Jonathan Basurto – Vice Principal & Coach
I grew up in here in Tucson on the west side and graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School. After two years at NAU, I graduated from the University of Arizona and moved to Los Angeles where I was an actor and then a manager of an international sports marketing firm, where I had the privilege of working with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Clippers, Kings and Chivas USA. In 2010 I decided to come back to Tucson to focus on my faith and was led to TIA.
During my time at Midvale, we have an exceptional business program that was created by Eller College of Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, where students learn to dress professionally, build their resumes, build websites, build pamphlets in different languages, speak formally, and yes, even learn to shake hands before they interview with a professional on the career of their choice. We have had multiple visits from politicians like Congressman Grijalva and Juan Ciscomani, business owners from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and we compete against other high schools from Tucson yearly in the Arizona Financial Face-Off where students show off their understanding of financial stability.
Rolnisha Goshay – Midvale K-1
Haley Kibler – Midvale 2-3
I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where I would regularly hike, camp, and fish with family and friends. I left Alaska and moved to Tucson in 2013 to attend the U of A. While studying Criminal Justice and psychology there, I also worked as a peer educator at the University’s Women’s Resource Center, and spent a summer abroad teaching English in Nicaragua. After graduating in 2017 I was hired to work at TIA and have been very impressed by the students and the standard that they are held to at TIA.
I enjoy working with the students and watching them light up as they understand new lessons and concepts. Aside from teaching I also work with the DA’s office as a victim advocate. I have a strong passion for helping others, whether it is a victim in crisis or helping students reach their full potential. I feel very blessed to be able to do both.
“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”- Dalai Lama
Tracy Laos – Midvale 4-5
I grew up in Omaha, NE and moved to Arizona after high school to attend and graduate from ASU with a BFA. I am married and have 4 children, 3 sons and a daughter. We enjoy getting away from the Arizona heat by visiting the beach and camping in the mountains. I became an educator because I enjoy watching and assisting students gain knowledge and confidence in their abilities. I believe everyone has gifts and talents and it’s a privilege to be able to witness the students realize this themselves.
“Educators should walk the walk and never stop learning themselves!”
Arthur Thompson – Midvale Math/Science 6-7
Caleb Anderson – Midvale ELA/SS 6-7
I’ve been working in education for several years and I’ve been teaching in the classroom for the past three years. Recently, I was hired onto the Tucson International Academy team at the Midvale Campus in order to teach Social Studies and English Language Arts. In 2014, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in History with an emphasis in Political Science and a degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Public Policy…Phew! Currently, I am enrolled at Grand Canyon University working towards my Master’s in Secondary Education. Education and student achievement has always been a major focus of mine ever since I can remember. In terms of my roots, I’m a national traveler. I was born in the Mid-West, moved to the East Coast, then the West Coast, and now I consider myself to be a “true” Tucson resident.
Monterris Goshay – Midvale Math/Physics
I grew up in “Sweet home Alabama” enjoying Alabama football (roll tide) riding horses, fishing, and eating some of the best food with some of the greatest people! After graduating high school I followed my heart and moved to Tucson and attended the University of Arizona. I have enjoyed working with kids in many capacities. I have realized the greater need to encourage and pour into youth especially those who are growing up in a single parent household like I did. I am married to Rolnisha the most beautiful woman in the world and we have one daughter. We often enjoy watching movies, sports, and listening to all kinds of music. Aside from teaching I am a basketball coach (Sunnyside girls), and a basketball and football official. We often help and serve at the Boys and girls club, YMCA, and our Church (Greater Faith Word Church International). My wife and I both came to TIA because of our passion for impacting youth. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”― Frederick Douglass
Axlan Yanez – Midvale Science/Biology
Roy Gorris – Midvale Social Studies
After finishing high school and post secondary adult education I was drafted in the Dutch Army. As an infantry non commissioned officer I trained alongside U.S. Forces. Very impressed by their efficiency and professionalism I decided to immigrate to the United States some 24 years ago. Shortly after I immigrated I decided to join the U.S. Army not in the capacity of an infantry crew member but in the field of Aviation. Aviation has been my passions for well over 45 years. Fast forward , multiple deployments to Iraq , Afghanistan and South Korea just to name a few I retired and decided to pick up my educational journey.
I have an Associates , Bachelors in Science and an Master’s in Business Administration and am working on my Doctorate in Business Administration. I also hold a certified teaching license in Business (K 6 thru K 12) , Emerging Technologies (K 9-12) and a pending Marketing (K 9 -12) cert.
Stephanie Tebo – Midvale ELA
Xiuqing Sun – Chinese Teacher
I went to China Communication University and have a degree in Media Management. In China I taught Chinese to foreigners before I moved to the U.S.
I’ve been teaching Chinese at TIA since 2012. I have traveled to Thailand, Japan, Korea, China and around the U.S. I cannot give a direct translation but my favorite quote is something like this; “If I walk with two other people, I can learn from at least one of them.” It shows humility and the willingness to learn from different people, regardless of their age, background or beliefs.
Joseph Mueller- Midvale Campus SPED TA
Anthony Harden – Midvale Title 1 Math Elementary
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and Masters in Educational Leadership from Western New Mexico University. A shortage of substitutes in my daughters school district twenty-plus years ago led to me becoming a teacher. Prior, I worked in broadcasting journalism and in advertising/public relations and in the nonprofit sector as well. I’ve been married to my lovely wife doe more than 30 years. We have one adult daughter and we are new grandparents.
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, its too dark to read.” Groucho Marx
Lydia Fierro – Midvale NSLP Aide
Daniel Garcia – Midvale TA