West Campus Teachers & Paraprofessionals
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.
Mrs. Jeanette Martinez is a paraprofessional here at Acorn. She has over 20 years of experience teaching young children. This will be her 8th year teaching at Acorn Montessori and she has loved the family environment. She holds an Early Education Certificate from Yavapai College. The best part about working with children for Mrs. Jeanette are the connections that she makes with them. When she is not teaching, she enjoys hiking with her two kids and spending time with her husband.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Emma Garduno will be going into her third year as a 1st grade teacher at our West Campus. Ms. Emma graduated from Arizona State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and completed her teaching credentials through Arizona Teachers of Tomorrow. She is so excited to welcome her students into a loving, fun, and engaging classroom environment. When Mrs. Emma is not teaching, she enjoys being a metalsmith, camping, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, baby girl, and two dogs. She loves teaching and cannot wait to continue her teaching career!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Rhonda Butler is joining the second grade team for her first year at Acorm. After a long career in human resources, she decided to follow her passion for working with children into the school setting. She is looking forward to working with the children, teachers, and staff at Acorn and cannot wait to be a part of the children’s educational success. In her free time, she loves reading, learning, the ocean, nature and staying active.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.