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Meet Our Teachers & Staff

It has been said that “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students, and enthusiastic parents with high expectations,” (Bob Beauprez). We at Queen Creek Elementary believe this wholeheartedly. Our teachers and staff work with students and their parents every day to bring about each student’s highest potential in the classroom, on the playground, and at home. They expect excellence in their academic performance as well as in their character traits. What a team! Please meet them:

Administration

Julie Oster

Julie Oster
Principal
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Julie Oster

Julie Oster

Principal

About Me

Julie grew up in Tempe in a family of educators and has lived in Queen Creek for eighteen years. She is the proud mother of two children, both Queen Creek Unified students. She is proud to call Queen Creek her home and is honored to serve her community in the capacity of principal.

Educational/Professional Background

Julie joined the Queen Creek Unified School District sixteen years ago as a social studies teacher and coach after graduating from Arizona State University. As a committed lifelong learner and educator, Julie furthered her education, leadership roles, and job experiences. After earning a master’s degree in Education from Ottawa University she served as a guidance counselor for five years and dean of students for one year. Julie then earned a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University and was an assistant principal at Queen Creek High School for two years before taking on her new role as principal of Queen Creek Elementary School.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I have dedicated my life to providing opportunities for all students to learn what their passion is and gain the education and confidence to find success in it. I have loved working for Queen Creek Unified School District because of its deep commitment to student success, clear focus on achievement, and wide array of extra-curricular opportunities. These things all align in a coherent effort to serve all students well. Working in the capacity as a principal for a school district like Queen Creek is an incredible honor for me.

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Ms. Loveless

Ms. Loveless
Secretary
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Ms. Loveless

Ms. Loveless

Secretary

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."

About Me

My family and I moved to the Queen Creek area 28 years ago and have raised our children here since. I am a wife, a mother and stepmother to eight children, with two bookend girls and six boys in between, and I am a grandmother of seven grandchildren and one more on the way. I enjoy gardening, scrapbooking, outdoor activities, and spending time with my family. Being a grandparent is truly one of the best parts of life.

Educational/Professional Background

I have been with Queen Creek Unified School District for 20 years now. I started with the district as a substitute coordinator. I have had opportunities to work at most of the sites in our district until going to the middle school eight years ago to be Mrs. Niven’s secretary. In 2014, I came to QCE with Mrs. Niven and have truly enjoyed being here. What a blessing it is to work with our elementary children and our great staff.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Although I am not a teacher by profession, I believe that we all, as parents, aunts, uncles, family, and community members, play an important role in helping children grow and become successful. Children need positive role models, encouragement, and boundaries that allow them to grow. We all have to learn at our own pace, and while learning, we will always make mistakes before we get it just right. By encouraging students to be their very best, put the mistakes behind them, and start off each day with a positive attitude, they will grow. Through life experience, I have learned that life is just way too short to sweat the small stuff!

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Ms. Mariani

Ms. Mariani
Attendance
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Ms. Mariani

Ms. Mariani

Attendance

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -William Butler Yeats

About Me

Ms. Mariani, her husband, and son named Zachary, moved to AZ from IL in 2015. She loves health, fitness, country dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Educational/Professional Background

Ms. Mariani is starting her first full year as attendee clerk/registrar at Queen Creek Elementary. Prior to joining the front staff, Ms. Mariani’s educational experience includes working here at QCE as a teacher’s aide in the preschool room, three years assisting at a Christian Children Center, along with two years running her own in-home day care.  Her 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant will help her handle the critical operations of the registrar’s office.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Each child is unique and I do my best to nurture the intrinsic gifts that each one brings and shares with me. I also believe that what truly makes a difference in a child’s life, beneath all the methods, materials, and the curriculum, is a teacher who cares about each child and who teaches from the heart. Children will learn if challenged and stimulated, especially in the right environment.

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Ms. Ruiz

Ms. Ruiz
ELL Clerk
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Ms. Ruiz

Ms. Ruiz

ELL Clerk

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Staff

Ms. Batts

Ms. Batts
Speech
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Ms. Batts

Ms. Batts

Speech

About Me

I grew up in North Dakota and have been living in Arizona since 1997. My husband Mark also works for QCUSD.  I love to do jigsaw puzzles, and I am an avid hockey fan. 

Educational/Professional Background

This is my 20th year as a speech language pathologist,and my 18th year in QCUSD. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and my master’s degree from St. Cloud State University. 

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

All students develop a mode of communication, whether it be verbal, or non-verbal, such as signing or using  assistive technology. The ability to communicate is essential to every child’s ability to learn, socialize with others, and to fulfill their potential. 

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Ms. C. Brown

Ms. C. Brown
Nurse
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Ms. C. Brown

Ms. C. Brown

Nurse

About Me

I am married and have three children who attend school in the Higley district. They are ages 14, 11 and 8. We recently moved to Arizona from Colorado to be closer to aging family. I am a Major in the Colorado Army National Guard. I love sports, outdoor activities, reading and scrapbooking (if I have free-time!)

Educational/Professional Background

I have a BSN from Montana State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  I was an active duty Army Nurse for 12 years stationed overseas in Germany, and stateside in Hawaii, Oklahoma and Texas.  I did medical-surgical nursing for three years and Labor & Delivery for about 15 years. I also did home health nursing in Colorado for three years before moving here and becoming a school nurse for Carson Junior High in Mesa.  I'm so happy to be closer to home now!

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My philosophy on health care centers around prevention. It's so important for our young students to eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep, do physical activity, wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. I am very excited to work with younger students.

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Ms. Duyck

Ms. Duyck
OT
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Mr. Edlen

Mr. Edlen
IT
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Born and raised in southern California, I moved to the Phoenix area in 2012 to be with my wife. To see what I do in my spare time not spent with family, please see my online profile.

Educational/Professional Background

I attended public schools all throughout my education including college, UCLA, where I studied computer science, graduating summa cum laude with honors in 1999. I worked for Tempe Elementary School District as front-line tech support at their district office and now enjoy working amongst your students as the IT tech at Queen Creek Elementary and Desert Mountain Elementary schools.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My goal is to be invisible, to have the technology simply work for the students and staff when they need it, but to be available when it doesn't, efficiently and effectively. 

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Ms. Fisher

Ms. Fisher
Counselor
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Ms. Fisher

Ms. Fisher

Counselor

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela

About Me

Mrs. Fisher is the mother of two children who both attend ASU. Go Sun Devils! She loves animals, spending time with family and friends, and going on long walks and hikes with her dog, Maia.

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Fisher is going into her 23rd year as a counselor. She has been a counselor in the Isaac, Chandler and Queen Creek School Districts.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

School counselors are student advocates who provide support to maximize their students' personal growth, potential, and academic achievements. Partnering with other educators and family members, school counselors facilitate the support system to ensure all students are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to function as productive members of society.

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Ms. Friesen

Ms. Friesen
Music
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Ms. Friesen

Ms. Friesen

Music

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” –Victor Hugo

About Me

Mrs. Friesen has one husband, two children, two cats, and a snake named Spot. She loves camping, binge watching Netflix, and singing anywhere and everywhere, including waiting in line at the grocery store or pumping gas.

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Friesen is finishing her first year of teaching. She received her degree in music education from Northern Arizona University in 1996. She sings with The Phoenix Symphony Chorus in many venues throughout the Valley.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Musicians must be imaginative, disciplined, dedicated, and brave. I strongly believe that all children are capable of making and appreciating great music. As a teacher it is my job not only to provide the tools for making music, but also to feed the flame of bravery needed to put oneself out there and shine.

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Ms. Goodman

Ms. Goodman
Speech
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Ms. Goodman

Ms. Goodman

Speech

About Me

I grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado but have also lived in Connecticut, California, Utah, and Texas. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 1993. We live in Gilbert with our four sons. I enjoy sewing, cycling, organizing, and most of all spending time with my family.

Educational/Professional Background

I earned my undergraduate degree in speech and hearing sciences at ASU and then completed a master’s degree in speech language pathology at the University of Northern Colorado. I have worked as a speech language pathologist in the Queen Creek School District for the past 10 years. 

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I enjoy helping students achieve success in communication. I feel each individual is unique and deserves to be respected for their contributions and skills.  

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Ms. Kaesler

Ms. Kaesler
Data Specialist
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Ms. Kaesler

Ms. Kaesler

Data Specialist


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Mr. Kaesler

Mr. Kaesler
ELP
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I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our ELP class. My family and I moved to Queen Creek seventeen years ago. I have been teaching here in Queen Creek for the past sixteen years. My wife, Darla, is also an elementary school teacher and will be the data and math specialist here at QCE this year. We have three children: Adam 17, Brielle 15, and Elyas 11. Adam and Brielle are at QCHS, and Eli is at Newell Barney. My hobbies include fishing, cooking, and woodworking.  

Educational/Professional Background

After completing my BA in elementary education from ASU and then Ottawa University. I pursued my master’s degree from NAU in elementary education. I graduated in 2004 and then began my coursework in gifted education at ASU. Finally, after many grueling years, I finished my doctorate in leadership and teacher training at Grand Canyon University in 2013.  

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I am a firm believer in a pragmatic approach to education. The process of how to learn can be just as important as what to learn. Students need the opportunity to feel safe in attempting new challenges. I believe that it is not failure until one quits. “I haven’t failed.  I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison.

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Mr. Kearlsy

Mr. Kearlsy
P.E.
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I received an athletic soccer scholarship in college, and I am a Sun Devil at heart. I love playing sports, hiking, working out, drawing, painting, and making and selling things. I have a passion for classic cars and own a ’70 Chevelle. When I am not at work, you can find me playing with my nephew, hanging out with my family and friends, working out, or attending all the Arizona Cardinals games! Go big Red!

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Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I absolutely love teaching and coaching! My classroom is a fun, yet structured, learning environment. I am a firm believer in respect, teamwork, and hard work. I hope to teach my students the importance of a healthy lifestyle through developmental sports and health education. I hope to instill in my students the importance of being physically active in a manner that will increase their physical competence, self?esteem, and an enjoyment of many physical activities. The physical education curriculum will include a balance of individual skills, health concepts, and game activities. These activities are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, and physical fitness development of every student. As a physical educator, I want to take on the challenge of motivating my students to develop a healthy lifestyle and to demonstrate to them how much fun physical activity can be both individually or shared with their peers.

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Mr. Kirchoff

Mr. Kirchoff
Orchestra
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Mr. Kirchoff

Mr. Kirchoff

Orchestra

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

About Me

Mr. Kirchoff is a husband to his beautiful wife Sarah, and father to his four wonderful children; Joshua, Catherine, Jacob and Michael. He likes to spend time with his family, doing home improvement projects, working on his classic car, NASCAR, dirt track racing, and quarter midget car racing with his son, Jacob.

Educational/Professional Background

Mr. Kirchoff is currently in his 17th year of teaching. Previously, he has taught in the Chandler and Florence Unified School Districts. He received his master’s degree and his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Participating in an instrumental music class like band or orchestra is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things a student can do. By giving students the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, we expose them to different sounds and types of music, how to understand their personal roles while working with others, foster self discipline, and most importantly to help them learn the importance of perseverance! 

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Ms. Krogman

Ms. Krogman
PE
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I grew up in Wisconsin, in a suburb of Milwaukee, (yes, I am proud to be a Cheesehead!), and moved out to Arizona ten years ago. I have a boy in preschool and a girl in first grade. We spend our free time playing sports, hiking, taking our dog for walks, playing at the park, watching movies, and traveling. My favorite sport is soccer and I still play about three times a week.

Educational/Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Exercise Sport Science with an emphasis on Physical Education and School Health Education. After graduation, I moved to Arizona and began my teaching career in the Coolidge Unified School District. I am now very excited to be starting my eleventh year with the Queen Creek Unified School district and will be teaching Physical Education in the mornings at Desert Mountain and the afternoons at Queen Creek Elementary.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to work in a field related to fitness. It was in college when I decided that I'd like to help teach others about how to keep their bodies healthy and how to stay active. I believe that the goal of elementary physical education is to provide the students with the fundamental skills that they need to continue an active lifestyle outside of Physical Education class and into adulthood. Students should be able to track and improve their own level of fitness, work with others through small group and whole group activities, communicate to one another verbally and non-verbally while also providing appropriate feedback to one another, and understand rules and strategies for a variety of different activities. Everything we do in my P.E. classes ties back to the SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Education) standards. I ask that the students always do their best, have fun and learn!

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Ms. Mullane

Ms. Mullane
Title One
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Ms. Mullane

Ms. Mullane

Title One


About Me

I was born and raised on the coast of California in a small town near Santa Cruz. I attended college in northern California. After college, I spent time living in six different states, including Washington D.C., and traveling through twenty three states and nine countries so I could learn more about cultures, history, and learn new ways of looking at life. I moved to Arizona a little over five years ago with my beautiful son Declan, who is a proud second grade Eagle. My favorite place is the beach and I take every chance I can to travel to different beaches with my family. I especially love Central America and hope to travel there again in the near future.


Educational/Professional Background

I attended college at California State University, Chico, where I graduated with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Journalism. I was on a path as an event planner to move into politics, but felt that my life was lacking a true purpose. After much thought and research, I became a career switcher and began my second career in education. At the time I was living in Virginia. I attended a program to become a certified educator and began my career as a middle school Language Arts and US History teacher. I taught for four years, realizing how many students struggled to read in middle school, which brought about a desire to learn more about how students acquire literacy and how I can help become a solution for this problem. I went back to school, and in 2014, graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction, with a special emphasis in Reading. During grad school, I completed my internship with a Reading Specialist who taught me so much about intervention and struggling readers. I then worked for two years for Roosevelt School District #66 as an English Language Learner (ELL) interventionist. Here I acquired more knowledge about language and reading acquisition, as well as how to be a part of school leadership, and became a resource/coach for teachers. Last fall, I was honored to come to Queen Creek Elementary school as your Reading Specialist, overseeing the Title I program. I have made a home in this community as I also moved to Queen Creek last winter, and I look forward to being able to serve our students for many years to come.


Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Every child deserves an education that open doors and delivers instruction that reaches the individual ability to learn. I truly believe every child can learn, and we educators must continue to subscribe to being life-long learners ourselves, so that we may be able to continually improve our skills to better meet the needs of the individual children in our schools. If we can offer the best of ourselves every day to every child, then this allows every child the opportunity to make successful choices for their own futures.


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Ms. Pauli

Ms. Pauli
Library
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Ms. Pauli

Ms. Pauli

Library

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Ms. Quinn

Ms. Quinn
Music
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Ms. Quinn

Ms. Quinn

Music

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I am a mama to a sweet nine year old boy, and a grumpy old lady cat.  I play any instrument I can get my hands on, but right now I love to play my guitar and ukulele.  I spend my time outside of school lazy swimming, playing in the forest when I get the chance, listening to music, and going on adventures with my son.

Educational/Professional Background

I am a lifelong musician and teacher, but it took me a long time to realize I needed to put the two together, and just do it!  I got my degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music from NAU back in 2006.  I didn't start teaching right away, and kept going to school for different things, and working in various fields while raising my son. I got the opportunity to teach music at an Elementary School in the White Mountains, and I knew I had found my calling!  I've been teaching elementary school music for five years, with one year as a third grade gen ed teacher in between. I have been a Beginning Band and Choir director, Drum Circle facilitator, as well as a private music instructor for clarinet and piano.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe every child is a natural musician, artist and creator! We all have something unique and beautiful to contribute to this world, and I love being a facilitator to helping a child find something they love and are good at!

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Ms. Raunig

Ms. Raunig
Counselor
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Ms. Raunig

Ms. Raunig

Counselor

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Wife to Shaun and mother to three beautiful kids: Bryce (12), Aly (11) and Jaycee (9).

Educational/Professional Background

I was born and raised in Montana, where I attended school through college and moved to Arizona upon completion of college. After entering the great state of Arizona, I worked for many years in the social work sector with juvenile detention and child protection services. When I became a mother, I went back to school and became an educator, because impacting youth to empower themselves was more appealing.

My educational philosophy has always been "what's best for kids" and how can we give them the tools to succeed regardless their personal circumstances. I spent a decade in the secondary science classroom teaching mostly biological science, chemistry, and AVID. Again, I felt a drive to change my professional career to teach kids to learn how to achieve personal accomplishments, so I returned to school and received a master's in school counseling. Upon completion, I left the high school classroom and became a junior high counselor. I am happy to become a part of the Queen Creek School District as my own children attend school here in Queen Creek, and we live in the community. 

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Ms. Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez
OT
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Mrs. Sanchez is the mother of two children who previously attended QCE. She enjoys planning and going on trips with her husband and kids during school breaks. Her favorite destination is the beach. She also enjoys traveling to Peru to visit family.   

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Mrs. Sanchez is a licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L). She is in her fourth year of providing occupational therapy services in the school setting. 

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Mrs. Sanchez enjoys her job and refers to it as “playing with the kids”. Kayla believes that any childhood occupation (like school) can be turned into a game, worked on through a craft, or achieved through play. Therapy should be fun! 

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Ms. Sandstedt

Ms. Sandstedt
PT
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Classroom Teachers

Ms. Camunez

Ms. Camunez
Fifth Grade
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Ms. Camunez

Ms. Camunez

Fifth Grade

About Me

Hi! My name is Megan Camunez. I am from Las Cruces, New Mexico. I am married and have three handsome rambunctious boys! All three of them attend QCUSD. I love to laugh, learn new things, and see the world! I sit on the local Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation and like to remain active in our community. 

Educational/Professional Background

I graduated from NMSU with my BS in education in 2004. I did my student teaching in 5th grade in Belize, Central America. My husband was active duty in the Army, and we were stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany. I taught kindergarten and second grade for the Department of Defense. We moved to Arizona in 2007. I taught 2nd grade for Apache Junction for three years. In 2009 I got my master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from GCU. I took off five years to stay at home with my kids. During that time I taught English online to Korean children in South Korea and subbed for QCUSD. In 2015 I decided it was time to get back into the classroom and began teaching 4th grade for QCES and have been loving it ever since! Go, Eagles!    

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

In my classroom, I foster the idea that students should start thinking for themselves. I believe that real learning comes when the student starts to explore, and comes up with real ideas that are shared with others. Students begin to realize that there are other perspectives, and they begin to collaborate with each other. Learning how to work together is one of life’s greatest skills. 

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Ms. Cruz-Torres

Ms. Cruz-Torres
Preschool
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Ms. Cruz-Torres

Ms. Cruz-Torres

Preschool

"Don't give up. I believe in you all. A person's a person, no matter how small "-Dr. Seuss

About Me

Mrs. Sylvia Cruz-Torres has been married for 20 years and is the mother of three boys. She loves shopping, reading, and baking. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family.

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Cruz-Torres received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from ASU and recently completed her master’s degree in elementary education with a reading emphasis from NAU. She holds endorsements in reading, early childhood, ESL, and middle school language arts. Mrs. Cruz-Torres began her career many years ago in the Wilson School District teaching eighth grade language arts and government but left to stay home with her growing family. Seven years ago she returned to the classroom as a preschool and prekindergarten teacher at a private Lutheran school in Gilbert. It is here that she truly gained a love and passion for early childhood education.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My philosophy as an early childhood educator is first and foremost centered at the belief that every child can learn and has their own unique and beautiful gifts to offer. I feel that it is the responsibility of the teacher to provide an enriching and creative classroom that helps encourage students to unlock their gifts and gain a joy for lifetime learning. In my classroom I provide a play-based and child-centered environment that allows my students to learn through their own creative experiences. I strive to create a loving yet structured classroom that assists in my classroom management. This environment helps my students understand expectations so that transitions are as smooth as possible and each moment is spent learning. It is also important to have a clear understanding that each child is different, and I work towards understanding the best way to connect and motive each as individuals so each student achieves continual growth.

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Ms. Cummins

Ms. Cummins
Kindergarten
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Ms. Cummins

Ms. Cummins

Kindergarten

“It’s okay to not know, but it is not okay to not try.”

About Me

I am a mother of two boys, Rees and Jaxen. I love being active, hiking, camping, and reading. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my boys, especially playing board games.

Educational/Professional Background

I am going into my sixteenth year of teaching in the Queen Creek School District. I taught one year of first grade and one year of preschool. All other remaining years of teaching have been in kindergarten.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Routine and classroom management are the keys to a successful classroom environment. Keeping a daily routine and having high expectations are what keeps my class focused and challenged. I strongly believe that all my students are capable of learning as long as they try their best.

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Ms. Dobbs

Ms. Dobbs
Preschool
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Ms. Dobbs

Ms. Dobbs

Preschool

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I am originally from Pennsylvania but moved to Arizona in 1988 to start my teaching career. I met my husband, David, of 25 years playing basketball with some of the guys. We are blessed with three children. Our daughter Raianna is 21 and will graduate from ASU in May. Bryce is 19 and is finishing his freshman year at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Ryan is 15 and a freshman at QCHS.

Educational/Professional Background

This is my fifteenth year in special education. I have taught in Casa Grande, Peoria, Apache Junction, and Queen Creek. I graduated with a bachelor of science in special education from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Learning is an everyday occurrence and I believe that every child can learn. It’s important to make a learning environment where every child feels safe, respected, and loved.

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Ms. Dolence

Ms. Dolence
Fourth Grade
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Ms. Dolence

Ms. Dolence

Fourth Grade

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

About Me

I am the proud mother of two QCE Eagles: Gracie (5th grade) and Gavin (2nd grade). My husband, Ryan, and I have been married for 13 wonderful years and we moved to Arizona from Illinois 12 years ago. We have lived in Queen Creek for 3 years and absolutely love this town! My family and I enjoy traveling and often take weekend trips to Prescott, Flagstaff, and San Diego (our favorite destination!). We also enjoy playing laser tag, miniature golf, hiking, and going to the beach.

Educational/Professional Background

I am excited to be entering into my first full year of teaching! I became a member of the QCE family 3 years ago and have worked as a paraprofessional, 3rd grade student teacher, special education student teacher, and preschool teacher. I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a dual bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe that every student has the ability to learn and be successful. In order to create an atmosphere conducive to learning, students must feel comfortable taking risks. Therefore, I strive to foster a classroom community where students feel safe and supported. In addition, students each bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the classroom and learn best in varying ways due to different learning styles, interests, and preferences. I embrace these differences and use them to strengthen learning experiences in my classroom. I set high expectations for each and every one of my students, while providing the structure and guidance necessary to achieve success.

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Ms. Fletcher

Ms. Fletcher
Kindergarten
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Ms. Fletcher

Ms. Fletcher

Kindergarten

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out”?-Dr. Seuss

About Me

Ms. Brittany Fletcher is married and has two young children. She loves hiking, shopping, and crafting around her house. She prefers spending time with family and visiting the beach often.

Educational/Professional Background

Ms. Fletcher is going into her sixth year of teaching. She has taught five years at the elementary level and one year at the high school level. Ms. Fletcher is passionate about students learning and reaching their highest potential.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe that as an early childhood educator and a special educator I am responsible for providing young children with positive learning experiences. I strive to model respect, patience, and care for children and adults I come in contact with. Children have the right to have their needs met and receive the proper education while in the classroom setting. I strive to run a Love and Logic classroom and incorporate the following: 

When students feel respected, appreciated, and even loved by their teachers, they are far more motivated and cause far fewer problems. 
Students are far calmer and more motivated when their teachers allow them to make choices and solve their own problems within limits. 
Successful educators focus most of their energy on simple tools for preventing misbehavior or keeping it small rather than trying to provide consequences for every problem.
When consequences are necessary, effective educators provide them with sincere empathy or compassion.

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Ms. Henrickson

Ms. Henrickson
Preschool/Director
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Ms. Henrickson

Ms. Henrickson

Preschool/Director

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Ms. Hill

Ms. Hill
Third Grade
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Ms. Hill

Ms. Hill

Third Grade

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Ms. Jones

Ms. Jones
Second Grade
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Ms. Jones

Ms. Jones

Second Grade

About Me

I am blessed to be the mother of an amazing five-year-old girl. I love spending time barbecuing with my family, laughing hysterically with my friends, and showing my daughter all the wonderful things life has to offer.

Educational/Professional Background

I graduated from NAU (go Lumberjacks!) with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and an emphasis in early childhood education. I am going into my ninth year of teaching, all in the Queen Creek Unified School District. I have taught first, second, and fourth grade. I have a true love and passion for teaching. 

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe all children can learn! Each child learns differently in his/her own unique way. I believe in using a variety of instructional methods and materials combined with relevant and meaningful activities to promote an interest in learning. Our classroom will be a place filled with successful opportunities which will encourage all students to develop a love of learning. Our classroom will be a safe place where no one will have a fear of failure. I hope to make a difference in every student’s life and celebrate their learning and successes.

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Ms. K. Brown

Ms. K. Brown
Second Grade
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Ms. K. Brown

Ms. K. Brown

Second Grade

About Me

I am a native of Arizona and have lived in Queen Creek for 15 years. I have been teaching for QCUSD for the past 12 years. I am married and have a 22 year old son, a 20 year old son, an 18 year old daughter, and a 17 year old son. All my children have attended QCUSD schools.

Educational/Professional Background

I have been teaching for 19 years and have taught preschool, half-day and all-day kindergarten, and second grade. I have a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, along with my early childhood, structured English immersion, and reading endorsements.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My philosophy of education is that every child should have the right to learn and get a quality education. I believe that all students can learn and succeed. My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential. We work together, as a class, to create a safe, positive environment, where it’s okay to make mistakes and to try new things.

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Ms. Knighton

Ms. Knighton
Kindergarten
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Ms. Knighton

Ms. Knighton

Kindergarten

About Me

I am the mother of two daughters and love spending as much time as possible with them. I also enjoy camping, hunting, cars and reading. I have two dogs, Brady and Sophie, and one horse, Huckleberry. I grew up in Chicago, IL, but have also lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Ireland.

Educational/Professional Background

I attended the University of Wisconsin and University of Northern Colorado. I have been teaching for 13 years, almost all in kindergarten

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I feel that it is important to get to know each student in order to help them learn. Every child has a different background and family life, which affects their learning style. Classroom management is also a key component to ensure the best environment for learning to take place. I also believe that students should feel that the environment is loving and fun, but also understand rules and boundaries.

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Ms. Lamb

Ms. Lamb
First Grade
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Ms. Lamb

Ms. Lamb

First Grade

“Every child is gifted, they just unwrap their gifts at different times.”

About Me

My husband and I have lived in Queen Creek for 21 years. We have raised seven children here. I am also the proud grandmother of one. I love to travel and do outdoor activities with my family.

Educational/Professional Background

I raised my family and then went back to school to earn my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from ASU. This is my third year teaching at QCE. My children attended QCE Elementary, and now I get to teach here. It is a dream come true!

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I love to teach! Teaching is my passion. I believe all children can learn, and I want to help each student succeed in their learning. I am committed to this. Having classroom management in my classroom is the key to a successful learning environment. In my classroom, we are a family. The students learn to be respectful of me, the teacher, and of each other. I strive every day to prepare my students for second grade and to instill in them the importance of always trying their best and never giving up!

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Ms. Lederman

Ms. Lederman
Fourth Grade
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Ms. Lederman

Ms. Lederman

Fourth Grade

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Hello! My name is Stephanie Lederman, and I am very excited to join the fourth grade team at Queen Creek Elementary this year! This is my 22nd year teaching third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. I love teaching the intermediate grades, but fourth grade is my absolute favorite. I have lived in Arizona since 1987, and I have always been fascinated by Arizona history and all the wild plants and animals of the beautiful Sonora Desert. My favorite time of year is the refreshing monsoons that replenish our life-giving water tables, lakes, and rivers. 

Do you know any military veterans? Veterans have a very special place in my heart. I grew up in on Air Force bases all over the United States and in Germany. I can speak some German and Spanish, and I try to improve my language learning a little every day. My dad served his country as a C-130 pilot while my mom held down the fort at home. I am looking forward to learning more about you as the year unfolds.

Educational/Professional Background

I graduated from Tempe High School in 1990 and went on to get my BA in elementary education from Arizona State University in 1995. A few years later, I pursued my English language learning and gifted education endorsements from Arizona State University West Campus, and I found that the instructional and assessment strategies used for English and gifted learners are excellent for all types of students. Before I had my two daughters, I went back to school and achieved my masters in educational technology. I love to incorporate the use of technology into my lessons. I have taught third grade for three years, fourth grade for five years, fifth grade for five years, and sixth grade for nine years.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

As a teacher, my job is to provide a safe, nurturing, and engaging classroom environment, where students can develop confidence by learning from my example that they are free to make mistakes and grow to be even more successful in the process. In fact, my motto is “The more mistakes you make, the smarter you become!” I am very passionate about finding or developing the most relevant curriculum to capture and hold a child’s interest. Integrating the subject areas helps with building up a child’s necessary basic skills to learn and work in a constantly changing world. In addition, I often present students with experiences that require critical thinking and opportunities to communicate, and I help them persist in the face of any challenges. I believe every child is unique, talented, and has the ability to reach their individual goals. It is my duty to partner with parents to help ensure my students have the most beneficial educational experience in their fourth grade year with me, especially in preparation for the next.

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Ms. Madriaga

Ms. Madriaga
Fourth Grade
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Ms. Madriaga

Ms. Madriaga

Fourth Grade

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I am an Arizona native. I enjoy any activity outdoors, traveling, crafts, and mostly love just spending time with my family. I’m a lover of all animals. I feel it’s important to be involved with your community and I’m always finding ways to volunteer.

Educational/Professional Background

I attended my kindergarten through senior year in the Mesa Public School District. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an ESI Endorsement from Arizona State University. I’m going into my 10th year of teaching.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My mission statement is “Making the Impossible Possible.” I believe each and every child can be successful; it is my job to find that one way which allows them to connect and understand. I also want to imbed within all my students that anything is possible as long as they try.

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Ms. McDonald

Ms. McDonald
Third Grade
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Ms. McDonald

Ms. McDonald

Third Grade

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I grew up in Casper, Wyoming, where I graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1997. My husband and I were so blessed to adopt our son, Ethan, in April of 2010 and our daughter, Hayden, in February of 2014. Ethan is an energetic seven year old who keeps us moving all the time and Hayden is a happy little three year old who loves to copy her brother. I decided to become a teacher because I love children and I love watching them grow and succeed.

Educational/Professional Background

In 2004, I graduated with my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. This is my thirteenth year teaching, and all of those years have been at QCE. I spend my first four years teaching fourth grade, and have taught third grade since then.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe that it is my job to establish a classroom community where all students feel valued and are able to express themselves in their own unique ways. I strive to provide a positive classroom environment where students are praised for following expectations and for being responsible learners. I set high expectations for all of my students and instill that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.

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Ms. Millan

Ms. Millan
First Grade
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Ms. Millan

Ms. Millan

First Grade

About Me

Welcome to first grade! It is so exciting to be back here at Queen Creek Elementary. It is a true homecoming for me this year. I am from Queen Creek where I attended Queen Creek Elementary and graduated from Queen Creek High School. I am grateful for the opportunity to come back and teach the community I know and love. I have one son, Easton, who is four years old and always keeps me on my toes. I have a husband, Eric, who is a firefighter/paramedic for Tucson. When I am not having fun and teaching first grade, I love to play softball and coach. I am always wrapped in a book or out on an outdoor adventure with my family.

Educational/Professional Background

My experience includes teaching first and third grade. I spent three years as a paraprofessional in the special education department at Gilbert Public Schools. I completed my student teaching in first grade and had a long-term position teaching first grade at Gilbert. I graduated from Northern Arizona University in December of 2012 with a bachelor of science in elementary education. During the 2013-2014 school year, I taught third grade at Anthem K-8 and taught first grade there the following year. I am thrilled and excited to be teaching first grade this year.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe in a positive approach to teaching. I love to “catch someone being good or doing their best!” I believe that communication is the key to becoming successful partners in your child’s education. My goal is to build self-esteem, teach according to your child’s needs, and encourage your child to want to be the best that he or she can be. A very important expectation for our classroom will be, “Do your best at all times and build the confidence to figure problems out.” I believe in a classroom family environment to help students feel safe and ask for assistance from their peers. I am very anxious to get to know each of your children.

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Mr. Palmaoilli

Mr. Palmaoilli
Resource
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Mr. Palmaoilli

Mr. Palmaoilli

Resource

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I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and I moved to Arizona about four years ago, after graduating college. I am thrilled to be working in Special Education in the QCUSD for another year. I enjoy watching students make progress every year. In my down time, I love working out and competing in Crossfit competitions.

Educational/Professional Background

I went to Misericordia University in Dallas, PA from 2010 to 2014. I graduated with a dual degree in Special Education/Early Childhood Education. I have taught in the QCUSD for four years. I worked at Desert Mountain Elementary School for two years as a resource teacher. This is currently my second year teaching resource classes at Queen Creek Elementary School. I have taught grade levels between kindergarten to fifth grade.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

In my classroom, I hold my students to a high expectation that meets their abilities. I want to create a positive and safe learning environment for each student. Every student learns in a different way and it is my job to make sure that their needs are being met. In my classroom, students will develop organizational, self-advocacy, and life skills. Student success is very important and I believe that every student can achieve success.

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Mr. Quinn

Mr. Quinn
Fifth Grade
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Mr. Quinn

Mr. Quinn

Fifth Grade

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Mr. Quinn grew up in a small town in the state of Nebraska. He has lived in Arizona for the past fifteen years and is an avid college football fan.

Educational/Professional Background

Mr. Quinn is going into his seventh year of teaching in the Queen Creek Unified School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and master’s degree from Arizona State University.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Classroom management and a structured, safe environment are the keys to successful classroom learning. Although we are all diverse learners, we are all different together, and we can pull strength from one another’s viewpoints and experiences.

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Ms. Raymond
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Ms. Raymond

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“All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop… someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals, and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations…their hopes, and their dreams.”-Colin Powell

About Me

I am the mother of a sixteen year old son. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked with my husband for eight years at our printing and marketing firm. I am an alumnus of both U of A and ASU, but the Wildcats have my heart. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, trying new restaurants, watching U of A sporting events, posting clever observations on social media, and spending time with my family and friends.

Educational/Professional Background

In 2014, I went back to school to earn my master’s degree in education. I started teaching in January, 2015. The 2015-2016 school year is my first at QCE. I love working in the learning center classroom. Every day is an adventure!

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Come prepared!

Patience, patience, patience. 

Never let them see you sweat!

When the classroom is loud, speak softly.

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Ms. Richardson

Ms. Richardson
Preschool
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Ms. Richardson

Ms. Richardson

Preschool

“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart.”

About Me

I was born in South Bend, Indiana, but moved to Arizona when I was four, so I feel like an Arizona native. I’m the lucky mother of three daughters. I love being outside, hiking, walking, traveling, shopping, and being crafty. I enjoy watching college football (Go Irish!), spending time with friends, and especially spending time with my girls.

Educational/Professional Background

I’m going into my tenth year of teaching. My first year of teaching I taught fourth grade, and then I moved to third grade for five years. During this time I completed my master’s degree along with my reading endorsement through NAU. While my family was expanding I left teaching for 4 years and returned for one year to teach part-time at a local preschool before moving on to Queen Creek Elementary. This year is my second year at QCE preschool, and I have loved every minute.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe in the true love of learning and that it is a life long journey. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to contribute to a student’s joy of learning in the beginning of their educational career. I believe it is the job of a preschool teacher to teach students about life skills needed to help them grow and prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Preschool is important as it teaches valuable skills such as sharing, interaction with others, and cognitive growth. Every child can learn, and it is the job of the teacher to help find the best tools with which to help them be successful. I try to create a classroom that is nurturing but also structured, as there needs to be rules and expectations so that students can rise to the challenge of learning. I love being a teacher because of the change and challenges each day brings. Kids are a joy to work with, they are excited and interested and eager to learn, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help foster that.

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Ms. Rosa

Ms. Rosa
Fourth Grade
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Ms. Rosa

Ms. Rosa

Fourth Grade

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”-Anthony J. D'Angelo

About Me

I am a mother of three children who all attend Queen Creek Schools. We love going to new places and having fun together. Disneyland, along with the beach, is our annual trip of choice.

Educational/Professional Background

I have taught in the Queen Creek School District for over nineteen years in grades three through seven. I have acquired my math endorsement as well as my master’s degree in administration.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Ensuring students have the confidence and desire to try is key to learning! We learn constantly both in and out of school and need to be willing to make mistakes as that is how we learn and grow. There is no one set way for all students to learn, so we need to be willing and open to ideas. Collaborative learning is a skill which we embrace to gain confidence in our own ideas and opinions. Through a safe, engaging, and supportive classroom, it is my desire to see all students rise to their full potential and beyond.

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Ms. Rutherford

Ms. Rutherford
First Grade
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Ms. Rutherford

Ms. Rutherford

First Grade

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”-Walt Disney

About Me

Mrs. Rutherford is originally from the Chicago area. She moved to Arizona in 2003. She is a sports fan and is a Chicago Cubs fan. Mrs. Rutherford has been married for ten years to her husband Jake, and they have three children. Mrs. Rutherford loves spending time with her family and making memories. She loves to travel and often goes back to Illinois with her kids to visit her family.

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Rutherford received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in elementary education. She has been teaching for just over twelve years and has been a part of the QCE family since 2008. She has taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Mrs. Rutherford believes that: “Fair isn’t everybody getting the same thing…Fair is everybody getting what they need in order to be SUCCESSFUL!” She strives to give each and every student what they need to they can each succeed in first grade. She knows each of her students well and knows each of their ability levels. Mrs. Rutherford looks forward to seeing each of her students’ faces light up when they finally understand whatever it is they are learning!

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Ms. Schrieber

Ms. Schrieber
Kindergarten
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Ms. Schrieber

Kindergarten

“Educating the mind without the educating the heart is no education at all.”-Aristotle

About Me

Mrs. Schrieber is originally from New Jersey but has been in Arizona for the past 26 years. She has a wonderful husband, Steve, and twelve year old twin daughters, Alexis and Amanda. She loves teaching kindergarten, running, traveling, and reading. She especially loves the beach and the ocean. It is her happy place, and she loves to spend time there with her family!

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Schrieber graduated from ASU with a degree in elementary education and has an early childhood endorsement as well as SEI and gifted provisional endorsement. She has twenty years teaching experience from pre-kindergarten all the way to fourth grade. She absolutely loves teaching kindergarten and has been teaching it for the past three years.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe learning should be interesting and fun. In my classroom I provide my kindergarten students with a warm, loving, and caring environment where they feel confident and are able to explore and grown academically, socially, and emotionally each and every day. I believe every child can learn, and my goal is to make each child feel as special as he or she is. I want my students to be successful, to have a positive self-esteem, as well as to have a love of learning. My motto is you may have not learned it yet, but you will.

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Ms. Schweikert

Ms. Schweikert
First Grade
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Ms. Schweikert

Ms. Schweikert

First Grade

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My name is Lynn Schweikert, and I am so excited to be at Queen Creek Elementary this year! I have lived in Scottsdale, Arizona my entire life. I went to Chaparral High School, I graduated in 1998, and I am the youngest of three. I love spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, taking my dog for walks, taking trips up north, and visiting the beach in California.

Educational/Professional Background

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ottawa University, then went to Northern Arizona University, where I obtained my master’s degree in early childhood along with a K-12 reading endorsement. I also teach early childhood courses online at Estrella Mountain Community College. I am going into my twelfth year of teaching first grade.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I absolutely love teaching, and it is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students. The opportunity to teach is a privilege and a responsibility I take very seriously. I will always do my best to motivate, comfort, and appreciate your child and all the gifts he or she will bring to our classroom. I will always look forward to partnering with you to make each and every year a successful one.

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Ms. Shumate

Ms. Shumate
Second Grade
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Ms. Shumate

Second Grade

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Ms. Sorensen

Ms. Sorensen
Kindergarten
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Ms. Sorensen

Kindergarten

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Coming soon.

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Coming soon.

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Ms. Stinson

Ms. Stinson
First Grade
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Ms. Stinson

Ms. Stinson

First Grade

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I am originally from Covina, California.  I have been married for six years to my wonderful husband, Michael. We have a beautiful daughter who is almost two years old. When I have time off from school, we love to travel and spend time with our family.

Educational/Professional Background

I knew that I had a passion to work with kids when I was 18 years old. I worked for Mesa Public schools in the Kids Corner program for seven years. I student-taught in first grade while attending Arizona State University, which I graduated from in 2013. I have taught two years of second grade, and will be teaching my second year of first grade. All four years of my teaching experience have been at Queen Creek Elementary.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is that every child can learn. I believe that every child can be successful in their academic career if they have educators who support, encourage, and care for each and every one of their students. As an educator, my goal is to make sure that my students have the opportunity to have the career that they wish to achieve. My goal is to provide the education and skills to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.

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Mr. Thalke
Fifth Grade
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Mr. Thalke

Fifth Grade

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Mr. Thalke was born in South Bend, Indiana and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has two children and one grandson and is a fan of the ASU Sun Devil’s! Hobbies include golfing, traveling, and spending time with family.

Educational/Professional Background

Mr. Thalke has taught elementary school since 2003. He holds a master’s degree in Elementary Education and believes lifelong learning is important.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

The students need to feel safe and have fun in a structured and consistent environment. Having good classroom management skills is the key to ensure the success of your students.

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Ms. Vanderpol

Ms. Vanderpol
Preschool
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Ms. Vanderpol

Preschool

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Miss Amy is originally from the great state of Washington and has lived in Arizona since 1998.

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Miss Amy graduated from Washington State University in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in elementary and special education. She received a master of education degree in 1998 from Heritage College.   

Miss Amy began teaching special education in 1995 in Sunnyside, Washington, then moved to Arizona in 1998 where she worked in the Tempe Elementary School District as an elementary resource teacher. After getting married and moving to the Ahwatukee area, Miss Amy became employed in the Kyrene School District as a resource teacher. Miss Amy has been teaching preschool in the Queen Creek Unified School District since 2006. 

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Miss Amy believes that in order to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond, they must have opportunities and experiences in five major areas of early childhood development:  gross/fine motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, and adaptive. Preschool children must be allowed and encouraged to move their bodies, use their five senses, and practice communicating with teachers and other students in order to take in all of the new information that is so exciting and educational to them in their young lives.

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Ms. Vega

Ms. Vega
Third Grade
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Ms. Vega

Ms. Vega

Third Grade

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I am originally from Orange County, California, and my family moved to Arizona ten years ago. My family consists of my awesome husband of 15 years and two energetic teenage boys. In my spare time I love to exercise, go camping, read, play board games, and spend time with my friends. I am also a huge Denver Broncos fan!

Educational/Professional Background

I am a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a degree in elementary education with an emphasis in English. This upcoming school year will be my sixth year as an educator here in Arizona. I have taught sixth and fourth grade in the past. I am very excited to be a part of the third grade team this upcoming year.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

It is my philosophy that every child can learn and grow to the best of their ability. I take it as my personal responsibility to see that this happens for your child. My goal is to create a learning environment that is fun and engaging. Your child will work independently, with partners, and in groups. They will be out of their seats participating in educational tasks and activities that will create learning success! You will find the Kagan Classroom management system in my classroom, as this allows for an organized and efficient day...not to mention a whole lot of singing and student chants.

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Ms. Villalobos
Fifth Grade
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Ms. Villalobos

Fifth Grade

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

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Mrs. Villalobos is native to Arizona. She has no children of her own, but does have lovely goddaughters and a godson. She loves to go shopping, exercise, and read. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family.

Educational/Professional Background

Mrs. Villalobos graduated from NAU in 2012 with her bachelor’s in elementary education. She has taught fifth grade for both the Chandler Unified School District and now Queen Creek School District. In the near future, she plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

As a teacher, it is my responsibility to know who my learners are and what kinds of knowledge and experience they bring to the group. This will help tailor a curriculum that fits their needs. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teacher. It is my duty to ensure that all of my students are being motivated through a safe learning environment and always striving for success.

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Ms. Vosika

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela

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Ms. Vosika was recently married and enjoys spending time with her husband. She likes hiking, bike riding, and visiting with family.

Educational/Professional Background

Ms. Vosika is going into her fourth year of teaching. She has worked in a learning center classroom for students with autism for three years and was previously a paraprofessional. Ms. Vosika’s passion is in special education.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

I believe that all students can learn with the support of teachers and parents. Kids can succeed in school when teachers and parents set high standards for their students. A strong classroom management plan must also be in place to assist students in meeting these standards. Following a classroom management plan will create a structured environment allowing students to understand what is expected of them and to follow daily routines, and it will keep students accountable for their own behaviors and assignments. In addition, teachers must create a positive and safe learning environment for kids to influence student achievement and create enthusiasm for learning.

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Ms. Willson

Ms. Willson
Second Grade
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Ms. Willson

Second Grade

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I am an Arizona native and graduated from ASU! I am the mother of two children that I adore: Mia and Ethan. My hobbies include bike rides and walks with my dog, watching my son play soccer, swimming at the beach, and traveling.

Educational/Professional Background

I graduated from ASU with a BA in Elementary Education, with an English as a Second Language Endorsement. I have taught first, second and fifth grades in Mesa. In addition, I have been  teaching in Queen Creek for 13 years as an ESL teacher, as well as fifth and second grades. I love this community and have made QCE my home.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

In my classroom, I strive to reach each individual learner based on their own strengths and weaknesses. I feel that all students are capable and have unique talents and abilities. My goal is to provide differentiated instruction within my classroom, allowing each student to reach their full academic potential. I strongly feel that the classroom should have a climate of trust, love, mutual respect and responsibility.

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Mr. Wogen
Third Grade
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Mr. Wogen

Third Grade

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”-Yoda

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Mr. Wogen grew up in Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 2007 where he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He enjoys golfing, camping, reading, and fishing. He is a lifelong Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs fans and enjoys attending spring training games every spring break.

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Mr. Wogen is going into his fifth year of teaching. He has taught one year of fifth grade and one year of fourth grade. All other years he has taught third grade.

Educational and School Counseling Philosophy

Classroom management is the key to a successful classroom environment. Managing a classroom to find the right balance is what keeps my class focused and challenged. I strongly believe that all children are capable of learning if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. As a teacher, I need to aware of learning, motivation, behavior, and development theories in order to relate to my students and push them to reach their full potential.

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“You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit!”

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I am a mother of five, one boy and four girls. I am a grandmother of two and hoping for more in the future. I’ve lived in Queen Creek for 16 years. I am an Arizona native from Mesa. I am a proud mother of a Navy corpsman deployed with the Fleet Marines, who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. I am thankful every day for brave men and women who are willing to serve our country. 

I love to travel and take long drives to see the country(old lady vacations). I love animals. I use to have horses, pigs, goats, cows, chickens, and ducks until I moved from my tiny farm. Now I have two wiener dogs.

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I have been a preschool aide at QCE since 2012, and I love it! Before that I worked in rehabilitation/habilitation working with children with special needs. My most rewarding job was being a stay at home mom while my children were young. 

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Preschool daily quote: “You get what you get, and you don’t throw a fit!”

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Miss Becky works in Special Education by day but works with dogs and cats in her free time. She loves training animals and her dogs and cats have been in commercials and many print ads. She spends her weekends running around an agility field with her dog. Scuba diving is a newfound passion, and she would love to spend more time underwater.

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Miss Becky attended Kennesaw State University in Georgia and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Teacher Education for Physical Education. She taught Adapted P.E. in Georgia before moving out of state and pursuing a different career. When she moved to Arizona, she knew she wanted to work in some capacity with Special Education and that is exactly where she is!

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I believe that children are unique and I enjoy finding the little keys that open their minds to learning. When one thing doesn't work, I try another. I'm very persistent that way!


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Queen Creek Elementary
23636 South 204th Street
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: (480) 987.5920
Attendance Line: (480) 987.5926
Fax: (480) 987.0612
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