Regina Abraham



Ms. Abraham has over 25 years of experience teaching in early childhood classrooms. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Grinnell College, and a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. She is an avid hiker and has also taught Hebrew for over 15 years. Ms. Abraham has been a frequent presenter at the NAEYC National Conference on the educational benefits of cooking in the early childhood classroom. When she is not presenting, Regina attends classes at the conference to deepen her professional practice. Ms. Abraham joined the Summit preschool team in 2015 and co-teaches our 3 day class. In addition to being an early childhood educator at Summit, Regina also enjoys her role as assistant volleyball and basketball coach to our middle school students.

Lisa Stearns-Hayes

Teacher, Toddler Discovery Instructor



Mrs. Hayes has been an early childhood educator at Summit for over 17 years. She has a degree in Child Development from Mesa Community College and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education through Northern Arizona University. Lisa has completed specialized classwork in speech and language and holds a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Certificate. Lisa also continues her education through national and state conferences, and classes at Arizona State University. She recently presented at the NAEYC National Conference on the educational benefits of cooking in an early childhood classroom. A member of our early childhood team since 2001, Ms. Hayes co-teaches in our 3 day classroom, leads our Toddler Discoveries program and also is the lead for our preschool summer program.

Tina Charney




Ms. Charney has been teaching preschool and elementary children in Minnesota and Arizona since 1996. Before she began her teaching career, Tina was a theatrical lighting designer and stage manager, working on Broadway and regionally, and touring in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Columbia University, an Early Childhood teaching license from Crown College in Minnesota, and holds an Arizona Early Childhood teaching license. Her ongoing professional development includes early childhood, developmental delays and special needs, Reggio Emilia, teaching English language-learners, and research-based techniques for teaching reading. In 2016, Ms. Charney published her first book, co-authored with her former teaching partner, Deb Ellsworth: Your Amazing Preschooler: How you can have the same, confident, and cooperative child at home that teachers have at school.  Tina has been an early childhood educator with Summit since 2015 and teaches in one of our 5 day classes.

Kristin Pepiton




Kristin Pepiton is one of our new 5-Day Preschool Teachers.  Kristin holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Arizona Christian University with endorsements in Early Childhood and Structured English Immersion. She loves to learn and continues to do so by attending professional development conferences in and out of state.  She brings her years of experience teaching kindergarten and preschool in the Phoenix area, and is the parent of an incoming Summit kindergartner and future preschooler. Kristin enjoys sharing her love of children’s literature and music with her students. Her energy and creative spirit are a great fit for our community.

Diana Clark




Ms. Clark’s experience in education spans multiple areas of early childhood development. After ten years as a preschool teacher, she invested four years as a site supervisor at a Child Development Center and then used her experience to enhance preschool programs throughout Arizona, working with Quality First. As a Quality First coach, she provided training to preschool programs, and developed other resources for Quality First participants. Diana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development in 1998 from University of La Verne. She is a trained observer in Pre-K, Toddler, and Infant CLASS; Trained in CACFP policies and procedures, Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS and ITERS), and Developmental Rating Profile. Ms. Clark is the past President of Eastern Sierra AEYC and served as the Vice President of Membership/Outreach for the Valley of the Sun AEYC. She joined Summit School of Ahwatukee in 2017 and teaches in one of our 5 day classes.

Donna Beatty




Ms. Beatty has been teaching in early childhood classrooms for 20 years with 10 years dedicated to preschool.  She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood with a Reading Specialist endorsement from Northern Arizona University.  She also has ESL and SEI endorsements.  Donna continues her professional development journey by taking online conferences that promote developmentally appropriate best practices in early childhood.  She joined Summit in 2019 and teaches in one of our 5 day preschool classrooms.

Gayle Green




Ms. Green has been an early childhood educator in Arizona and Texas since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the Arizona State University. She has continued her education with classes in Child Development and Early Literacy Acquisition. She completed a math training course through INTEL to further her math knowledge and familiarize herself with the Common Core learning trajectories in preschool and in the early elementary grades and has trained extensively with the Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative in Chicago.. She has been teaching in one of our 5 days classes at Summit since 2007 and serves as the preschool’s Early Childhood Math Specialist.

Fredie Boudrie




Ms. Boudrie has been a dedicated early childhood educator since 1998. Fredie began by student teaching in second grade, but quickly learned that her true love is working with preschoolers. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Interpersonal Communication from The Ohio State University, and completed additional coursework in the field of Elementary Education. In addition, Ms. Boudrie has an Academic Certificate in Child and Family Professional Development through the Early Childhood Education Program at Rio Salado College. Fredie has been teaching 5 day preschool at Summit since 2004, and also coordinates and leads Summit’s “pre-k boot camp” in our summer program.


Elementary School


Danielle Klein



Ms. Klein began her teaching career on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners region. For three years she taught kindergarten and first grade, and fifth grade Social Studies and Language Arts with second language learners. Moving to the Kyrene School District, she taught all-day and half-day kindergarten for eleven years with a focus on Early Childhood and Gifted Education. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with a major in Language Arts and a minor in Social Science. She earned an Early Childhood Endorsement and an SEI endorsement, while working toward a Masters’ degree with an emphasis on gifted education.  Ms. Klein also completed the Walt Disney World College Program, which offers leadership training to students all over the world. She has been a part of the Summit faculty since 2007.

Tera Dahl

Instructional Assistant



Mrs. Dahl’s commitment to educational excellence is demonstrated by her sixteen years of teaching her five children in a home school environment. Her knowledge and passion became her official profession, when she joined a Kyrene school to work with Kindergarten, Preschool, and special needs children. Tera attended Arizona State University, studying nutrition. In 2010, she joined our kindergarten team and supports all aspects of kindergarten instruction as well as first grade reading groups.

Erin Vosseller




Ms. Vosseller has been an early childhood educator since 1999. Outside of school, she volunteers as an Assistant Director of Arizona Camp Sunrise & Sidekicks, a camp for children with cancer and their siblings sponsored by the Southwest Kids’ Cancer Foundation. Erin graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and has minors in French, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. She also has an Early Childhood Endorsement, a full SEI endorsement, is CLIP (Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project) certified, and trained in the Project Approach. Ms. Vosseller joined the Summit faculty in 2001.

Marsha Casey

Instructional Assistant



Mrs. Casey’s classroom experience includes over eleven years working in schools as a library aid and substitute classroom teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Management from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio and she is completing her degree in Elementary Education from Rio Salado College. Marsha joined our kindergarten team in 2010 and supports all aspects of kindergarten instruction as well as first grade reading groups.

First Grade

Christine Odenkirk




Ms. Odenkirk began her career as an educator in 1998. She taught second, third and fourth grades in the Scottsdale Unified School District for six years. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Elementary Education and minored in language arts and reading. Christine has English as a Second Language Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, as well as an Early Childhood Endorsement and is CLIP (Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project) Ms. Odenkirk joined Summit’s faculty in 2005.

Leslie Gearhart




Mrs. Gearhart began her career as an educator in 2000.  She has had the pleasure of teaching first grade and Enrichment in an independent school in New Mexico, Manzano Day School and at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler.  In addition, she has taught second, third and fourth grade.  Leslie graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education and a Language Arts endorsement. Mrs. Gearhart is also SEI endorsed, Teaching Reading Effectively (TRE) certified, and has her TESOL (Teaching English for speakers of other languages) certification. Mrs. Gearhart joined Summit’s faculty in 2019. 

Second Grade

Dawn Anderson




Ms. Anderson has over 30 years of teaching experience and has taught first through third grades. Teaching has been her passion and her life. . She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master’s degree in Reading, as well as a reading endorsement. She has completed courses to enhance her second grade curriculum, including: Marilyn Burns’ Teaching Mathematics, Teaching Reading and Writing Workshops, and a conference for first and second grade teachers about enriching the classroom’s Language Arts program.  Mrs. Anderson joined the Summit faculty in 2002.





Ms. Angelakis began her teaching career as a classroom teacher for second, third, and fourth grades in Connecticut. She is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy, and earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Lesley University, Additionally, Ms. Angelakis has a Reading Specialist endorsement, a full Structured English Immersion endorsement and is CLIP (Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project) certified. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to her continuing education and has attended and presented at many professional development workshops. Faith joined Summit’s faculty in 2006.

Third Grade

Samantha Arce




Ms. Arce began her teaching career as a student teacher in Summit’s second grade. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Washington. Samantha has continued her education completing several courses in Elementary Mathematics. After spending time teaching in Arizona schools, Ms. Arce returned to Summit to join our faculty in 2017.

Cathy Reardon




Ms. Reardon has been teaching elementary school for over twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Elementary Education from Chapman University. Cathy continues her education through workshops focused on writing and math, and is an avid reader of professional texts as well. Ms. Reardon has been a member of Summit’s faculty since 2002.

Fourth Grade

Kyle Allen




Mr. Allen’s teaching career began in 2002. Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of New Mexico with a minor in Language Arts. He continued his education presenting and participating in numerous professional development seminars and conferences, including the Intel Math Program. Mr. Allen joined Summit’s faculty in 2007 and coaches an after school soccer program for our students.

Jackie Durbin




Ms. Durbin has been teaching since 2005. She has taught third, fourth, and fifth grades for nine of her years in the classroom. During this time, she took on numerous teacher leadership roles in areas that align with Summit’s mission and vision. Ms. Durbin earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education K-5 from Bellarmine University, a prominent private university in Louisville, and holds an Elementary Teaching Certificate in Kentucky. She is new to Summit’s faculty this year.

Fifth Grade

Kelly Curtin




Ms. Curtin began her teaching career over 20 years ago at a private school in Evanston, Illinois, where she taught fifth and sixth grade and coached girls’ softball. She earned her teaching degree from Northern Illinois, and holds a Master’s Degree in Education.  Kelly led staff trainings on differentiation, and assisted in developing the district-wide report card while teaching for the Kyrene School District. She has also presented to colleagues at the Arizona Association of Independent Schools on the topic of Project Based Learning Ms. Curtin joined Summit’s faculty in 2007.

Thomas Pray




Mr. Pray’s teaching has been greatly enhanced through the eleven years he has devoted to coaching, including high school basketball and golf teams, and middle school basketball teams. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Pray has earned a full SEI endorsement, and has expanded his knowledge through numerous Kagan cooperative learning trainings, and Arizona Association of Mathematics conferences.  Tom also has a sixth through eighth grade math endorsement in Michigan. Mr. Pray joined Summit’s faculty  in 2012.

Middle School

Melissa France

Teacher, Math, Social Studies, Life Skills



Ms. France’s teaching career is enhanced through her involvement as Summit’s Student Council Advisor. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, with a minor in Psychology from Northern State University. She is a member of NCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and was named Educator Mentor of the Year by the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce. Ms. France is also the recipient of a “Golden Gator, Excellence in Teaching Award” from Xavier College Preparatory High School. This award recognizes junior high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier’s freshmen students. Melissa joined Summit’s faculty in 2001.

Amy Lecky

Teacher, Literature and Language Arts, Middle School Coordinator



Ms. Lecky has over 20 years of experience as a middle school educator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Millsaps College and is a member of the National Middle School Association. Amy is a three time recipient of a “Golden Gator, Excellence in Teaching Award” from Xavier College Preparatory High School. This award recognizes junior high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier’s freshmen students. Ms. Lecky also spearheads two programs designed for Summit eighth grade students, “ROPES” and “SERVE”, which teach leadership, confidence and community service. Ms. Lecky serves as Summit’s Middle School Coordinator and joined Summit’s faculty in 2002.

Christy Menard

Teacher, Math



A member Summit’s faculty since 2009 with a combined total of twenty years teaching experience, Ms. Menard has many classroom success stories. Some recent achievements include multiple “Golden Gator, Excellence in Teaching Awards”, A private school teacher of the year finalist in 2013 and consistently high performing students on the annual AATM State Algebra Test including the highest score for the entire contest from 2016-2018! Ms. Menard’s passion for results was sparked through athletic competition that started in high school, participating in 3 varsity sports culminating in the Mountain Pointe Student Athlete of the Year award as a senior. The achievements continued in college including a 1995 softball National Championship at Chapman University. During her two years at Chapman, Christy also earned two First Team All American awards and an NCAA player of the Year award in 1996. Her story is featured in the book “Tales from The Small Time” By Jim Moore. She was also inducted into Chapman’s Hall of Fame in 2015. Looking for a new challenge, Ms. Menard accepted a scholarship to The University of Texas to help launch the softball program. Christy finished her amazing career at Texas by pitching 6 no-hit innings at the 1998 college world series against Michigan.

Meredith Mayefske

Teacher, Social Studies, Language Arts



Ms. Mayefske developed her passion for teaching as an undergraduate student, devoting time to the Salvation Army and helping to tutor and mentor students in the Phoenix area with the America Reads program. Meredith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University. She is a member of the Arizona Historical Society and has focused on Humanities as her area of expertise. Ms. Mayefske joined Summit’s faculty in 2015.

Electives and Specialists

Andrea Yocum

Science Teacher, Middle School



Ms. Yocum began her career as an educator teaching fifth and sixth grade and then science and math in the Mesa School District. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Northern Arizona University and is currently taking courses through the National Math and Science Initiative. She was selected as one of 272 teachers from 19 countries across the globe, to participate in the Honeywell Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and was selected to be a member of the University of Arizona Water Education Cohort. Andrea is a three time recipient of the “Golden Gator, Excellence in Teaching Award” from Xavier College Preparatory High School. This award recognizes junior high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier’s freshmen students. Ms. Yocum joined Summit’s faculty in 2002.

Lori Phillips

Science Teacher, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade



Ms. Phillips began her career as an educator in elementary grades and technology before moving to the specialized field of science. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and takes various continuing education courses. She had the opportunity to become a Master Teacher in the Intel Teach to the Future program, and the National Hands-On Science Institute . Lori joined Summit’s faculty in 2001.

Martha Silva

Spanish Teacher, Fifth-Eighth Grade


Elsa Conti

Spanish Teacher, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade



Ms. Conti called Mazatlán, México home until arriving in Phoenix in 1990. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Universidad de Occidente in México, continues to attend advanced classes in Spanish, and expanding her knowledge in teaching methods involving “(TPRS) Total Physical Response System.” She is an active member in the Arizona Language Association (AZLA) and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), Summit School Board of Trustees Committee as a Teacher representative for the last three years and SOCIEDAD HISPÁNICA de AMISTAD sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese as a Spanish Teacher representative. Elsa joined Summit’s faculty in 2001.

Jennifer Horne

Music Teacher, Preschool-Third Grade



Ms. Horne earned Bachelors and Master’s degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at State University of New York.  Her teaching experience has included general, instrumental, and vocal music at all levels, preschool through collegiate. Ms. Horne enhances her knowledge through active participation in international and national conferences, reading professional books and journals, and discussing issues with colleagues, making music education relevant and meaningful for the children. Recognized for her expertise in fostering creativity through music education, Ms. Horne was invited to co-create Music, Meaning, and Imagination, an elective music course for undergraduate non-music majors at Arizona State University. Ms. Horne also plays flute and piano, sings, and can play a variety of concert band instruments proficiently.  She joined the Summit faculty in 2008.

Chris Dorsey

Music Teacher Fourth-Fifth Grade, Band Elective Teacher



Dr. Dorsey began teaching classical guitar at the university level in 1996 and has been teaching children and youth since 1999. In 2005, he established the Dorsey Guitar Studio in Phoenix, Arizona, which offers high-quality instruction in music and classical guitar to children and youth. He holds Bachelors, Masters and a Doctor of Arts degree in Guitar Performance.  Dr. Dorsey has studied and performed throughout the world, including Spain, Argentina, and locally in Phoenix and Sedona. In 2000, the Arizona State University College of Fine Arts and the “Friends” of the ASU Center for Latin American Studies awarded Chris grants to study tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is active both as a soloist and as a member of the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet of Argentina. He has recorded three albums with the quartet: Journeys (2003), Wapango (2007) and Antiguo Canta (2007).  He joined the Summit School faculty in 2007.

Molly Danforth

Math Specialist



Ms. Danforth has over twenty years of teaching first through third grades. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.  To expand her teaching skills Ms. Danforth has taken additional training in Cognitively Guided Instruction, Intel Math, has a Reading Endorsement from Arizona State University and has also earned the prestigious National Board Certification Ms. Danforth joined Summit’s faculty  in 2007.

Jeremy Douwstra

Innovation and Technology Coordinator



Mr. Douwstra has an extensive background teaching and serving as a technology coach that spans over 20 years. He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. As a former district trainer and a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Jeremy is dedicated to staying current with emerging technologies. Mr. Douwstra joined Summit’s faculty in 2016.

Kathleen Kupper

Visual Arts Teacher



Ms. Kupper is a specialist in art, architecture and design and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc] and the ASU College of Architecture. She has a Master of Architecture degree from UCLA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. As the co-founder of the Vitruvius Program, she developed and taught architecture, art, and design programs in the United States and Switzerland. Kathleen, her daughter Selene and husband Eugene were the recipients of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Creative Achievement Award. This award recognized the Vitruvius Program research and curriculum integration at the Summit School. Ms. Kupper joined Summit’s faculty in 2001.

Amy Kelly

Assistant Visual Art Teacher



Ms. Kelly brings experience as a professional artist, designer, and educator to Summit School. Having studied at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Ms. Kelly’s wide and varied artistic and teaching talents will challenge and inspire Summit’s young artists through the Vitruvius Program.

Kate Gcoh

Culinary Arts Teacher



Ms. Gcoch is an established cook and culinary teacher. She earned a degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu, as well as a Bachelors Degree from the University of Arizona in Physiology. She is new to Summit’s faculty this year.

Laura Penna

Literacy Specialist



As Literacy Specialist, Ms. Penna helps differentiate learning opportunities for our young readers. Ms. Penna earned a Masters Degree from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy and is a certified Reading Specialist. She holds a Full Gifted Endorsement, and developed the Gifted Student Curriculum Continuum for the Balsz District, where she has served as the Lead Gifted Teacher Specialist for the six years. In this role, she scheduled and facilitated small group instruction for Kindergarten through sixth grade students. Ms. Penna joined our staff in 2017.

Leigh-Anne Yeager

Physical Education Teacher



Ms. Yeager has been teaching Physical Education since 2011 but has been involved with community wellness and athletic training since 2007. She has served as department lead, a part of the curriculum development team, and as a mentor to ASU student teachers in Gilbert. Leigh-Anne graduated from Arizona State University with a BAE in Secondary Education with an emphasis in K-12 Physical Education, Kinesiology, and Structured English Immersion. Her background includes working as a personal trainer/boot-camp instructor, marathon training, and CrossFit coaching. She joined Summit School in 2019. 

Allison Lee




Ms. Lee’s teaching experience spans preschool, elementary, middle school and high school. Allison has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Human Development and a minor in English.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Library Media Science with a certification in School Library Media. Ms. Lee joined Summit’s faculty in 2016.

Dawn Ighodaro

Extended Day Coordinator



Ms. Ighodaro’s career at Summit began in 1998 when she joined a group of visionaries; shovel in hand, to break ground on land that would become Summit School. She has both a Bachelor’s degree in Health & Physical Education for kindergarten – 12th and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Dawn has a depth of experience in education, including five years teaching at Arizona State University and ten years in higher education administration at Arizona State University, Drexel University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and West Chester University. Dawn served as our Admissions and Marketing Director and joined Summit’s staff in 2009.

Monica Mesa

Lunch Aide and Extended Day Staff


David Moreno

Athletic Director and Summer Camp Coordinator



David is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a degree in Sports Management. He brings five years of experience coaching youth sports, most recently at the Salvation Army Kroc Center where his responsibilities included coordinating their sports leagues and coaching. David also worked for the Phoenix Suns as a Street Team member promoting events, appearances and contests, and assisted the marketing department with public relations ideas and data cultivation. This is his first year being with Summit.


Mark Bistricky

Head of School



Mr. Bistricky was raised in Phoenix. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Whittier College (magna cum laude), he holds two Master of Arts degrees: one in History from University of Arizona, and the other in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. He has ten years experience as a principal/head of school, and eighteen as an educator, at schools in California and Arizona.

Andrea Benkel

Assistant Head of School



Andrea Benkel is a dynamic and passionate leader in the field of early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix. She has a director’s Certification from National Louis University and is a graduate of the Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute.

Under her leadership Summit has received its third national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC. She also served for over 8 years on the board of  the Valley of the Sun Education Association, a chapter of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children.

She is currently a member of the Childsplay Teacher Advisory Panel and Free Spirit Publishing’s Advisory Board of Educators. Andrea is passionate about supporting and finding ways to be involved in the local and educational community. She most recently served on  the First Things First Task Force for their most recent Strategic Plan.

Supervising and leading Summit’s preschool- second grade’s programs and staff allow Andrea to support best practices and exceptional experiences for Summit’s youngest learners.

Carrie Slade

Director of Business Operations


Ashley Hare

Director of Admissions



Mrs. Hare is bringing her talents and deep connections to Summit School as our Director of Admissions. Ashley began her career in education as a student teacher at Summit and then taught at Summit for 9 years in third and fourth grade. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University, a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in reading and mathematics for grades kindergarten through sixth, and a Library Media Specialist endorsement. 

Heidi Santos

Financial Analyst


Carol Mauermann

School Psychologist



Ms. Mauermann brings over twenty  years of experience in education, initially spending nine years as a Special Education teacher before pursuing graduate work to become a certified School Psychologist. Within both career roles, she has served children in public, private, and health care facilities. She earned her Psychological Specialist (Psy.S.) degree in School Psychology and her Masters in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Special education from the University of Dubuque, in Dubuque, Iowa. Outside of work, Carol enjoys reading, travel, volunteering and any activity that keeps her in the great outdoors with her family. Her volunteer work has taken her on multiple trips to China and Cambodia assisting orphanage-based and rural impoverished schools. She joined the Summit staff in 2014.

Barb Nicholas

Facility Manager



Ms. Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. She has worked in the area of Youth Development for over 30 years, and she is a former Facilities Manager for the American Cancer Society. Ms. Nicholas oversees building development, vendor selection and management and implements safety protocols here at Summit. She ensures that our campus is safe and that all operations are in working order.

Sarah Jackson

Office Manager


Cassandra Cutright

Human Resources 


Marketing Assistant



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