Our Staff

Head Nerds


Niecy Westmoreland

Micah Beverly Owner of Nerding LLC

Micah Beverly

Lead Nerds

Site Directors

Bobby Norman

April Rohrer

Educational Nerds

Curriculum Writers

Monica Crowder

  • Science & Math teacher for 23 years
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls– BS., Elementary Ed.
  • Arizona State University–MS, Elementary Ed.-Science Specialist
  • Science Specialist- Kyrene School District
  • Loves biomimicry (learning from nature) and laughing at her own jokes

Niecy Westmoreland

  • 3rd and 4th grade teacher for 9 years
  • Nerding founder and teacher since 2014
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Ed Tech guru
  • Tech integration curriculum specialist
  • Self-Certified NASA Mars Educator
  • Plant mom and bird watcher
  • Owns light up shoes
Big Nerds


Bobby Norman

  • 2nd, 5th, 6th (Lang.Arts), and 7th grade Science teacher since 2007
  • Ed Tech Specialist for Kyrene District
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • M.Ed. in Educational Tech from NAU
  • Likes to use Google Earth and pretend he is a giant

April Rohrer

  • 4th-7th Nerding Teacher since 2016
  • B.A. in Business Psychology from Miami University
  • Owns life size R2-D2
  • Dresses up for Comicon

Rylan Ben

  • 5th-6th Grade teacher
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies ASU
  • 3D printing guru
  • Harry Potter enthusiast
  • Has viewed every Marvel movie 3 to 64 times

Chelsea Dysko-Erausquin

  • 1st-3rd grade teacher since 2014
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership from NAU
  • Loves her hawt dog Chewie
  • Space Nerd

Shea Evans

  • K-5 Resource teacher since 2017
  • B.A. in Elementary and
    Special Ed from Shippensburg University
  • Adventure enthusiast
  • Owns over 100 bowties

Alena Almendarez

  • 5th Grade Science teacher since 2007
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed. from Ottawa University
  • M.Ed in Elementary Ed. from NAU
  • Her patronus is a penguin
  • Cried tears of joy the first time her son asked to watch Star Wars

Dave Carras

  • 4th grade gifted  and 6th grade science teacher since 2007
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • NASA Endeavor Fellow
  • Uses multimillion dollar satellites to find Tupperware hidden in the woods…

Marissa Cox

  • 4th and 5th grade teacher since 2008
  • B.A. in Art History from ASU
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • As an art student, considered cutting off ear

Erin Martin

  • 4th and 5th grade teacher since 2004
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Code wizard
  • Clean freak… just don’t open a cabinet

Jess Leos

  • Teacher for 10 years in grades 3-6
  • Graduated from ASU with a BA in Elementary Ed
  • Mama of two wild and spunky toddlers
  • Always up for a spontaneous adventure
  • Typically the first to laugh at myself, which is quite often!
  • Currently pursuing a career in nursing; my other love outside of teaching <3

Sarah Hess

  • 3rd grade and Gifted/STEM teacher since 2005
  • B.A. Elementary Ed from the U of A
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction ASU
  • Gifted, reading, early childhood endorsements
  • Can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 2 minutes

Tessa Lamb

  • 2nd Grade teacher since 2014
  • Previously 2nd, 4th, and ESL teacher
  • B.A. and M.A. in ED from ASU
  • Loves to read, hike, and try to make plants grow

Brooke Warwick

  • 2nd-4th grade and ART teacher since 2016
  • BA in Elementary and Special Education from Grand Canyon University
  • Art Endorsement
  • known to be a compulsive eccentric costume wearer
  • has dreams of teaching little children about color wheels and painting

Christina Orozco

  • K-1 teacher since 2010
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed, Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Dog enthusiast
  • Mom of a Baby Nerd

Liz Stewart

  • K-3 resource teacher since 2016
  • B.A. in Elementary and Special Ed from ASU
  • Competed on a national level in Olympic lifting
  • Mom to 2 kids and a crazy Boston Terrier  

Ali Lutz

  • 1st/2nd grade teacher since 2014
  • BS in supply chain management and marketing
  • M.Ed in elementary education
  • Obsessed with her dogs, paisley and wrangler
  • Makes balloon animals

Sally Kenney

  • BS in Nursing degree
  • Pediatric nurse for 10 years
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education
  • K-2nd grade teacher for 16 years
  • M.Ed. in Higher & Post-Secondary Education
  • Sang at Carnegie Hall
  • Life-long student of music

Jaime Cozza

  • Desert Sun Teacher
  • B.A. in Psychology, minor in Early Childhood Development
  • M.A. in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University
  • Mom to 2 nerds

Sydney Johnson

  • 5th grade teacher.
  • B.A. in Elementary Education and English Literature from Lake Forest College
  • Was in Ms. Westmoreland’s 3rd grade class long, long ago
  • I have read 100 books in a year!

Sarah Fahey

  • Taught all the grades for all the years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed, Early Childhood Endorsement
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Loves to make people happy
  • Bunco Champion of the World
  • Does card tricks

Megan Blakley

  • K and 1st grade teacher since 2014
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Prefers puzzles to TV

Liza Richards

  • 2nd and 5th grade since 2007
  • Ed Tech Specialist
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from Ottawa University
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from NAU
  • Needs to code a program to find the kitchen

Gillian Soliven

  • Kindergarten Teacher since 2013
  • B.A. in Elementary Education from ASU
  • Mom of 3
  • Grew up in Maui, Hawaii
  • Harry Potter and vampire enthusiast
  • Passion for handstands

Kim Mason

  • 1st, 2nd, multiage teacher and reading specialist for 31 years
  • B.S. in Elementary Education from NAU.
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Development, Language and Literacy from ASU.
  • Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Specialist
  • I follow several rescues and love all rescue animals!

Janice Wagner

  • K-3 teacher for 25 years
  • BA in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • MA in Teaching and Learning from NHU
  • Loves to travel! Macedonia (w/ owner Niecy!), Germany, UK, France, Italy, Mexico… to be continued soon!
  • “Granny Janny” to 2 grandnerds with a 3rd on the way!

Brenda Crater

  • 3rd-4th grade teacher since 2003
  • BA in Psychology from ASU
  • MA in Education from University of Phoenix
  • Visited platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter in London.

Regina Bishop

  • 5th grade teacher since 2016
  • BA in English Lit from Maryland U
  • Mom to awesome 17 yr old daughter and cute 12 yr old dog
  • Avid shoe wearer
  • So much SciFi…so little time 🙂

Manuel Vasquez

  • 6 – 12th grade math teacher
  • Masters in Chemical Engineering
  • AZ Alternative Teaching Certification
  • Science Olympiad Coach
  • STEM Club Advisor
  • Aspiring Amateur Astrophotographer