♥ Kindergarten Lead Teacher – Elizabeth Atwood
Elizabeth Atwood was born and raised in Tempe, AZ. She graduated from Arizona State University, with a Bachelors in Science in Sustainable Ecosystems from the Global Institute of Sustainability in 2011. Interested in health and wellness, she worked for various businesses within Local First Arizona coalition including farmers markets, coffee roasteries, localvore stores, and restaurants/cafes. After realizing she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her parents, she moved to Tucson in the summer of 2016 to become an early elementary school teacher. By divine intervention, she was hired at Desert Sky Community School that same Winter and absolutely loves the path she is on! She is currently in the process of becoming certified in Early Childhood by nonprofit program called Lifeways.
♥ Kindergarten Assistant Millica Nazifi (Miss Rose)
♥ Grade 1 Teacher – TC Leon
TC Leon, is full of love and caring for people, nature, and life. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been a licensed massage therapist for over 20 years. A voracious reader and lifelong learner, she is always working on self-improvement and stretching her comfort zone to try new adventures. Originally from Montana, Ms. Leon has also lived in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Alaska, was an exchange student to Germany her junior year in high school, and studied in Spain her second semester of college. However, she has called Tucson home for the last 31 years. TC Leon thoroughly enjoyed being a mom and feels proud of having raised two confident and competent sons who both now live in Alaska. Since neither of them is likely to have children in the near future, they hope their mother’s new calling will fulfill her desire to have Little Ones in her life.
♥ Grade Two/Three Teacher – Tiffany Aguilera
Tiffany Aguilera was born and raised in Spokane Washington. She has lived in Tucson, Arizona for 13 years. She is married and has four children. She started teaching at Desert Sky Community School during the 2015-2016 school year. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and is currently working on her Master’s of Education in Waldorf Teacher Training at Antioch University New England. Her inspirations come from spending time with her family, being in nature, biking, singing, and writing. Her desire is to grow through self-development and continue to be inspired by the children.
♥ Grade Four/Five Teacher – Gina Wycoff
Gina Wycoff is a certified teacher who earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University. She has taught at the elementary level for over 10 years. She has worked with children with special needs including those with learning disabilities throughout her career. Gina’s educational philosophy envelops embracing multiculturalism, a flexible curriculum to provide for each student’s unique learning style, ample opportunities for collaboration with classmates, and supporting and guiding her students to discover answers for themselves. An open mind and an open heart will provide a positive learning environment.
Specialty Subject Faculty
♦Handwork Teacher- Dana Lynge
♦Movement Teacher — Marion Craner
♦Spanish Teacher – Janet Caballero
♦ Speech Therapist – Susan Krantz
Susan has lived and worked in Tucson for several years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology; both from the University of Utah. Her rapport with the students is amazing, and the students she works with make great strides in their learning and education!
♦ Student Services Teacher – Kathi Lucey
Kathi Lucey holds degrees from Montana state University, University of Arizona and University of Phoenix. She’s been a consultant for the Arizona Department of Education. She’s also been an instructor for ESL students and special needs students in Marana, Sahuarita and Tucson. She is also an established professional musician, songwriter and performer.