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Our Staff

Our team of educators is thrilled to be a part of this exciting first chapter of your child’s education. We truly care about the students in our charge and are here to help them reach their goals every step of the way. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s education, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Western Valley Preschool

Rose Ann Wastjer
Student Services Director
P: (623) 474.7271
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Kristi Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Student Services Director
P: (623) 474.7275
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Juana Aguilar
Teacher
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About Juana Aguilar

Education

This is my fourth year teaching special education preschool. I taught first and second grade previously.

Experience

MA in special education, BA in elementary education and early childhood

Why I Teach

I teach to help children reach their full potential. I enjoy seeing their progress and smiling faces when they've accomplished something for the first time. I also like discovering new ways to make learning fun. I believe all children can learn when in a safe and nurturing learning environment, and I teach to ensure each child has that opportunity.

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Julie Davis
Nurse
P: (623) 474.7260
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Heidi Feldstein
Teacher
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About Heidi Feldstein

Education

MA in special education

Experience

This is my 14th year with Fowler School District, but I've be teaching for 20 years in the Arizona Public School system.

Why I Teach

I love teaching preschool! My students are enthusiastic about discovering their world, and their sense of wonder never ceases to amaze me. I hope that all of my students find their days at preschool filled with this same wonder and joy and that I can help instill within them a love of learning that will follow them throughout their lives.

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Teresa Najera
Special Education Clerk
P: (623) 474.7269
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Patricia Partida
Special Education Secretary
P: (623) 474.7276
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Natalie Zavala
Teacher
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About Natalie Zavala

Education

MA in special education

Experience

I have six years of experience.

Why I Teach

I teach to make a difference in the world. I love working with my students and providing an environment that not only meets their needs but helps them feel safe and supported.

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Head Start Program

Elizabeth Camu
Head Start Director
P: (623) 474.7275
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Natalie Barragan
Assistant Head Start Director
P: (623) 474.7263
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Annette Zamora
Head Start Secretary
P: (623) 474.7262
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Gretta Andrade
WVCCC Head Start Teacher
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About Gretta Andrade

Education

AAS in early childhood education, BA in human services

Experience

I have been working with children for 20 years.

Why I Teach

I teach to make a difference. As an early childhood educator, I have the ability to introduce concepts to young children in fun and creative ways that create a lifetime love of learning. I love that my job allows me to motivate the next generation to continue their education.

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Brianna Gaspar
Fowler Elementary Head Start Teacher
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About Brianna Gaspar

Education

Working towards BA in early childhood education

Experience

I have five years of experience.

Why I Teach

I enjoy working with Head Start students and love seeing that "light bulb moment" when they make a connection to what they're learning. Learning through play is the best type of learning!

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Elizabeth Hernandez
Tuscano Elementary Head Start Teacher
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About Elizabeth Hernandez

Education

Working towards an MA in early childhood special education

Experience

I began my Head Start career as a parent volunteer in 1987 when my oldest child was a Head Start student. I so loved the program that I began working as an assistant teacher before advancing to lead teacher. Twenty-four years later, I am now a certified teacher through the state of Arizona and have been at WVCCC for the last six years.

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Maria Cathy Hernandez
Fowler Elementary Head Start Teacher
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I taught preschool in Idaho for three years before becoming an instructional assistant for special education. I then joined the team at the Fowler School District, where I finished my degree and received my teaching certificate. I am now a certified Head Start teacher at the Fowler Head Start Program site.

Why I Teach

I am excited to provide students with a positive learning environment to facilitate their academic, personal, social, and intellectual development. I love working with three-to five-year-olds, encouraging them to become life-long learners.

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Rosemary Kanawaty
WVCCC Head Start Teacher
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About Rosemary Kanawaty

Education

MA in special education with an emphasis in early childhood

Experience

With over 20 years of teaching experience, I've found my home at Fowler Head Start and have been in the classroom here for the last four years.

Why I Teach

I love being an educator and working with children and their families. I enjoy making a difference in their lives and helping them to grow and develop as individuals. To make sure I'm giving my best to each student, I participate in a variety of early childhood education workshops and training.

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Vilma Lewis
Sunridge Elementary Head Start Teacher
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I've been teaching Head Start for many years—the last five with Fowler School District. I'm happy to have found a home at the Sunridge Elementary Head Start site.

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Sandra Mata
Fowler Elementary Head Start Teacher
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About Sandra Mata

Education

BA in early childhood, MA in special education

Experience

I have 20 years of experience.

Why I Teach

Helping children grow and learn through experiences has always been my passion! Children are sponges, and our Reggio Emilia-inspired program at Head Start provides children with the opportunities they need to thrive.

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Cynthia Norman
Sunridge Elementary Head Start Teacher
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About Cynthia Norman

Education

MA in early childhood education

Experience

I have had ten years with Head Start, seven years at Fowler School District. Prior to becoming a preschool teacher, I taught kindergarten at a Phoenix-area charter school.

Why I Teach

I have a passion for working with young children and love being a Head Start teacher! It is always exciting to come to work and help my students learn through investigation and discovery.

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Angela Watson
WVCCC Head Start Teacher
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About Angela Watson

Education

BS in conservation biology, BA in elementary education, MA in early childhood special education

Experience

With 20 years of early-education experience, I have taught preschool through second grade, spending seven years at Reggio Emilia Parochial Schools. I moved to Arizona in 2009 and found a home with the Fowler Head Start program. I'm so happy to be a part of the WVCCC family.

Why I Teach

I teach to plant seeds and grow ideas. I love to watch children learn and grow in their understanding of educational and life concepts. I believe in constructivist learning, which means my job is a "guide on the side." I help children explore their interests and nurture their ability to learn.

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