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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

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!

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.

Elisa Allen

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love getting to learn with my students. Students help me see things from a new perspective. I appreciate getting to view the world from someone else’s vantage point.

What is something interesting about you?
I play the violin and play in a local symphony orchestra. I also teach private violin and piano lessons.

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.

Kimberly Heywood

English Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love showing students that writing really is a life skill, and something that they can apply in their daily life.

What is something interesting about you?
I have twins! At one point I had three children three and under!

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.

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.

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

Alison Hernandez

Lead Math Teacher

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!

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 Austin

Math Teacher

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!

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.

Carolee Heidenreich

Math Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I really enjoy math and I love helping students understand it because when they do, they enjoy it too. I like how math can relate to pretty much everything in our daily lives and solutions can be found in more than just one way.

What is something interesting about you?
I was a competitive jump-roper for 8 years!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teri Helton

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 love playing all sports, but water polo is my favorite. I have 5 pins in my shoulder from an injury in college but I never missed a game.

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

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

April Neudenberger

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I enjoy inspiring a new generation of young adults to pursue STEM-related fields. Chemistry is fascinating because it is considered the central science. Without it, we could not ask the question, “What are the constituents of matter?” Mathematical properties describe how atoms react together and interactions between atoms are mechanical, which closely relates to physics and all other fields of science.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Traveling is one of my passions, and I have been to every state in the U.S., except Hawaii. I traveled to over 20 countries. It is my mission to expand my mind each day because I love to learn new things.

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.

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.

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.

Lizette Daniel

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I love working with students and engaging them in the fun of science. It is a joy to see the love of science and exploration spark in a student.

What is something interesting about you?
Something interesting about me is that I like to make jewelry in my free time.

Rhonda Schulters

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
I really enjoy sharing my love and passion for the sciences. I love creating an environment where my students and I work together to connect scientific concepts to everyday events in their personal lives. I look forward to hearing their ideas and developing projects based on their interests. My desire at the end of each semester is that 100% of my students will have a new or growing appreciation for the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) field.

What is something interesting about you?
I was born in Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America. It is often thought of as a Caribbean Island. 

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.

Tomas Navarro

Science Teacher

What do you like most about teaching?
What I am looking for most in students is that "a-ha" moment, when whatever concept they are working on or trying to understand, just clicks. The most interesting aspect of my content area is that every year, new species are being found and discovered. You would think in this day and age, we would have found everything. Also, modern humans have now had 100,000 years added to our emergence as a species.

What is something interesting about you?
I can play the flute, I once competed competitively in Crossfit, and I was a three-time Arizona State High School champion in track and field (shot put, discus). I also competed at Arizona State University in track and field in college with my sister CJ Raidy, who also teaches at ASU Prep Digital. I taught her everything she knows.

Social Studies / Social Sciences

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.) 

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!

Shannon Moberly

History Teacher

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!

World Languages

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!

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.

Emmy Smith Ready

World Languages Teacher – Spanish

What do you like most about teaching?
I love how teaching Spanish is not just about verb drills. I like helping students understand the rich culture of the Spanish-speaking world and opening their eyes to a culture that exists both far away in other countries and right next door in the U.S.

What is something interesting about you?
I also speak Catalan, Italian, and can read Portuguese.

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 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!

Min Qu

World Language Teacher – Mandarin

What do you like most about teaching?
I love working with young people with different cultural background and seeing them enjoying the moments of success in my class!

What is something interesting about you?
I love learning to make food from different cultures!

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.
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.

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.

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.