Meet Our New Staff!

Fountain Hills Unified School District is excited to welcome our newest Falcons to the family.

Fountain Hills Unified School District

Tammy Rigsby

Tammy Rigsby
Payroll and Benefit Specialist
Biography

About Tammy Rigsby

Please welcome Tammy Rigsby to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD)!

Tammy will be working in the district office as the payroll and benefit specialist. She is excited to learn her new role and get to know everyone within FHUSD!

Tammy studied accounting at Bevill State College and has over 20 years of payroll and office management experience.  

In September 2020, Tammy moved to Fountain Hills from her beloved state of Alabama. Combined, she and her boyfriend have four children, two daughters and two sons, with one precious granddaughter. Tammy and her family are very outdoorsy and love to camp, travel, and hit the trails in their jeep. Although she is an Alabamian through and through, Fountain Hills has developed a special place in her heart, and she is loving the dry heat.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Tammy!

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Cara Wagen

Cara Wagen
Speech-Language Pathologist
Biography

About Cara Wagen

Please welcome Cara Wagen to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD).

Cara is very excited to be a part of the Falcon community as the new speech-language pathologist. She is looking forward to helping our students achieve success.

Cara graduated from McGill University in Montreal Canada with a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of science in speech-language pathology. She obtained her certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She has been a speech-language pathologist for 19 years working in education and private practice. For the past eight years she worked for a high school in Scottsdale and has been an avid volunteer for STARZ, Miracle League, and Gigi’s Playhouse in Scottsdale. 

Cara is the proud mother of two teenagers. She is excited to be back in Fountain Hills where she lived for the last six years enjoying the many art festivals and nearby Saguaro lake for boating.

Cara has already noticed how welcoming the community is here at Fountain Hills Unified School District, and she feels very lucky to be able to join the FHUSD team.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Cara!

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McDowell Mountain Elementary

Shelly Jensen

Shelly Jensen
Principal
Biography

About Shelly Jensen

Please give a big Falcon welcome to Shelly Jensen.

Dr. Jensen is the new principal at McDowell Mountain Elementary. Shelly and her husband are moving to beautiful Arizona from South Dakota. Shelly has always had a passion for education and wanted to be a teacher at an early age. She obtained her bachelors degree from South Dakota State University in speech therapy and an endorsement in early childhood special education. She obtained her master’s degree in school administration from the University of Phoenix and an education specialist degree and doctorate in school administration from Cappella University in Minnesota. She has served several districts as a principal and is so excited to continue the rewarding work of educating children. Shelly and her family love football and baseball and are Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Brave fans. 

Welcome Shelly. We look forward to having you join our Falcon family.

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Maggie  Frederici

Maggie Frederici
Second Grade Teacher
Biography

About Maggie Frederici

Please welcome Maggie Frederici to Fountain Hills Unified School District.

Maggie received her master’s in education from the University of South Carolina. She strives to improve her educational practices and is currently working on her endorsement in gifted education. Maggie has taught in the public school systems in Nevada and New Mexico, and for the Bureau of Indian Education in New Mexico. Her professional career has been in the elementary school setting as a classroom teacher and an interventionist. 

Maggie recently relocated to Arizona from New Mexico with her husband, horses, dogs, and cats. She enjoys spending time outdoors, with her animals, hiking, and participating in equestrian activities. Maggie is excited to join the Fountain Hills Unified School District’s team as a second-grade teacher. 

Welcome to the Falcon Family, Maggie! 

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Bailie Jensen

Bailie Jensen
Kindergarten
Biography

About Bailie Jensen

Please welcome Bailie Jensen to FHUSD!

Bailie is super excited to be teaching kindergarten at McDowell Mountain Elementary. She is looking forward to meeting her new students and giving them the skills they need to become successful. She is also looking forward to working with her all her new co-workers. Bailie graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor of elementary inclusive education this past fall 2021. Bailie likes to watch football with her family and friends, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys in her free time. She also enjoys shopping and watching crime tv shows.

Bailie looks forward to joining the McDowell Mountain family and being a part of the Fountain Hills community.

Welcome to the Falcon Family Bailie!

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Hana Lashin

Hana Lashin
Kindergarten Teacher
Biography

About Hana Lashin

Please welcome Hana Lashin to FHUSD.

Hana is super excited to join the Falcon family! She will be teaching Kindergarten at McDowell Mountain Elementary! Hana graduated Cum Laude from the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College with her degree in Elementary Education.

Hana is originally from Long Beach, CA but considers Scottsdale, Arizona, her home! In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, as well as singing karaoke and painting. She is very much looking forward to this brand new school year and very excited for the journey to come!

Welcome to Fountain Hills, Hana!

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Dana Meyers

Dana Meyers
Third Grade Teacher
Biography

About Dana Meyers

Please welcome Dana Meyers to FHUSD.

Dana is so excited to be a part of the McDowell Mountain Family! 

She recently moved to Fountain Hills from Indiana where she graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in school administration. She spent ten years teaching fifth grade and two years teaching fourth grade.

Dana says the staff and students are very welcoming, and she is honored to be a part of the team.

Welcome to Fountain Hills, Dana!

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Ally Negrich

Ally Negrich
Second Grade Teacher
Biography

About Ally Negrich

Please welcome Ally Negrich to FHUSD!

Ally graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of science in elementary education. She has lived in Arizona most of her life and attended all public schools in the Scottsdale school district. She first became passionate about education when she was in elementary school and looked up to her teachers, who inspired her to become a teacher herself.

Ally enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the weekends. She also enjoys spending time outside, trying new coffee places, watching movies, listening to music, and traveling. 

Ally has noticed how friendly and welcoming the Fountain Hills community has been, and she is super excited to be part of the FHUSD team, teaching second grade.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Ally!

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Maureen O’Brien

Maureen O’Brien
Structured English Immersion Teacher
Biography

About Maureen O’Brien

Welcome Maureen O’Brien to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD). She is very excited to be a part of the Fountain Hills community as the new structured English immersion teacher at McDowell Mountain Elementary School and Fountain Hills Middle School. 

Maureen also known as Mo is looking forward to working with you and helping our students achieve success. Mo graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts in international relations and a minor in German. Continuing with her education she earned her German teaching certification from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While teaching and raising a beautiful daughter, she earned a master’s in education from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in curriculum and instruction along with a certificate to teach English as a second language. As her passion for education and professional development continues, she earned her reading endorsement from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Maureen has been teaching for over 20 years in the Minneapolis Public School District and is now excited about teaching in Fountain Hills. Mo has a wonderful husband and an adventurous daughter who is now flying helicopters for the army. For fun, Mo enjoys hiking, jogging, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Mo is looking forward to joining the Fountain Hills community.

Welcome, Mo, to the FHUSD family!

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Brenda Peralo

Brenda Peralo
Reading Intervention Teacher
Biography

About Brenda Peralo

Please welcome Mrs. Brenda Peralo to our Falcon family. Brenda is excited to share her love for learning as the reading intervention teacher at McDowell Mountain Elementary.

Brenda moved to Fountain Hills in August from Alabama where she was teaching 2nd grade. She received her B.A. in elementary education from the University of Wyoming and her M.A. in school administration at California State University, San Bernardino. Brenda has had the pleasure of teaching elementary school in California, Colorado, Texas, and Alabama. Recently, Brenda received her structured English immersion endorsement and completed a course on Dyslexia: Literacy Development and the Structure of Language.

Brenda and her husband Tony moved to Fountain Hills to be closer to family and to enjoy the beautiful desert. They have three young adult children, a two year old grandson, and a chocolate lab named Lyla. Their youngest daughter goes to the University of Arizona. Brenda enjoys mountain biking, hiking, reading, and traveling. 

Brenda already loves living in Fountain Hills and feels lucky to be part of the Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) team.

Please welcome Brenda Peralo to the FHUSD family!

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Nicole Valentino

Nicole Valentino
Preschool Teacher
Biography

About Nicole Valentino

Please welcome Nicole Valentino to Fountain Hills Unified School District!

Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, Nicole also earned a master’s degree in early childhood professions from Roosevelt University, and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nicole has a love for learning and knew from a very young age she wanted to become a preschool teacher. During her teaching career, Nicole has taught preschool in Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona over the past thirteen years. 

During the past six years, Nicole has been living in Arizona and she is enjoying the daily sunshine year-round. The warm weather has been most welcoming considering Nicole was born and raised in Chicago, where the weather is always quite different.

Nicole is very excited to join the Fountain Hills community as a preschool teacher.

When not in the classroom, Nicole enjoys traveling, concerts, spending time with family and friends, and especially with her schnauzer Rudy. Besides teaching young children, Nicole has been very active in volunteering at several children’s hospitals. Her volunteer areas include facilitating playgroups for hospitalized children and family grief support classes.

Lastly, Nicole is an avid sports fan and can always be found cheering for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears teams.

Welcome, Nicole, to the Falcon family!

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Fountain Hills Middle School

Natasha Brophy

Natasha Brophy
ELA Teacher
Biography

About Natasha Brophy

Please welcome Natasha Brophy to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD)!

Natasha is thrilled to be joining Fountain Hills Unified School District. She will be teaching ELA at the middle school. Natasha has a cross categorical k–12 special education certificate. She has a masters of education from the University of San Diego and a teaching certificate from Rio Salado.

This will be her 10th year as a full-time teacher. Prior to that Natasha was a substitute teacher at private schools and district schools, taught ice skating in Colorado, and was busy as a mother of three.

Natasha has been trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) reading program, Wilson reading, Fundations, and attended Teaching Reading Effectively through the Arizona Department of Education.

Prior to living in Colorado and California, Natasha now has been in Arizona for 13 years and calls it home. In her free time she enjoys tutoring, hiking, and spending time in nature. One of her favorite things to do is to go hiking in Sedona. She has three grown children and an adopted cat she loves with all of her heart.

Natasha feels blessed and happy to be at Fountain Hills Unified School District and looking forward to being a part of the FHUSD team.

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Greg Caruso

Greg Caruso
Music Teacher
Biography

About Greg Caruso

Please welcome Greg Caruso to FHUSD. 

Greg has worked in the music industry for fifteen years, gaining experience in performing, writing, arranging, and teaching. He graduated from Jacksonville University with a bachelors in music and a masters in business. As a seasoned musician, he is passionate about advancing the Fountain Hills Middle School music program. 

In addition to inspiring young musicians, he enjoys sports, including racquetball, scuba diving, and watching the New York Yankees. Outside of the office, Greg enjoys hiking, camping, and anything in the water. 

Welcome to the Falcon Family, Greg!

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Lisa Chaikin

Lisa Chaikin
Art Teacher
Biography

About Lisa Chaikin

Please welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD.

Lisa is very excited about teaching middle school and high school art and working to help students make progress in their art education. Lisa loves teaching art and helping all students gain an appreciation of visual art and the beauty around us.

Lisa attended the Rhode Island School of Design fine arts program and graduated from Fashion Institute, with a focus in Textile Design. She returned to Western Governors University to earn her teaching certificate in education. Lisa has taught art in several charter and public schools over the past three years in Peoria, Glendale, and Phoenix areas and looks forward to bringing her expertise and love of visual art education to the students in FHUSD.

When Lisa is not teaching art, she creates mixed-medium works using an assortment of paper, paint, embroidery, photocopies, and ink. Lisa uses her spare time trying out art supplies and then incorporating new and exciting ideas into the classroom. She hopes to author and illustrate a children’s picture book about friendships and the differences that make us who we are. 

Lisa shares her life with husband Greg, who enjoys playing his guitar while Lisa sings classic rock tunes. He is a great support to Lisa’s artistic expressions that often take over the dining room. Lisa raised two children, a daughter who is an ER trauma nurse and a son who is becoming an MS or HS educator like his mom. 

Welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD!

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Christine Rios

Christine Rios
5th Grade ELA Teacher
Biography

About Christine Rios

Please welcome Christine Rios to Fountain Hills Middle School.

Christine is extremely excited to be a part of the Fountain Hills family as the 5th grade ELA teacher. She is looking forward to making a positive contribution to our school, students, and parents.

Christine graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2014, with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She graduated with magna cum laude honors and full SEI endorsements.

Christine started her career as a first grade teacher in North Phoenix for two years. Then she continued as a fifth and sixth grade ELA teacher in Scottsdale for the past five years.

Christine is originally from New York and has lived in Arizona for the past 14 years.

Christine enjoys spending time with her family and traveling the world with them. She enjoys swimming, bowling, playing pool, and playing video games with her son. She is also a dog mom to a Yorkie and a Cheagle and enjoys fostering puppies from time to time.

She cannot wait to start this amazing new adventure at Fountain Hills!

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Fountain Hills High School

Chris Hartmann

Chris Hartmann
Principal
Biography

About Chris Hartmann

Please welcome Chris Hartmann to Fountain Hills High School as the new principal. 

Hello Fountain Hills Falcons! I am excited to join your community as principal of Fountain Hills High School in 20212022. Congratulations to the 2021 graduates and to the entire school community for your completion on what must have been a very challenging school year! I have nineteen years of experience in education: seven as a classroom teacher and twelve as a building administrator. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, fitness, and anything sports related. I look forward to meeting you all soon. Have a great summer 2021, and I will see you all in August!

Welcome, Chris. We are looking forward to having you join our Falcon family.

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Jeff Bonner

Jeff Bonner
Physical Education Teacher
Biography

About Jeff Bonner

Please welcome Jeff Bonner as a teacher to the Falcon family!

Jeff is excited to continue being a part of this district. Moving from a recent role as a substitute teacher/classroom aide into a full time teaching position has been a goal of his since graduating high school, and he is so grateful to have this opportunity.

As a graduate of West Texas A&M with a bachelors in sports and exercise sciences with an emphasis on applied sports in 2016, education is something that he values deeply. While attending West Texas A&M he played basketball for the Buffalos and was awarded the scholar-athlete award during graduation for his achievements in the classroom while still managing being to be a part of the basketball team. Upon graduating from West Texas he began coaching and eventually found his way back to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD). As a graduate from Fountain Hills High School (FHHS) in 2012, you could say it was just a matter of time. 

Jeff has been around the district in various positions for about four years and it has felt more like home with each year. With his substitute and subject matter expert standard teaching (physical education) certification, he is willing and able to take on any role necessary. For his efforts throughout his time in the district he also has an A+ School of Excellence Award and an AVID Committee Award. He really values being a part of this community and giving back in any way he can. As mentioned, this is heavily fueled by him attending all four years of high school here and having dreams of one day doing exactly what he will be doing next year. Moving from the role of English 9 classroom coach/classroom aide to a role as a physical education teacher is an amazing opportunity that he is thrilled with taking. 

His mother, father, and sister are the only immediate family he has in Arizona. A native of Houston Texas, where most of his family resides, he likes to take vacations there any chance he gets. Family is important to him, and you can see this by the support his family gives to him. If you get the chance to come watch the FHHS boys play a home game you may just see his mom, dad, and sister in the stands cheering the boys on. 

He is big into being outdoors. Camping and fishing are things he loves to do when he gets free time. He is also really big into sports and athletics in general, basketball being his sport of choice, but anything to keep him moving and active he will be happy doing.

Welcome, Jeff, to your dream position in FHUSD!

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James Cathey

James Cathey
Counselor
Biography

About James Cathey

 Please welcome James Cathey to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD).

James is very excited to be a part of the Fountain Hills learning community as the new school counselor. He is eager to contribute toward the continued growth and development of all of the students at Fountain Hills High School. James earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and his master’s degree in school counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining our team, James served as a long-term guest teacher with the Glendale Unified School District in California and he regularly proctors the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In his spare time, he enjoys the game of golf and his favorite courses include Troon North, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California.

James feels very blessed to be able to join the FHUSD community, and he looks forward to working with our students, staff, and faculty members.

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Lisa Chaikin

Lisa Chaikin
Art Teacher
Biography

About Lisa Chaikin

Please welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD.

Lisa is very excited about teaching middle school and high school art and working to help students make progress in their art education. Lisa loves teaching art and helping all students gain an appreciation of visual art and the beauty around us.

Lisa attended the Rhode Island School of Design fine arts program and graduated from Fashion Institute, with a focus in Textile Design. She returned to Western Governors University to earn her teaching certificate in education. Lisa has taught art in several charter and public schools over the past three years in Peoria, Glendale, and Phoenix areas and looks forward to bringing her expertise and love of visual art education to the students in FHUSD.

When Lisa is not teaching art, she creates mixed-medium works using an assortment of paper, paint, embroidery, photocopies, and ink. Lisa uses her spare time trying out art supplies and then incorporating new and exciting ideas into the classroom. She hopes to author and illustrate a children’s picture book about friendships and the differences that make us who we are. 

Lisa shares her life with husband Greg, who enjoys playing his guitar while Lisa sings classic rock tunes. He is a great support to Lisa’s artistic expressions that often take over the dining room. Lisa raised two children, a daughter who is an ER trauma nurse and a son who is becoming an MS or HS educator like his mom. 

Welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD!

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Kevin Clancy

Kevin Clancy
Sports Medicine and Anatomy & Physiology Teacher
Biography

About Kevin Clancy

Please welcome Mr. Kevin Clancy to our Falcon family!

Beginning this fall, Mr. Clancy will be teaching our sports medicine and anatomy and physiology classes at Fountain Hills High School. He can’t wait to help our students gain hands on experience and learn about how the body’s systems work!

Previously, Mr. Clancy developed and taught the sports medicine program at Foothill High School in Sacramento, California. He has his bachelors of science in exercise and sport science, his masters of arts in sports coaching, and has coached cross country and track for the last 10 years at both the high school and collegiate levels. Additionally, Mr. Clancy worked as the race operations manager for the California International Marathon, one of the nation’s largest marathons.

In his spare time Mr. Clancy can be found out on the trails at McDowell, in the kitchen developing his culinary skills, or in the stands at State Farm Stadium when his Seahawks come to town.

Mr. Clancy, his partner Nicole, and their mini-Aussie Milo look forward to joining the Fountain Hills community!

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Luana Davila Rivera

Luana Davila Rivera
Spanish Teacher
Biography

About Luana Davila Rivera

Please welcome Luana Davila Rivera as our new high school Spanish teacher.

Dr. Luana Davila Rivera is delighted to join the Fountain Hills Unified School District faculty. She comes to us from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico where she taught high school Spanish for more than 20 years. Teaching at the high school level is one of her great passions, and she can’t wait to meet her new students.

Luana graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a B.A. in education. After teaching for many years, she was accepted to the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and she earned a PhD in Latin American literature.

In her spare time, she loves writing poetry and short stories and composing original music. She plays the Spanish guitar, and she is also a talented singer. One of her great joys is helping students discover and develop their own talents. She is an avid reader and eternally enamored by psychology and literature.

For the past six years she has lived in Arizona and has adored discovering the wonders of our beautiful state. Above all, she treasures being close to her kids, siblings, and nephews. She shares her home with her miniature golden doodle, Rosie.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Luana!

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Kathie Cook

Kathie Cook
Administrative Assistant
Biography

About Kathie Cook

Please welcome Kathie Cook-Martis to Fountain Hills Unified School District as our high school attendance coordinator.

Kathie is originally from New York City (you will hear the accent) but has been visiting Fountain Hills since 1998 for business before moving here permanently in 2015.  She is a middle twin of a very large family of eight siblings and enjoys cooking, baking, painting, and party planning. She also spoils her adorable mini Pincher/Corgi, Pepper.

Kathie’s career has always been in administrative assistant/event planning but is looking forward to her new role, and she is enthusiastic to serve your high school attendance needs. 

Welcome to the Falcon family, Kathie!

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Diana Fischer

Diana Fischer
Support Services Specialist
Biography

About Diana Fischer

Diana Fischer is delighted to spend her days surrounded by books and young learners in the FHHS library. In addition to creating a warm, welcoming, and current library that reinforces our curriculum, she will work to inspire our students to read, support our FHVA and Credit Recovery students, manage Chromebook assignments and copier maintenance, and coordinate substitute teachers.

Diana is originally from Canada where she obtained a bachelor of arts and bachelor of laws (JD) from the University of Alberta. After practicing law for a few years, she moved to the Arizona sunshine in 1994. Here, she was a vice president of risk management for a national human resources firm and then became senior vice president of a global commercial insurance brokerage. Diana and her husband, John, have two daughters. One daughter is a fifth-grade teacher in Alberta, and the other attends college in Massachusetts. Diana enjoys family history and genealogy, reading, and listening to books.

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Kimberly Flowers

Kimberly Flowers
Administrative Assistant to the Principal
Biography

About Kimberly Flowers

Please welcome Kimberly Flowers to Fountain Hills Unified School District. 

She is excited to join the Falcon family as the administrative assistant to the principal at Fountain Hills High School. Kim looks forward to serving the administration, staff, students, and their families.

Kim graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English in 2001. Her early career was in law enforcement accreditation with the State of Washington. Kim served as a church, school, and community volunteer while raising her young children. Most recently, Kim has been utilizing her skills as a certified professional coach. She is eager to bring her experience and abilities to her new role. 

Kim and her family moved to Fountain Hills this April, so she is enjoying settling into their new home and getting to know the community. She was elected PTO secretary and looks forward to making more connections with Falcon families. In her free time Kim enjoys reading, travel planning, enjoying nature, and playing games or watching movies with her family.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Kim!


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Michael Fox

Michael Fox
Band
Biography

About Michael Fox

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Mark Hamilton

Mark Hamilton
Special Education Teacher
Biography

About Mark Hamilton

Please welcome Mark Hamilton to Fountain Hills Unified School District.

He is very excited to be part of the Fountain Hills community as a teacher at the high school in the Special Education Department and is looking forward to making a positive impact on his students. 

Mark has a degree in accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. He has lived in Arizona for several years. He is a retired major in the Marine Corp serving from 1983 to 2005. He also worked in the financial services field for 20 plus years. In addition, he coached wrestling and football for over 20 years in California. Upon coming to Arizona, he taught in the Scottsdale Unified School District at Desert Mountain High School. Mark is married with two grown children who also live in the greater Phoenix area. Mark enjoys playing softball, tennis, and weightlifting.

Mark lives in North Scottsdale just minutes from Fountain Hills, and he is eager to begin his next career in the Fountain Hills School District.

Welcome to the Falcon family, Mark!

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Delaney Kazee

Delaney Kazee
Social Studies Teacher
Biography

About Delaney Kazee

Please welcome Delaney Kazee to Fountain Hills Unified School District. 

Delaney is from Colorado Springs and has spent the last four years in Arizona attending Grand Canyon University. She recently received her bachelors in secondary education and is joining the Social Sciences team at Fountain Hills High School. Delaney also has additional certifications in teaching English as a foreign language and spent many of her clinical hours working with English language learners. She is looking forward to this experience and to helping her students achieve.

Delaney grew up in a large family and tries to get back home to Colorado to see them whenever she can. In her spare time you can find her outdoors, with her cat, tending to her many houseplants, or doing yoga.

Fountain Hills is a very tight knit group, and Delaney feels lucky to become part of it and looks forward to getting to know the community!

Welcome to the Falcon family, Delaney!



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April Lawson

April Lawson
ELA Teacher
Biography

About April Lawson

Please welcome April Lawson to the FHUSD!

April is blessed beyond words to be joining Fountain Hills High School to teach ELA and become a Falcons cheerleader! 

Born and raised in Oklahoma, April moved to Texas as soon as she could! She studied social science and political science receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. April has taught as a professor of political science for 14 years at several community colleges throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona. Her favorite classes were always at high schools teaching dual-credit to juniors and seniors. Since 2017, she has been doing ELA intervention and teaching at middle/high schools in Denver, Colorado and Glendale, Arizona. It is her passion and calling to get our future on the right path. April’s hero is her dad, who at 72 years old, is still teaching school!

April is a certified advocate for victims of domestic violence and in her free time she enjoys speaking at DV charity events, working out, swimming, hanging with friends, and watching her favorite sports teams: Dallas Mavericks, San Francisco Giants, Arizona State Sun Devils, and her beloved Texas Longhorns! #GoFalcons!

Welcome to the Falcon family, April!

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Olivia Long

Olivia Long
History Teacher
Biography

About Olivia Long

Please welcome Olivia Long to the Falcon family!

Olivia was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Payson High School before attending Eastern Arizona College and Northern Arizona University. Olivia graduated from Northern Arizona University this year with a degree in elementary education. She has spent the last four years working in childcare and has experiences teaching grades k–12 and training students in leadership through the Arizona Association FFA. She’s excited to share her love of history and passion for education with her students at Fountain Hills High School. 

Olivia has five siblings including a twin sister and loves to spend time with them. When she’s not in the classroom you can catch her playing volleyball with friends, reading a WWII novel, or watching the Cleveland Browns!

Olivia’s excited to join the Fountain Hills community and to get to know all of the wonderful families!

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Evelyn Wynn

Evelyn Wynn
Athletics Director and Dean of Students
Biography

About Evelyn Wynn

Please welcome Evelyn Wynn to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD).

She is excited to be joining FHUSD as the athletics director and high school dean of students. She has a bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in health and physical education k–12 where she also played basketball for four years. Following this she earned her master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in sports management with a concentration in intercollegiate athletics administration while working full time as a teacher and athletics director. Currently, Evelyn is working on her EdD in teaching and learning with a concentration in adult education from Grand Canyon University. This coming school year will be her 11th year in education as a teacher and/or administrator and she is coming up on her two year anniversary of living in Arizona after a move across the country from her hometown in Pennsylvania.

Evelyn's hobbies outside of school are playing basketball, yoga, hiking, running, camping, lake days, paddle boarding, and traveling. If it screams sports or adventure, she's in. She also has two cats named Tink and Pete who enjoy waking her up at 2:00 a.m. for absolutely no reason at all. 

Evelyn is extremely excited to join FHUSD and is looking forward to getting to know our students, athletes, and community members through their shared love of academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. She feels very fortunate to have found such an amazing and welcoming community here in Arizona and can't wait to get started!

Welcome, Evelyn, to the Falcon family!

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Jasun Zakro

Jasun Zakro
Culinary Arts and Business Management
Biography

About Jasun Zakro

Please welcome Chef Jasun Zakro to the Falcon family.

Chef Jasun Zakro is excited to be joining the Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) family at Fountain Hills High School (FHHS). Chef Zakro will be building the new culinary and business management programs. Chef is looking forward to partnering with the FHHS community and teaching our students the art of cooking.

Jasun has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a BS in hotel/restaurant from Northern Arizona University, an AAS in culinary arts from Scottsdale Community College, an AAS in hotel, restaurant, and fitness management from The Community College of The Air Force, and an AAS in nutrition/dietetic technician from Central Arizona College. 

Jasun has been teaching for 11 years at the high school and college levels. 

Jasun has lived in Arizona for 20 years and moved out here when he was assigned to Luke Air Force Base. Jasun is a 16 year veteran of the United States Air Force and United States Army.

In his off time Jasun likes to cook, power lift, travel, ride his motorcycle, and volunteer at his American Legion Post. 

Welcome to FHUSD, Chef Jasun!

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Connick Vangor

Connick Vangor
English Teacher
Biography

About Connick Vangor

Please welcome Connick Vangor to the Fountain Hills Unified School District. 

Connick is very excited to be a part of FHUSD as the new Freshman English teacher at the high school. He is looking forward to working with you and helping our students achieve success.

Connick graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Secondary Education – English. He has plans to further his education and acquire a Masters in Education after gaining teaching experience. For the past three years, Connick has been a substitute teacher for Mesa Public Schools and had the chance to experience many types of classrooms and work with students from grade levels 9-12. He has lived in Arizona his whole life but has moved around the valley from Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa.

Family is very important to Connick as he likes to spend time on the weekends with them camping, going to movies, and jet skiing to escape the heat. He also likes to spend time with his girlfriend and his very energetic and friendly dog Lucky. 

Connick can already tell how friendly the community is in FHUSD and is eager and happy to be able to join the team.

Welcome to the Falcon Family Connick!

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Cynthia Wolf

Cynthia Wolf
Math Teacher
Biography

About Cynthia Wolf

Please welcome Cynthia Wolf to FHUSD!

Cynthia is very excited to teach math at Fountain Hills High School this fall.

A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Textiles, Cynthia recently completed the STEP program at Scottsdale Community College to gain her teaching certification. Although this will be her first year as a full-time teacher, she has been substitute teaching throughout the valley since 2018. Her experiences in the classroom led her to the decision to become a full-time teacher.

Cynthia is very proud of her two children. Her son is a former professional baseball player and a current member of Team Israel. He founded the nonprofit, More Than Baseball, to improve the lives of minor league players and promote baseball around the world. Her daughter is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Physics and Astrophysics with a minor in Geology. She will be pursuing a Ph.D. to eventually do research in Planetary Geology.

Cynthia is looking forward to sharing her love of math with the students of Fountain Hills.

Welcome to the Falcon Family Cynthia.

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