About Barakat...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: A5
Phone: (480) 812-6135
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Hello, Knox Knights! My name is Lynn Barakat, and I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I have a wonderful family, and I love spending time with them. I am married, and we have one beautiful daughter named Jordan.

My Education and Professional Background

MA in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction from Arizona State University BA in Political Science from Arizona State University, Gifted Endorsement

My Educational Philosophy

My reason for teaching is simple. I love spending time with children as they learn, grow, question, and discover the amazing world around them. Learning is a passion. I am committed to ensuring each child feels successful, capable, and celebrated while they are in my class. My job as facilitator is to develop enriching, engaging lessons that stretch the thinking of my young students and provide a safe, welcoming, and enthusiastic environment in which to learn the rigor necessary for academic success.
 

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About Behnke...
Position: Pre-Kindergarten
Room: M3
Phone: (480) 812-6163
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Hello there! I’ve been living in Arizona for the past several years with my fiancé, but we are originally from Wisconsin! One of my favorite places in the world is hiking with our dog Rosie. As a family, we’ve loved exploring this great state. I’m also a huge fan of coffee, most weekends you can find me at a local coffee shop.

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About Busby...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: A6
Phone: (480) 812-6136
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About Camping...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: C6
Phone: (480) 812-6148
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About Canfield...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: B1
Phone: (480) 812-6137
Email: Canfield

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I have had a unique experience at KGA as a long-term substitute in 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade. These opportunities have allowed me to learn from many wonderful and experienced teachers and interact with a variety of students and families. I am excited as my journey takes me back to 5th grade and look forward to an amazing year!

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About Cervantes...
Position: Psychologist
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-6109
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Hello, my name is Michael Cervantes. I am excited to be a part of the gifted community within Chandler this school year. I was born and raised in northern Nevada. I moved to Arizona during my undergraduate career and later returned to the Phoenix area to complete my training in school psychology. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working out, completing puzzles, and entertaining my two cats.

My Education and Professional Background

Upon graduating high school in Reno, I attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. I began working with kids during college as I worked for the Boys & Girls Club of America as a summer-camp coordinator. I also coached track & field at the high school and colligate level prior to becoming a school psychologist. Later, I transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Research Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. I then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. During my graduate training, I worked for Clark County School District, The PRACTICE at UNLV, and the Educational Advocacy Clinic through UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. I moved to Chandler to complete my internship with CUSD and was later hired on as a psychologist. Upon completion of my graduate program, I received my certification from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

My Educational Philosophy

My role as a school psychologist is to provide both direct and indirect school-based mental health services and promote mental health well-being for all students. One of my primary objectives as a school psychologist is to help provide expert insight to key stakeholders during the identification process for students with suspected disabilities and/or mental health challenges. I also strive to help families better understand their child’s strengths, how they can help their learning, and connect them with any community resources relevant to their child’s needs. The services I provide are in accordance with NASP’s 10-domain practice model and ethical guidelines. I very much enjoy working with gifted learners and understand the complexity of strengths and challenges that may arise with twice-exceptional students. I look forward to working with parents within the gifted community to better help support students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.
 

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About Cisneros...
Position: Pre-Kindergarten
Room: M4
Phone: (480) 812-6164
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Welcome to Reggio Pre-K! I’m so excited to be your teacher this school year! I love Pre-K and I can’t wait to spend this year growing and learning new things. We are going to have a fantastic school year and I can’t wait to get to know everyone!

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About Davis...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: G1
Phone: (480) 812-6119
Email: Davis

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Welcome to Kinder CATS! This is my seventh year at KGA. I have taught every grade K-5, except for third grade, during my 19 years of teaching. In March 2014, I was Arizona’s Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I am also a 2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence. I have presented my ideas about gifted education, math, engineering and technology at many national conferences.

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About Gibson...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: C1
Phone: (480) 812-6143
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Welcome to 1st grade! I am from Gilbert, Arizona. I've been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and we have four amazing children, Brooke 16 years old, Zac 13 years old, Abigail 11 years old, and Gavin 9 years old. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, read books, and watch my kids dance and play baseball. First grade is a huge year of learning and growth for your child and I am thrilled to be apart of it!

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About Griffith...
Position: Global Studies
Room: C3
Phone: 480-812-6145
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I was born in Arizona, am married, have a son who attends NAU and a daughter who attended Jacobson, and Bogle Jr. High. My daughter is currently attending Hamilton High School. CUSD has given my two children all they need to succeed and I am proud beyond measure to work for the greatest school district in Arizona. My two dogs, Rocky and Daisy spend most of their time sleeping on the couch.

My Education and Professional Background

I have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 2006. I have taught Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades during this time. Altogether, I have spent 10 years teaching second grade and I enjoy working with this bright, happy age group. I look forward to working with third graders this school year. I graduated from ASU in 1989 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through NAU, and I am currently working to receive a full gifted endorsement.

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About Guerrero...
Position: Speech
Room: E3
Phone: (480) 812-6157
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Hello KGA Knights and families! For those who may not know me, my given name is Virginia Guerrero and that is the name you will see for my email, but please call me Ginny. I grew up in IN then joined the Army where I met my husband, Carlos. We have 5 beautiful children, 1 gorgeous granddaughter and an awesome dog. Our family activities keep us very busy. I enjoy attending my younger kids' sporting events, watching movies, and hanging out with my family.

My Education and Professional Background

I attended Wichita State University where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1997 and my Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences specializing in Speech Language Pathology in 2000. I have enjoyed providing speech and language services to students of all ages in the school settings in KS, CO, and AZ since that time. I currently hold an Arizona Teaching Certificate for Pre-K-12 in Speech Language Pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the America n Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and I am licensed to practice Speech Language Pathology in the state of Arizona, where I have worked since 2007.

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About Hermsen...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: E5
Phone: (480) 812-6159
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Welcome to Second Grade! My name is Mrs. Hermsen and I am thrilled to be working with you and your child at KGA. I am a native of Illinois, but have lived in Arizona since 2000. I am married and have two sons. Being a fulltime teacher and a mom of boys keeps me racing the school year, and I love it.

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About Horn...
Position: School Counselor
Room: Front Office
Phone: 480-812-6106
Email: Horn

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Hello Everyone! My name is Mrs. Horn, I am so thrilled to be a part of the KGA family as your school counselor and the administration team! I look forward to getting to know all our wonderful students and families for all things academics, social/emotional, and career readiness support! I bring a wide variety of experiences to support our students, staff, and community and I look forward to a wonderful school year to come!

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About Humbert-Hughes...
Position: Orchestra
Room: M1
Phone: (480)812-6161
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I'm very happy to be teaching for the Chandler School District. I grew up in Mesa, AZ and have taught strings since 1997 in various parts of the States and overseas. I'm thankful to be back in the Valley of the Sun and to bring my experience as a teacher and professional musician to my students in Chandler.

My Education and Professional Background

My various teaching positions have led me to various parts of the States and overseas. I have had the privilege to serve as the Director for the Suzuki Academy of Columbia in South Carolina and also as an adjunct instructor in String Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. I played regularly on violin and viola in various churches and in the South Carolina Philharmonic. Prior to living in South Carolina, I was in England where I taught Suzuki students in Cambridge and at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall and performed with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Other places that I have played and taught include Shreveport, LA, Eugene, OR, and Mesa, AZ. I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of Oregon, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Arizona State University.

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About Johnson...
Position: General Music
Room: M2
Phone: (480) 812-6162
Email: Johnson

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My name is Ms. Jamie Johnson. I love being the General Music teacher at Knox Elementary School! This is my 9th year at Knox and 17th year teaching in the public school setting. My favorite hobby besides music is SCUBA diving! I have been diving in many different locations, played with an octopus, swam with sharks, eels and sea lions, sea tortoises and sea horses, gathered lots of shells on the beach, watched the sun set into the ocean, and slept on the beach as the waves softly sang me to sleep.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from University of Arizona and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in technology. I taught for 8 years in Apache Junction before coming to Chandler Unified School District. As director of Academy of Creative Learning, I have directed youth musicals, choreographed and taught dances, coached budding actors and singers, designed and made countless costumes, props and sets, taught classes in guitar and piano, music reading, music theory, playing by ear, jazz and blues techniques to adults and youth for over 20 years.

My Educational Philosophy

At KGA, we have a music program that will help students achieve both an aesthetic and academic understanding of music, as well as practical music skills. The general music curriculum focuses on meeting the Arizona State Arts Standards and the National Arts Core Standards in addition to the National Standards for Music Education. One of my goals in music education at the elementary level is to lay the groundwork for music literacy through a balance of activities in singing, instrument playing, note reading, improvisation, composition, music listening, music history, movement and dance.
 

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About Johnson...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: E4
Phone: (480) 812-6158
Email: Johnson

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Hello and welcome! My name is Belinda O'Hara and I cannot wait to teach 2nd grade this year at KGA!

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About Kamper...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: D4
Phone: (480) 812-6152
Email: Kamper

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Hello and welcome! First Grade CATS at Knox Gifted Academy is dedicated to helping students build a love of learning in a supportive and energetic learning environment. Through opportunities to experiment and problem solve we hope to inspire our students to become life-long learners.

My Education and Professional Background

My journey as an educator began when I graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Early Childhood Development and Marketing. After several years teaching in the charter school system, I earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education along with a reading endorsement from Northern Arizona University. After teaching multiage and inclusion classes, I decided to branch out and look for other opportunities to grow as an educator. I happily accepted a position as a first grade teacher at Knox Gifted Academy starting in 2014.

My Educational Philosophy

My educational practices are based in the belief that children learn best through exploration and project based experiences. I believe that learning happens when students are given opportunities to explore materials and concepts while employing questioning strategies. The role of the educator is to guide students as they develop their understanding of the world. When students are given the opportunity to make discoveries, their learning is more meaningful and lasting. Children also need the opportunity to study and work in cooperative learning environments where they can both learn from the strengths of their peers and share their own strengths.
 

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About Kantzos...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: E2
Phone: (480)812-6156
Email: Kantzos

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I'm very excited to welcome you to one of the most amazing years your child will have in school. Parents are an integral part of the educational process so please join me in encouraging and praising your child to grow and thrive intellectually, socially, and emotionally. I look forward to your visits and support.

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About Kilmer...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: C2
Phone: (480) 812-6144
Email: Kilmer

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Welcome to first grade! I am happy to be your teammate in the education of your 1st grader!

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My philosophy as an educator places great value on helping students grow to be confident, understanding, and able. I believe that students that are confident in themselves and their strengths, whatever they may be, are better prepared to pursue their own unique interests. Understanding how the world around them works as well as the people around them helps students to be able to navigate their lives in a more enlightened manner. By helping students to realize how able they actually are, we allow them to become contributors to the betterment of all reaches of our society.
 

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About Kruger...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: E6
Phone: (480) 812-6155
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Howdy Y'all! My name is Nina Kruger and I am from Austin, Texas. I am thrilled to have received the opportunity to teach 2nd grade at KGA!

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I grew up going to school in the Austin area and taught dance for a few years before attending college. Through those early experiences, I knew I wanted to become a teacher and help to positively change students lives. I attended Texas State University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and my Texas Educator Certificate in Early Childhood Education through 6th grade. I started my teaching career at Neidig Elementary School in 2019 where I taught first grade for two years and kindergarten for one year. I look forward to continuing my teaching career here at Knox Gifted Academy along with all of the new and exciting things to come!

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About Leahy...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: C4
Phone: (480) 812-6146
Email: Leahy

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Welcome to 6th Grade at KGA! KGA is an innovative and nurturing school where students are both valued for their talents, and also challenged to grow. Its focus on Project Based Learning is unique and exciting, and I hope that every student who attends feels motivated and valued in our classrooms.

My Education and Professional Background

I've been lucky to have taught for 15 years in a variety of different schools and environments. Growing up in Chicago, I graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana/ Champaign with a degree in Elementary Education. I then taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies in Chicago Public Schools for seven years. In 2010, I moved overseas to The Netherlands, where I taught 5th grade Social Studies until 2017 at the American School of The Hague. My family and I moved to Arizona in July of 2017, where I taught a teacher preparation course at ASU before moving into the 6th grade teacher role at KGA. I have a Masters degree as a Reading Specialist, and another in Education Technology. I’m thrilled to be a part of the learning at KGA!

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About Lennex...
Position: Band Teacher
Room: Stage
Phone: (480) 812-6113
Email: Lennex

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I am excited to be the band teacher at Knox Gifted Academy! I started playing trombone in 5th grade and never stopped. Playing music has taken me all over the country and beyond – I’ve performed in 25 states and 5 other countries. I look forward to sharing my experience and helping the 5th and 6th grade band students begin their own musical adventure.

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  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education, West Virginia University
  • Master of Music in Trombone Performance, University of North Texas
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Trombone Performance, Arizona State University
I have been teaching music in CUSD since 2006 and became an elementary band director in the fall of 2018. I am also an adjunct music instructor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and previously taught in the summers at the North Carolina Governor's School. I am active as a professional musician, regularly playing with top classical, jazz, musical theatre, rock, and Latin music groups throughout the valley and the state.


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About Lewkowski...
Position: 1st Grade
Room: D5
Phone: (480)812-6153
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Welcome to Knox 1st Grade! My name is Jill Lewkowski and I'm excited to be joining the KGA family! I was born and raised in Oregon and Washington State. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Paul, who is a PE Coach at Sanborn Elementary. I have three grown sons who are all married and one sweet grandbaby! I enjoy traveling, hiking, and reading.

My Education and Professional Background

I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education in 1989 from Biola University in La Mirada, CA. In 1992 I earned my Masters in Elementary Education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. I have endorsements in Structured English Immersion, Early Childhood Education and Library/Media. I began my career in a 3rd grade classroom teaching with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Torrejon, Spain! After that special first year, I moved to Chicago and where I taught in Oak Park for four years. Next, I relocated to Oregon for 12 years teaching 1st and 2nd graders. Finally, for the last 15 years I’ve lived in Chandler and taught at CUSD!

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About Menghini...
Position: Technology
Room: B3
Phone: (480)812-6139
Email: Menghini

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I am so excited to be joining the KGA learning community this year as your child's Technology Teacher! Besides teaching, I also enjoy hiking, traveling and spending time with my husband and our three kids.

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About Moran...
Position: Drama
Room: Stage
Phone: (480) 812-6113
Email: Moran

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I am so excited to be starting another year at KGA as your Drama Teacher. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends and my daughter, Taylor. I love to sing, play piano and write songs. I also like to stay active – running, biking, and playing tennis.

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About Parker...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: A3
Phone: (480) 812-6133
Email: Parker

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Hello, my name is Brittany Parker. I am an Arizona native. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love being outdoors exploring and traveling. This is my second year at Knox and I am thrilled to be a part of the Knox Knights family.

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About Potts...
Position: K-6 Resource
Room: E3
Phone: (480) 812-6157
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About Ranson...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: D1
Phone: (480) 812-6149
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Welcome to 4th Grade! My name is Crystal Ranson and I'm originally from Mason, Ohio. My family and I moved to Chandler in 2016. I look forward to an amazing year of learning with your children.

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The best part of being an educator is fostering life-long learning in children. There is no better gift than seeing a child succeed as they explore their world and education. KGA allows for children to experience real-world learning through creativity and design and that is simply priceless! I am very fortunate to be apart of such an environment and will work hard to ensure that all of my students are given the opportunity to be the best learners. We will laugh, struggle, and learn so much from each other!
 

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About Rogers...
Position: Dean of Students
Room: Front Office
Phone: (480) 812-6112
Email: Rogers

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I am beyond excited to join the KGA team this year! I was born in raised in a small town in the Midwest. My family and I moved to The Valley of the Sun, five years ago. We love to hike, swim and go to the beach as often as we can. Oh, and stay as far away from the cold as possible! I am looking forward to being a part of, what I have been told, is the absolute best school in the state of Arizona! What an honor!

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I received my Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education with a minor in History. After moving to the Southwest, I received my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I have experience teaching 5th and 6th grades. I have also served as an EdTech representative, as well as served on multiple leadership and professional development teams. Most recently, I have had the pleasure of serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment, fulfilling administrative duties when called upon.

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About Roselius...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: A5
Phone: (480) 812-6135
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Welcome to 3rd Grade at KGA! Let’s make some memories!

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About Schuttenberg...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: G2
Phone: (480) 812-6170
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Welcome to Kinder CATS! My name is Tiffany Schuttenberg and I am very excited to be teaching at Knox Gifted Academy this year!

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I am an educator who has been with the district since 2006, working with kindergarten and first grade. I have a B.A. in architecture from the University of New Mexico and then attended Ottawa University focused on elementary education. I am certified in kindergarten through eighth grade and I am endorsed in early childhood education and structured English immersion. I have experience teaching Project Lead the Way, a multi-sensory, hands on project based learning program and I have experience teaching Fundations, a multi-sensory language program designed to teach specific phonics rules toward handwriting, phonemic awareness, and phonics.

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About Stack...
Position: 6th Grade
Room: C5
Phone: (480) 812-6147
Email: Stack

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Hello! I moved to Arizona from Montana in 1999. I graduated high school from CHS and I have worked at three incredible Chandler schools. To stay balanced, my family and I enjoy camping in the mountains as often as we can! I also enjoy reading, live music, Nintendo video games, and spicy vegetarian food. I collect hobbies, with the most recent being novice woodworking. I’m always looking for ways to enhance my craft!

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About Studioso...
Position: 2nd Grade
Room: E6
Phone: (480)812-6160
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About VanBuskirk...
Position: Kindergarten
Room: A2
Phone: (480) 812-6132
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Welcome to Kinder CATS! I grew up as a student in CUSD and am now overjoyed to say that I get to continue in CUSD as a teacher. In kindergarten at KGA we are setting a strong foundation for our students to become problem solvers through creativity and engineering. I am excited to begin this new adventure with the Kinder CATS!

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I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education. I went on to get my Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. I also hold endorsements in English as a Second Language (ESL), Reading and Early Childhood. I am currently working on getting my Gifted Endorsement. I have been working in the district for 16 years. I taught first grade for 7 years and kindergarten for 3 years before moving over to Knox Gifted Academy. I have now taught gifted kindergarten for 6 years here at KGA.

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About Vogt...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: B2
Phone: (480) 812-6138
Email: Vogt

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I feel honored to be a member of this amazing KGA team. I have been teaching in the Chandler Unified School District since 2007. Prior to that I worked in the Tempe School District as a sign language interpreter for students in the primary grades as well as junior high. I am proud to now be part of the innovative culture here at Knox Gifted Academy.

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About Vradenburg...
Position: 3rd Grade
Room: A6
Phone: (480) 812-6134
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About Whittaker...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: D6
Phone: (480) 812-6154
Email: Whittaker

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Welcome! My name is Amanda Whittaker and I’m originally from Washington state. I moved to Arizona to attend Arizona State University and have now made Arizona my home. I am excited and proud to be a member of the KGA community.

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About Wilkewitz...
Position: 4th Grade
Room: D3
Phone: (480) 812-6151
Email: Wilkewitz

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My name is Krista Wilkewitz and I just moved here from Michigan! I am SO excited to be a part of the KGA 4th grade team. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

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As your child’s teacher I will constantly change and evolve and learn. Since society is constantly evolving, so must I. I believe that students should experience different perspectives. I will strive to make the environment of CPod and KGA mirror a community, with students being productive members. I expect students to have self-respect, respect of others, and collaborative skills. I believe that teachers are not only present to help students through the state standards, but also to help them through the challenges of growing up. I believe that personal stories should be valued and students who are making life connections to the lessons taught are a lot more likely to understand and remember the material.
 

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About Yockey...
Position: 5th Grade
Room: B6
Phone: (480) 812-6142
Email: Yockey

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Hello and welcome to 5th grade at KGA! My name is Laura Yockey and I have been teaching since 2004. I look forward to spending this upcoming year nurturing your child to their fullest potential. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Nelson, my sons Holden and Griffin, and our dog Hannah. My hobbies include running, yoga, and enjoying all Arizona has to offer with my friends and family. I am so excited to be your child's teacher at KGA this year!

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