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  • 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 Assistant Director and 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.

  • After 5 years teaching kindergarten, Anne Wallace is excited for the new challenge of teaching 4th grade. 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, traveling, cooking, and swimming in Oak Creek.

  • Heather Doyle is excited to begin her sixth 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, Heather 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 teaching 7th grade for the third 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.

  • 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 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. 

  • Jenna Escobedo graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is very excited to be back for her second year at the PEAK School and to work with a new group of amazing students. Jenna is excited to implement new learning strategies and continue to build a sense of community in her classroom. When she is not in school, Jenna enjoys being with friends, watching movies, and spending time in downtown Flagstaff!

  • 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 master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When not working or studying she enjoys hiking and camping with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Blu.

  • Kenley Klein is ecstatic to be returning to PEAK for another year as the 6th/7th grade teacher!  She graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education in 2017.  Whenever she is able, Kenley enjoys spending time with her dog, Harrison, and pursuing other hobbies such as music and reading.  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!

  • Aaron Weide is excited to be teaching the 7th and 8th grade class this year.  He has been with The PEAK School since summer 2019.  He has lived in Arizona his whole life and moved up to Flagstaff 9 years ago with his wife and 4 kids.  After working at NAU in various capacities, he decided he wanted to work with kids again and The PEAK School was the right fit for him and his family.  He enjoys spending his spare time with his family and just being together!

  • Naomi Chromoy is looking forward to returning to the PEAK school to teach 5th grade for a second year! She grew up in Los Angeles where she received her B.F.A. in Photography many moons ago. After having her son and a more active role in children settings, she eventually pursued teaching as her career. 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.


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