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Teachers

The Ultra Nerdy Nerding Team

Lead Nerds

Nerding's Directors

Micah Beverly

Niecy Westmoreland

Bobby Norman

April Rohrer

Big Nerds

Nerding's Teachers

GRADES 4-7

Marissa Cox

  • 4th and 5th grade teacher for 13 years
  • B.A. in Art History from ASU
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • As an art student, considered cutting off ear

Bobby Norman

  • 2nd, 5th, 6th (Lang.Arts), and 7th grade Science teacher for 14 years
  • 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

Dave Carras

  • 4th grade gifted teacher for 12 years
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • NASA Endeavor Fellow
  • Uses multimillion dollar satellites to find Tupperware hidden in the woods…

April Rohrer

  • 4th-7th Nerding Teacher for 3 years
  • B.A. in Business Psychology from Miami University
  • Owns life size R2-D2
  • Dresses up for Comicon

Shea Evans

  • K-5 Resource teacher for 2 years
  • B.A. in Elementary and
    Special Ed from Shippensburg University
  • Adventure enthusiast
  • Owns over 100 bowties

Rylan Ben

  • 5th-6th Grade teacher
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 3D printing guru
  • Harry Potter enthusiast

Alena Almendarez

  • 5th Grade Science teacher for 14 years
  • 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

Jess Suri

  • K-6 STEM teacher for 7 years
  • B.A. in English/Sociology and Ed from State University of NY at Buffalo
  • M.Ed. in Childhood Ed from State University of NY at Buffalo
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Teacher Innovator
  • Collects interesting pens
  • On number 21 in quest to visit all 50 states

Heather Vehon

  • Has taught 3rd-5th grade
  • Coached teachers and lead PD
  • Dean of Students (this coming school year at Eduprize)
  • B. A. In Elementary Ed from ASU
  • M. Ed. In Multi-Cultural Ed from NAU
  • Loves her greyhound Jasper
  • Loves sticky notes

Chelsea Dysko

  • 2nd-3rd grade teacher for 6 years
  • B. A. In Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Loves her greyhound Jasper
  • Space Nerd

GRADES 2-3

Erin Martin

  • 4th and 5th grade teacher 17 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Code Ninja
  • Clean freak… just don’t open a cabinet

Lisa Kiefer

  • K-3rd teacher for 30 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed specializing in Science
  • Once took a class on Power Plants… voluntarily.

Megan Blakley

  • K and 1st grade teacher 5 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from ASU
  • Prefers puzzles to TV

Liza Richards

  • 2nd and 5th grade teacher 12 years
  • Ed Tech Specialist 8 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed from Ottawa University
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Ed from NAU
  • Needs to code a program to find the kitchen

Sally Kenney

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

Jennifer Leopardi

  • 7th-8th Grade Language Arts teacher for 4 years
  • K-8 Library Media Specialist for 15 years
  • B.A. in Secondary Education and English from ASU
  • M.Ed. in Educational Technology from NAU
  • Book lover, obviously.
  • World Traveler

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

Christina Orozco

  • K-1 teacher for 9 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed, Early Childhood Endorsement
  • Loves her pup and naps

GRADES K-1

Misty Martinez

  • Desert Sun Teacher 12 years
  • AA in Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. in Photo Studies from ASU
  • Has absurdly large collections of sea shells, beach sand, and plastic animals

Jenn Conley

  • Kindergarten Teacher 8 years
  • B.A. in Elementary Ed and Special Ed from NAU
  • ESL and Early Childhood Endorsements
  • Taught in China for 6 months
  • Self-taught ukulele player and loves ultimate frisbee

Daniela Yuenyongsgool

  • Music/Yoga/German language teacher
  • B.A. in Education
  • M.A. in History and Religious Studies
  • Grew up in East Germany

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