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Volunteer Spotlight – Tamera Shanker

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By Rob Chambers, ASA Theatre Team Leader Tamera Shanker and I sat on the patio of Forno 301 earlier this month, with her dog Javier accompanying, to talk about what it’s like now that Ethan, her youngest, is graduating from ASA.  As an attorney, Tamera Shanker’s practice focuses on Children’s Advocacy, Adoption Law, Juvenile Law, and Civil and Administrative Appeals. 

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Teacher Feature – Kristin Mailhiot

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The Best Non-Mom Teacher You Could Have By Timotea Garcia-Mendez Kristin Mailhiot, the once oh-so-scary Vice Principal of Arizona School for the Arts, now resides as the still honest but strongly supportive pillar of the Senior teachers. Ms. Mailhiot also serves as a guiding light and knowledgeable resource to the high school seniors through Environmental Science and their Capstone projects.

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Teacher Feature – Monica Anthony

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Creating on the Spot By 12th Grader Robin McDonald “Ha, on the radio, I don’t actually listen to classical music, believe it or not,” Ms. Anthony says as she laughs with her vivid, brown eyes. Instead, “It’s mostly the very 90s rock and roll music I had growing up.” Monica Anthony, the charming and accomplished flute teacher at Arizona School

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Teacher Feature – Dana Bender

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If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking Written By 12th Grader Alyssa Gerkin I. Beginnings Dana Bender has sung in choirs for as long as she can remember, but she didn’t discover her passion for teaching until she was an undergraduate at Wichita State University. As she watched Donald Neuen coach a choir in a clinic, she “caught the

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Teacher Feature – Oscar Miranda

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A Revolutionary Teacher By Kellen Vu (12th Grade) Say the name “Profesor” to any student studying Spanish at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA), and you’re bound to get a laugh and a wild story in response. “Every single class, he would eat a banana. And at some point during the year, he switched to oranges, but it’s really just

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Teacher Feature – Lisa Speck

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Changing the Game By Claire Procter-Murphy The day is December 3rd, and the chilly air nips at any flashes of ankle that appear below pant cuffs. On the cusp of winter, the weather is a catalyst for change, and sets a poetic tone in which to meet fifth-grade history teacher Lisa Speck. “I was not a fan of social studies

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Teacher Feature – Dr. Allyson Wuenschel

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By Margaret Shepherd, 12th Grade Dr. Wuenschel plays and teaches the viola, which reads in alto clef (right). Violas are usually overlooked in an orchestra by the violins and cellos, which read in treble (left) and bass (middle) clefs, respectively. Often, Allyson Wuenschel seems as youthful as the children she teaches at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA). She is

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Teacher Feature – Jordan Daniels

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When did you first start teaching at ASA? Originally I started teaching intermediate ballet class at ASA 7 years ago through the partnership with the School of Ballet Arizona. I then went on to finish my undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University, where I trained heavily in classicalism. Upon graduating a teaching position within this unique partnership became available once

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Teacher Feature – Señor Ramón Miranda

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For those that don’t know me, my real name is Ramón Miranda and I am one of the Spanish teachers at ASA. If you are wondering why I say this, since I started working at ASA, I have been called many different names. All of them have been good names, of course. Some of these names include:  Mr. Miranda, Señor

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Teacher Feature – Ginette Rossi

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Teacher Feature – Ginette Rossi I have never felt such a strong sense of belonging than I do as a member of Arizona School for the Arts (ASA). Before working here,  I would often find myself in search of a place where I was accepted regardless of what stereotype I fit into and where my creativity was appreciated and cultivated.

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