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West Campus Teachers & Paraprofessionals

Kindergarten

Amy Hall

Amy Hall

Kindergarten

Mrs. Amy Hall is a kindergarten teacher here at Acorn Montessori’s West Campus. Mrs. Amy has been working with young children from preschool to second grade for the last 17 years. Acorn has been her home for 11 years. Mrs. Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree of Graphic Arts along with her NES certification for Kindergarten through 8th grade. As a teacher, her ultimate goal is to help each one of her students become confident in their abilities and to love themselves for who they are. Mrs. Amy, her husband of thirteen years, and their three amazing boys are all part of the Acorn family. Painting, singing, and teaching are just a few of her passions and can often be found on her crazy little farm with 19 animals. Mrs. Amy has the ability to connect with every student that enters her classroom and remarks how amazing it is to be able to come to work daily knowing she has the opportunity to help prepare and mold the minds of our future.

 

Aerial Austin

Aerial Austin

Miss Aerial Austin is starting her first year at Acorn as a part of the kindergarten team. Before joining the team, Aerial taught English at a kindergarten in Budapest, Hungary for the past five years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and a TEFL certification through the ITA academy. Miss Aerial enjoys teaching through interactive and hands-on lessons and is excited to be a part of a fun, engaging classroom. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her son, traveling, hiking, and reading. 

Morgan Williams

Morgan Williams

Miss Morgan Williams is joining us for her third year here at Acorn. She is currently working on an elementary education degree which she will receive from Northern Arizona University. Prior to working at Acorn, she volunteered in her church’s nursery. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and crocheting. Miss Morgan is excited to watch kids grow and make an impact on their lives.

Sarah Ragan

Sarah Ragan

Mrs. Sarah Ragan will be returning for her third year at Acorn. Mrs. Sarah attended this school for 9 years and is thrilled to return as a lead teacher! She graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in liberal studies while minoring in sociology as well as family/human development. Family is her number one priority, and she spends most of her free time with her two children. Mrs. Sarah grew up within the walls of Acorn Montessori and understands the importance of student-teacher relationships. She looks forward to being a positive and stable influence for all the children she is lucky enough to teach.

Jennifer Kenny

Jennifer Kenny

Jennifer Kenny is excited to be joining Acorn for her first year as a paraprofessional in the kindergarten classroom. She has been in education for 17 years and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy. She loves using hands-on, fun, small group activities and watching the love of learning that grows. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs.

Iris Espionza

Bio to come. 

1st Grade

Melina Lee

Melina Lee

Mrs. Melina Lee is a member of our First grade teaching team. She has been working in the education field for 28 years, 12 of which have been with Acorn. Mrs. Mel earned her Associates Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently finishing 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!
Viviana Baker

Viviana Baker

Viviana Baker is starting her first year at Acorn as part of the first grade team. While new to Acorn, Viviana has been a paraprofessional for 8 years and she has found it to be a joy to witness children learn and grow to their full potential. She really enjoys finding creative strategies to help and encourage children to find learning fun and exciting. In her spare time, Viviana enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and two dogs as well as hiking, kayaking, furniture restoration, crafting, designing and baking.

Cynthia Mercado

Cynthia Mercado

Mrs. Cynthia Mercado has joined the Acorn Team this year as a paraprofessional for Mrs. Mel’s 1st grade class. While new to Acorn, she has spent many hours inside classrooms, as a room mom (in other schools), for both of her children, and has done lots of volunteer work for their schools. She also worked for their school district as a noon duty aide. When they moved to Arizona, she became a paraprofessional, and this is her 2nd year. Cynthia loves working with kids and teaching them new skills with their education. In her spare time Cynthia loves spending time with her husband, 2 children and frenchie. She also enjoys crafting and cooking.
Christina Rosello

Christina Rosello

Kindergarten

Mrs. Christina Rosello is one of our 1st grade teachers. This will be Mrs. Christina’s fifth year at Acorn. 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 one son, 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.

Paula Harrison

Paula Harrison

Mrs. Paula is entering into her third year with Acorn and came to us with over 11 years as a paraprofessional. Mrs. Paula is passionate about working with kids and gets true joy from working in the school setting with all aged children. When she is not working, Mrs. Paula loves spending time with her own children, hiking, and baking.

Hannah Finney

Hannah Finney

Hanna Finney has been working with Acorn’s early childhood program for the past two years and joined our second grade team last year. This year she will be teaching in the 1st grade classroom. When not at work Ms. Hanna enjoys spending her time with her son.

2nd Grade

Kristin Womble

Kristin Womble

Mrs. Womble was a previous teacher here at Acorn who left to raise her family. She joined the Acorn team again as a substitute teacher last year and is excited to have her own classroom once again. She graduated from University of Arizona with her bachelors degree in Elementary Education and holds her Arizona Teaching Certificate. While not at Acorn she loves to spend time with her family, boating, and enjoying the outdoors.

Emily Hackman

Emily Hackman

Miss Emily Hackman is one of our paraprofessionals! This will be her 4th year working at Acorn. Miss Emily earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Grand Canyon University. During the distance learning in 2020/2021, Miss Emily was able to engage students through creative lessons and create meaningful connections despite the barriers. She finds joy in having the opportunity to change a child’s life. In her freetime, Miss Emily enjoys hiking, spending time with her dog, and playing softball
Nancy Ludwig

Nancy Ludwig

Mrs. Nancy Ludwig will be entering her 12 year at Acorn Montessori.  Mrs. Nancy has been a paraprofessional in kindergarten through second grade and has loved getting to know all of the students and showing her creativity through teaching. Mrs. Nancy has three wonderful children, three handsome grandsons, and one beautiful granddaughter.  Mrs. Nancy also has a Great Dane that rules the house.  She really looks forward to a new year working with new 2nd graders!

Hannah Little

Hannah Little

2nd Grade

Miss Hannah Little graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special and Elementary Education. This is her 5th year here at Acorn and 3rd year teaching second grade.  She feels so lucky to work at a school that provides so much support in the classroom and can accommodate small group instruction and hands-on learning!

Rose Wilson

Rose Wilson

Mrs. Rose Wilson has been a paraprofessional at Acorn Montessori Charter School for 6 years. She has worked in Kindergarten, First Grade and this will be her 4th year working with 2nd graders.  Mrs. Rose has been married to the love of her life for 42 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.

Demaris Del Valle

Demaris Del Valle

Damaris Del Valle is joining our 2nd grade team this year. She was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to the US in 2008 where she became a citizen. Her love for math took her to start studies in engineering at a prestigious Peruvian university; however, very soon she realized her real calling was in the field of psychology and education. She became a Licensed Psychologist with studies in Educational, Clinical and Developmental Psychology in her native Peru. She can’t wait to share all of her knowledge and passion for education with the families of Acorn Schools. In her free time, she is an enthusiastic hiker, loves outdoor activities, enjoys arts and crafts and has 3 adorable dogs.

3rd Grade

Jamie Radford

Jamie Radford

3rd Grade

Mrs. Jamie Radford will be teaching at our West Campus again this year in one of our third grade classrooms.  This will be her 3rd year at Acorn. After serving 4 years in the Navy Mrs. Radford started teaching. This will be Mrs. Radford’s 21st year teaching! She earned her bachelor’s degree in Science of Education from NAU and then a Master’s of Education and Curriculum from University of Phoenix. Mrs. Radford has four children and 10 grandchildren. In her free time, she loves to travel. Fun fact: She has been to every continent other than Antarctica and 42 states!

 

Ilario Dera

Ilario Dera

Mr. Ilario Dera is a paraprofessional at Acorn. He has been in the educational field for 7 years, 5 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.

Celine Parra

Celine Parra

3rd Grade

Mrs. Celine Parra is one of our lead 3rd grade teachers. This will be her 3rd year here at Acorn! Mrs. Celine earned her Bachelor’s of Arts In Elementary Education with SEI endorsement. Throughout her time in college, she did a lot of volunteering which prepared her for managing her own classroom. Mrs. Celine says her favorite part of working with students is getting to know each of the students’ unique personalities. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the movies, being outdoors, and visiting family.

Wendy Faffler

Wendy Faffler

Mrs. Wendy Faffler is a paraprofessional and this will be her 5th 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.

Wellness

Substitute

Bri McCoy

Bri McCoy

Wellness

Ms. Bri McCoy has been a paraprofessional with Acorn for the last 11 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 Mr. Adam. 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.

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Gianna Moctezuma

Wellness

Gianna Moctezuma joined our Acorn team this year. However, she started working with elementary students in 2020 during the pandemic. She worked with a variety of SPED and General education students over the course of the years. Working in education, her love for working with kids has blossomed. She plans on going to school to get a duel degree in SPED/Elementary Education. Gianna enjoys downtime at home reading or spending time with her animals. She loves to hike and traveling. She loves doing outdoor lifestyle photography as a hobby, but would enjoy seeing it go somewhere in the future! 

 Candace Richey

Candace Richey

Ms. Candace Richey is our K-8 Substitute. She enjoys working with all age levels. Ms. Candace has been with Acorn for 4 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.
Chloe Olenick

Chloe Olenick

Ms. Chloe Olenick has been a paraprofessional at Acorn for 4 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 shares that she may teach kids, but they also teach her new things each day. This year, Ms. Chloe will be joining the wellness team. 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.