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ALC Leadership Team

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Mrs. Curran

Superintendent

Charter Holder

Education:

  • Bachelor of Liberal Art, Loyola Marymount University
  • Master of Education and Curriculum and Instruction, Grand Canyon University
  • Reading Endorsement, Grand Canyon University
  • Master of Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University

Experience:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • ALC English Teacher
  • Administrative Intern
  • ALC Principal

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Curran loves to travel and has lived in Spain and Australia.

“I truly feel that every student has the ability to be successful and it is my belief that an educator’s mission is to do everything possible to ensure this success.”

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Mr. Kabler

Principal 

Education:

  • Bachelor of History, Arizona State University
  • Master of Education Leadership, Northern Arizona University

Experience:

  • ALC English and History Teacher
  • ALC Afternoon Principal
  • ALC Assistant Principal

Interesting Fact: Mr. Kabler enjoys hiking every opportunity he can.

“The cornerstone of my philosophy is attendance, attitude and effort. If you do these three things in school as well as life, your chances of success grow many fold.”

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Mrs. Markham

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Education:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology, Grand Canyon University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Arizona State University
  • Teacher Certification, Rio Salado Community College

Experience:

  • Technical Writer
  • Communications and Marketing Consultant
  • ALC English Teacher (10 years)

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Markham is a certified scuba diver.

“I have seen countless struggling students prevail when given the opportunity and the tools to demonstrate their learning in different ways.”

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Mr. Cady

Art Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Northern Iowa
  • Master of Arts, Art Education from the University of Florida
  • Master of Arts, Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University

Experience:

  • Middle School Art Teacher

Interesting Fact: Mr.Cady and his wife have three cats named after Shrek and Fiona’s babies.

“As someone now doing something I always wanted to do, I feel that I am an example of never giving up on your dreams regardless of what life may throw you.”

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Mrs. Fantin

Special Education Director

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Drake University
  • Master of Arts in School Psychology, Capella University

Experience:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • School Psychologist
  • Adjunct Instructor of Rio Salado Community College

Interesting Fact:Mrs. Fantin LOVES all sports and was a collegiate athlete.  Her absolute favorite thing to do is play with her baby boy, Dawson.

“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” (Carl Jung)

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Mrs. Harris

Math Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science Middle School Education with an Emphasis in Math and Science, Arkansas State University
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education, Grand Canyon University

Experience:

  • Junior High School Math and Science
  • High School Math and Science

Interesting Fact: Ms. Harris loves dancing and can bust a move every now and then.

“Space is full of stars from those before us who weren't afraid to reach for their dreams. We too need to reach for our dreams so we can also be added among the stars.”

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Mrs. Less

Administrative Assistant 

Education:

  • High School Diploma, Career Online High School

Experience:

  • Administrative Assistant

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Lee reads 2-3 books every weekend!

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Mr. Schumacher

Social Studies/ PE Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in History, Eastern Illinois University

Experience:

  • Junior High School Social Studies Teacher
  • High School Social Studies Teacher

Interesting Fact:Mr. Schumacher loves sports. He tries to compete in and watch sports as much as possible. He currently plays tennis and golf on a weekly basis.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." (Vince Lombardi)

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Miss Smith

ELA Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Arizona State University
  • Master of Legal Studies, Arizona State University

Experience:

  • Middle School English Language Arts Instructor
  • High School English Language Arts Instructor

Interesting Fact: Ms. Smith has studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and London, England.

“The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.” -Margaret Atwood

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Miss Todd

Science Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology

Experience:

  • ASU Teacher's Assistant

Interesting Fact: Miss Todd loves sports, especially running and hiking.  She tries to go for a run every day and wants to hike the Grand Canyon at some point.

“Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that." (John Wooden)

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Mrs. Wright

Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education, Arizona State University

Experience:

  • ALC Teacher (25 years)

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Wright has traveled to all 50 states.

“Life is a maze. We'll help you through it.”

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ALC Founders

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Dr. F. Canady

Education:

  • Associates Degree, Phoenix Junior College
  • Bachelor of Elementary and Special Education, Arizona State University
  • Master of Counseling, Arizona State University
  • Doctor of Educational Administration, Northern Arizona University

Experience:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • ALC Charter Holder (23 years)

Interesting Fact: Dr. Canady has run multiple marathons in his life.

“ALC students, parents and staff have made my last 22 years in education simply amazing and gratifying.”

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Dr. S. Canady

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education, Northern Arizona University
  • Master of Administration, Northern Arizona University
  • Doctor of Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University

Experience:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Principal
  • ALC Charter Holder (23 years)

Interesting Fact: Dr. Canady is the 5th generation Arizonan.

“All students come to ALC with a clean slate.”

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