West Campus Teachers & Paraprofessionals
Mrs. Christina Rosello is our Kindergarten teacher. This will be Mrs. Christina’s fourth year at Acorn and she will be starting with a new kindergarten class this year. Mrs. Christina loves the family atmosphere Acorn provides. She has a double major Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education. Mrs. Christina also just received her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Married with two cats and a dog, Mrs. Christina and her family enjoy the outdoors, hiking, and kayaking. Mrs. Christina loves working with children and seeing how much they grow and learn each day. She believes that children grow and learn best through smaller group instruction and through hands-on learning.
Ms. Maria Brubaker is a Kindergarten grade teacher at our West Campus. Acorn Montessori Charter School feels like home to Ms. Maria! She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2017. Bear Down! She also holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. Ms. Maria is a certified teacher with her SEI Endorsement. As a lifelong learner, she is always looking for knowledge she can use to support her students’ growth. She believes in a child-centered approach, chalk full of hands on, play based learning opportunities. Social-Emotional Learning and community building are important components in Ms. Maria’s classroom. When she is not teaching, she is baking, hiking with her dog Luna, and practicing yoga.
Mrs. Melina Lee is a member of our paraprofessional team. She has been working in the education field for 27 years, 11 of which have been with Acorn. Mrs. Mel earned her Associates Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working towards her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education through University of Phoenix. Throughout her time in education she has completed many trainings including Love and Logic and trauma focused learning. Her favorite part of being an educator is seeing the excitement students have for learning!
Ms. Jennifer Lampi has worked with our preschool program for three years and before coming to Acorn she worked with preschool age children for eleven years. She’s very excited to be joining the kindergarten classroom. She is currently completing her degree in Child Development. She loves engaging with students and supporting their learning through exciting play opportunities! In her free time she likes camping and boating.
Mrs. Rose Wilson has been a paraprofessional at Acorn Montessori Charter School for five years. She has worked in Kindergarten, First Grade and this will be her third year working with 2nd graders. Mrs. Rose has been married to the love of her life for 41 years and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. In her free time, Mrs. Rose loves spending time with her family! She also teaches classes on making greeting cards and preserving memories. Mrs. Rose especially enjoys reading and gardening.
Mr. Ilario Dera is a paraprofessional at Acorn. He has been in the educational field for 6 years, 4 of which have been with Acorn. Mr. Ilario is currently working to complete his degree at Yavapai College. He has a strong background in working with young people who have autism. His favorite thing about working at Acorn is watching students grow and use the knowledge and skills they have gained.
Mrs. Wendy Faffler is a paraprofessional and this will be her fourth school year with Acorn. She has found her life’s calling working with young children. Mrs. Wendy just received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Yavapai College. Mrs. Wendy plans on attending Grand Canyon University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree. In her free-time Mrs. Wendy enjoys mountain biking, softball, and time with her family.
Ms. Bri McCoy has been a paraprofessional with Acorn for the last ten years. While she has worked in various grade levels with students in preschool through eighth grade, Ms. Bri has found her calling working in the Wellness Center with Ms. Tiffini and Ms. Jamie. Ms. Bri is able to help students navigate through difficult moments in their days, week, and life. She connects with them through humor, love, compassion, and accountability. Students love her bubbly personality and work hard to earn basketball time with her. When Ms. Bri is not with her Acorn students, she enjoys coaching youth sports, spending time with her family, and being with her friends.
Mrs. Julie Stephenson is one of our full time substitutes as well as a member of our transportation department. This is her second year with Acorn. Prior to being in the educational field, she had experience within the medical field. She has experience working with children of all ages in a variety of capacities. She has previously operated an in-home daycare and serves as a foster parent. She loves watching students grow and learn. In her free time, she enjoys riding her Harley and spending time with her family.
Ms. Chloe Olenick has been a paraprofessional at Acorn for 3 years working in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. While working with children was not something she expected to do, she has realized how much it has helped her to grow as a person and she is very thankful for that. Ms. Chloe chares that she may teach kids, but they also teach her new things each day. This year, Ms. Chloe will be the early childhood float paraprofessional helping and assisting in all K-3 classrooms as needed. When not planning fun activities for students, Ms. Chloe spends a lot of her time outdoors, skating, and spending time with her dogs. Living her life to the fullest is her goal and she tries to do that every day.