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Our Faculty And Staff!

  • School co-founders, Ron and Paula Drossman are highly credentialed educators with a combined thirty 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 35 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 own 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 teaching position at The PEAK School in the fall of 2005.  fifteen years later with her own children grown, Tracy’s passion and commitment to make The PEAK School an amazing place continues. When she's not working with teachers or students, Tracy can be found enjoying outdoor time with her husband and dog.

  • Melissa Speer (Melissa Rahn) is the Title I/Special Education Director at The PEAK School. This is her ninth year working with all the talented students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. Melissa has lived in Flagstaff for 12 years and 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 in 2011. She has been extremely happy living in the beautiful weather of Flagstaff spending time with her husband 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 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.

  • Christina Weide is thankful to invest her 6th year with The Peak School. She attended Northern Arizona University with a major in Liberal Arts, with a minor in HR Management. A former stay at home mom for 10 years, she began her time at The PEAK School when her youngest entered kindergarten. Her role has entailed Intervention Specialist along with teaching Art for two years. Her current role of Office Manger allows her to work on a schedule that coincides with her kids’ school schedule and husband’s teaching schedule. When not working, Christina loves to knit, read, and spend quality time with her family.

  • Melinda Black is looking forward to serving as the combination kindergarten and first grade teacher this year! Melinda attended Grand Canyon University with a dual certification in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is thankful to serve her 12th year with The PEAK School, and with her immense experience brings a crucial aspect to the culture and community here at PEAK. Formerly our Extended School Program Coordinator, Melinda brings 12 years of kindergarten experience to our school community with which we are so grateful for!

  • Alexis Sprenkle graduated from Northern Arizona University and is thrilled to teach, The PEAK School’s 1st and 2nd combination class. She brings with her a thorough knowledge of this local community as she served, The PEAK School during her practicum. With her love to inspire through creative and innovative teaching, she is excited to see her combination class thrive. While not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and all things Disney!

  • Jenna Escobedo graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is very happy to be back for her third year at the PEAK School! Jenna is excited to begin the year with her second and third graders, and to continue building a sense of community within her classroom. When she is not in school, Jenna enjoys being with friends, watching movies, and spending time admiring the beauty of Flagstaff!

  • Naomi Chromoy is looking forward to returning to the PEAK school to teach the 4th/ 5th grade combination class for a third year! She grew up in Los Angeles where she received her B.F.A. in Photography many moons ago. She moved to Flagstaff in May of 2018 and is enjoying the wonderful seasons it has to offer. Naomi enjoys spending time with her family as well as all the amazing activities Flagstaff has to offer.

  • Tammy Eubanks, Lead Teacher and currently serving as the 6th/7th combination class 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 also has a Reading Endorsement and her Special Education credentials.  When Tammy is not taking classes, she enjoys spending time with her husband Shawn, son Logan, and four dogs.

  • Renee Rios is looking forward to teaching 7th grade for the fourth year at the PEAK School. 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.

  • Aaron Weide graduated from Arizona Christian University with a major in Biblical Studies and later received his Master Degree in Psychology. He is excited to serve the school with which all four of his children have attended. He has a strong passion for this local community and is thankful to serve this year in the capacity as the 7th/8th grade combination classroom teacher. When not in the classroom Aaron enjoys time with his family.

  
 

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