Accelerated Learning Center Faculty

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2019 - 2020 ALC Staff

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Mr. Brinkman

Science Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Chemistry and Education, Augsburg College

Experience:

  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher

Interesting Fact: Mr. Brinkman is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor.

“The best way to handle those who say you can’t is to prove you can.”

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Dr. F. Canady

Charter Holder

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 past 23 years in education simply amazing and gratifying.”

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Dr. S. Canady

Charter Holder

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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Mrs. Coady

Administrative Assistant 

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, College of Staten Island
  • Integrated Office Systems Certificate, Drake's Business School

Experience:

  • Preschool and Elementary Teacher
  • Administrative Assistant

Interesting Fact: Mrs. Coady is originally from New York and still has a New York accent.

“There is nothing better than to see a student glow with the realization that he or she is a graduate!”

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Mrs. Curran

Charter Holder

CEO

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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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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Miss Fisher

English Language Arts Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Educational Counseling

Experience:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Transition Specialist
  • English, Health and Physical Education Teacher

Interesting Fact: Miss Fisher loves to hike the Western Mountains and Lakes region of Maine.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world for better.”

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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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Miss Merkel

Social Studies Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Experience:

  • English Language Arts Teacher
  • History Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor, Essex County College

Interesting Fact: Miss Merkel is a former river guide.  She loves chasing waterfalls!

“History is crazy and exciting! I try to discuss the interesting bits in my classes.”

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Mr. Romero

Math Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Law, University of Sonora

Experience:

  • Law Partner
  • Math Paraprofessional
  • High School Math Teacher

Interesting Fact: Mr. Romero loves cats and going to the movies.

“Study, a pencil weighs less than a shovel.”

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Mr. Tubb

Art/PE Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education, Arizona State University

Experience:

  • Elementary PE and Science Teacher
  • ALC PE and Art Teacher

Interesting Fact: Mr. Tubb enjoys playing music and exploring the great outdoors.

“Self-improvement is a lifelong process.”

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Mrs. Wright

Teacher

Education:

  • Bachelor of Education, Arizona State University

Experience:

  • ALC Teacher (23 years)

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

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