Preschool

Donna Beatty

Teacher

Bio

Donna.Beatty@SummitSchoolAZ.org

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.

Diana Clark

Teacher

Bio

Diana.Clark@SummitSchoolaz.org

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 the 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.

Fredie Boudrie

Teacher

Bio

Fredie.Boudrie@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Boudrie has been a dedicated early childhood educator since 1998. She 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. Sheie 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.

 

Gayle Green

Teacher

Bio

Gayle.Green@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Green has been an early childhood educator in Arizona and Texas since 2002. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from 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.

Kristin Pepiton

Teacher

Bio

Kristin.Pepiton@SummitSchoolaz.org

 

As an Arizona native, Ms. Pepiton began teaching Kindergarten in 2011, then moved to preschool in January of 2018.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern College, now Arizona Christian University.  She also holds Early Childhood and SEI endorsements.  As she continues to grow professionally, she loves to attend professional development trainings and conferences as often as she can. She joined Summit in 2019 and teaches in one of our 5-day preschool classrooms. Her two daughters are also Summit Sabrecats.

 

Elementary School

KindergarTen

Erin Vosseller

Teacher

Bio

Erin.Vosseller@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

First Grade

Christine Odenkirk

Teacher

Bio

Christine.Odenkirk@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Second Grade

Dawn Anderson

Teacher

Bio

Dawn.Anderson@summitschoolaz.org

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.

FAITH ANGELAKIS

Teacher

Bio

Faith.Angelakis@summitschoolaz.org

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

David Preston

Teacher

Bio

Cathy Reardon

Teacher

Bio

Cathy.Reardon@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Teacher

Bio

Kyle.Allen@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Leslie Gearhart

Teacher

Bio

Leslie.Gearhart@SummitSchoolaz.org

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. 

Fifth Grade

Kelly Curtin

Teacher

Bio

Kelly.Curtin@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Teacher

Bio

Thomas.Pray@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Bio

Melissa.France@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Bio

Amy.Lecky@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Meredith Mayefske

Teacher, Social Studies, Language Arts

Bio

Meredith.Mayefske@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Ashley Poole

Teacher, Math

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Jessica Harris

Teacher, Middle School Science

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Electives and Specialists

Marsha Casey

Library Supervisor

Bio

Marsha.Casey@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Elsa Conti

Spanish Teacher, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade

Bio

Elsa.Conti@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Molly Danforth

Math Specialist

Bio

Molly.Danforth@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Chris Dorsey

Music Teacher Fourth-Fifth Grade, Band Elective Teacher

Bio

Chris.Dorsey@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Jeremy Douwstra

Innovation and Technology Coordinator

Bio

Jeremy.douwstra@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Colleen Eckles

Visual Arts Specialist

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Jennifer Horne

Music Teacher, Preschool-Third Grade

Bio

Jennifer.Horne@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

David Moreno

Athletic Director and Summer Camp Coordinator

Bio

david.moreno@SummitSchoolaz.org

David is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He brings five years of experience coaching youth sports. David started with Summit in early 2019.

Marvin Hypolite

Physical Education Teacher

Bio

Marvin.Hypolite@SummitSchoolaz.org

Marvin Hypolite earned a Masters Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. In addition to having taught elementary P.E., Mr. Hypolite is also an accomplished soccer coach. He served as an Assistant Coach for the GCU Men’s and Women’s soccer program, and is the current Head Coach of the Desert Vista High School Women’s Soccer Program, and has been recognized as the Arizona High School Girls Soccer Coach of the Year. Mr. Hypolite’s energy and drive will support his success as Summit as he joins our community. 

 

Rachel Jones

Teacher, Reading Support

Bio

Rachel.Jones@SummitSchoolaz.org

Bio Coming Soon… 

 

Monica Mesa

Lunch Aide and Extended Day Staff

Bio

CHIPS AND SALSA

HAPPINESS COORDINATORS

Bio

Chips and Salsa are Summit’s Directors of Joy and Smiles. Brought to Summit in early 2018, the pair were hatchlings and spent most of their time in a warm terrarium. As they grew bigger and needed space Summit students worked with the team from Snooze Ahwatukee to build their first outdoor habitat. Both chips and Salsa are excited to turn 5 and love their space outside of kindergarten. They love the greens and hibiscus that students bring to them and are great listeners and friends to everyone in the Summit Community. Their goal is to watch generation after generation of Summit students grow up to be the people who will make a difference in the world. For Chips and Salsa—the kids ARE their world!

Lori Phillips

Science Teacher, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade

Bio

Lori.Phillips@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

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Administration

Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

Bio

Stephanie.Nardi@SummitSchoolAZ.org

Dr. Nardi is originally from Wisconsin. She has over twenty years of experience in education as both teacher and administrator. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, holds two master’s degrees from Marian University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix. She has taught all grade levels 1-8 during her teaching career. She also has licenses as director of curriculum and instruction, special education and pupil services, and at-risk and alternative education.

Andrea Benkel

Assistant Head of School

Bio

Andrea.Benkel@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Cassandra Cutright

Human Resources 

Sarah Jackson

Office Manager

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Carol Mauermann

School Psychologist

Bio

Carol.Mauermann@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Bio

Barb.Nicholas@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Heidi Santos

Financial Analyst

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Carrie Slade

Director of Business Operations

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Lisa Stearns-Hayes

Director of Admissions

Bio

Lisa.Stearns@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

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