MARIANA DE LA PENA MONTERO

FIRST AND SECOND GRADE SPANISH

My name is Mariana De La Pena Montero and I am the 1st and 2nd Grade Spanish Teacher at Mexicayotl Academy.  I possess a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University, where I graduated with a 4.0 GPA.  I also hold a bilingual endorsement, an early childhood endorsement, and a structured English immersion endorsement.  I am a bilingual educator with 5 years of teaching experience in grades K-5.  I believe that each child is unique and special. As a teacher, my role is to protect my students, and to provide the stimulating atmosphere for them to be able to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. My mission as an educator is to be a guide, and to provide information in a way that all students can benefit from it. In my classroom, students feel proud of who they are and their heritage. I am an advocate for bilingual education, and believe that students really benefit when they are exposed to more than one language at an early age. Being bilingual is a gift, and students who speak more than one language or have the opportunity to learn one are very fortunate. Each language is a window to a new world, and they are all important and valuable.  Teaching is my passion because I have the opportunity to inspire and make a difference. For me, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing my students succeed and learn. I look forward to having a wonderful year and helping your child achieve success.








FIRST AND SECOND GRADE ENGLISH


My name is Denise Webb and I am an early childhood educator since 2011. I am a mother of a fourteen year old boy in whom I strive to teach him and guide him to become a good successful man and citizen. I graduated from National University with a 3.9 GPA on June 2015. My passion is teaching and to challenge children to love learning. My strategy to teach each child successfully is by utilizing differentiated instruction and adaptations in order for them to reach their academic goals. I am a lifelong learner and will continue to work hard for every child to achieve in their academics. For the past four years, I have taught in an inclusion classroom with special needs students. I am bilingual and I speak, read, and write in Spanish. I also volunteer as a teacher in the 3-5 year old children's ministry at MyChurch in Sahuarita, Az. My philosophy in education is that every child can learn. The methods of teaching are different for each child and through different learning strategies, children are able to grasp what is being taught. One strategy is hands-on learning. The purpose is for students to enjoy learning through discovery and exploration in various learning experiences. I also believe that it is essential that teachers built a strong relationship with the families in order for students to succeed. This is my first year at Mexicoytl Academy. I am looking forward for this exciting new year and I am dedicated to helping each child learn and enjoy their education!

 











ROBERTO FUENTES

P.E & ART TEACHER


My name is Robert Millan Fuentes, but go by Beto. I was Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area with my family who migrated from Michoacán, México. I am an artist, danzante Azteca, musician, partner, healer and lover of life. Working with predominately  indigenous and youth of color for over ten years in low-income communities. My elders and mentors have passed down their teachings rooted in healing and  heart-based living. These teachings guide my life's purpose work support and nurture youth's true self and highest potential. My teaching methods are rooted in indigenous traditions and community-based work, but are universal and open to all people."
 











MARIANA DE LA PENA MONTERO

FIRST AND SECOND GRADE SPANISH

My name is Mariana De La Pena Montero and I am the 1st and 2nd Grade Spanish Teacher at Mexicayotl Academy.  I possess a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University, where I graduated with a 4.0 GPA.  I also hold a bilingual endorsement, an early childhood endorsement, and a structured English immersion endorsement.  I am a bilingual educator with 5 years of teaching experience in grades K-5.  I believe that each child is unique and special. As a teacher, my role is to protect my students, and to provide the stimulating atmosphere for them to be able to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. My mission as an educator is to be a guide, and to provide information in a way that all students can benefit from it. In my classroom, students feel proud of who they are and their heritage. I am an advocate for bilingual education, and believe that students really benefit when they are exposed to more than one language at an early age. Being bilingual is a gift, and students who speak more than one language or have the opportunity to learn one are very fortunate. Each language is a window to a new world, and they are all important and valuable.  Teaching is my passion because I have the opportunity to inspire and make a difference. For me, there is no greater satisfaction than seeing my students succeed and learn. I look forward to having a wonderful year and helping your child achieve success.







DENISE WEBB

FIRST AND SECOND GRADE ENGLISH






Sarah sWANEY

THIRD GRADE AND FOURTH GRADE ENGLISH TEACHER 

My name is Sarah Swaney and I am the 3rd grade teacher. This will be my first year teaching at Mexicayotl Academy, which has already stolen my heart!
Becoming a teacher has been a journey for me. While being a military spouse I have traveled everywhere and lived in many different states, one of my favorites being Washington, DC! I have faced many obstacles while obtaining this dream of becoming a teacher and sometimes thought it out of reach. I transferred four times because of having to relocate with the military, all while being a first generation college student. Along the way, I have been placed in many different settings working with children. I have been a pre-school teacher, a head after care teacher, lead substitute teacher, a research assistant for Dr. Stephanie Jones being the head teacher at The Awesome Clubhouse at La Escuelita, and an English language instructor in Costa Rica. I have gained much experience with children and value them as human beings. I am proud to say, at age 27, I have graduated from the University of Georgia, go bulldogs, in Early Childhood Education being certified in PreK-5. While I was there I also received my ESOL endorsement. I believe changing stars is possible, but with much grit and determination. This goes for my students as well. Together, with you as parents playing your critical role, we can achieve success with the tools and student-centered instruction including their interests, goals in mind, inclusion, hands-on, and research based culturally-responsive teaching. I hope to instill passion for learning, the love of writing and reading, and confidence in mathematics. I love nature and green curriculum and have designed in the past a Nature Walk club for students to engage them in observing, interacting, and being good stewards of our planet. I cannot wait to see the brilliances of my students.

 







Cathy Ramirez

OFFICE MANAGER

Cramirez@mexicayotlacademytucson.com








MAINTENANCE

Lisette Ruiz

Kindergarten 

Lruiz@mexicayotlacademytucson.com

My name is Lisette Ruiz. I am from Nogales, Arizona- where Mexicayotl Academy first began. I graduated from Nogales High School in 2009. I attended Pima Community College and received my Associates of Arts in Elementary Education. After two years at Pima Community College, I transferred to the University of Arizona, and in May 2013 I graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. While being a fulltime student, I also worked full time at a daycare for four years. My desire to teach kids began when I was in high school. Ever since I was in elementary I’ve had a speech impairment, I would stutter every time and I saw how hard it was for me to go through school and decided that I wanted to show
students that anything is possible. Working with kids is something I really enjoy doing. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a caring and secure atmosphere.


AMES ESCAL

           


KINDERGARTEN tEACHER




Ivonne Ferreira

PRINCIPAL

iferreira@mexicayotlacademytucson.com

My name is Ivonne Ferreira Riesgo and I am the new principal of Mexicayotl Academy of Tucson.  It is with great pleasure that I write to you to welcome you and your child to the 2015-2016 school year.  I have a wonderful husband and two great children Fabian 16 and Giselle 14.  They are my rock and inspiration.

I am a proud graduate of Class of 1992.  I am a first generation college graduate! I earned my bachelors degree in Bilingual Elementary Education at the University of Arizona and my Masters in Educational Leadership through Northern Arizona University. I hold a Reading specialist degree and plan on pursuing my doctorate in the near future. I taught for ten memorable years in the Sunnyside District and have experienced very rich positions that have expanded my learning as a leader.  I was a Prevention Specialist at a middle school setting, Career Ladder Teacher Coach and Evaluator and Supplemental Educational Services Coordinator at Sunnyside Central Administration.  I was very fortunate to have led two wonderful schools - Carrillo Magnet K-5 in the Tucson Unified School District and Peña Blanca Elementary in the Santa Cruz Valley District. I look forward to the continued endeavor of multitude of learning experiences here at Mexicayotl Academy.

Mexicayotl Academy, Tucson

(Meh-Shee-Kai-Ō)

Mexica: All Tribes

Yotl: The Heart Of The Community