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  • School co-founders, Ron and Paula Drossman are highly credentialed educators with a combined forty plus years experience in working with children. Their areas of expertise include classroom teaching, program and curriculum development, and school administration. Ron Drossman, M.A., N.C.S.P. is the Program Specialist. He is an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University and is certified as a classroom teacher, Special Education teacher, Recreational Therapist and School Psychologist. Paula Drossman, M.Ed., The PEAK School Superintendent spent many years teaching in the early childhood education field. She is certified as a classroom teacher and Principal. The Drossmans have been involved over the last ten years in several programs encouraging educational reform in Arizona. Their experiences in the charter school movement and in traditional public education have provided them with a wealth of information and skills making The PEAK School a unique avenue for parent choice. Their focus is to know every child and every family in order to make all members of The PEAK School community welcome participants in the educational process.

  • Tracy Braatz, Director, has been a resident of Flagstaff for over 30 years. In the fall of 1993 she graduated from NAU with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. Her love of teaching was temporarily put on hold by her desire to be a stay at home mom to her children Andrew and Morgan. Tracy and her husband Kurt found The PEAK School when they began the search for a quality education for their children. After such a wonderful education experience for her own children, Tracy knew there was no other place she'd like to teach, and accepted a part time teaching position at The PEAK School in the fall of 2005. Fourteen years later with her own children grown, Tracy’s passion to make The PEAK School an amazing place continues. When she's not working with teachers or students, Tracy can be found enjoying camping, fishing, and hiking in Flagstaff's beautiful surroundings.

  • Melissa Rahn is the Assistant Director/Title I/Special Education Teacher and RtI/MTSS (Response to Intervention) Coordinator at The PEAK School. This is her eighth year working with all the talented students’ kindergarten through eighth grade, their families and the dedicated PEAK School staff. She continues to enjoy sharing fun experiences with the students and being a part of this vibrant community. She moved to Flagstaff from Phoenix, Arizona to pursue her journey into the world of education and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor in Elementary and Special Education. She has been extremely happy living in the beautiful weather of Flagstaff spending her free time exploring, hiking, camping, swimming  and running. She especially enjoys snowboarding all winter and spring long. As much as she enjoys playing in the outdoors, she is most happy spending time with children and teachers in the classroom. Melissa's passion for learning is contagious. Each year she is eager to share her passion of learning with children and nurture their unique character and abilities.

  • Anne Wallace is excited to continue teaching Kindergarten and work with the hard working students and dedicated staff at PEAK School. Anne is a Flagstaff native. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and graduated from NAU with a Master's degree in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement. She believes that children naturally love to learn and is excited to encourage and support this learning in her classroom. She also believes that children learn best when they receive support from all the adults in their lives and can't wait to meet the families of her students. When not in the classroom, Anne's favorite past time is being with her three children, Julian, Sarah and Gabe. She also enjoys listening to music, cooking, going for walks, and swimming in Oak Creek.

  • Heather Doyle is excited to begin her fifth year teaching first grade at The PEAK School! She loves working with this community and is honored to be a part of The PEAK School family. Heather grew up in San Diego and will always be a beach girl at heart. She moved a few times in her twenties and eventually landed here in Flagstaff to attend NAU. She graduated in 2007 with her BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management with a Business Minor. She had always had a dream of being a teacher and after 20+ years of working in restaurants, decided to change careers. She received her teaching credentials in Elementary Education from Rio Salado College in 2013. She is thankful to be living her dream! Heather loves to spend her spare time with her husband, their dog and three cats. She also enjoys gardening, making jewelry, hiking the incredible Flagstaff trails, swimming in Oak Creek, visiting with friends, traveling, and learning new things. Life is blessed!

  • Renee Rios is looking forward to returning to the PEAK School to teach 7th grade for a second year.  Renee attended the University of Arizona where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History with a certification in secondary education and a minor in Bilingual Education.  Renee later earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling.  Renee taught middle school for twelve years in Tucson, Arizona before she was blessed with starting a family and decided to become a stay at home mom.  After nine years of staying home to raise her children, Renee saw an opportunity to return to teaching by joining the PEAK School.  In her free time, Renee enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Brenna Good is looking forward to once again teaching at the PEAK School this year! She grew up in Phoenix and received her degree in elementary education at ASU West. This is her seventh year in education and her fourth year at The PEAK School. Brenna's favorite subject to teach is reading and she frequently employs hands-on activities for learning in the classroom. She loves living in Sunnyside and being a part of the community. In her free time she reads, plays board games, travels, and hangs out with her family- Josh, her husband, Judah, her son, and Luna Love Good, the cat.

  • Tammy Eubanks, Lead Teacher, has lived in Flagstaff most of her life. In 2004, she graduated from NAU with a degree in Elementary Education, and in the summer of 2006, Tammy received her Master’s in Educational Leadership. She is currently working toward getting her special education credentials. Tammy has been with The PEAK School since 2006 and is excited about her new position. She will be working with all of the students. When Tammy is not taking classes, she enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Katharine Lemcke is looking forward to another year teaching Fourth Grade at The PEAK School. She graduated from NAU and is a highly qualified teacher for elementary education. She has lived in Flagstaff since 2003 and enjoys the high altitude living. She enjoys the small classroom size and academic environment that The PEAK School has to offer students in the Flagstaff community. When not teaching she can be found working at the Pepsi Amphitheater and enjoys the beautiful Flagstaff summers.

  • Jenna Escobedo recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is very excited to begin her first year at the PEAK School, and she believes she that she will contribute to the school culture as well as help students reach success. Diversity and inclusiveness are very important to Jenna, and she believes the philosophy at the PEAK School supports her own philosophy of teaching. She cannot wait to meet and work with the students throughout the year! When she is not in school, Jenna spends her free time hanging out with friends, crocheting, and walking around the beautiful downtown Flagstaff area.

  • Katelynn Braatz is excited for another year in the front office. She began at The PEAK School as a student in the first grade upon the opening of the school. She graduated from Coconino High School in 2014 and is currently attending Northern Arizona University and is working towards a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When not working or studying she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband, Andrew, and her dog, Blu.

  • Kenley Klein is ecstatic to be returning to PEAK for her first full year as the 6th/7th grade teacher!  She recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education.  Before teaching, Kenley was very involved with music; she sang with the Phoenix Girls Chorus for ten years and she plays several instruments.  Her passion for hands-on learning and individualized education in a safe and positive school community fits well with The PEAK School’s vision and philosophy.  She is looking forward to getting to know all of you during this next school year!

  • Trent DeBaere is very excited to begin his teaching career with 7th/8th grade class at The PEAK School. This is a major career change for Trent after working 5 years for the US Forest Service as a fire prevention officer in Flagstaff, and prior to that worked several seasonal jobs doing ecological restoration work for a conservation nonprofit. These experiences have allowed him to see a great deal of the American West's most beautiful areas. He has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is also pursuing a Master of Science Teaching from Northern Arizona University. Trent loves working with young people and seeing them learn about the things in the world they are most curious about in a fun and engaging classroom environment. In his free time Trent enjoys board games, kayaking, and hiking in the Grand Canyon.
  
 

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