Preschool

Donna Beatty

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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

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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

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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. She 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

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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.

Rachel Jones

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Lisa Stearn-Hayes

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Elementary School

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Erin Vosseller

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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.

Kristin Pepiton

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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. Her two daughters are also Summit Sabrecats.

First Grade

Kat Glover

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Alisha Watson

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Alisha Watson and her husband have lived in Ahwatukee for close to 30 years. We have three children, Sara (Sophomore ASU Barrett), Steven (freshman Johns Hopkins University) and Katie (Sophomore Xavier College Prep). All three of our children went to Summit Preschool. Steven graduated from Summit in 2016. I am so excited and honored to be joining this incredible community as a first grade teacher. I currently teach first grade and love it. Next year will be my 13th year of teaching. I have a BA in Elementary Education from ASU and an MA in Educational Leadership from NAU. I love the curiosity and enthusiasm for learning that first graders bring to the classroom. I can not wait to become a part of this dynamic school!  

Second Grade

FAITH ANGELAKIS

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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

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Cathy Reardon

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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

Kelsey DuPuis

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Leslie Gearhart

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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

Andrea yocum

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Thomas Pray

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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

Seventh Grade Homeroom

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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.

Jessica Harris

Science Teacher

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Janet Collins

Spanish Teacher

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Amy Lecky

Eighth Grade Homeroom

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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.

Amanda Saganitso

Language Arts & Drama Teacher

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Meredith Mayefske

Sixth Grade Homeroom

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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.

Trey Banani

Math Teacher

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Electives and Specialists

Marsha Casey

Library Supervisor

 

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Ana Maria Lay

Preschool-5th Spanish

 

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Molly Danforth

Math coach and interventionist 

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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.

Dr. Chris Dorsey

4th-8th Music and Band

 

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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

 

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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

3rd-8th Visual Arts

 

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Jennifer Horne

Preschool-3rd Music

 

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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.

Aisawan Chanpraphap

Preschool-2nd Art & 6th-8th Japanese

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Curtis Hough

Physical Education

 

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My name is Curtis James Hough. I have an Athletic background having attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah as a scholarship Athlete. I bring 32 years of teaching experience in Physical Education (Kinesiology), and a State Championship in Football, with numerous years as a teacher mentor. I also have my Masters Degree in Administration. From Cal State University at San Bernardino. I have always taught Physical Education. I have worked with students K-12 my entire career. I am very excited to work with these great young people that you are allowing me to work with. I love biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and will input that into your child’s education. I have always believed in a healthy body, healthy mind principle. I am married to Kimberly Hough for 27 years. Have three children Stephanie who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah Amanda who would have been 35 as of August 11th, and my son Jacob Maxwell(20) who is a Junior in Commercial Aviation at Arizona State University. One grandchild, Harper (7) a second grader. I have to mention my dog Walter Payton(6). I am very excited to be here in Arizona working with Dr. Stephanie Nardi at Summit School. Go Sabercats!

 

Christine Odenkirk

Reading Specialist

 

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Sarah Frashour

Teaching Assistant

 

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Veronica Vargas

Teaching Assistant

 

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Lori Phillips

Kindergarten-5th Science

 

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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.

Administration

Dr. Stephanie Nardi

Head of School

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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.

Tylor Wimbish

Athletic & Activities Director

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Kyle Allen

Director of Admissions

 

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Sarah Jackson

Office Manager

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Carol Mauermann

School Psychologist

 

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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

 

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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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