Preschool

Regina Abraham

Teacher

Bio

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

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.

Tina Charney

Teacher

Bio

Tina.Charney@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Fredie Boudrie

Teacher

Bio

Fredie.Boudrie@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

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 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.

Tammy Nguyen

Teacher

Bio

Tammy.Kwong@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Nguyen began developing her teaching skills as a volunteer with the Head Start program at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix.  She began her formal career as an early childhood educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Early Childhood Program. Tammy has earned a Masters of Advanced Science Degree in Infant-Family Practice, and two Bachelor degrees: Science in Family and Human Development, and Arts in Global Health, all from Arizona State University. Ms. Nguyen joined Summit in 2017 and teaches in one of our 5 day preschool classrooms.

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 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.

Meghan Coronado

Teacher

Bio

Meghan.Coronado@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Coronado’s early childhood teaching experience spans preschools in Arizona and Nebraska from infant to 5 years, as well as teaching Kindergarten. Meghan’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in both Special Education and Elementary Education from Arizona State .University. Her love of teaching young learners led her to also earn an Early Childhood Endorsement. Mrs. Coronado  has been teaching in one of our 5 day preschool classrooms since joining our early childhood team in 2012 and has also coached our middle school volleyball team and worked in our summer program.

Vanessa Madriaga

Teacher Support

Bio

Vanessa.Madriaga@summitschoolaz.org

Ms. Madriaga has been working in before and after school programs, and in the early childhood field since 2006. She has two Associates degrees and is currently finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Vanessa received certified training from Arizona Center for After School Excellence, First Things First, and the Arizona Head Start program.  She joined the Summit preschool team in 2016 and supports all classrooms as an instructional assistant. In 2017, Vanessa also joined our Middle School faculty as the Theater and Movie Production elective specialist.

Elementary School

Kindergarden

Danielle Klein

Teacher

Bio

Danielle.Klein@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Bio

Tera.Dahl@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

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.

Marsha Casey

Instructional Assistant

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.

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.

Lisa Rubin

Teacher

Bio

Lisa.Rubin@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Rubin’s career in education began in 2000, student teaching in second grade at Kyrene de la Mariposa. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southwest Missouri State University and attended the University of Phoenix to earn her teacher certification. She is a CLIP Reading Specialist and has endorsements in Reading, Early Childhood Education, and Structured English Immersion. Ms. Rubin joined Summit’s faculty in 2001.

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

Samantha Arce

Teacher

Bio

Samantha.Arce@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

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.

Ashley Burbach

Teacher

Bio

Ashley.Burbach@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Burbach began her teaching career as a student teacher at Summit. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the Arizona State University and has a Masters degree in Education with a specialization in reading and mathematics for grades Kindergarten through 6th. She recently became a Google Certified Educator (Level 1) and in 2014 completed The Intel Math training program for teachers. Ashley joined Summit’s faculty in 2009.

Fifth Grade

Kelly Makay

Teacher

Bio

Kelly.Makay@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Makay 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. Makay 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.

 

Christy Menard

Teacher, Math

Bio

Christy.Menard@summitschoolaz.org

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

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.

Electives and Specialists

Andrea Yocum

Science Teacher, Middle School

Bio

Andrea.Yocum@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Yocum began her career as an educator teaching fifth and sixth grade and then science and math in the Mesa School District She graduated 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

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.

Andrea Gonzalez-Cantwell

Spanish Teacher, Fifth-Eighth Grade

Bio

Andrea.Gonzalez-Cantwell@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Gonzalez-Cantwell is an educator who has worked with students from elementary school through the university level. Andrea has a Master’s Degree in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics, Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. She is a member of the Arizona Language Association (AZLA) and the The American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Her most recent professional development conference was Creating Engaging Learning Experiences for the 21st Century World Language Learner and Nexus Now Express YoUrSelf at ASU School of International Letters and Cultures. Ms. Gonzalez-Cantwell joined Summit’s faculty in 2011.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kathleen Kupper

Visual Arts Teacher

Bio

Kathleen.Kupper@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Selene Kupper

Visual Arts Teacher

Bio

Selene.Kupper@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Kupper has developed projects and taught in the Vitruvius Program at the ASU Center for Academic Precocity, Design Discovery at the ASU College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Tesseract School Paradise Valley and North Scottsdale, and the University of Wisconsin. Selene studied graphic design at ASU, and has had her work exhibited internationally. Ms. Kupper has been recognized nationally for her part in developing and teaching the Vitruvius Art Program. Selene, her mother Kathleen and father 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. She joined Summit’s faculty in 2008.

Laura Bachrach

Culinary Arts, Admin Assistant

Bio

Laura.Bachrach@SummitSchoolaz.org

Laura Bachrach started her career in health care over 30 years ago. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University and a Masters’ of Science in Leadership through the Ken Blanchard School of Business at the Grand Canyon University. As a parent at Summit, Ms. Bachrach has held many volunteer positions including BEST President, Volunteer Coordinator, and has served on the Summit School’s Board of Trustees, with the duties of Facility Strategic Committee Co-Chair for last four years. She was a part of the team that worked on the kitchen renovation, transforming the kitchen into the culinary classroom it is today. Laura joined Summit’s faculty in 2016.

Laura Penna

Literacy Specialist

Bio

Laura.Penna@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Stacey Peed

Athletics, Enrichment and Summer Coordinator

Bio

Stacey.peed@summitschoolaz.org

Ms. Peed brings fourteen years of experience teaching Physical and Health Education, including most recently ten years at a prominent local independent school. While there, Ms. Peed also served as Athletic Coordinator for six years, creating programs for football, volleyball and basketball, overseeing all sports, and coaching volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross country and softball. Ms. Peed holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education and also has twenty-three years of experience managing the daily operations for a variety of private and corporate fitness centers. She joined the Summit Staff in 2018.

Kathy Dean

Physical Education Teacher

Bio

Kathy.Dean@SummitSchoolaz.org

Ms. Dean’s leadership earned Summit’s Physical Education curriculum and before school running club a designation of one of top schools in the United States for the “Let’s Move in School” program developed by former First Lady Michelle Obama.  She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance and music education and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, both from Indiana State University, Mrs. Dean is a Certified Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine, and earned an
Exercise is Medicine Certification Level 2.Kathy received recognition for her achievement in helping improve school wellness by serving as a Fuel Up and Play 60 program adviser and is the former president of the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Ms. Dean earned the Active Learning Specialist certification from Harrisburg University and became a National Physical Activity Leader Specialist, Train the Trainer. She joined Summit’s faculty in 2008.

Allison Lee

Librarian

Bio

Allison.Lee@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

Elementary Extended Day

Bio

Dawn.Ighodaro@SummitSchoolaz.org

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.

Ali Del Cotto

Extended Day Staff and Substitute Teacher

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Danny Reardon

Extended Day Staff and Substitute Teacher

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Pamela Stokes

Preschool Extended Day Staff

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Courtney Danforth

Extended Day Staff and Substitute Teacher

Monica Mesa

Lunch Aide and Extended Day Staff

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Noah Harris

Extended Day Staff

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Administration

Mark Bistricky

Head of School

Bio

Mark.Bistricky@SummitSchoolaz.org

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

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.

Carrie Slade

Director of Business Operations

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Laurie Meade

Human Resource Generalist

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Heidi Santos

Financial Analyst

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Michelle McConnell

Purchasing Clerk

Robert Phillips

Facility Manager

Bio

Robert.Phillips@SummitSchoolaz.org

Mr. Phillips holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Fire Service and Emergency Services Management, respectively. He served as Fire Battalion Chief for the Gila Indian River Community for thirteen years, a role in which he was responsible for facilities management and evaluation, construction project review, evaluating bids for vendor selection, and developing and implementing safety plans. His duties in fire suppression also required him to have working knowledge of major building systems. Mr. Phillips safety training and background help keep our campus safe.

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.

Sarah Jackson

Office Manager

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Marketing Assistant

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