About Magali Ledesma

Education

BA Elementary Education - Grand Canyon University

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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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Dawn Williams
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About Dawn Williams

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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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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Maribel Sheehan
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About Maribel Sheehan

Education

BA Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement - Arizona State University MA Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Endorsement - Grand Canyon University

Experience

13 years of teaching at Fowler Elementary School.

Why I Teach

I teach because I love to see children experience success. I struggled as a student to learn how to read and write. Knowledge is power, and when I learned how to read and write, a whole new world opened up for me. That is what I want for all my students!

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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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Vanessa Gutierrez
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About Vanessa Gutierrez

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

Janet Deppe
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About Janet Deppe

Education

BA Elementary Education - Arizona State University, MA Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement - Northern Arizona University.

Experience

I have 14 years experience. 12 years were at middle school campuses. Two years were at the elementary campuses.

Why I Teach

I teach because I care about the students. I am ecstatic when a student finally has an ah-ha moment and understands a concept. I feel that I have been successful when this happens. I believe in the Kids at Hope Pledge when they say "Every Child Can Be Successful with No Exceptions."

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Leondina Garrett
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About Leondina Garrett

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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

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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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Special Area Teachers

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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Bambi Wilson
Music
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About Bambi Wilson

Education

Master's of Education

Experience

29 years

Why I Teach

I teach because I believe education is the great equalizer! Students of all socioeconomic levels can explore their talents and accomplish their goals through the power of a strong education.Teaching at the elementary level, I can encourage and inspire students as they build the necessary foundation to acquire the education and/or training they need to fulfill their dreams and achieve their future goals.

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Teresa Zimmerman
Math Intervention Teacher
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About Teresa Zimmerman

Education

Bachelor +30

Experience

21 years

Why I Teach

I teach because teaching opens up doors to all kinds of new worlds for young minds. It is so exciting to teach students something new and then stand back and let them experience the understanding of it all. I love to add to a quote from Dr. Seuss, "Oh the Places you will go...if you will let me teach you things to know."

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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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