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Staff Directory

ASU Prep Digital Faculty & Staff

Leadership

Julie Young

Managing Director, ASU Prep | Vice President of ASU Educational Outreach

Julie has been celebrated as an education disruptor for nearly three decades. She was the founding CEO and president of Florida Virtual School, the world’s first state-wide virtual school and one of the nation’s largest K-12 online education provider. When not leading international school programs, you’ll find her at the nearest beach with several golden retrievers.

Amy McGrath

Chief Operating Officer, ASU Prep Digital | Associate Vice President of ASU Educational Outreach

Amy has been exploring education innovation and personalized learning for more than ten years with her efforts in school design, marketing strategy and educational policy. She is dedicated to educational reform and instructional choice for all students. She is also a fan of all things soccer and chasing her children and chickens around her yard.

Jill Rogier

Head of Schools, Digital

Jill Rogier loves that online education gives students the opportunity to learn how they learn best, and at their own pace. As an experienced leader and educator in online learning, Jill brings passion for our vision and love for our students.  In her spare time, Jill is an avid globe-trotter having traveled to 10 countries including her two favorite trips of all time, China and Italy.

Lisa Edgar

Chief Partnership Officer

Lisa Edgar is passionate about finding creative ways to break into traditional school constructs and find ways to bring personalized learning solutions to schools through partnership and collaboration with ASU. Her background is teaching history and has since lead teams of educators through leveraging technology to personalize learning and blend classrooms. She now leads ASU Prep Digital’s partnership team which finds innovative ways to collaborate with schools around the world.

Dana Van Deinse

Executive Director of Partnerships

Dana is an educator, principal and online learning expert from Arizona who loved digital and blended learning before it was cool. She finds creative ways to support families and help their kids get on the path to college. She is also an avid hiker and kayaker who travels to a beach anytime she can.

Jamie Moran

Executive Director of Operations

Jamie’s passion for online learning stems from her early experience in the online classroom where she saw how it removed barriers and created new opportunities for students. Over her 15+ years in online education, Jamie has had roles in everything from academics to IT, thus equipping her over time to lead organizational operations. As a big believer in servant leadership, Jamie loves designing operational processes that free teachers to focus on their students. Outside of work, Jamie enjoys boating and hiking with her husband and two dogs, Pete and Reilly.

Betsy Fowler

Executive Director of Strategic Projects

Betsy has worked with ASU’s K-12 charter network since 2012. Her leadership focused on a turnaround school in downtown Phoenix and a nationally recognized K-8 STEM academy. In 2016, she helped launch the first blended learning program in the network. Now serving as Executive Director of Special Projects, Betsy leads efforts harness university assets to build effective K12 learning models.

Advisors

Michael Horn

Advisor

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He co-founded the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank where he is a distinguished fellow; and serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Entangled Ventures, an education technology studio. When he is not reinventing education, he is trying to keep up with his twin girls.

John Bailey

Advisor

John Bailey serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs, investors, and government leaders to help them navigate emerging issues presented by globalization and disruptive technologies. He is a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Fellow, a Walton Family Foundation Fellow, and served as a senior program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. John is on the board of directors for the Data Quality Campaign and previously served as a domestic policy advisor in the White House, Deputy Policy Director to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Director of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Though he is a master strategist, his Bernese Mountain Dog, Bentley, runs his house.

John Watson

Advisor

John Watson is founder of the Evergreen Education Group, which focuses on digital education research and advising and has been studying the K12 online and blended learning field for 18 years. Evergreen has conducted research for, and advised, school districts, NGOs, foundations, companies, state agencies, and charter school commissions.

Teachers

Elective

John Baker

Elective Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy working with students/parents and building lifelong relationships. As a teacher, every day is a new and exciting day. The best thing I enjoy about teaching is seeing students achieve their goals and celebrating their accomplishments.

What is something interesting about you?
The year my wife and I got married we invited President Bill and first lady Hillary Clinton to our wedding. President Clinton did respond back but was unfortunately unable to attend our wedding. We still have the letter and envelope President Clinton sent us framed in our living room.

Rachel Bodine Wurmlinger

Elective Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love encouraging and empowering my students to always work hard, do their best, strive for success, and reach their goals. The most interesting aspects of Leadership and Entrepreneurship class are learning about the different types of leadership qualities and styles and how we can apply them to become great leaders and entrepreneurs. It is actually quite easy to learn how to be a great leader.

What is something interesting about you?
My high school basketball team won the ND state championship and I was named to the all-state basketball team.

English

Ami-lyn Ward

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Building relationships with students, inspiring students beyond the classroom, and engaging students in meaningful, productive, and relevant learning.

What is something interesting about you?
I attended college on beaches 2500 miles apart: one on the Pacific Ocean (Santa Barbara, CA) and one on the Atlantic Ocean (Wilmington, NC).

Amy Wilding

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The thing I like most about teaching is working with young people and sharing my love English with them.

What is something interesting about you?
I was planning to be an opera singer.

Casey Kadavy

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy making connections with my students and watching them learn to use their voices to make a difference.

What is something interesting about you?
I did my student teaching (a LONG time ago!) in England.

Clarissa Villegas-Cadle

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love being a part of the students' success and watching them gain understanding of a concept they previously struggled with.

What is something interesting about you?
I love music from the 1940s.

Christine Werba

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy connecting with each student and seeing the growth that occurs when they are able to view concepts from a new perspective.

What is something interesting about you?
I have lived/worked in more than 10 major cities and traveled to at least 12 countries outside of the United States.

Christy Slater

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love watching my students fall in love with literature and writing.

What is something interesting about you?
I have traveled all over the country and lived in 10 states.

Colae Green

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love being able to help students connect to a concept and make it their own. My favorite aspect of teaching is learning along with my students and sharing ideas as we experience great literature and writing together!

What is something interesting about you?
Not many people get to say their favorite color became their last name, but I do because my favorite color has always been green!

Dana Lopez

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Student interaction

What is something interesting about you?
I am also a musician (flutist with Lone Star Symphonic Band, & the Board President)

Diane Roan

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
It’s great to make personal connections with students and learn about their interests and passions! It’s also invigorating when students apply ideas and concepts to the real world, to problem-solving and to be creative in ways that matter to them.

What is something interesting about you?
I studied theater in London, in the United Kingdom for a year after college, which was an amazing experience. I am often with my little dog Izze who loves the dog park and is quite adventurous.

Kathleen Hofmaier

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I get to experience the happiness of making a difference every day. Studying literature feeds our souls and the timeless themes of great works almost always resonate with the reader. The human condition remains fundamentally the same today as it was across the centuries, and there is a sense of comfort in reading the travails and joys of characters who share our same struggles.

What is something interesting about you?
I am an identical twin.

Kathleen Pennington

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I like seeing students progress through material while making connections that further their growth.

What is something interesting about you?
My grandfather was a golfer on the PGA tour. We are a big golfing family!

Larry Hooper

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Every day is different and every student is different!

What is something interesting about you?
I was raised trilingually.

Lauren Sibula

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love connecting with students and watching them grow into capable, confident adults.

What is something interesting about you?
I plan to visit every country in the world – I’ve currently been to 15.

Lia Grebus

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Finding creative ways to channel my students' passions and interests into teaching is what I love the most. I love that I have the opportunity to take the time to really get to know what makes my students tick and form connections with each and every one of them!

What is something interesting about you?
I have been playing tennis for almost 30 years! It is a hobby I hope to enjoy forever!

Meaghan Goliday

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love connecting with my students and getting to be myself in class. I am goofy and I love to teach "the hard stuff" in a way that is fun and accessible.

What is something interesting about you?
I spent my childhood traveling between Australia and our home on an island outside of Seattle every few months.

Michelle Hamilton

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love helping students to see what a powerful tool writing can be to express oneself to contribute to the betterment of society.

What is something interesting about you?
I was fortunate enough to spend a year studying at a university in France and to be immersed in a different culture, which has forever changed who I am as a person.

Rachel Jean

What do you like most about teaching?
I love teaching because students use education to shift their perspectives. Throughout history, education has continually altered the human experience, and eventually, this shift changes the world. To me, nothing is more magical.

What is something interesting about you?
I love to move and travel. The best days are ones that I get to go where I've never been before. Adventures have included drinking an espresso in Malaga, Spain, exploring the Highlands of Scotland, and walking the Botanical Gardens of Singapore. Other times, adventure only means turning a page.

Renee Gurley

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The students and the subject...I LOVE WRITING!

What is something interesting about you?
I lived in South America for five years.

Dr. Sage E. Sirotkin

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The students!

What is something interesting about you?
I collect Tarot Card decks, because the Major Arcana is actually an illustration of the Hero's Journey (my favorite story archetype).

Sarah Wenger

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love helping students realize their full potential through the study of literature. Through the study of literature, students can learn about the human experience and, in turn, more about themselves. This will enable students to make strong and confident choices about their future college, career, and life goals. There is nothing better than hearing students say they enjoyed reading a class novel!

What is something interesting about you?
I have several ancestors that were executed during the Salem Witch Trials. Susannah North Martin is my 9th great-grandmother. She was hanged on July 19th, 1692 on Gallows Hill.

Sarah Williams

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love working with students and building our future leaders.

What is something interesting about you?
I come from a large family and have 57 nieces and nephews.

Warren Eallonardo

English Teacher

What do you like most about your role?
I think it has got to be those "a-ha moments" that we hear so much about. Having a front row seat for someone making an intellectual discovery is still a thrill for me, even after all these years.

What is something interesting about you?
I was originally going to be a history teacher because my favorites in middle school and high school each taught history. Then, at the urging of my father, I was going to be a business major. However, I was terribly bored by each of those pursuits in college. Only when I found English did I start to succeed and hit my stride. I think that the lesson in there is to cut your own path by following your own talents and passions-- not someone else's. That lesson took me the better part of 2 years to learn.

Math

Amanda Albers

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love being able to help students better understand the world around them through education. As a teacher, the "Ah-Ha!" moment of when a student finally understands challenging a topic is extremely rewarding!

What is something interesting about you?
I foster dogs through a local rescue organization.

Becky Quigley

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy making math accessible to all students and helping them find the beauty in mathematics.

What is something interesting about you?
I don't know if I'd call it interesting, but it's rare to find me without a math book in my possession. My current book is "Weapons of Math Destruction". I also have a math journal that I keep handy just in case I see a real-world math problem in action.

Brian Koster

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I like when students ask questions about math concepts. I like when students work through a difficult math problem and they realize that they have learned something new. I like being part of the learning process. Even when students make a mistake, they are still learning. Some math topics can be difficult to understand, but students who persevere will learn both the math skill and a growth mindset.

What is something interesting about you?
I have been a scareactor for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in Orlando. Since I live in Orlando, I go to a theme park at least three times a week. On my days off, you will find me riding Space Mountain or The Hulk coaster.

Carrie Minnick

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping students grow in mathematics.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a twin.

CJ Raidy

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love connecting algebra topics to problems we face daily and seeing the students get "a-ha" moments of understanding because math and logic can apply to every content area.

What is something interesting about you?
I was a track and field athlete at ASU. During my time competing, I won the Pac-10 title in the discus throw in 2010 and 8th place at the NCAA, earning All-American honors.

Dustin Domangue

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy helping students to succeed! It's a very rewarding feeling when you see your students succeed in ways they may not have realized they were capable.

What is something interesting about you?
I have competed in and coached competitive Speech & Debate events (Lincoln-Douglas debate, policy debate, extemporaneous speaking, and student congress). I am always open to answering questions, if you compete and need help!

Eric Roth

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
There are many things I enjoy about my career as an educator, but what I like most is being a part of the journey each of my students is on. Learning about their goals, aspirations, and what inspires them allows me to determine the ways I can help them reach their fullest potential. There is nothing more rewarding than watching my students grow along way.

What is something interesting about you?
During certain times of the year, I also work on a farm where soy beans, wheat and alfalfa is grown.

Erin Morrison

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Seeing that moment when a student is confident in their knowledge and feels empowered to chase the next goal or dream!!

What is something interesting about you?
I read way too much!! If my family didn't see a book in my hand when I'm not teaching they would think I was sick. I love basketball and embarrass my kids at every game I attend yelling and cheering.

Graham Livingston

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy helping students develop a felt sense of confidence upon reaching their goals.

What is something interesting about you?
I recently started road cycling.

Jackie Yarka

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love teaching because every single day we make a difference in someone’s life which goes far beyond knowledge. We inspire, support, mentor and get the chance to discover and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings.

What is something interesting about you?
I finished a first Ironman race in 2019. If you don't know what an Ironman race is you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run 26.2 miles for a total of 140.6 miles all in one day. If I am not teaching you will find me training for my next race or watching one of my 4 children doing what they love the most Golf, Baseball, Softball, or Field Hockey.

Jane Lannucci

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love seeing the light bulb go off and students realizing math can be fun.

What is something interesting about you?
I used to be a competitive figure skater back kin elementary and high school.

Jay Twitty

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
What I like most about teaching is sharing my knowledge and love for mathematical intelligence with young learners. Math was always my favorite subject in school, and I really enjoy breaking it down into simple terms that my students can understand. My mom is a kindergarten teacher so I’ve been around education all my life and was raised to serve and nurture others through my intellectual talents.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born in South Carolina and went to school at Clemson University (Go Tigers!), but I call Atlanta home. I used to be a Baseball coach and my first team won the State Middle School Championship.

Jessica Dupuis

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love helping students learn a challenging concept and developing their growth mindset.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a huge fan of LOTR!

Katja Jackson

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I always liked helping people and started giving recorder lessons and tutoring sessions as an early teenager. For me one of the most rewarding moments is when you teach someone and the person is learning and you as a teacher can see the growth.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born and raised in Germany. I had the opportunity of living abroad and experiencing the US during an au pair and university life in Scotland for a semester experiencing both the American and Scottish culture. In addition, I grew up playing the violin.

Madalyn Pinheiro

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The relationships I get to build with the kids and the fact that I get to share my love of math.

What is something interesting about you?
I live part of the year on the road in an old school bus that I converted to a tiny home!

Melanie Choate

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Interacting with students. They inspire me with their energy and ideas.

What is something interesting about you?
I didn't always want to be a teacher. I was originally an architecture major and worked for a roofing contractor for 10 years before I went into teaching. I still love art and architecture and I visit local architectural icons whenever I can. 

Miranda Rhoades

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Being able to assist and witness student growth is what I enjoy most about teaching. Learning is a process, with a goal of student growth. Whether it takes a day or weeks to master a topic, the successful outcome is worth the effort. I enjoy guiding and supporting students through their learning process and helping them develop skills for life long learning.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born in Alaska. I remember times in school where recess would be canceled because it was too cold to go outside. Also, there were times I was stuck on my school bus because a moose was at our drop off area and it was not safe to exit. A little different than what most Arizona students experience.

Pilar McKee

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching is the collaborative learning and community we build as a class. Even digitally, we are all working toward the same goal of math mastery! How amazing that we have each other to lean on and grow from and know that we are all in this together!

What is something interesting about you?
My grandma is the Native American on the box of Land O' Lakes!

Rachael Perry

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping students see that math can be fun!

What is something interesting about you?
I played division 1 college tennis

Shelly Robinson

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love the fact that I am continuously learning as a teacher. I love learning new technology, new ways of teaching, and finding the best way to reach students.

What is something interesting about you?
I have three daughters and three male dogs.

Stephanie Edgerton

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching is watching the growth of my students' confidence in their ability to do their best in math. I also love sharing my enthusiasm for math!

What is something interesting about you?
I'm originally from Michigan, but currently live in Arizona. I love to run, read, and spend time with my family and friends!

Yuyu Bogdan

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Seeing students grow academically and personally

What is something interesting about you?
Love cooking and hiking

Travis Epperson

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The AHA moment after the struggle.

What is something interesting about you?
I coach high school football.

Science

Amy Nickel

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy looking for innovative ways of teaching and helping my students to become more scientifically literate.

What is something interesting about you?
I am an passionate about composting! I have both a traditional compost pile outside in the garden, as well as a worm composting bin that lives in my kitchen.

Annabel Davey

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Building relationships with students, and instilling a love of science and science can explain everything! 

What is something interesting about you?
That I was the (unlikely) prom queen at my high school

Brian LaPoint

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love to make students laugh, and then change the way they understand the world.

What is something interesting about you?
I am very interesting.

Bridgett Gordon-Billingsley

Science Teacher

<p><strong>What do you like most about teaching?<br /></strong>
The aspect of teaching that I enjoy most is building productive relationships with students. I enjoy helping my students reach their full potential.</p>
<p><strong>What is something interesting about you?<br /></strong>I love making whipped soap, artisan bar soaps and emulsions. I love all things beauty! </p>
Bryce Wolcott

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Challenging students to do things they thought they couldn't.

What is something interesting about you?
I've published research articles on the biomechanics of intertidal organisms beneath ocean waves.

Cassy Sandoval

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love working with my students to better understand science and build their knowledge. When a student grasps a concept, it is awesome to see their love for science and learning grow!

What is something interesting about you?
I am passionate about Disney and visit the parks in California every year!

What do you like most about your role?
My role as a science teacher allows me to introduce the different facets of the subject and ultimately broaden the learning of more students.

Elizabeth Delgado

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love that each and every single day my students teach me something new.

What is something interesting about you?
I did my master's thesis research on venomous cone snails and have my advanced NAUI rescue diver certification.

Felicia Walker

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I like interacting with the students and hearing about how they take what I've taught them in a Live Lesson, and utilizes it in their real-life context. I also like the DBA's because it allows you to build a one-on-one relationship with the student and learn more about them.

What is something interesting about you?
I enjoy playing Texas Hold'em in my free time and have won enough cash that I usually receive a W2 for my earnings.

Gautam Sheoran

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping students learn that the edge of their universe is bigger than they previously imagined.

What is something interesting about you?
I am game designer and artist in my free time.

Jessica Berger

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy teaching something new and watching the student's apply the knowledge they have acquired.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a Certified Veterinary Technician and I volunteer with a wildlife rehabilitator.

Jennifer Saraceno

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping kids reach an "Aha" moment.

What is something interesting about you?
I went to school in Alaska and my Biology classes took place mainly outside in the forest, lakes, ocean, etc..

Jessica Giorgione Massey

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The best part of teaching is getting to know my students and to help them achieve their goals.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a second generation Italian American and I participated in a foreign exchange program in Italy when I was in high school.

Lee Ott

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?  
I enjoy watching as the students finally understand the material after weeks of hard work. To watch the student go from frustration to mastery is something that makes me smile every time.

What is something interesting about you?
In 2018, I finished the Dopey Challenge at Disney World. The challenge consisted of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and full marathon on consecutive days. Altogether, I have done 2 marathons and 4 half-marathons.

Loree Cox

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love science and I love showing kids all of the cool things there are to learn about science.

What is something interesting about you?
I showed my Golden Retriever at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden when I was 12.

Matthew Carlson

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love seeing the sense of accomplishment and "I can do it" attitudes from students after teaching them both the content and the skills to become life-long learners.

What is something interesting about you?
I'm ambidextrous which helps when I'm juggling.

Rachel Boger

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The "ah-ha" moment when a student finds success on a topic they were struggling with.

What is something interesting about you?
I paint pop art pet portraits.

Rachel Roland

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy getting to know my students and sharing my passion for science! Science is so diverse and wonderful. We use science and the discoveries it has brought us every day.

What is something interesting about you?
I studied Astrobiology at ASU. Also, I met Bill Nye the Science Guy at a science teacher's conference!

Rhonda Schulters

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love sharing my passion for Science. I get to introduce students to the STEM field and open their minds to career paths they may not have known existed. Teaching also provides an environment that would encourage and inspire them to pursue their goals and dreams.

What is something interesting about you?
I live in NY and love bonding with nature even on a cold day. Have you ever experienced the beach or a mild hike on a snowy day? ...two of the most breath taking experiences ever!

Sara Howell

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Students are the best part of teaching - their unique personalities make my job fun!

What is something interesting about you?
I'm a former marathon and ultra-marathon runner, with my longest run coming in at 67mi. Unfortunately, my knees no longer cooperate and allow me to run, but it was great fun when I was younger!

Stephen Huston

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping students reach their goals

What is something interesting about you?
I love all things active and outdoors from swimming, golfing, and mountain biking and camping to skiing or ice skating on a frozen lake.

Stephanie Merritt

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy working with the students and seeing them grow academically and achieve success!

What is something interesting about you?
I have been teaching for 20 years and I used to live on a houseboat.

Tamera Hunter

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Interacting with the students and the learning aspect for me.

What is something interesting about you?
My granddaughter says I have the ability to make people laugh, no matter what.

Todd Schipper

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I like interacting with the students and when they share my passion for learning about science.

What is something interesting about you?
I lived in South Korea and tracked and handled Mexican Gray Wolves. Two seperate life experiences.

Social Studies / Social Sciences

Anna Hanrahan

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Seeing the learning spark ignited in students, while simultaneously seeing them grow in their empathy and compassion toward others

What is something interesting about you?
I'm obsessed with the history and magic of Disney!

Ashley Hargrove

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy so many aspects of teaching, but I especially love connecting with students to make the learning process fun! I am endlessly excited to interlace class material with our prior knowledge, our communities, and the bigger picture. Creating engaging lessons to help students become strong communicators is a true passion of mine.

What is something interesting about you?
I lived in Australia for a couple of years and survived a great white shark cage!

Casey Gaines

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Interacting with the students. They always come up with great ideas. I love watching them turn their ideas into something amazing.

What is something interesting about you?
I love running. Ultra marathons are my favourite, I once ran a 50 mile race all through Nashville, TN.

Christa Nonnemaker

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching? Helping students to think analytically but creatively so that they can be active and informed citizens as adults. What is something interesting about you? I have published two books and am working on a third.
Delta Hodges

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy connecting with students and making learning personable.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a fan of the Arts.

Elizabeth White

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The thing I like most about teaching is building a connection with my students and helping them reach their academic goals. I enjoy seeing my students learn new concepts and celebrating their successes. My hope is that my students will develop a lifelong love and appreciation for history.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a huge history nerd, but I am also a sci fi nerd. Star Wars, Marvel, Lord of the Rings, and Stark Trek are just a few of my favorite sci fi series. I took lessons to learn how to sword fight using "lightsabers."

Emily Hubbard Velez

History Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love learning! Teaching allows me to be constantly learning, in my content, from my students, and while I study for my content and my students. My favorite thing is hearing my students discuss intelligently and passionately on a topic they were only vaguely familiar with a few weeks ago.

What is something interesting about you?
I love to make lists, just so I can cross things off of them!

Jim Jaeger

History Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love working with students to help them make connections across historical time periods that will allow the students to make sense of the world we live in.

What is something interesting about you?
I met my future wife on a blind date and we were married on Halloween. (Wisconsin always had a teacher's convention on Halloween so we had a long weekend.) 

Jim Warthen

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy the feeling of sharing knowledge with people, and watching them grow in wisdom. Young people change and grow faster than adults, and it's always cool to see them leave my class more experienced and a little wiser than when they entered.

What is something interesting about you?
Skipping rocks, I once made one bounce 8.5 times! I also know all the words to the Duck Tales theme song by heart.

Joel Masson

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The students. It is great to get to know people and help them in their educational journey.

What is something interesting about you?
On my father's side I'm the 3rd generation involved in teaching.

Linda Biggs

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Sharing my passion for History with my students.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a competitive figure skater/ice dancer.

Lindsay Carr

Psychology Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is seeing students apply the material to better understand themselves and others while improving their life and community.

What is something interesting about you?
I am passionate about applying research in health psychology to promote healthy behavior!

Maria Houchins

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love helping students reach their full potential! I really enjoy when students reach a goal they set or when they come up with amazing ideas and have bursts of creativity that inspires them to produce really great work. Experiencing what students are capable of makes me love teaching at ASUPD every single day.

What is something interesting about you?
I am bilingual, speaking French and English, and my favorite hobby is gardening!

Shawn Carey

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love to teach middle school, mostly because I enjoy being around eager young learners.

What is something interesting about you?
I have lived in Mexico and Saudi Arabia the past 15 years.

Sonya Gauna

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Getting to know my students

What is something interesting about you?
I lived in the Fiji Islands when I was 5 years old. We lived in the middle of jungle in bamboo huts.

Tracy Williams

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
Teaching is a joy because it is an opportunity to ignite my love for my subject and connect to such amazing youth, our tomorrows are in good hands.

What is something interesting about you?
I have done so many things and love saying "yes" to positive experiences. One of those is that I student taught in England through an exchange program at ASU. It led to a life changing experience educating abroad and touring Europe.

Trinette Robichaux-Cichock

Social Studies Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
The most important thing about teaching is helping students understand that anyone can learn.

What is something interesting about you?
I taught in Hungary, Canada, France and the USA.

World Languages

Ashlee Bates

World Languages – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
What I like most about teaching is when I see students start to love something about which I am so passionate. I love to see they are having fun learning about Spanish.

What is something interesting about you?
I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Ashley Prinsen

World Languages Teacher – French

What do you like most about teaching?
I love being able to connect with my students, as well as share my passion for French with them!

What is something interesting about you?
I am bilingual, and part of my family lives in France!

Ashley Crane

World Languages Teacher – German

What do you like most about teaching?
When students tell me that learning German is fun and interesting!

What is something interesting about you?
I taught English in Austria and traveled throughout most of western Europe.

Chary-Sy Copeland

World Language Teacher – Spanish

What do you like most about your role?
I love that I get to share my love of the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish speaking people with others so that they may be of service to self and others.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born with six fingers on each hand!

Cherie Woods

World Languages – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
I like getting to know my students and learning about their interests so that I can find ways to engage them and make learning more meaningful.

What is something interesting about you?
I used to live in the Dominican Republic and I love to travel. My favorite trip so far has been glacier trekking and white water rafting in Alaska!

Christina Burnside

World Language Teacher – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
I love making personal connections with my students and learning from them. It also inspires me to witness their growth throughout the course.

What is something interesting about you?
I was a theater and dance major in college and love to sing and dance.

Irina Ebert

World Languages Teacher – German / Latin

What do you like most about teaching?
I genuinely believe that teaching is a process of self-growth through the privilege of guiding others – and that’s what I like the most about teaching!

What is something interesting about you?
I learned cross-country skiing in Russia and down-hill skiing in the French Alps.

Maria Amate Pérez

World Languages – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping my students develop skills they will utilize when they leave high school.

What is something interesting about you?
I have lived in four continents and I have been to twenty six countries.

Maria Trigosso

French Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love making true connections with my students and getting to watch the progression of their language skills throughout the course of the school year. Seeing students' confidence and passion in speaking French has been one of the greatest highlights of my teaching career.

What is something interesting about you?
My love for the French culture extends to my passion for cooking French food, my travels to France & two beautiful paintings by impressionist artists that I have in my home!

Monique Escobedo

World Languages – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
I really enjoy my interactions with students. I aim to provide a multidimensional perspective to the language so students can see it's much more than words. I really enjoy seeing when each student makes this connection and their world gets a little bigger.

What is something interesting about you?
I am also a certified Pilates teacher.

Priscilla Chastain

World Languages Teacher – French

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy working with students from all over the country and world. I had great teachers who helped me grow and experience so many things.  I hope that I can inspire students and help them to reach their full potential as my teachers did for me. 

What is something interesting about you?
In addition to teaching History, I also teach French.  I have always loved the language!  I like to travel in general, but I go to France as often as I possibly can. During one visit, I stayed in an old castle that's in the town where my ancestors lived. 

Raja Habbal

World Language Teacher – Arabic

What do you like most about teaching?
Teaching is not a job or a career to me, It is heritage and a vocation as I am a third-generation language teacher. I enjoy seeing the progress of each student as they start with a little knowledge and learn a little more every day. I love contributing to their fulfillment and I especially love learning from them every day. 

What is something interesting about you?
I was literally born in a school in Africa. We use to live in a house within the school where my father was the principal in a remote rural area. My Mother did not have the time to make it to the hospital! Also, I have been Arab women of the year in Quebec Canada for my contribution to the Canadian society in the Associative and community category.

Ren Du

World Languages Teacher – Mandarin

What do you like most about teaching?
Watching my students improve and grow, and growing with them.

What is something interesting about you?
I've lived on three different continents, and have taught students from over 15 countries.

Stacey Epperson

World Languages Teacher – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
Helping students see the value in knowing more than one language. I love grammar because it's like figuring out a puzzle.

What is something interesting about you?
My favorite food is chocolate.

Administrative Staff

Allison Voltaire

Digital Elementary Principal

Allison has been an educator for 14 years with 8 of those years in e-learning. She believes in using an innovative approach for growth and learning and believes in serving students and families with excellence and compassion. She is a champion of children and believes that every year should be every student’s BEST year ever! Allison has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology for Educators. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, you can find Allison spending time with her family either at a dirt bike (Motocross) race with her son, Ryder and husband, Patrick, or a musical performance with her daughter, Gabrielle who plays guitar and enjoys singing and performing. Her favorite book is Bud, Not Buddy and she enjoys cooking and baking.
Alison Hernandez

Lead Trainer

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy seeing the growth of my students over the course of a school year. It goes beyond just teaching the math-it is about making a personal connection with my students.

What is something interesting about you?
On my bucket list is to be a contestant on a game show. Growing up, I always watched game shows with my grandmother and parents. I auditioned for College Jeopardy at Sony Pictures Studio in California where they film the show!

Anabel Fernandez

Admissions Advisor

What do you like most about your role? There are many reasons why I love being an learning success coach. One being getting to talk to parents and students. Learning about them and their plans for continuing education. It's absolutely gratifying to know that these young, bright and independent students are our future. 

What is something interesting about you? I graduated from Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!!!) with a degree in education and have had the opportunity to teach 5th grade.

Angela Nadeau

Admissions Advisor

What do  you like about your role? I love talking to potential students about our program and how it can help them.  We make the education of our students a priority by lifting our students up and making them feel successful and empowered.  If they feel successful they will be successful.

What is something interesting about me? My dad was in the Army and we were stationed overseas in South Korea for 4 years.  I only remember a few words in Korean. “Thank you”-gamsahabnida,  “Hello”-yeoboseyo and “No”-ani.

Brian Austin

Lead Trainer

What do you like most about teaching?
I love the freedom of creativity - how the teacher in any class presents the course material greatly affects how the students learn! A teacher can be monotonous and disinterested, or the teacher can be engaging, fun and creative. The same material presented by a great teacher can really make an impact. I also love being able to make a positive impact on people's lives, explaining or clarifying a concept they may not understand and helping them reach their goals. 

What is something interesting about you?
I am still a kid at heart - and always will be. I still love skateboarding, cliff jumping and anything adventurous!

Danielle “Dani” Salamanca

Elementary Program Manager

A proud educator for 20 years, Dani Salamanca strives to be a pioneer in innovative practice. She loves her students and is a fierce advocate for their learning. Dani’s favorite part about teaching is helping students find their voice and supporting them to become creative thinkers. Dani has a Masters in Elementary Education. She has worked as a teacher, gifted specialist, instructional coach, project manager, professional development trainer, and STEM consultant. Dani joined ASU Prep Digital this year and is excited to be a part of this new online elementary journey. When Dani is not in the virtual classroom she loves to surf and ski with her family. She has 3 kids in college (ASU and NAU.) On the weekends, Dani can be spotted at the lake, on a trail, or in the Rocky Point waves. Dani is an artist at heart. Her 80 pound puppy keeps life playful. Disney dates are her favorite and she thinks pickles are gross. 
Kate Castleman

Admissions Advisor

What do you like most about your role? I love sharing what ASU Prep Digital can offer students and families. It's fun to know where our students are coming from and what lead them to online education. Every student has a different story and I enjoying learning about each of them. 

What is something interesting about you? When our family moved homes in 2014 we were featured on an episode of HGTV's House Hunters. It was a fun experience and a great keepsake to watch now that my boys have grown a bit since the filming.

Katie Bacon

Admissions Advisor

What do you like most about your role? I love to see students excited about learning and to witness the academic and social growth that takes place throughout the year.

What is something interesting about you? Our family lived overseas for 3 years and were fortunate to learn a second language. We lived in Ireland and then we were moved to Sicily. My oldest daughter is still fluent in Italian even though this overseas assignment was 15 years ago.

Kay Johnson

Director of Strategic Communication

What do you like most about your role? My role is to build and strengthen relationships by helping others define and articulate ideas, purpose, and vision. It doesn’t get better than that.

What is something interesting about you? Married to a musician. Love to travel. Drive a little red Mini. Proud mom of two grown sons. Speak (ok) Dutch and (bad) Spanish. Have a Doxy named Shorty. Love to cook, entertain, and hike in the mountains...but I live in Florida. I know. Go figure.

Kerri McMillen

Instructional Manager

What do you like most about teaching? I have a passion for teaching because I enjoy making a difference and inspiring a love of history, especially the moment when a student says, "Hey, I get it." I love challenging students to think outside of their comfort zones to become innovative thinkers. I love pretty much everything about U.S. history, but I really enjoy teaching students about WWI, WWII and 1950s-1970s because it's often a high interest area for students and results in great discussion.

What is something interesting about you? I have a double-jointed thumb which is pretty unique because I can bend it all the way back to my hand.

Laura Maloney

Director of Academics

Dr. Laura Maloney envisions a world with no educational boundaries for students of any age. To this end, she has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers for all students in both K-12 and higher education. Dr. Maloney has served in instructional and administrative roles for public education, both in brick-and-mortar and virtual settings for grades 6-12. As a principal, she led initiatives to secure and support partnerships with districts to create blended learning communities and virtual learning labs. Dr. Maloney earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership; her doctoral research focused on blended learning. Fun fact: She lives in the Florida Keys with her husband, Tim, and rescued Sharpei, Largo.

Leslie Easton

Blended Learning Coordinator

Leslie Easton has more than 10 years of experience helping students succeed in universities and K12 schools around Arizona. She has worked with the ASU Prep network since 2015 and currently serves as a Blended Learning Success Coach for ASU Prep Digital. Leslie supports and provides training to 50 state-wide school partnerships who utilize a blended learning model through ASU Prep Digital. She is dedicated to supporting student success through innovative educational pathways and creating growth-minded relationships within the educational community throughout Arizona. 

Michael Kasper

Director of Academics

Mike has been at the forefront of online education in Arizona for nearly ten years, having served as an administrator and teacher within curriculum, instruction, and assessment roles. He is dedicated to strategy and implementation of non-traditional models of education so that all learners can thrive. In his spare time, Mike can be found volunteering within the ASU Community and spending time with his family.

Shannon Moberly

Lead Trainer

What do you like most about teaching?
Teaching is incredibly rewarding. I love getting to know my students and watching them grow and learn as individuals. Learning about history is important because it teaches us valuable lessons and allows students to engage in thoughtful discussions with their peers about past and current events. My favorite thing to teach students is the why behind major events and the lasting impact.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a triplet!

Tracy Hansen

Admissions Advisor Manager

What do you like most about your role? I enjoy learning the stories of our students and families who are interested in ASU Prep Digital and offering a solution that meets their individual needs. The most interesting thing for me is that I am often the first point of contact when students and families show interest in our school. I love talking about what our program has to offer and how it prepares students for college and beyond.

What is something interesting about you? I once worked in entertainment at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Learning Success Coaches

Ana Berry

Learning Success Coach

Ana has been in education for 26 years, spending the last 9 of those years in the e-learning field as an educator and instructional coach. She has a positive growth mindset and believes in instructional choice for all students. Ana has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a bachelor’s degree in English. In her spare time, you can find her with her nose in a book, painting, or spending time with her husband and sons.
Allison Kamm

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about teaching?
As a teacher, my focus has always been to develop the entire child. Creating relationships, and empowering them to take charge of their own learning, has always been my personal mission.

What is something interesting about you?
I have two sons, Zion(7) and Xavier(12). They are my world! We love to go to the park, play board games, watch family movies and travel. My hobbies include anything fitness related(hiking, yoga, running etc), reading, traveling, learning new skills and spending time with my family and friends.

Natalie Arbuckle

Learning Success Coach

Natalie has been an educator for 9 years. She strongly believes that all children can succeed and is dedicated to helping all students reach their potential. She has worked with children all over the world from different backgrounds gain and appreciate a love for learning. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. She has five years of international teaching experience and taught in South Korea, as well as Bolivia in South America. When Natalie isn’t teaching, she loves traveling with her husband, biking, running, hiking, and painting. She is always up for a new adventure and loves to spend as much time outside as possible.
Nicola “Nikki” Homy

Learning Success Coach

My life centers around three truths. The first truth is that every student can learn. When I was growing up I had many challenges learning new things in school. This is what drove me to get my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and my master’s degree in educational leadership. I have spent the last 17 years helping all my students to push pass there many challenges. My second truth is that everyone needs a cheerleader. For the last 4 years I was a school counselor and cheerleader for a virtual school. It fills my tank up when I get to partner with and serve families as they navigate this journey of education. My third truth is that with the right resources all students can be successful. I love seeking out new ways and reading books about the best ways to increase student achievement. My favorite book is the Growth Mindset Coach. When I am not reading, I enjoy spending time with my son and husband who teach me how to find the joy in every day.
Andrea Kolich

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about teaching?
I love opening doorways for students to learn about new worlds, both past and present. I especially enjoy watching students use their critical thinking skills to address challenging global problems. I thrive on fostering self-esteem and leadership skills for young adults.

What is something interesting about you?
I am a snorkeling addict and I spend my summers swimming with manatees, rays, turtles and a few sharks. I love the beach and am an avid shell collector.

Karen Sanderson

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about your role? I love teaching because I get to motivate students to love learning!

What is something interesting about you? I was in show choir in high school and President of the Ohio State University's Women's Glee Club.

Kelly Parsons

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about your role? I love working with students and creating relationships that help facilitate their learning and guides them towards their goals and life adventures.

What is something interesting about you? I played college basketball at the University of Portland then coached high school girls basketball and softball for many years.

Krista John

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about your role? As an LSC, I truly get to focus on what is best for each student and work with them on an individual basis. I love that I get to connect with students every day and help guide them as they develop skills for success now and in their futures.

What is something interesting about you? Something interesting about me is that I have 5 year old twins, Logan and Isabella, and I decided that I would start traveling with them when they were very young. Their first trip was at 4 months old, and their first trip overseas was at 10 months old! They have been on over 30 flights in 5 years, with many more to come!

Kristen Rund

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about your role? I love being part of a student’s journey through their education. I can be a cheerleader for their accomplishments and a supportive guide when the road gets tough. I enjoy connecting with each student to help them on this path and learn about their hobbies/interest as well as their hopes and fears. I can then help them develop and grow their ideas and goals along the way.

What is something interesting about you? I am an avid Disneyland fan. I have been to Disneyland over 15 times, but I have yet to travel to Disney World!

May Huang

Learning Success Coach Manager

What do you love about your role? This role affords me the opportunity to learn who my students are as people. I get a glimpse into what their stories, struggles, and hopes are. I most enjoy helping students learn about themselves and grow into who they want to be.

What is an interesting fact about you? I love to cook, bake, sew, and be creative. It's my dream to one day teach a Home Economics class.

Michelle Conner

Learning Success Coach

What do you like most about your role? I absolutely love working with students and getting to know what they are passionate about. It is so rewarding to help students become independent thinkers and to witness them reach their goals.

What is something interesting about you? I was born and raised in Arizona and grew up just a few miles from the Arizona State University – Tempe campus!

University Professors

Christofer Bang, Ph.D.

Lecturer, School of Life Sciences

Christofer Bang is an ecologist, lecturer and photographer. His research spans from dragonfly and damselfly diversity in Norwegian freshwater systems affected by agriculture, to the effects of urbanization on arthropod communities in the metropolitan area of Phoenix. He teaches biology courses at Arizona State University, emphasizing critical-thinking skills using case studies from recent scientific research. His teaching approach spans from engaging lectures in large lecture halls to flipped-classroom active learning style in addition to online interactive learning. With a keen interest in all plants and animals, Bang is an avid photographer. His photographs have been featured on the cover of several scientific journals.
Janelle Kappes, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Major and Career Exploration

Dr. Janelle Kappes currently serves as Lecturer for Major and Career Exploration at Arizona State University on the Tempe campus. In this role, Dr. Kappes instructs several ground courses including UNI 150, UNI 250, UNI 270. She also instructs UNI 150, UNI 194 and UNI 250 online, among her other responsibilities. Dr. Kappes has been teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Arizona State University for over ten years. In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Kappes served in numerous roles in student engagement including as an Assistant Director of Programs and Activities in the Memorial Union and as a Senior Coordinator for Transition and Parent Programs, both at Arizona State University. She also served as an Academic Adviser for Colorado State University. Dr. Kappes completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University, and her research interests include underrepresented students in higher education and student assessment and evaluation. She has served as a mentor for the Obama Scholars program and the Leadership Scholarship Program. Dr. Kappes resides in the Phoenix area and enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Kimberly S. Jensen, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Major and Career Exploration

Dr. Kimberly Jensen is a faculty member in the Major and Career Exploration program at ASU. She is passionate about being a "tour guide" for students as they embark on a very exciting journey -- one towards a major and/or career that excites them, aligns with their passions, and leads them to a successful future! As a first-generation student, Dr. Jensen remembered the transition from high school to higher education as both thrilling and challenging. She managed to find her way to a career she loves because of a combination of student resources, clubs and organization, faculty mentors, and creating SMART goals. Teaching is the highlight of her day as her students give her a sense of joy, purpose, and gratitude.
Dr. Michael E. Smith

Professor of Archaeology

Dr. Smith is a professor of archaeology at the School of Human Evolution & Social Change. He is currently the director of the ASU Teotihuacan Research Laboratory in Mexico and has led excavation projects at numerous Aztec sites. He has published 11 books and more than 100 articles on his research. One of his books, At Home With the Aztecs: An Archaeologist Uncovers Their Daily Life (2016), won the Best Popular Book Award from the Society for American Archaeology. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his ASU honors include the 2017 Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2014 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. 

Dr. Michael Rubinoff

Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies

As a lecturer of leadership and interdisciplinary studies, Dr. Michael Rubinoff is an American historian in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Since joining the ASU faculty in 1997, he has taught dozens of online classes. Dr. Rubinoff sees American history as “a dramatic story; a nation made up from many cultures, peoples and countless individuals.” In his view, “American history can inspire as well as challenge us about sorting facts from fiction as we explore the nation’s past.” Previously, Dr. Rubinoff resided in Washington, D.C., where he interviewed many of the key figures who shaped recent American history. He also worked in administrative and writing capacities with Washington research organizations, and then was appointed deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Dr. Rubinoff has been published widely in academic journals, books, reference works and newspapers.

Hannah Creviston

Clinical Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy

Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is the clinical assistant professor of Piano Pedagogy, director of the Music Prep Program and coordinator of Class Piano at Arizona State University. She actively works as a researcher and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in the fall of 2012, Creviston was on the faculty at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. An avid performer of contemporary music, Creviston has premiered many compositions, both solo and collaborative. As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions around the world, and she performs regularly in a duo with her husband, saxophonist Christopher Creviston. Together, they have recorded Snell Sessions and Columbia Sessions, both on the Albany Records label, and Sunday Afternoon and Breaking available through CD Baby. 

Mary Erickson

School of Art

Mary Erickson earned her BFA from the University of Illinois and her MA and PhD from Ohio State University. She taught art in high school in Indiana and at a community college in Illinois. After teaching at a small university in Pennsylvania, she became a full-time professor at the School of Art in Arizona State University in 1990. She was U.S. Art Educator of the Year and served one year as visiting scholar at the Getty Institute in California. She is the author of numerous research studies focused primarily on how people of different ages and backgrounds understand and appreciate art both from their own and others' cultures. She is currently collaborating with museum educators from five art museums in the Phoenix area to design interactive games for museum visitors. Her website is CreatingMeaninginArt.net.