Acorn West Staff:

Dawn Grantham, Site Director

Erika Dorn, Office Manager

Acorn West Teachers:

Preschool 6:30am – 6:00pm, Room W4

Doralee Ables Lead Teacher

Melina Hernandez

Caren McCarty

Kayla Buckmaster

Brianna Yount

(not pictured)






Pre-K 6:30am – 6:00pm, Room W3

Tanya Perry, Lead Teacher

Tanya Perry, Lead Teacher

Hello, I’m Miss Tanya the lead teacher in pre-k. I have my associates degree in elementary education. I believe children learn the most when they are having fun which is why most of our learning is play based. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. 

Kate Boud

 I began my career in child education and development as an assistant director at Camp Del Mar in San Diego, California from 2007-2013.  After leaving the San Diego area, I acquired a position as a student supervisor at High Point Academy in Pasadena, California.  For two years I gained valuable experience working at High Point until I decided to make yet another move to Northern California where I fell into the retail industry for a brief period of time.  Never feeling satisfied with retail, I decided to return to my passion of mentoring children.  I feel my experience, knowledge of procedures and safeguards, and high level of standards will ensure that the students at Acorn Montessori receive the highest level of care possible.

Nick Schulze

Karrissa Kee

Kindergarten 8:15am-2:30pm, Room W2

Kendal Healey, Lead Teacher

Kendal Healey, Lead Teacher

My name is Kendal Healey and this will be my sixteenth school year with Acorn Montessori School! I am a certified teacher and graduate of Northern Arizona University. I hold a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Elementary, and Special Education, along with an Early Childhood, SEI, and Reading Endorsement. Working with children is my life’s ambition. It is my belief that early childhood education is the key to a successful, long-term academic career. I plan to take advantage of this and ensure that each child has a joyful learning experience this year that will set the foundation for life-long learning. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and teenage son. We are sports enthusiasts so when we are not outdoors playing, we are watching. Go Cubbies!

Jeanette Martinez

Hi! My name is Mrs. Jeanette. This will be my third year with Acorn and my second-year teaching with Mrs. Kendal. I was born and raised in Southern California. Where I attended Pierce College. I taught preschool in West Hills for 16 years, before moving to Prescott with my husband and our two children. I earned a paraprofessional certificate and currently enrolled at Yavapai College.


Amanda Quinn

Kindergarten 8:15am – 2:30pm, Room W6

Shellie Ritter, Lead Teacher

Shellie Ritter, Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Shellie Ritter, this will be my twelfth-year teaching and my second year at Acorn. I have two beautiful children, my son is 8 and my daughter is 6. I currently hold a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Elementary Education along with a SEI Endorsement. I am working towards getting my Early Childhood Endorsement. My favorite subjects are math and science and I love to implement STEM into the classroom whenever I can. I am thrilled to be part the Acorn team and strongly believe in its philosophy to foster the growth of children through small groups, hands on learning, and differentiated instruction.

Nancy Ludwig

Nancy Ludwig

Brittany Christopherson


1st Grade 8:15am-2:45pm, Room W1

Jennie Turner, Lead Teacher

Jennie Turner, Lead Teacher

My name is Mrs. Jennie Turner and this is my eighth year teaching here at Acorn Montessori Charter School. I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and I have taught grades ranging from kindergarten to 3rd grade. I absolutely love teaching and building connections with students and their families. I am married to my wonderful firefighter husband and have three delightful (and sometimes crazy) children. I love to read, hike, go camping, play games, and watch movies.

Olivia Akin

Olivia Akin

Samantha Huber (not pictured)


1st Grade 8:15am-2:45pm, Room W5

Amy Hall

Rose Wilson

Shay Bosick

Nutrition Program

Jim Archer

Rhonda Cordova

Tony Dexter

Keith Johnson, Food Service Director