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18-19 8-12th Grade Teacher Bios

Meet our 8th-12th Grade Teachers

Clint Ambos

This will be my 12th year teaching, 2nd year at EDUPRIZE. I earned my bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College, in New York. I have taught all over the valley, working with students from 7th grade up to 12th grade. In years past, I have worked closely with Special Olympics and Unified Sports. I also enjoy coaching baseball and softball. I look forward to another successful year here at EDUPRIZE.

Nicholas Bacon

Born and raised in Santa Ana, California, I moved to Arizona during college. I completed my degree in secondary education at Arizona State and have been teaching since 2011. EDUPRIZE is the third and hopefully final stop in my teaching career. When I’m not shaping young minds, I enjoy time with my daughter at the pool, park or just being goofy at home. For fun I play Australian football for the Arizona Hawks.

Algebra 1 Honors supply list:
Spiral notebook or composition book for taking notes
TI 84+ graphing calculator is suggested

Algebra 2 and Algebra 2 Honors supply list:
Spiral notebook or composition book for taking notes
TI 84+ graphing calculator is required

Nephi Bunker

Nephi Bunker is a music educator who lives in Chandler AZ. He has a bachelor’s degree from NAU in Choral Music Education and a master’s degree from ASU in Music Education. He is looking forward to getting started teaching choir, guitar, and theatre at EDUPRIZE and continuing teaching an evening choir at CGCC. He also enjoys teaching privately at his home music studio where he teaches piano, guitar and voice lessons. Mr. Bunker loves helping students find the joys of making music.

Mary Cavenee

Hello! This is my 3rd year teaching at EDUPRIZE but my 31st year of teaching music to children, youth and adults. I am passionate about music, the arts, human connection, and the growth of each individual. I believe our time is important and sacred together and therefore we work hard in my classes to gain skills and experiences that will help each student for life!! I have been happily married to David for 29 years and have 5 beautiful children ages 17 to 24, 3 dogs and one cat. I have a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from California State University, Sacramento and have participated in choirs, ensembles, and orchestras my entire life…since I was 10! I have taught violin, voice, piano, dance, music theater, ukulele, choirs and orchestras. I was Concert Mistress in Jr. High and High School and participated in Regional and All-State choirs and orchestras. I was first soprano in the Region and 4th in the State my senior year. I love music theater and pageants and have participated in ensemble and lead roles in many plays such as Oklahoma (Laurie), Brigadoon (Fiona), Mesa Easter Pageant (narrator/Mother of Nain), Nauvoo Pageant (ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (musical director and ensemble). I won a violin competition and Mesa Music Guild and was able to purchase my violin from Peter Paul Prier Violin maker in Salt Lake City with the award money. I went to college on Music and Academic Scholarships and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I LOVE working with children and youth and seeing their joy and growth and their unique personalities shine in performance. I strive to build each child’s sense of self worth by helping them learn and discover the joy of music and human expression, and then go out and share that passion to lift their families and communities! My mom always taught “Music in the most Noble sense is the servant, never the master”. I teach students to give back by performing in various community venues. Come make music with us!!!

Materials List for Chamber/Concert Strings classes:
1 inch white 3 ring binder with 25 plastic sheet protector pages in it.
Instrument with bow and case.
Block of Resin.
Shoulder Rest (violin) circular peg stop (cello/bass)
Fingernail clippers/scissors (a must)
Strings T-Shirt $15 ordering info at Open House
Uniform $80 girls and $60 boys. This is a one-time rental fee for as long as you are in the program. This uniform
is also good for the high school ensembles. EDUPRIZE retains the uniform when
exiting the program. Ordering info. at Open House
EDUPRIZE is supplying the textbook: Habits of a Successful String Musician

Brian Crane

Mr. Crane hails from the great Pacific Northwest, specifically Oak Harbor, Washington. After coaching competitive swimming for fifteen years in Chandler, Arizona, Mr. Crane started teaching at EDUPRIZE High School.

Since 1991, he has been teaching children and adults how to swim for safety, fitness, and competition. Coaching was added to the teaching routine starting in 1996. ‘Coach’ Bryan has concurrently taught, coached, and managed aquatic facilities for the majority of his working life.

In 2017, Mr. Crane decided to challenge himself by pursuing a career in teaching. With a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from Whitworth University, he earned his Arizona teaching certification in Physical Education with an endorsement in Early Secondary Mathematics. Since 2017, Mr. Crane has embraced the joys and toils of teaching for the fulfillment of helping a student learn and succeed.

Mr. Crane credits the raising of his own daughters, years growing up in Sicily, an enriching college experience, and dedication to competitive swimming through college for his well-rounded approach to teaching students. His daughters provide real-world insight into the wonders of being a parent. Sicily opened his eyes to the multi-cultural character of our world. College taught Mr. Crane academic success is founded in your resourcefulness and process than in the final outcome, while competitive swimming was an exercise in measured goal setting and accomplishment.

Student Supply List:
Texas Instruments TI-30 Scientific Calculator
Four No 2 Pencils (work & tests done in pen will not be accepted)
Four Expo Dry Erase Markers (variety of colors preferred)
College Ruled Spiral Notebook
To take and keep notes in
College Ruled Loose Leaf Notebook
That you can pull papers from for completing and turning in assignments

Required Contributions To The Classroom:
Two Reams of Copy Paper
One Paper Towel Roll
One Box of Tissues

Anthony Forbes

I received my Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University and my Master of Education. The teaching profession has always been an important part of my life. My father was a physical education teacher for 30 years, and his passion for education instilled a foundation for teaching and helping children stay healthy. I served 10 years in the U.S. Army which has provided me with a diverse experience of teaching, learning and working as a team. In addition to teaching physical education, I have taught kindergarten and 1st grade. I have also coached football and track at EDUPRIZE. In my free time, I love to read, play racquetball and spend time with my kids.

Chase Gibson

I am a proud 5th generation Arizona native. I attended Arizona State University and received my bachelor’s degree in Geography. I started teaching GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at EDUPRIZE in 2015. I was the school’s very first bus driver and I help out with study hall as well. This year will be my 2nd year teaching 7th Grade Social Studies. I enjoy maps and mapping, geography, baseball (Go Dbacks!), family history, religious studies, video games and board games, biking and most of all -spending time with my wonderful wife and son. I look forward to another great year at EDUPRIZE!

-Chase Gibson

Scott Greenhalgh

Prior to coming to EDUPRIZE I spent 30 years teaching science, mostly Biology, to students of all kinds. Both my undergraduate (BYU) and Masters degree (ASU) are in the life sciences realm. I have experience coordinating a gifted education program, year-round intersessions and International Baccalaureate. My experience with IB made EDUPRIZE a great fit for me, along with the thematic and interdisciplinary curriculum, and I loved teaching the Conceptual Physics and Chemistry courses for my first three years here. I was humbled to step into the principal’s role the last two years, and grateful for all the help taking EDUPRIZE HS forward. Now, as I prepare for retirement, I’m glad to reassume the IB Coordinator duties, and look forward to another successful year.

Kara Hollenbeck

I am so excited to be teaching Jr High art again this year! I received my BA in Art Education at Arizona State University. Last year I went by Ms. Sly, but since I got married in October, this year I will be going by Mrs Hollenbeck, or Mrs H. I have a great passion for drawing, painting, and creating all types of art, and even more of a passion for teaching students to love and participate in the arts. My role as a teacher is to guide learning, creativity and self discovery. I want each child to know they are an artist, and that they can use art as a way to express themselves, see things with a different perspective, practice problem solving skills, nourish their creative energy, and build confidence in their artistic abilities.

In my free time, I love to paint (I especially love painting people), read, listen to music, and go on adventures with my husband and our awesome kids. I also enjoy participating in art in the community, like the Chalk-a-Lot competition in the Tempe festival of the arts. I enjoy being able to share art with others to make the world a little more beautiful. I’m looking forward to sharing that passion for art with students this upcoming school year!

Supply List:
9×12 spiral bound or hardcover Sketchbook
Composition notebook
Hand held sharpener
Wood Pencils
Eraser AND one of the following:
Ream of paper
Roll of paper towel
Box of tissues
Clorox wipes
Baby wipes

Patricia Horrell

I am Patricia Horrell, English Teacher, M.Ed. I live in San Tan Valley with my husband and two dogs. I’ve been teaching for 30 years, and before I launched my teaching career, I worked as a technical writer (well-paying but rather dull employment), freelance journalist (that was fun), and an on-site software instructor (didn’t like the traveling, but the teaching part was great). When my husband and I moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona in ’08, I began my employment with the Florence Unified School District (where I taught for seven years)—I taught IB English 11, AP Language & Composition, English 11, English 9, and English as Second Language.

This is my fourth year at EDUPRIZE–I will be teaching IB/Honors English 11 (this is also College English 101 through Rio Salado), English 11, English 9, and Honors English 9. I will also be serving as English Department Chairperson and IB Extended Essay Coordinator.

During those few hours a day when I am not at school, I usually like to do things associated with what I teach—write poetry and fiction, read mysteries and science fiction, and watch movies. When time permits, I also enjoy bargain hunting, walking my dogs, attending festivals with my husband, and (occasionally) gardening (though the plants often do not cooperate with me).

(English 9, Honors English 9, English 11, IB English 11)

→ A 100-sheet Mead FIVE STAR College Ruled Notebook. Some students like to buy two at the beginning of the year (when they are on sale), so they can use a fresh one during second semester.

→ Colored Pencils

→ Highlighters for highlighting and annotating in your Study Sync Book & Notebook.

→ Glue Sticks or Tape for attaching items in your notebook.

→ The usual supply of pens and pencils that you will use in every class.

NOTE: Many of the novels/major works we will read can be accessed for free online, as they are in the public domain. Others will need to be acquired at the library or bookstore. When you come to school on the first information night, a list of these novels will be made available. Some students prefer using a NOOK or a KINDLE–that is permissible.

Tracy Ivey

Hello- My name is Tracy Ivey and this is my second year here at EDUPRIZE! I am excited to work with students in 8th through 12th grade and to be an EDUPRIZE Eagle. This year I will be teaching 8th grade English, Honors 8th grade English, Yearbook/Journalism, and Student Council.

I attended Arizona State University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition, last year I completed a Gifted Student Training to earn my Gifted Endorsement on my teaching certificate. I am passionate about working with students and fostering a love for lifelong learning.

I grew up in a small town in Virginia before moving to Arizona six years ago. Before moving into the secondary teaching field, I worked previously as a Pre-K 2-4 Teacher and also as a Newborn Nanny & Sleep Training Specialist. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend Ryan and two cats- Fallon and Cinnamon. I also greatly enjoy activities such as: hiking, rock climbing, traveling, attending spin class, going to the movies, organizing, and baking new recipes.

I look forward to meeting you and to a wonderful school year!

Ms. Ivey

Required Supply List Honors and Regular ELA 8:
1 College Ruled Composition Notebook
1 College Ruled 5 Subject Spiral Notebook
1 Folder with pockets
Loose Leaf Paper
4 Colored Pens (Different colors for Editing and Annotating)
# 2 Pencils
Markers or Colored Pencils
1 Glue Stick
2 Highlighters
2 Expo Markers
2 Reams of Copy Paper

Required Supply List Student Council and Yearbook:
1 College Ruled Composition Notebook
2 inch binder
Packet of dividers (for your binder)
1 Folder with pockets
Loose Leaf Paper
Colored Pens
# 2 Pencils
Markers or Colored Pencils
2 Highlighters
2 Expo Markers
2 Reams of Copy Paper
Classroom Donation and Wish List:
Dry Erase Markers (EXPOS)
Clorox Wipes and Paper Towels
Hand Sanitizer
Paper ( colored copy paper, loose leaf)
Sticky Notes
Index Cards
Glue Sticks
Rolls of Tape
Markers/Highlighters/Colored Pens/ #2 Pencils

Brent Kellis

I am pleased to welcome students and parents to a new year at EDUPRIZE High School. I returned to education nearly 15 years ago after practicing engineering for 25 years in the petrochemical, biomedical, and environmental areas. As a registered professional chemical engineer, I am excited to help students learn and apply principles of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) that will benefit them throughout their lives.

This year I am especially thrilled to continue working with students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) middle school Gateway and high school Engineering programs. The engineering courses are designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of design, problem-solving, and teamwork as practiced by engineers. We also invite all students to learn about and join our competitive robotics team. This extracurricular competitive activity provides millions of dollars in scholarship opportunities and “the hardest fun” you can imagine.

All Engineering students should have a quality pencil and eraser each day and a 6-inch ruler or other equivalent straightedge. Other materials and supplies will be provided as part of the course fee.

Leanne King

I received my B.A. in Biochemistry with minors in biology and economics from Lawrence University. This is my first full year of teaching and I am happy to be back. It is my hope that students find opportunities to succeed both inside the classroom and outside the classroom this year. This year, I’ll be teaching IB Bio 1, IB Bio 2, biology, and 8th grade honors science.

In my spare time, I am usually found on a soccer field or with my friends and family.

Please feel free to contact me (below) and I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.

-pen or pencil
-folder or ½” binder
-composition notebook or spiral bound notebook
-physical planner or phone calendar for school year

Supplies Wishlist (if able, choose one from the list below) :
-1-2 dry erase marker(s)
-1 notebook
-1 box of tissues
-1 paper towel roll
-1 packet of index cards
-1 ream of paper

Ken Kryder

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and my Master of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University.
I spent 33 years in the Engineering industry, 5 at Bechtel Group in San Francisco and 28 at Intel in Chandler managing global projects and deploying automation systems to facilities worldwide.

I have taught students at summer camps, guided many high school and college students who wanted to become engineers, and mentored new engineers during my career. I enjoy learning and always said I would return to education to inspire others at some point, and I am excited to start my second year teaching Mathematics at EDUPRIZE.

In addition, I enjoy skiing with my family, and running in the morning (even in the summer):)

Supply List: Please bring a ream of paper.

Kelsey Landrum


I am eager to start another year at EHS! My name is Kelsey Landrum and I was born and raised in Arizona. I attended Northern Arizona University where I majored in both Secondary History Education and Spanish. In December 2015, I received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary History Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. This is my third year at Eduprize, and I am proud to be teaching high school Government, Economics, US History, and middle school World Cultures! I am also the faculty advisor for the Anime and KPop clubs.

During the small amount of time that I spend outside of the classroom I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, listening to music, and working with plants and animals. I also enjoy volunteering.

I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and I look forward to another exciting year!

7th/8th Grade World Cultures:
In order to be successful in class each student will need the following
2 College Ruled Spiral Notebooks (one for each semester)
Pens and Pencils
One Double Pocket Folder
One ream of copy paper
Colored Pencils (12 count)

Government/Economics, U.S. History, and World History Supply List:
In order to be successful in class each student will need the following
College Ruled Composition Notebook
College Ruled Spiral Notebook
Two Different Colored Double Pocket Folders
Pens and Pencils
One ream of copy paper

Wish Lists
We are always in need of the following items
Paper Towels
Clorox Wipes
Boxes of Tissue
Expo Markers
Gentle Hand Soap
Colored Paper
Paint and Paint Brushes
Poster Boards
Elmer’s White Glue
Glue Sticks
Candy (reward bin)

Kelli Lewis

I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in Letters with a minor in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University as well as a study abroad program at the University of Cape Town. The teaching profession has always been a passion of mine, as I believe that all children are inherently curious and have the ability to succeed.

In my six years as an educator, I have taught the Science and Art of Game Design, Lego Robotics, Digital Media, Scratch programming, English Literature, English as a Second Language, and Mathematics. I have published curricula in the areas of Science and Art of Game Design, Lego Robotics and Scratch Programming from my time as an Instructor for the non-profit organization, the Information and Technology Empowerment center in Lansing, Michigan. I have taught English Literature, ESL, and Mathematics in Cape Town, South Africa; Detroit, MI; Longtan, Taiwan; and Surprise, Arizona. In addition to teaching, I have served as Team Lead for middle school teachers and as a Peer Mentor for the Dysart Unified School District.

In my free time, I love to read, hike, try new things, challenge myself, cook, and spend time with my family. My favorite books at this time are If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Supply List:
One pair of earbuds or headphones
Two college-ruled composition books
College-ruled filler paper
Multiple pencils
One chunky eraser
One set of 12 or more colored pencils
One handheld pencil sharpener
One set of four or more highlighters
One pair of scissors
Colored correcting pens

Rubin McMillan

I have always loved History and learned as much as I could while growing up in my small town here in Arizona. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education in History from Arizona State University in 2011. Presently, I am pursuing a Master’s degree in North American History at Arizona State University.
I worked in the Semiconductor Industry for 25 years. One of my Favorite job titles was that of peer trainer. I enjoyed this position because I interacted with people with a wide range of experiences and cultures.
In my free time, I like to garden, woodworking and ride my mountain bike.

8th grade Social Studies class materials:
1. Printer paper
2. composition notebooks (each student needs one)
3. Kleenex boxes
4. pencils
5. 18 inch x 12 inch construction paper

Emery Mehrer

I was born and raised on a farm/ranch in southwestern North Dakota. My educational background is a BS in Computer Science, MA in Anthropology, and a MA in Mathematics. This year is my 5th at Eduprize High School and my 37th in the field of education. I have taught high school, college, been the state director of K-12 technology, and the director of technology for a state distance education program. Outside of the classroom I enjoy backpacking, bicycle racing, hunting, and live theatre.

Algebra I
In Algebra I, students continue to develop algebraic thinking and proportional reasoning skills necessary to solve problems. Students use algebra as a tool for solving a variety of practical problems. This course is designed to continue the skills and understanding of algebraic concepts including operations with real numbers, polynomials, functions, factoring as well as statistics. Students will solve first-degree equations and inequalities, quadratic equations, and systems of equations. Concepts are tools for representing and solving variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze behaviors of functions. I would suggest that students acquire a Texas Instruments TI-84+ calculator.

IB Math SL
Mathematics SL is an upper level course ideal for students who wish to explore mathematics at an advanced level. The course is focused on the development of students’ understanding of advanced mathematics, providing experience with its methods and applications, and supplying a rigorous foundation for future advanced mathematics courses. The course emphasizes a multi-representational approach to mathematics with concepts, problems, results and solutions being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The connections among these representations are explored and reinforced. Written communications in a rigorous, precise, and concise manner of concepts, problem solutions, and investigative results are also emphasized. Technology is used extensively, and on a daily basis, to reinforce the relationships among multiple representations, confirm written work, implement experimentation, and assist in interpreting results. The course as taught provides a vehicle for students to employ and further develop their powers of abstraction and generalization along with their logical, critical and creative thinking skills. Students should develop an appreciation for persistence and patience as critical problems solving skills as well as an appreciation for the historical evolution of skills brought on by technological development. A further aim of the course is that students develop the ability to apply learned skills to alternative situations and future developments. Assessments include two tests at the end of the course year and a mathematical research exploration. A Texas Instruments TI-84+. or CE is required.

Britta Pearson

Hello! I am so excited to be back at EDUPRIZE for another school year. This year I will be teaching Band and Junior High Guitar. I am so excited to be in a new facility that will allow for our school to continue to grow. This is my second year here and I am looking forward to seeing the growth that has happened already. As always I can’t wait to share my love of music and the power it has on our lives.

Christine Perin

My name is Christine Perin. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I am in my seventh year of teaching. I started teaching high school and junior high sciences back in 2000. I taught until 2005 when my oldest son was born. In 2010, I had our youngest. I started at EDUPRIZE as a parent volunteer, then when both boys were at EDUPRIZE, I started to substitute. In 2017, I started substituting and by August, I became a full time teacher again. I am very excited to be back teaching science.

My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We are trying to keep up with our two boys, who keep us busy. We love to serve together and spend time together. Our family goes on many adventures and we like to have fun. I love being part of the EDUPRIZE family, both as a staff member and parent.

Mrs. Perin’s Supply List:
Items needed to be successful in Science (required)
Graphing Composition Notebook (2, one per semester)
12 count of pencils (mechanical or wooden)
Colored Pencils (12 count)
Dry Erase Markers (4 count, one per quarter)
Plastic folder to keep work organized

Recommended for success in Science (very helpful)
Scientific Calculator (same one used for math)
Calendar/Assignment Notebook

Classroom Wish List
Ream of White Copy Paper
Colored Copy Paper
Construction Paper
School Glue (white glue)
Paper Towels

Sylvia Pozzoni

Hello, my name is Sylvia Pozzoni and I am delighted to be teaching Spanish at Eduprize! I grew up bilingual, speaking English and Italian and my love of speaking a foreign language propelled me to study Spanish, French and a even a little German in High School. I continued with Spanish in college (dabbled in Portuguese for a year too!) and earned my Spanish minor at ASU. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Masters in TESOL. I have spent 10+ years working in education, including translating and interpreting for Mesa Public’s Spanish speaking parents and most recently teaching ESL in the community college setting. I am looking forward to helping our Eduprize students discover the joy of learning Spanish, the culture of Spanish speaking countries and all the opportunities that speaking a foreign language will bring them! Estoy encantada de estar aquí en EDUPRIZE compartiendo con mis estudiantes la alegría de aprender el español y disfrutando con ellos las ricas culturas de los países hispanohablantes. ¡No dudo que juntos tendremos un año escolar muy exitoso!

Simone Richert

Hallo und Guten Tag,
Ich komme aus Deutschland.
I was born and raised in Germany and came here as a Junior in High School. I graduated from Arizona State University. I have been in the educational field for over 15 years and this is my fifth year teaching here at EDUPRIZE.
My husband and I are both German and speak German at home to our children. As a family we love to go on hikes, travel and go swimming.
This year I will be teaching German 1, 2 and IB German. I am sponsoring the Environmental and German theater Club. We will be covering exciting material and have an interactive classroom with hands on experiences. I am very excited to Welcome all of the students back and I am looking forward to a great year ahead of us. Please see me about exciting volunteer opportunities to foster your language learning and involvement in the German community, while earning Service hours.

Ich freue mich sehr auf das neue Schuljahr.

Sonia Salberg

Hola, my name is Sonia Salberg.  My family and moved last year to the Phoenix area from Lima, Peru where I was teaching at an IB American school.  This has been an exciting time for our family. We have a son, Finley, who will be turning two on the fourth of July.   I have taught for eleven years, and I’m looking forward to my second year at EDUPRIZE, teaching Drama. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy doing pretty much anything outdoors.  I’m also an avid reader and runner. I look forward to working with you and your child!

Niamh Savani

Welcome to another great school year at Eduprize! This is my 5th year as part of the Eduprize family, and my 17th year in the education profession. My name is Niamh Savani and I teach Jr. High through 12 grade IB Visual Arts and Service Learning. I was born and raised in Ireland and have lived in the United States for over 20 years. I have dual citizenship as both an Irish and American citizen. My husband and I have lived in Gilbert for the past 15 years and we love it! In my free time I like to paint, read, travel, practice yoga, hike, and spend quality time with family and friends. I’m so excited for another wonderful year at Eduprize high, and helping students reach their artistic goals.

I received my BFA in painting (summa cum laude) from ASU, and my MAEd. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher in Art (Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood).
All visual arts students must have the following supplies: a sketchbook (minimum size 8.5 ” x 11″) with a sturdy cover; a regular composition book; a pencil and quality eraser; fine tip and regular size black sharpies.
All Service Learning students must have the following supplies: a regular composition book, a pencil and eraser; pens.

Wish List:
Copy paper
Disinfecting wipes
Paper rolls

Amy Smith

9th Grade World History and Geography and 11th and 12th grade IB History. currently hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration.

I am excited to start a new school at EDUPRIZE with you! This is my 15th year teaching and my 3rd year at EDUPRIZE. I moved about two years ago from Illinois where I taught 6th through 12th grade (at various times and schools). I absolutely love the students I have taught here and am very passionate about building relationships within a classroom environment. My husband and I have three kids, Dylan who is 10 and Charlotte and Josie who are 8. I love to read, exercise and spend time with my family and friends.

Look forward to seeing you soon!!
~Mrs. Smith

Amanda Spezzano

I am very excited to be starting with EDUPRIZE this year. I have been teaching for 8 years. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but then moved to Arizona when I was 6 months old. (I consider myself an Arizona native). I was the third generation to graduate from Mesa High School. After graduating, I went to Arizona State University where I got my bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. I always had a passion for math, so I went back and got my math endorsement as well. I have two children, a girl and a boy, and we love to spend time outdoors. I go camping and occasionally hunt and fish.

Supply List
Printer Paper (2 Reams per student)
College Ruled Spiral Notebook
College Ruled Composition Book
Binder or Folder (for this class)
Notebook Paper
College Ruled Spiral Notebook
College Ruled Composition Book
Binder or Folder (for this class)
Notebook Paper
TI84 Graphing Calculator (will be able to be used for Algebra 2 and 3 as well)

Wish List:
Dry Erase Markers
Spiral or Composition Notebooks
Hand Sanitizer
Colored Copy paper
Markers & Colored Pencils

Doug Taysom

I started teaching at Tempe High School in 1985 after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science at Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University). I earned a Master’s in Education at Arizona State University. I also am certified in Career Technology Education. Both my parents were educators in the Tempe Elementary District.

I have taught Chemistry, Physics , Honors Physics, Physical World, Chemistry/Physics, Honors Chemistry/Physics, Multi-Media Design, Information Technology, A+ Computer Repair, and Cisco Networking. I also taught A+ Computer Repair, BPC 170, for 20 semesters at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

For the last 14 summers I have worked at Camp Geronimo for the BSA. I really enjoy working there.

I am excited for my 2nd year here at EDUPRIZE.

Items NEEDED for better classroom instruction:
Quad ruled composition book (must be quad ruled (Graph paper) with pages sewn in place!)
-Pencil (calculations and graphing)
-Pen (notes)
-Decorative duct tape for reinforcing notebook (2-3 students can share one roll)
-Printer paper
-2 reams per student
-Kleenex- 1 box
-Paper towels- 2 rolls
-Scotch Tape -2 rolls