Title I/Intervention/ELL Program
Special Education Coordinator
Mrs. Sara Hodges is our Special Education Coordinator. She earned her Masters degree in Special Education from Concordia University. She has attended state conferences to further her expertise in the areas of Phonics and Dyslexia. Mrs. Hodges has been in the education field for 27 years, 8 of which have been with Acorn. She finds the most exciting part of working with students to be the relationship and impact that you can have on a child’s life.
Mrs. Kathleen Davis is joining Acorn in our Special Education Department this year. This will be her 14th year teaching and she has worked in almost every subject under the sun. She has a Masters in Mathematics Curriculum and Design from Concordia University. Her Bachelors degree is in Education and Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California. One of her greatest joys is to see a child succeed. We are so excited to have Mrs. Davis as part of the Acorn team.
Mrs. Megan Waggoner is a paraprofessional on our special education team. She has been with Acorn for 6 years as a teacher but also attended as a student! Throughout her time as an educator, Mrs. Megan has completed too many training sessions to list! These trainings focus heavily on reaching students with learning disabilities and managing behaviors. She loves the challenge of working with students and the opportunity to watch students grow over the years. When she is not in the classroom, Mrs. Megan enjoys creating, being outdoors, and reading
Ms. Shaelynn Cauthen will be starting her second year with Acorn Montessori School this year as a paraprofessional in the special education classroom. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychological Sciences and Disability Studies. Ms. Shaelynn has experience working with children and young adults in a clinical setting who have experienced trauma, behavioral and mental health disorders from an internship. She has always wanted to work with children as she is very interested in their development, learning about how and why they think like they do, and wants to ensure the early stages of their life are fulfilling to set them up for success later on. Ms. Shaelynn is looking forward to learning with the children and challenging them to be the best version of themselves. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, being a dog mom, and spending time with family.
Title I/Intervention/ELL Program
Special Education Learning Center
Mrs. Cheryl Evenich is celebrating her 3-year anniversary (2021) with Acorn Montessori. Her inspiration for entering the education field was because of her own two children. Mrs. Cheryl was involved in Mommy and Me programs, was a PreK assistant, volunteer at various elementary schools, homeless programs and a writer and director of a children’s theater program, Girl Scout Leader, etc. She achieved her degree in Early Childhood Education, and later got her BA in Human Services. Mrs. Cheryl also began her Master’s degree in Philosophy. A certified teacher in both California and Arizona, Mrs. Cheryl believes children should be themselves.
Mrs. Annette Davies-House is entering her 15th year with Acorn Montessori School. She is the Reading Intensive (RII) and the English Language Learners (ELL) Interventionist. Mrs. House works at both the Main and West campuses working with numerous students in kindergarten through 8th grade. While being the interventionist is her main focus, Mrs. House does many other tasks to help Acorn such as helping with many annual events, organizing public art displays at the Yavapai County Fair and Rodeo, setting up the Youth Art Month competition at the event center, and assisting teachers with ways to reach students creatively.
Ms. Candace Richey is our interventionist for k-3. She enjoys working with all age levels. Ms. Candace has been with Acorn for three years and has loved watching students find their way and solve problems with schoolwork and with their friends. When Ms. Candace isn’t working or busy with her two boys, she enjoys barbecuing, playing games, and creating crafts with her family and friends.