Teacher: Nicole Mitchell – Grades K-1
Ms.Mitchell was born in San Clemente, California, and has lived in Missouri and Tucson Az. This will be her third full year of teaching. She has a passion for Early Childhood Education and Early Literacy. She received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University. Her personal educational philosophy includes implementing developmentally appropriate practice and fairness in the classroom. She has a love for teaching and is passionate about meeting students where they are academically and helping them grow. She also believes as an educator in the importance of being a life-long learner. Click on this link to go to your teacher’s page
Teacher: Marcella Zazueta – Grades 2-3
I am a Tucson native. I attended and graduated from Tucson High Magnet School. I was part of the “Marching 100” band, student-athlete, performing Folklorico dance group “Los Tucsonenses,” and Mariachi Rayos Del Sol My favorite subjects are Math and Spanish. After high school, I attended the University of Arizona, also Brookline College, with an Associate in Pharmacy. I am an AmeriCorps Alumni and am a member of the National Honors Society, a member of Alpha Beta Kappa, and the National Pharmacy Technician Association. I am still involved with Folklorico dancing. I spend my free time with my husband and two dogs. We love to go camping, fishing. My favorite quote is” Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the COURAGE TO CONTINUE that counts.” Winston Churchill. Click on this link to go to your teacher’s page
Teacher: Tracy Laos – Grades 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. Quote “Educators should walk the walk and never stop learning themselves!” Click on this link to go to your teacher’s page
Teacher: Robert Vidal – Grades 6-7 ELA & SS
Mr. Vidal is the 6th and 7th English and Social Studies teacher at TIA Midvale. He attended the University of Arizona where he studied both literature and film and graduated magna cum laude in the spring of 2019. He is very passionate about English and Social Studies as subjects, believing that they are the foundation of how one approaches and understands the world around them. He believes them to be vital tools in the pursuit of higher education. He also has a cat. Click on this link to go to your teacher’s page
Roy Gorris – Grades 8-12 Math
After finishing my high school and post-secondary adult education I was drafted into the Dutch Army. As an infantry non-commissioned officer, I often trained alongside U.S. Forces. Very impressed by their efficiency and professionalism I decided to immigrate to the United States 24+ years ago. It did not take long before I joined the U.S. Army, not in the capacity of an infantry crew member but in the field of Aviation as it has been my passion 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 now have an AA, BS, and Masters in Business Administration. I am working on my second Masters in Educational Leadership. I have certificates and teaching licenses in Business (K 6 thru K 12), Emerging Technologies (K 9-12), Marketing (K 9 -12) and hope to attain my State certification for Principalship (K-12). Click on this link to go to your teacher’s page
Xiuqing Sun – Chinese Teacher – All Grades & Campuses
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.
Teacher: Karina Leyva – Spanish
Lyn Peterson – Special Ed
My responsibilities at TIA are with the Special Education Department. While my duties do not include a regular classroom setting, I am fortunate to have a very special group of students. I get to know my students on a different level. We try to have fun while learning basic skills and improving on their current skills. I have a degree in Computer Science. I am a Vietnam Era Veteran and was a combat medic. I have coached multiple sports with children ages 4 to 21 for close to 40 years. I enjoy teaching children new skills which make this an excellent position for me. I live with my dog Shadow and have 7 children between my children and step-children, along with 15 grandchildren.