Teachers and Staff

We have a wide range of talented professionals at Quentin Elementary. Our team of administrators, teachers, instructional aides, and support staff all have the same passion: teaching. They all want one thing: for your child to be and feel successful during their academic career at Quentin. We believe a good education empowers students to follow and achieve their dreams. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Parents are as important to our team as the rest of our wonderful members.


Admin


Administration

Principal Eric Atuahene
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Principal
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Assistant Principal Loni Fife
Loni Fife
Assistant Principal
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Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Elizabeth Garcia</br>                                                                         
Library

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Library
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 Maria Del Toro</br>                                                                         
Admin Secretary

Maria Del Toro
Admin Secretary
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 Ana Arce</br>                                                                         
Support Specialist, Sr.

Ana Arce
Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Jaquline Chan</br>                                                                         
Support Specialist, Jr.

Jaquline Chan
Support Specialist, Jr.
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 Darlyn Arellano</br>                                                                         
Health Aide

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Health Aide
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Teachers


Student Achievement Coach

Student Achievement Coach Samantha Armstrong
Samantha Armstrong
Student Achievement Coach
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Literature and Yearbook

Where I Started to Teach:
Western Valley Middle School

Hobbies:
Reading, puzzles, and being a band mom

Message:

I am looking forward to continuing to work with the Quentin community  to help foster growth mindset for teachers and students, so we can put in the effort needed to be our best!

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." - Henry Ford


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Kindergarten

 Thomas Schneider
Thomas Schneider
Home Town:
Omaha, NE

Favorite Subject in School:
Art and Theater

Where I Started to Teach:
California

Hobbies:
Working out, baking, crafts, drawing, reading, and ceramics.

Message:

Looking forward to the new school year.


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 Sarah Steward
Sarah Steward
Home Town:
Columbus, Ohio

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Volleyball, hiking, and traveling

Message:

Tall people can be nice too.


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 Karen Williams Riffenburg
Karen Williams Riffenburg
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
2nd Grade, Alhambra District (Phoenix)

Hobbies:
reading, crafts, grandparenting, traveling

Message:

I believe that life is a bold and dashing adventure!


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First Grade

 Christine Leppla
Christine Leppla
Home Town:
Long Island, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing, Reading, and Theater

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton School District

Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Message:

I am excited to get to know my students and their families. I strongly believe that when parents and teachers work together great things happen for the child. We are going to have a great year!


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 Brittany Bonner
Brittany Bonner
Home Town:
Army Child

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Basketball, volleyball, and reading

Message:

I am so excited to be joining the Quentin first grade team. I am looking forward to making great memories with all the super first graders in my class! 


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 Aurora Hernandez
Aurora Hernandez
Home Town:
Oxnard, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Washington Elementary School District

Hobbies:
Reading and cooking.

Message:

"Education is the foundation upon which we build our future." - Christine Gregoire


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 Rhiannon McGowan
Rhiannon McGowan
Home Town:

Favorite Subject in School:

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:

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Second Grade

 Brenda Alamillo
Brenda Alamillo
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Arizona

Hobbies:
I like to read books, and I also like to explore and eat at different restaurants.

Message:

I am excited to start a new school year at Quentin. Thank you to the parents, Quentin teachers, and staff for making our students our number one priority. 


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 Ashley Avechucco
Ashley Avechucco
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Card making and scrapbooking

Message:

Hand in hand together we can!


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 Karin Middeker
Karin Middeker
Home Town:
Rochester, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Gila Bend, Arizona

Hobbies:
All things dog related and exploring the west coast.

Message:

I am excited to start my second year at Quentin Elementary and grow with my students. 


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 Jacqueline Lim
Jacqueline Lim
Home Town:
Yuba City, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Hiking, paddle boarding, and camping.

Message:

Never give up! Set a goal, and go for it! 


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Third Grade

 Araceli Barrera
Araceli Barrera
Home Town:
Los Angeles, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Math

Where I Started to Teach:
4th grade, Fowler District (Phoenix)

Hobbies:
Playing with my kiddos, reading, and shopping

Message:

I am excited to be part of Shark Nation!

"I am so lucky because I teach - I get to do what I love."  -JH


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 Rosa Garcia
Rosa Garcia
Home Town:
Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
I love to craft, play softball, play volleyball, and figuring things out.

Message:

"Working hard is important, But there is something that matters even more: Believing in yourself." - Harry Potter


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 Mary Mesich
Mary Mesich
Home Town:
Milwaukee, WI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Taking care of my doggies, playing with the plants, and wondering around.

Message:

Believe in yourself, and you can learn anything!


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 Megan Holman
Megan Holman
Home Town:
Tacoma, Washington

Favorite Subject in School:
English, History

Where I Started to Teach:
This is my first year teaching.

Hobbies:
Reading, coloring, music, going to hockey games, spending time with family and friends, and playing soccer.

Message:

I am so excited to be joining the Quentin family, and I look forward to teaching and helping my students to become responsible citizens who love to learn. 


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Fourth Grade

 Marilyn Gutierrez
Marilyn Gutierrez
Home Town:
Albuquerque, NM

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Yuma

Hobbies:
Traveling

Message:

Life is good!


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 Christine Russell
Christine Russell
Home Town:
Fontana, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
El Dorado Private School

Hobbies:
Shopping and bike riding

Message:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world!" - Ghandi


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 Michelle Thiede
Michelle Thiede
Home Town:
Scottsdale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Winslow, AZ

Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling, watching sports, and shopping

Message:

I am happy to be back at Quentin. I am ready to show my students how to be better people and show them how to get where they want to go. 


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 Monique Hines
Monique Hines
Home Town:
Las Vegas, NV

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Las Vegas, NV

Hobbies:
Spending time with family, movie watching, listening to music and traveling

Message:

"You could be the greatest! You can be the best!"  - The Script


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Fifth Grade

 LeAnne McKanna
LeAnne McKanna
Home Town:
Dallas, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Southlake, TX

Hobbies:
Traveling, baking, and spending time with friends and family

Message:

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 Melissa Saucier
Melissa Saucier
Home Town:
Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Yuma, AZ

Hobbies:
Reading, swimming, spending time with my family

Message:

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 Meagan Spencer
Meagan Spencer
Home Town:
Peekskill, NY

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Yoga, hiking, and reading.

Message:

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr.Seuss 

I am looking forward to this school year! 


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 Cameron Stevens
Cameron Stevens
Home Town:
West Des Moines, Iowa

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Northern Iowa University

Hobbies:
I enjoy being around friends and family. My hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, hiking, fishing, reading, and sports.

Message:

Never stop grinding for your goals in life!

 


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Sixth Grade

 Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reading, dancing, gym-going, cooking, and playing soccer

Message:

You are your biggest obstacle. When you believe you can, you will.


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 Andy Schaefer
Andy Schaefer
Home Town:
Frankenmuth, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Video games, Netflix, hiking, ASU and Patriots football, golfing, weightlifting, running 5 K's

Message:

I look forward to making a positive impact in the lives of my students this year and in all the years to come! 


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ELA/Social Studies Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor
ELA/Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Pikuni Indian Reservation

Hobbies:
Sports, hiking, coaching, exercise, reading, politics, comedy, learning, and travel.

Message:

"There are two choices in life, accept things as they are or accept the responsibility to change them."


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Math & Science Erin McAlear
Erin McAlear
Math & Science
Home Town:
Twin Bridges. MT

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Ennis, Montana

Hobbies:
Watching my children do sports, Fantasy Football, and anything competitive that does not require running

Message:

I am excited to be part of the Quentin team and work with your children!


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Seventh Grade

ELA Sean Flynn
Sean Flynn
ELA
Home Town:
Orland Park, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
Mythology

Where I Started to Teach:
Benito Juarez Community Academy

Hobbies:
Travel, hiking, and fishing.

Message:

"Learning never exhausts the mind." - Leonardo da Vinci


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Math Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson
Math
Home Town:
Albemarle, NC

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Running, hiking, basketball, enjoying the outdoors

Message:

I am still learning, and I enjoy learning.  My desire is to help students enjoy developing the skill of becoming life-long learners.


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Science Larry Lopes
Larry Lopes
Science
Home Town:
New Bedford, Massachusetts

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Coaching

Message:

Focus and Follow Through


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Social Studies Abby Dickinson
Abby Dickinson
Social Studies
Home Town:
Elk River, NM

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends

Message:

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Seventh & Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

ELA Kaitlin Vasil
Kaitlin Vasil
ELA
Home Town:
Nampa, ID

Favorite Subject in School:
English and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Challenger Private School

Hobbies:
Soccer, cooking, traveling, and exercising

Message:

I am excited to begin a new adventure at Quentin. My goal is not only to educate my students but also to question and challenge their own thoughts of literature.  


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Math Jeremiah Gallegos
Jeremiah Gallegos
Math
Home Town:
Litchfield Park, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Copper Trails Elementary School, Avondale District

Hobbies:
Soccer, reading, and PS4

Message:

In my classroom everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student.


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Science Suzanne Hudson
Suzanne Hudson
Science
Home Town:
Clearwater, Florida

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:
Desert Oasis Elementary

Hobbies:
Crocheting, reading, camping, and hiking

Message:

It is great to officially join the Quentin team! I am excited to be here and look forward to a fantastic year with all of my fellow sharks!


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Social Studies Marcos Quintana
Marcos Quintana
Social Studies
Home Town:
Phoenix, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Copper Trails School, Goodyear, Arizona

Hobbies:
Cooking, camping, college ready mentoring

Message:

Everyone is capable of success, they just have to prove to themselves they want it bad enough.


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Exceptional Learning

MD Classroom Cecilia Stratton
Cecilia Stratton
MD Classroom
Home Town:
Cashion, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Cooking and Hosting Family Gatherings

Message:

Learn all that you can!


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Resource 4-5 Jaime Mercado
Jaime Mercado
Resource 4-5
Home Town:
Union City, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
History

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Netflix, sleep, traveling to new places, and trying new foods

Message:

I want to help my students learn and grow as individuals and reach their greatest potential in whatever they set their mind to!


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Resource 7-8 Keith Carter
Keith Carter
Resource 7-8
Home Town:
Lakenheath

Favorite Subject in School:
PE

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Family time, listen to music, watch movies

Message:

Success does involve you trying.


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Resource K-2 Jami Rivera
Jami Rivera
Resource K-2
Home Town:
Military Brat-Was born in Germany

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
In Arizona-Dysart School District

Hobbies:
Watching Sports (Football is my favorite), traveling, and Shopping!

Message:

"You might be the first smile your students see each morning, or their first hug they've had since Friday! We have the most important job of all!"-Author Unknown  That we do, teachers are the best!!! Love what you do, I know I do!


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Art Gabrielle Angulo
Gabrielle Angulo
Art
Home Town:
Chihauhua, MX

Favorite Subject in School:
Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Creating art and spending time with my family and friends

Message:

PE Brianna Cramer
Brianna Cramer
PE
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
PE, Math, and Psychology

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reffing basketball, traveling, hiking. and exercising!

Message:

I'm excited to be teaching at Quentin! Go, Sharks!
 
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh


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PE Brayden Crowe
Brayden Crowe
PE
Home Town:
Wichita, Kansas

Favorite Subject in School:
PE, Psychology, Sociology

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Exercising, reading, and hiking

Message:

I'm looking forward to a great year. 


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Music Brittany Lott
Brittany Lott
Music
Home Town:
Petersburg, WV

Favorite Subject in School:
Music and Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Braxton County High School

Hobbies:
Playing the ukulele, baking, spending time with my family

Message:

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5-8 Band Sarah Pigza
Sarah Pigza
5-8 Band
Home Town:
Goshen, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Band

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Playing instruments, reading, outdoor activities

Message:

I am so excited to make music with your students this year!


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Reading Interventionist Kimberly Buckner
Kimberly Buckner
Reading Interventionist
Home Town:
Syracuse, New York

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Glendale, Arizona

Hobbies:
I love to spend time with my family, shop, read, watch movies, and travel.

Message:

I love being a part of the Quentin family and look forward to the Sharks achieving more great things. Here's to another amazing year!


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Psychologist Aimee Dolejs
Aimee Dolejs
Psychologist
Home Town:
Surprise

Favorite Subject in School:
Psychology

Where I Started to Teach:
Ohio

Hobbies:
Spending time with my family, reading, and exercise.

Message:

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School Social Worker John Meacham
John Meacham
School Social Worker
Home Town:
Dayton, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Black History

Where I Started to Teach:
Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center

Hobbies:
Golf

Message:

Caveat Emptor


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