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Adams Traditional Academy | July 24, 2017

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Our Team

Meet the people who make ATA great!


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Leadership | Kindergarten Enrichment | Kindergarten | First Grade | Second Grade | Third Grade | Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade | Sixth Grade | Seventh and Eighth Grades | Special Areas | Resource |

Leadership

Mrs. Hayes

Mrs. Hayes

Principal

Mrs. Kelly Hayes has been in education for 15 years. Mrs. Hayes has a Master of Arts in Education Intervention from Ottawa University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. During her time in the classroom, Mrs. Hayes has taught a variety of grade levels, spending a number of years teaching third grade.

While she spent some time teaching in different teaching environments, Mrs. Hayes has been passionate about traditional education since her own two children attended a traditional school. She believes in setting high expectations for students and giving them the skills and knowledge to reach and surpass these expectations. Mrs. Hayes chose to work at Adams Traditional Academy because she believes the elementary academic years are the foundation for success in high school and college. She also believes in a partnership between the school and parent. With rigorous curriculum, high classroom expectations, and parental support, well rounded, competent students are developed.

Ms. Olson

Ms. Olson

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Schorer

Mrs. Schorer

Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Enrichment

Mrs. Chesher

Mrs. Chesher

Teacher

Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 4 years
Number of Years Teaching: 2.5 years

Mrs. Junker

Mrs. Junker

Teacher

Mrs. Wright

Mrs. Wright

Teacher

Kindergarten

Mrs. Bringhurst

Mrs. Bringhurst

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 3 years
Number of Years Teaching: 12 years

Educational Background
B.S. in Family Social Science/Public Health
M.ED. in Education
AZ Secondary Certified Teacher
CA Multiple Subject Teacher Credential

Mrs. Leis

Mrs. Leis

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2nd year
Number of Years Teaching: 6 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Illinois State University

Mrs. Rogers

Mrs. Rogers

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 4 years
Number of Years Teaching: 7 years

Educational Background
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, English emphasis, Southern Oregon University
B.A. in International Studies with a minor in French

Mrs. Helmer

Mrs. Helmer

Teacher

Mrs. Ludwig

Mrs. Ludwig

Amanda Ludwig

First Grade

Miss Aaronson

Miss Aaronson

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 14 years

Educational Background
Watchung Regional High School, 1981
Associates Degree, Somerset County College, 1983
B.S., U.S.F. in Tampa, 1986
Standard Elementary Education K-8 Teacher Certificate
SEI K-12 Endorsement

Mrs. Bjerkestrand

Mrs. Bjerkestrand

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 14 years

Educational Background
Burlington-Edison High School, 1995-1999
Elementary Education, Arizona State University, 2000-2003

Miss Brooks

Miss Brooks

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 4 years
Number of Years Teaching: 4 years

Educational Background
B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Truett McConnell

Miss Welch

Miss Welch

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 year
Number of Years Teaching: 4 years

Educational Background
Bachelors Degree, Elementary Education, Northeastern Illinois University
Illinois Teaching Certificate

Ms. Festa

Ms. Festa

Teacher

Second Grade

Ms. Hveem

Ms. Hveem

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 5 years
Number of Years Teaching: 5 years

Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education, NAU, 2012
Spalding Trained
Singapore Math Trained

Mrs. Raper

Mrs. Raper

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 5 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education, Northwest University
Master’s Degree, Teaching, Northwest University

Ms. Rauscher

Ms. Rauscher

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 15 years

Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Missouri

Mr. Herrington

Mr. Herrington

Teacher

Mrs. Derdivanis

Mrs. Derdivanis

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2nd year
Number of Years Teaching: 21 years

Educational Background
Liberal Arts Degree, Azusa Pacific University, 1980
B.S., Elementary Education, Grand Canyon University, 1981
Gifted Endorsement

Third Grade

Ms. Coates

Ms. Coates

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2nd year
Number of Years Teaching: 9 years

Educational Background
B.A. Elementary Education (English as a Second Language), ASU, 2007

Mrs. Larance

Mrs. Larance

Teacher

Mrs. Romero

Mrs. Romero

Teacher

Mrs. Winter

Mrs. Winter

Teacher

Fourth Grade

Mr. Beckham

Mr. Beckham

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 3 years
Number of Years Teaching: 3 years

Educational Background
B.A. in International Affairs, Magna Cum Laude – NAU, 2011
Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certification – Rio Salado, 2014

Miss Behm

Miss Behm

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2nd year
Number of Years Teaching: 5 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s of Teaching, top 5% of class, ASU
Awarded Teacher of the Year at previous school

Mrs. Noffz

Mrs. Noffz

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 8 years
Number of Years Teaching: 11 years

Educational Background
Bachelors Degree, Elementary Education, ASU
SEI Certification
Spalding Certified

Miss Couse

Miss Couse

Teacher

Fifth Grade

Mr. Coley

Mr. Coley

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: No
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 2 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s Degree, Media Arts, University of Arizona
Currently pursuing Masters of Educational Leadership, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary

Mr. Daniels

Mr. Daniels

Teacher

Mr. Seeliger

Mr. Seeliger

Teacher

Sixth Grade

Mr. Freeman

Mr. Freeman

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 6 years
Number of Years Teaching: 6 years

Educational Background
Associate’s Degree, Yavapai Community College
B.A. in Business Administration, Vanguard University, 1984
B.A. in Pastoral Ministry, Vanguard University, 1986

Ms. Furash

Ms. Furash

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 2 years

Educational Background
B.S., Elementary Education and Special Education, GCU
Paralegal Certificate, Northeastern University

Mrs. Mullowney

Mrs. Mullowney

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 3 years

Educational Background
B.A. in English, NAU, 2007-2010
M.A. in English Literature, NAU, 2011-2012
TEFL, 2015
VLT Certificate, 2015

Seventh and Eighth Grades

Mr. Fakler

Mr. Fakler

Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 2 years
Number of Years Teaching: 2 years

Educational Background
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Minnesota

Miss Bowen

Miss Bowen

Teacher

Mrs. Laidlaw

Mrs. Laidlaw

Teacher

Mr. Levandoski

Mr. Levandoski

Teacher

Dr. Pico

Dr. Pico

7th/8th Foreign Language

Special Areas

Ms. Hoag

Ms. Hoag

Music Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 3 years
Number of Years Teaching: 3 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s in Music Education, Grand Valley State University, 2014
K-12 Music Education Certification

Mr. Johnson

Mr. Johnson

P.E. Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 8 years
Number of Years Teaching: 8 years

Educational Background
Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education, Blackburn College, 2008

Mrs. Lusson

Mrs. Lusson

Technology Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 3 years
Number of Years Teaching: 6 ½ years

Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education, University of Phoenix
M.A. Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix
M.A. Education, Administration, and Supervision, University of Phoenix

Dr. Brett

Dr. Brett

Art Teacher

Mrs. Pradeep

Mrs. Pradeep

Librarian

Resource

Mrs. Michael

Mrs. Michael

ELL Coordinator

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 8 years
Number of Years Teaching: 15 years

Educational Background
B.A. in American Studies – Anthropology and Sociology, Wichita State University
Elementary Education, Rio Salado College
SEI Endorsement
Reading Endorsement

Ms. Peterson

Ms. Peterson

Special Education Teacher

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 3 years
Number of Years Teaching: 3 years

Educational Background
Bachelors Degree, Special Education, Western Governors University

Mrs. Fulmer

Mrs. Fulmer

Reading Specialist

Highly Qualified: Yes AZ Certified: Yes
Number of years at Adams Traditional Academy: 7 years
Number of Years Teaching: 14 years

Educational Background
B.S. in Elementary Education, Corpus Christi State University, 1984
Reading Specialist – Early Childhood – English Language
Certified Spalding Instructor