Meet our Teachers and Staff

We are very fortunate to employ such talented and committed faculty members at Littleton STEM Academy. Our qualified staff strives to keep lines of communication open and is happy to receive any questions or comments. Please feel free to contact us as needed:


Admin


Administration

Principal James Verrill
James Verrill
Principal

Assistant Principal Steven Rickert
Steven Rickert
Assistant Principal
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Support Staff


Office & Staff

 Irene Dargan</br>                                                                  
Administrative Secretary

Irene Dargan
Administrative Secretary
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 Liliana Hernandez</br>                                                                  
Support Specialist, Jr.

Liliana Hernandez
Support Specialist, Jr.
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 Lucy Barraza</br>                                                                  
Support Specialist, Sr.

Lucy Barraza
Support Specialist, Sr.
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 Marie Gutierrez</br>                                                                  
Librarian

Marie Gutierrez
Librarian
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 Martha Riemenschneider</br>                                                                  
Nurse

Martha Riemenschneider
Nurse
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 Gloria Lira</br>                                                                  
Lead Custodian

Gloria Lira
Lead Custodian
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 Jackie Older</br>                                                                  
Reading Interventionist

Jackie Older
Reading Interventionist
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 Damon Lorenz</br>                                                                  
Psychologist

Damon Lorenz
Psychologist
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 Richard McCormick</br>                                                                  
Dean

Richard McCormick
Dean
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 Sharon Hines</br>                                                                  
TOSA

Sharon Hines
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 Amanda Herrera</br>                                                                  
SAC

Amanda Herrera
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Katie Wisener
Psychologist
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Nohemi Franco
Psychologist Intern
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teachers


Preschool

 Danielle Lowrie
Danielle Lowrie
Home Town:
Huntington Beach, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton

Hobbies:
Crafting, Traveling, Going to antique shops

Message:

I just want to express how amazing it is to get to know your child throughout the school year. They offer valuable insights, unique personality traits and creative ideas to our classroom culture. We learn to work together, even with those who may be completely different from us. In doing so we gain lifelong lessons about tolerance, acceptance and compassion. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s educational journey!


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Preschool Tamika Russell
Tamika Russell
Preschool
Home Town:
San Diego, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English, Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:

Hobbies:
Talking on phone and shopping

Message:

Every child is special.


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 Margaret Henke
Margaret Henke
Home Town:
Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

Where I Started to Teach:
Head Start

Hobbies:
Getting together with family and friends

Message:

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. - Confucious


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 Jennie Harstein
Jennie Harstein
Home Town:
Watervliet, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, writing, and art

Where I Started to Teach:
Grand Rapids Great Start (Michigan)

Hobbies:
Hiking, dancing, reading, crafting and volunteering

Message:

I am excited to help children become lifelong learners through play exploration, experiences, and meaningful discoveries. My hope is that each day having learned something new, children will leave the classroom smiling a little brighter and more confident in who they are and who they can become than when they first entered the doors.


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 Rebekah Womack
Rebekah Womack
Home Town:
Aviano, Italy

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reading and traveling

Message:

New places bring new adventures.


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 Angelica Yanez
Angelica Yanez
Home Town:
Avondale, Arizona

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton STEM Academy

Hobbies:
Spending my free time with family and taking pictures

Message:

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney


Kindergarten

 Jordan Thompson
Jordan Thompson
Home Town:
El Paso, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Reading, Yoga, Spending time with family and friends

Message:

Hello! I am really excited to get to know you and your student while motivating them to learn and grow as the year goes on! 


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 Napua Alvarez
Napua Alvarez
Home Town:
Buckeye, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Spending time with my two beautiful children, my husband and family. I also enjoy watching sports and getting outside whenever I can.

Message:

My mission is to bring the Aloha Spirit to my kindergarten classroom so that I can inspire your students first love of learning. I would like to share my Hawaiian culture to all of Littleton in hopes of being that happy, encouraging teacher that students come back to even after years of kindergarten have gone by. E Komo Mai(welcome) to my Ohana (family).


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 Kali Pelletier
Kali Pelletier
Home Town:
Ashland, Maine

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
This is my first year!

Hobbies:
Theatre, playing with my dog, and video games

Message:

Hello all! I am looking forward to working with you this year. It will be focused and fun!


First Grade

 Elisabeth Coco
Elisabeth Coco
Home Town:
Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
My bedroom as a kid, but this is my first year teaching

Hobbies:
Reading, Hiking, and Drinking Coffee

Message:

"The best things in life are worth waiting for, fighting for, believing in, and just never letting go of." -Unknown


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 Ashley Davis
Ashley Davis
Home Town:
Grandville, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Imagine Cortez Park in Phoenix, AZ for the last nine years

Hobbies:
Singing, baking/cooking, painting, and playing with my two beautiful boys

Message:

My goal is to grow all student’s minds, guide their hearts, and instill a love for lifelong learning through positive character development!


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Second Grade

 Heather Diedtrich
Heather Diedtrich
Home Town:
West Hartford, CT

Favorite Subject in School:
Art

Where I Started to Teach:
Longview Elementary, Osborn School District, Phoenix

Hobbies:
Cooking, Gardening, Art, and Reading

Message:

Teaching is one of my favorite things to do, and I look forward to spending time with students every day. I love watching them begin to understand a new concept. There is nothing quite like watching the light bulb go off when they grasp a new skill.


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 Bonnie Martin
Bonnie Martin
Home Town:
Laguna Niguel, California

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading, Writing and Social Studies

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton

Hobbies:
Spending time with family and friends, working out, and swimming.

Message:

All children are capable of success, No exceptions!!


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 Kasey Hauck
Kasey Hauck
Home Town:
Inver Grove Heights MN

Favorite Subject in School:
Writing

Where I Started to Teach:
Day By Day Child Development Center

Hobbies:
Running, kickboxing, reading in the sun, and spending time with my family

Message:

I am very excited to get to know the students and families at Littleton. I believe that learning should be fun, exciting, and hands-on.


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Third Grade

 Cassandra Lockard
Cassandra Lockard
Home Town:
Savannah, Georgia

Favorite Subject in School:
History and Art History

Where I Started to Teach:
Eton Public School, Bucheon, South Korea

Hobbies:
Rugby, Reading, Cooking, Hiking, Video Games, and Kick Boxing

Message:

My favorite quote is: “You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” I look forward to helping our students cross the oceans of learning with courage, excitement, and dedication.


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 Rachel Mullens
Rachel Mullens
Home Town:
Maryville, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
I love to cook, spend time with my pets, play video games, scroll Pinterest and Netflix, travel to new places, and learn anything new I can learn!

Message:

It is my first year as a teacher, but I am so excited to begin the journey as a Littleton Firebird! My classroom will be full of exploration, creativity, and problem solving! 2018-2019 will be the best school year ever!


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 Darby Vance
Darby Vance
Home Town:
Bowdon, GA

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies and Language Arts

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends

Message:

Hello! I am very excited about the upcoming school year! It is going to be full of fun, adventures, and learning. One of my favorite quotes is: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” I cannot wait to involve my students in learning and watch them grow. In my eyes, all students are capable of success. I can hardly wait to meet you all! 


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Fourth Grade

 Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
Home Town:
Greenvile, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject in School:
Social Studies

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Hobbies:
I enjoy watching the Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, playing softball, traveling, and reading.

Message:

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 Bethany Erwin
Bethany Erwin
Home Town:
Kansas City, Missouri

Favorite Subject in School:
Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Traveling, exercising, reading

Message:

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and watching them learn and grow.


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 Kayla Billing
Kayla Billing
Home Town:
Gorham, Maine

Favorite Subject in School:
Math and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary STEM Academy - Computer Science

Hobbies:
I love to read, swim, and spend time with my family

Message:

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress” - Frederick Douglass


Fifth Grade

 Daniel Mainord
Daniel Mainord
Home Town:
Riverside, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
U.S. History

Where I Started to Teach:
Avondale, Arizona

Hobbies:
Church activities, Cross country running, and Cars

Message:

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for the country" John F. Kennedy


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 Serina Puebla
Serina Puebla
Home Town:
Caledonia, MN

Favorite Subject in School:
ELA

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
I collect salt and pepper shakers

Message:

"To teach is to touch lives forever." - Anonymous


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 Cari Howlett-Koehn
Cari Howlett-Koehn
Home Town:
Bridgeport, MI

Favorite Subject in School:
Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Buena Vista, Michigan

Hobbies:
Fitness, Reading, Motorcycles

Message:

Education is what you make it.


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 Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Jeanine Jones-Rankins
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Literature

Where I Started to Teach:
Tolleson, AZ

Hobbies:
Genealogy research, writing poetry, and walking

Message:

You know more than you think you do; you are smarter than you think you are. Don't tell me what you can't do; show me what you can do!


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Sixth Grade

 Benjamin Bassey
Benjamin Bassey
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 Erin Mitchell
Erin Mitchell
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Seventh Grade

 Taylor Scott
Taylor Scott
Home Town:
Chatham, IL

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
This is my first teaching position!

Hobbies:
Reading, traveling, writing, and being with friends and family

Message:

I am so excited for the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals with you this year.


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 Julie Cole
Julie Cole
Home Town:
Indiana

Favorite Subject in School:
Spanish

Where I Started to Teach:
Sedona, Arizona

Hobbies:
Traveling

Message:

My goal is to make learning math simple! I enjoy helping adults with math just as much as I enjoy helping children. Never be afraid to ask me questions. We are all in this together!


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Seventh & Eighth Grade

Social Studies Dallas Gilleland
Dallas Gilleland
Social Studies
Home Town:
Fruitland, IA

Favorite Subject in School:
US History

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Watching the Cubs and Hawkeyes, hiking, and taking my dog to the dog park

Message:

Learning is not a spectator sport - Ehrmann and Chickering


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7/8 SC Rosa Cruz Cova
Rosa Cruz Cova
7/8 SC
Home Town:
Glendale, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Painting and watching movies

Message:

I am excited to meet you all and look forward to working together in order to have a successful school year! "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined" - Henry David Thoreau 


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Eighth Grade

Language Arts Stephanie Rudzki
Stephanie Rudzki
Language Arts
Home Town:
Simi Valley, CA

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Traveling, writing, spending time with friends and family, and attending concerts

Message:

I am beyond excited to work with your child this year, and to better prepare them for their upcoming years in high school! "One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world!" - Malala Yousafzai


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 Martin Fitch
Martin Fitch
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6,7,8 CC Leticia Oliva
Leticia Oliva
6,7,8 CC
Home Town:
McAllen, TX

Favorite Subject in School:
Science, Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Baking, Zumba, Working Out

Message:

The three C's of life: choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.


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CC 3-6 Anna Coker
Anna Coker
CC 3-6
Home Town:
Ashland, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Reading

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Hobbies:
Shopping, watching sports, playing pool

Message:

I look forward to getting to know your student this year. I am excited to contribute to the learning process that will assist in your student's continued educational growth.


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CC K-3 Beaney Payan
Beaney Payan
CC K-3
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Math. Science, Art

Where I Started to Teach:
South Pointe Jr. High School

Hobbies:
I love to do arts and crafts in my spare time. I enjoy hiking and being outdoors, this is something that relaxes me. I also enjoy to read inspirational books and watch movies.

Message:

"Wisdom begin in wonder" - Socrates


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 Bernadette Daite
Bernadette Daite
Home Town:
Surprise, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Asian History and Math

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Photography, hiking, camping and reading

Message:

"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it." - Analects


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 Savannah Meredith
Savannah Meredith
Home Town:
Lincoln, NE

Favorite Subject in School:
English

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary School

Hobbies:
Shopping, hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, and relaxing

Message:

I'm really excited to be starting my first year of teaching here at Littleton and am excited to work with parents, students, and staff.


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 Ashley Perman
Ashley Perman
Home Town:
Akron, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Language Arts, History, and Band

Where I Started to Teach:
I started teaching in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with two deaf students.

Hobbies:
Snow skiing, Crossfit, crafting, and hanging out with friends and family

Message:

Welcome parents and students! My name is Ms. Perman, and I am so excited to start working with each of you this school year. This is going to be a fun year full of learning, making new discoveries, and having fun with our friends. My room is open to all and if there is ever any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I cannot wait to meet all of you very soon!


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 Benjamin Sullens
Benjamin Sullens
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Art Delaney Rogers
Delaney Rogers
Art
Home Town:
Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Subject in School:
Art & English

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Hobbies:
Playing with my dog, doing yoga, reading, painting, trying out new coffee shops, and cheering on the Denver Broncos during football season!

Message:

My goal is to inspire creativity in each and every one of my students and help them take pride in their work. As Pablo Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." 


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Gifted K-8 Saudat Balogun
Saudat Balogun
Gifted K-8
Home Town:
Ogbomoso (Nigeria)

Favorite Subject in School:
Biology

Where I Started to Teach:
Shukrah International School Nigeria

Hobbies:
Dancing and Singing

Message:

"There is no magic to achievement, it's really about hard work, choices, and persistence." - Michelle Obama


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PE Karyn Genrich
Karyn Genrich
PE
Home Town:
Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Favorite Subject in School:
PE and Science

Where I Started to Teach:
Quentin Elementary

Hobbies:
Being outdoors and watching movies

Message:

Let's make 2016-2017 the best year yet and get out and be active!


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Band Marissa Wilt
Marissa Wilt
Band
Home Town:
Woodville, OH

Favorite Subject in School:
Music

Where I Started to Teach:
Littleton Elementary

Hobbies:
Trumpet, Music, Reading, Horseback riding

Message:

I am very excited to be joining the Littleton and Collier team and look forward to an awesome school year. "Music can change the world because it can change people." - Paul Hewson


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Music Damien Saucier
Damien Saucier
Music
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Technology Dustin Sponslor
Dustin Sponslor
Technology
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