Our Staff.

Email: salston@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/2020-21sandraalston/home

Hi! I am Sandra Alston and I LOVE our youth! The fall of 2020 will begin my 29th year of teaching.  My family is incredibly supportive and champions every ounce of energy spent in efforts to lift, serve, and bless others. In 1992, I received my Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in String Pedagogy from Arizona State University.  My Master degree (completed at Northern Arizona University) is in Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Assessment.  It is with great enthusiasm that I embrace the art of teaching both Orchestra and Class Piano here at Heritage Academy. My goal is to increase every scholar’s love for music, and help ensure they reach for the best that is within themselves as we grow both cognitively and aesthetically together. Many former students have gone on to make music a part of their professional life and EVERY student I’ve ever worked with has added to my world of happiness, refinement, and musical satisfaction.  Music indeed offers us the opportunity to become the best version of ourselves we could possibly be, if we so choose to let it. Welcome to Heritage!

Email: lavona.babb@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/hamesa-chemistry/home

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and a Master in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  I have taught Chemistry for the last nine years and have been involved with Heritage Academy from the beginning.  I have eight kids that have all attended Heritage and I am super excited to be working at a school that I have a great passion for.  I love to garden, sew and go to the beach.

Email: dbear@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/dbearhonorscomputers/home

I have had the opportunity to work and teach at Heritage Academy for five years. I enjoy working with our scholars exploring technology and learning with them. We struggle together to understand new applications for computation and digital communications. I earned a BS in History at BYU, also completing core classes for teaching Computer Science. After graduation, I taught professional development classes for the ASU Computer Institute, ran my own consulting business, and worked for 23 years as a full-time staff member at ASU in the College of Public Programs.  During that time I also completed a master’s degree in public administration. Since joining the Heritage Staff I have become convinced that we have the best teaching staff and the best student population ever. This is a great place to learn and grow.

Email: kblau@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mr-blaus-classes/home

Hi my name is Kerwin Blau, and I have been involved with music one way or another all my life. I have been a student of music for over 40 years and I have taught music and band for over 20 years. I was born and raised here in Mesa. I graduated from Gilbert High School and attended MCC and received my degree from ASU. My wife and I have been married for over 25 years and we have four children. Music has been such an important part of my life, and I have always wanted to be the kind of music teacher for my kids that I wish I would have had when I was a child. I have been fortunate to see music and the arts flourish here in the valley and I am excited to be a part of that. I also enjoy Scouting, reading, cooking, outdoor activities and being with my family. I am asked quite frequently what my favorite type of music is, and in all honesty I have to say it’s usually the type that I am listening to, or performing at the moment. I like to have fun and play games and sports of all kinds. 

Email: bob.brow@heritageacademyaz.com

Hello Heritage Academy scholars and families.
My name is Bob Brown. I am honored to introduce myself as your College Relations Manager for the Mesa campus. I am truly excited for this opportunity to help guide you on your journey with both high school and college planning. I came to Heritage Academy after spending 12 years at Rio Salado College as a Site Coordinator and Student Success Coach in Rio’s Early College/Dual Enrollment department. While at Rio, I served thousands of students/parents with their early college opportunities which included: Dual Enrollment, ACE (Achieving a College Education), planning for Associate Degrees, placement testing, admissions and enrollment, and tuition assistance to name just a few. I am proud of the work I did at Rio Salado College and am excited to bring that knowledge and expertise to Heritage Academy. Prior to working at Rio Salado College, I worked in several different management capacities in the business sector. While I am proud of the accomplishments I made during this time, nothing gave me greater satisfaction than working with students/parents during my time at Rio Salado College.
Other things I enjoy are spending quality time with my wife of 29 years, both my daughters, and my two wonderful grandsons. I enjoy working in my backyard and on all the honey-dos my wife gives me, camping, golfing, softball, and just about anything outdoors.
Appointments are available by phone, in-person, or virtually: LINK HERE.  I truly look forward to working with the Heritage Academy family.

Email: rbryson@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/mrbryson/home

As a “recovering lawyer” and now a teacher, I love helping Heritage Heroes reach their potential and  understand concepts of freedom in U.S. Government and Economics. I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.  I received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University.  I married a girl from Holbrook, Arizona and have lived in and loved Arizona for the past several decades. I have worked in both the private and public sectors and thus come to understand the importance of good government and good business. In government I served Federal Fellowships with the U.S. Patent Office and U.S. Department of Commerce, worked for a federal appeals judge on the 10th Circuit in Denver and have served as a Judge Pro Tempore on the Arizona Court of Appeals. In the private sector I have worked for law firms in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and, for the past thirty-plus years, Phoenix as a law firm partner and business and intellectual property litigator. Since mostly retiring from the practice of law, I scratch my entrepreneurial itch by investing in real estate. I chaired the American Bar Association YLD’s Citizenship Education Committee, which introduced me to the importance of teaching the fundamental concepts  of our political and economic social contracts to high school students.  I knew I eventually wanted to teach. After more than 30 years of practicing law, I began teaching law at ASU Law School and  Benedictine University.  After invitations from Earl and Jared Taylor in about 2016, I found my true calling working with Heritage Heroes, who are fabulous and provide great hope for our country’s future. My wife and I have 5 married children and 14 grandchildren so far. I enjoy running, triathlons, reading, traveling, growing over 200 fruit tree varieties  and trying to make the world a better place.

Email: jburrell@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/sciencewithmrburrell/introduction

My name is Jeff Burrell. I have been a teacher for many years; math, science, critical thinking, piano, problem-solving and some other odds and ends.   I have lived in Mesa, Arizona almost my entire life. I was born here, went to school here, got married here, went to school some more, got a job here, and am still in school here (just on a different side of the desk, now). My wife and I have been married for 29 years and counting. We have three children and love to spend time with them. I earned an Associate’s Degree from Mesa Community College in General Studies. I went on to finish a Bachelor’s Degree at Arizona State University in Secondary Education, with a minor/double-major in Mathematics. I am highly qualified to teach Mathematics and Physics in high school and college.  I earned my Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning (with an emphasis in Technology Integration) from Nova Southeastern University. When I am not teaching, I love to go on walks with my wife, take pictures of the sky, play games with my family, play and listen to music, make things with my LEGO collection, and solve puzzles. I enjoy teaching because I get to help others discover truth. I am grateful to have played a a part in training heroes at Heritage Academy since 1996.

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Email: vcapps@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/vcapps

Out of 22 years of teaching, I have especially loved the last 16 years working with the wonderful scholars, teachers, and staff members at Heritage Academy. I graduated with my BA degree in English and Secondary Education from ASU. When not grading seventh grade essays, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with family and adorable grandchildren.

Email: gconnelly@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/digitalimaging/home

I love teaching at Heritage and spending time with all of the fun and creative students who attend here. I have a bachelor’s in Film and Television and a Master’s of Business Administration from BYU. I also have Minors in Music and Spanish. After graduating with my bachelor’s I began my first career working 10 years in live television. Highlights include NBA playoffs, Major League Soccer and the Paralympic Games in London. I also use my business degree to run an accounting firm. Teaching Digital Imaging has been a special opportunity for me to exercise my creative passion while helping to inspire students to create wonderful things. When I’m not doing accounting or teaching I love to spend time with my beautiful wife and 6 children (3 of whom are at Heritage!).

Email: lcrosland@heritageacademyaz.com

I earned my BA in Anthropology from ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Previously I earned my Associates from BYU-Idaho and was fortunate to study at BYU-Jerusalem. I continue to take classes and further my education whenever I can. I have furthered my love for people and places by travelling the world and working nationally and globally in different areas of Business. I have worked in fields ranging from Healthcare, Logistics, Military Programs, Design and Architecture/Education. I come to Heritage from the David Wright House, an iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building, where I managed all operations, visitorship and site work. Travelling the world has given me a deep appreciation for the United States of America and our rights, freedoms, and privileges that we enjoy here and I love the U.S. and its Constitution. Outside of work I enjoy being a mom, reading, swimming, scuba diving, travelling and volunteering in my church and community. I am very happy to be part of the Heritage team and hope that my two young children will attend Heritage Academy when they get older!

Email: rdietz@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrsdietzslatiniicourse

I am passionate about the languages, cultures, and history of the Greeks and Romans and sharing my enthusiasm for learning with others. I hold an Honors B.A. in Classics with a minor in Spanish from Colgate University and an M.A. in Classical Languages and Cultures from Leiden University in the Netherlands, the country of my birth. Throughout my life I have traveled extensively around the world and have studied abroad in several places: Rome, Italy; Salamanca, Spain; and Leiden, the Netherlands. In 2008 I earned the Award of Excellence in Latin and in 2010 the J. Curtiss Austin Latin Prize, among other accolades. Since my graduation from Leiden University in 2011, I have taught Latin, Spanish, History, and Success Skills for 9 years to middle school and high school students. As an Expert Lecturer for Semester at Sea’s Enrichment Voyage 2014 around northern Europe, I also had the opportunity to create and deliver my own course on mythology, teaching both college students and lifelong learners about Greco-Roman, Celtic, Norse, and Slavic mythology. I love teaching and discussing academic concepts with people of all ages, and I love to inspire scholars to achieve their best. When not teaching in my classroom, I love to read and sing to my three-year-old daughter, Nora, and my one-year-old daughter, Roswitha, in Dutch, English, Spanish, and Latin. I love being a mom and doing fun, educational activities with my children, from dancing with them and drawing Disney characters for them to going on strolls in the park and swimming in the pool with them. I also enjoy traveling, playing piano, exploring nature, and oil painting. My personal goal is to help as many people as possible discover their love for learning!

Email: jduke@heritageacademyaz.com

I have been with Heritage Academy from the beginning.  Our family has practically grown up  on the Mesa Campus (all of our children attend at the Mesa Campus).   Currently a 7th Degree Senior Master Black Belt, I have been training in Kenpo since I was thirteen years old and the confidence and friendships I have developed from my Kenpo have truly been a blessing.  I feel it is a privilege to instruct Kenpo to these wonderful scholars. I am married and we have four children; I enjoy hunting and sports.

Email: dfairbanks@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/7th-grade-history/home

At the dawn of time I graduated from High school in Tucson, AZ.  Before that I lived in several states and moved around a fair bit as a child. We travelled often as a family, both small and larger trips where we stopped at just about every historical sight between Nebraska and California.  My parents instilled in me a love of the history, geography and culture of wherever I was.   Years later, after the wheel was invented, I settled in Mesa with my husband Steve when our family was small and young. My first experience with Heritage was as a parent.  Since then I have had 4 of my 6 children graduate from Heritage.  We love the atmosphere, the activities, and the education that Heritage had to offer.  I received my BGS (Bachelor of General Studies), with a History emphasis, degree from BYU.  I have been teaching 7th grade history at Heritage for over 10 year, and still love it.   If I had known 7thgrade would be so much fun to teach I would have finished my degree decades earlier, perhaps before Columbus discovered America. Today in the 21st century I still love to learn, and I love to read: mysteries, historical novels, biographies and on and on. I still love to travel, but this great love has been diminished by a new love- grandchildren!

Email: maegan.ginn@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrsginn-ushistory/home?authuser=0

I am the new 8th grade US History teacher.  I was born in Mesa but raised in Gilbert.I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho. I am so excited to create a fun and engaging classroom for our scholars. I’m also looking forward to having the opportunity to teach and coach at Heritage as the girls softball coach. Go Heroes!!

Email: mhale@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrsmelaniehale

I earned my bachelor’s in Journalism and Communication from Boise State University and a master’s in English also from Boise State.  During graduate school and after graduation, I taught Freshman Writing (ENG 101 and ENG 102) at Boise State for four years.  After moving to Mesa with my family, I also taught composition classes at Mesa Community College. In addition to teaching at the college level, I also taught grades 1-5 at Pathfinder Academy here in Mesa.   Despite the stacks of essays that accumulate on my desk, I truly enjoy teaching students to write because understanding and harnessing the “power of the pen” can change their lives.  When I’m not grading essays, I enjoy vacationing in Idaho with my husband and three sons.

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Email: LHatch@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrshatch20-21/home

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling.  I have 27 years of combined teaching experience with Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Community College, and Rio Salado.  I have been teaching at Heritage Academy for the last 5 years.  The subjects I am currently teaching are dual enrollment Biotechnology, Anatomy/Physiology and Biology.  In addition to teaching, I spent four years at ASU managing a National Science Foundation Grant through the College of Engineering. It involved writing STEM educational curriculum and training teachers throughout the Phoenix area. I enjoy road cycling, hiking, dancing and spending time with my awesome family!

Email:  khunt@heritageacademyaz.com

I received my BS from Northern Arizona University.  I have 25 years experience working in accounting/finance and office management. Numbers are my thing! My husband and I have lived in Mesa for over 25 years and have raised our four children here.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being involved in their activities, and reading good books.

Email:  ejewell@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/spanish-with-sr-jewell/home

I always knew I wanted to teach, but my early ambitions focused on higher education. So I earned a BA and MA from Brigham Young University, then a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. My higher education dreams became a reality as I spent 16 years teaching at Truman State University in northeast Missouri. But, I started getting a nagging feeling that I might enjoy teaching high school — at the very least I should give it a try so I could more effectively prepare future teachers, which was part of my job. This desire, and other personal circumstances brought us to Mesa and Heritage Academy, AND I AM LOVING IT! I have traveled extensively in Mexico and Spain, and more recently I directed our first Heritage Academy tour to Puerto Rico.
I have four children, with the last two being Heritage graduates. In my free time I enjoy sports and athletics, mountain biking, camping, home remodeling and most of all, spending time with my wife and children. Teaching at Heritage has helped me see that the best teachers don’t just focus on their subject matter, but they see each student as a valuable individual. As I teach students about the beautiful Spanish language, and the many interesting and wonderful Hispanic cultures around the world, I love getting to know them better, and sharing in their growth here at Heritage Academy.

Email: ckenney@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrskenney/home

I have been teaching Ballroom Dance at Heritage Academy since January of 2007. I was first introduced to Ballroom Dance while attending college at Brigham Young University where I got my BA in Family Science. I am a former competitive Ballroom Dancer and have been involved with other dance projects such as various musical theater productions in school and the community, “cotillion” style classes at the Mesa Country Club, choreography for Jr. Miss Pageants, Dance Festivals, and the Gilbert Temple Cultural Celebration. I also teach Pilates and Jr. Fitness here at Heritage Academy. As an LMT, Health Coach, former powerlifter and aerobics instructor, I am enthusiastic about health and fitness. Additionally, I am a mother to four and grandmother to eleven and counting. My younger two children are Heritage Academy alumni. Besides dance and fitness, I also enjoy reading and travel and have spent some time living abroad.

Email: renata.luzh@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/renata-luzhoxsie/home

I am a native of Brazil who has a passion for languages.  I earned my Bachelor in Education from ASU with emphasis on Secondary Education in Spanish.  I also have completed a Master in Education through NAU with emphasis in Higher Education.  I have over a decade of classroom experience and enjoy inspiring young minds in reaching across borders and building communities.  I have served humanitarian missions in Mexico helping to build houses with AMOR international and taken students to Costa Rica to explore one of the many wonderful Spanish-speaking countries.  In my free time, I love to travel with family and be creative with all sorts of arts & crafts.

Email: autumn.lync@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrs-lynch-algebra-1/home

Hi! My name is Autumn Lynch and I teach Algebra 1 at Heritage Academy. I taught at Heritage Academy last year and love the environment and you will too! I went to Arizona State University and graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Go Devils! My goal is to bring some fun to math! Some of my hobbies include camping and being outdoors with my husband, hanging out with my dog and doing crafts! I can’t wait to have a great year!

Email: emay@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/heritageacademydance/home?authuser=2

I have a Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Graduate Certificate in Dance Teaching Artist Praxis and K-12 Teaching Certificate from Arizona State University. Originally, from Orem, Utah, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet and a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education from Utah Valley University. My recent work, Mi Firma; It Started with a Choice, was performed in the Emerging Artist II concert at the Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio. This work is the result of my thesis research that included a community art project at an orphanage in Mexico. My scholarly research was presented at the World Dance Alliance conference 2015 and National Dance Education Organization conference 2015. During my graduate career, I have cultivated my entrepreneurial and video art skills. I helped organize and produce S.A.M., a successful student art market that connected artists with their local communities.  As a Teacher of Record at ASU, I have taught Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Yoga/Pilates and the online course Dance, Culture and Global Context. I find great joy in dancing and moving with others. I am forever grateful for the love and support of my husband and daughters.

Email: erin.mcdo@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/erinmcdowell/home

I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, followed by a Master’s in English Education. Over the last several years, I have taught 9th-12th grade English in Downtown Phoenix. I am eager to join the Heritage family this year as an English and reading teacher and to cut my commute down to only a few minutes! My husband and I live in Mesa with our adorable son and abundantly friendly guard dog. When I am not working at school, I enjoy tackling time-consuming home projects. Or, more accurately, I enjoy the results of these projects once I finish them! I recently repainted every wall in our home, but I also love creating a colorful, inviting classroom for my students. I look forward to learning and growing with my scholars at Heritage!

Email: cmecham@heritageacademyaz.com

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University and raising my nine children, I have been at Heritage for the past 15 years. I enjoy working with all of our outstanding scholars.  As a Math Lab teacher, I encourage the scholars, and provide the opportunity for each one to receive the help needed to achieve success.  In Club Fitness and Bowling I focus on the positive aspects of smart choices for healthy living and help provide a great opportunity for scholars to learn skills and good habits that they can enjoy their whole life. Teaching Driver’s Education is very rewarding and quite a bit of fun! In my spare time, my husband and I love traveling and having fun get-togethers with our family. One of my favorite traditions is creating and sewing unique Christmas presents for each of my 34 grandchildren.

Email: kmelchin@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/d/1QUL6J-caSjrtWpK-2Ndr56G2pnibzg6z/p/1UeUA3G_4JexMk5SmTTNpaAgKGy2q9pCx/edit?pli=1&authuser=3

I graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Child Psychology. I have been working at Heritage for 4 years as the Yearbook Advisor. We are proud to have won the prestigious Gallery of Excellence award from the publisher, Walsworth, for last years’ yearbook!  I also enjoy teaching Tennis.  I am excited to be a part of the Heritage family.

Email: tmoore@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/travismoore/home

I have taught at Heritage for nine years.  I am teaching Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Personal Finance. I earned a bachelors degree in business with an emphasis on finance from University of Phoenix and a masters degree in teaching from University of Southern California. I later earned a doctorate in Education from University of Phoenix.  My hobbies include white water rafting, surfing, and rebuilding old cars.  I currently have a 1954 Chevy four-door sedan, and a 1948 Chevy step side pickup.  I have been married for over 20 years and have two children.

To see Dr. Moore’s algebra tutorials on Youtube, visit the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Heritagealgebra

Email: cmorris@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mr-morris

I earned my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Ottawa University and my Masters in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. I have been teaching science at Heritage Academy-Mesa since 2006. I absolutely love using live animals in education. I keep a variety of indigenous reptiles and amphibians for use in educational labs and outreach programs. I worked at the Phoenix Herpetological Society Reptile Zoo as the venom specialist for nine years where I cared for venomous snakes from all over the world, taught educational programs and relocated hundreds of rattlesnakes from homes in the Phoenix area. I conducted a six year rattlesnake research project in Usery Mountain Regional Park and used the data to teach rattlesnake outreach programs for the county parks, cub scouts, boy scouts and elementary schools throughout Mesa. During the research project I worked with National Geographic Television on three different rattlesnake films. I presented my rattlesnake research at the Biology of the Rattlesnake Symposium and I was a contributing author for the book, Venomous Reptiles and Their Toxins, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. I also love spending time with my family, reading, drawing, writing and exploring the vast biodiversity of the Sonoran desert.

Email: aparker@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/pre-algebra/home

I grew up in a small town in northern Arizona but have lived in Mesa for the past 25 years. I earned my BS in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from the University of Arizona and my Masters in Math Education from Arizona State University. I have taught for 26 years and have spent the last 15 teaching Junior High math at Heritage Academy. Outside of school, I enjoy photography, hiking, and traveling, as well as spending time with my nieces and nephews.

Email: eparker@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/eric-parker/home

I earned a B.A. in Mathematics Education at ASU and my Masters of Education degree in curriculum & instruction through GCU.  I have been teaching at Heritage for 10 years now with a few prior years at other schools.  I love teaching the college level math classes and challenging the students to think.  It really is a pleasure to teach and interact with these wonderful young men and women and to help them to challenge themselves to grow intellectually as well as personally.

Email: aphelps@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/class-piano/home

I’ve worked at Heritage Academy for collectively 10 years as the collaborative pianist for choirs plus a class piano instructor.  I have taught private and group piano lessons for over 25 years and helped perform in the pit for multiple musicals in the Heritage Academy drama department. My passion for music and education is a life-long pursuit. Now that all my children are old enough, I am enjoying finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business Management through BYU Idaho. All year long, I treasure going on dates with my husband, hanging out with my kids, and running a summer music camp for one week. My choice to teach is to not only share my passion with these amazing scholars, but to learn from them as well. I am honored to associate with such outstanding youth.

Email: gphelps@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrphelpslatin/home?authuser=0

I have been here at Heritage for 17 years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I received both my BS degree in Elementary Education and my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I have a SEI certification and am licensed by the state of Arizona to teach 7th and 8th grade. When I have free time I enjoy being with my wife and 6 children. I enjoy playing most sports and like to watch college football games. I also like to read and study about American history, and Theology, and Languages.

Email: julie.pine@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/julie-pineda/home

It is so great to be back in Arizona and teaching at Heritage Academy!  I was raised in Flagstaff, attended the University of Arizona, and taught high school math for 8 years in Arizona before moving with my husband and children to the midwest.  We lived in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois and there I taught math for a total of 9 more years after my kids were grown.  I love teaching math, but I also have a great appreciation for sports, the arts, and anything else that my students (or my own kids) are passionate about.  I enjoy seeing my students get excited about learning new things and working hard to master a new skill or concept.  My favorite math class is Statistics because it is so applicable to our lives and it allows me the opportunity to talk to my students about a wide variety of topics.  The COVID pandemic has been a great example of how math is used to make decisions about our everyday lives. My husband and I have a blended family with 6 children that are scattered all across the country, but no grandkids yet!  In my time off I enjoy going to visit my family, bike riding, walking, swimming, paddleboarding, hiking, musicals, museums, reading historical fiction, studying religion, and  exploring new places.  Someday I want to learn how to bake artisan breads, how to play la crosse, and how to do my own maintenance on my car.  I am a very curious person and I think life is all about asking questions and learning new things. This year I will be teaching Pre-Calculus, Junior High Girls Volleyball, and Scholar Council.  I am looking forward to making Heritage my permanent home and teaching here for many many years.

Email: jportilla@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/portilla20-21/home

I was born in Mexico and raised in Texas, I began playing football during my junior year in high school. After overhearing a coach say that I would never amount to anything, I took the personal challenge to prove my coach wrong, and became the first Mexican-born NFL player to ever play in the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXIII with the Atlanta Falcons). I played college football for Ricks College and the University of Arizona, where I earned a degree in Visual Communications. I teach art, weight training, PE, football, and basketball. I have instructed the offensive and defensive line at the Heritage Academy Football Camp since 2010, and have been on the football team’s coaching staff since 2012, helping to create a heritage of winning, with state championships in 2010-2016. I became the head coach in 2017, leading my team to their 9th state championship appearance in 2018. I was voted CAA Football Coach of the Year after leading my team to an undefeated season and state championship victory in 2019.

Email: creese@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/coachreesegeometryclass20-21/home

I was born and raised in Mesa, AZ. I graduated from Red Mountain High School in Mesa. I attended Mesa Community College for my associate’s degree. I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Arizona State University. Recently, I completed my Masters’ in Secondary Eduction from Grand Canyon University (Go Lopes!) I have always had a passion for math, statistics, and coaching. Heritage Academy gave me an opportunity to accomplish all of that! I teach Geometry along with coaching football, basketball, and am the Varsity Head Coach for baseball. I love seeing the kids grow both in the classroom and on the field! This is my fifth year teaching and I am beyond excited to grow with the scholars. Heritage Academy is an outstanding school and I would not want to teach anywhere else. When I am not teaching or coaching, I am at the gym! Working out is my escape! I love spending time with my wife and three amazing kids. We love exploring the great outdoors! Family, school, and sports are my life.

Email: mrenard@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/mrsrenard/home

My family and I immigrated to the United States in 1997 and I started teaching at Heritage Academy the following year. I was raised speaking several languages and have a Masters degree in History from the University of Brussels and recently completed a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Western Governors University. Born in Africa and having spent my adolescence in Europe, I was thrilled to be given the great privilege of living in the United States. In a very short time, I was able to understand the wonderful opportunities this country has to offer.  I love teaching scholars about other cultures and customs, and how to converse in another language. But as an immigrant, I truly value the freedoms this country has fought to uphold and am passionate about teaching scholars what they need to treasure.

Email: meloney.roge@heritageacademyaz.com

I’m an Arizona Native. Arizona has been my home my entire life with a brief exception when I attended school in Utah. My husband of 19 years and I have enjoyed raising our three children here.  Some of our favorite places to go in Arizona involve camping in the White Mountains, hiking in Sedona and skiing in Flagstaff. I also enjoy curling up with a book, watching international dramas on Netflix, playing the piano, yoga and shopping! After 13 years of staying home raising my children, I am excited to be at Heritage Academy helping out at the front desk.

Email: robin.rost@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/a/heritageacademyaz.com/heritage-academy-mesa-choral-music/home

I am a vocalist, violinist, pianist and music educator/director. I obtained a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where I majored in choral and orchestral studies. Additional education took me to Salzburg College in Austria where I furthered my studies in opera. Previously, I was the Director of Choral Music at Gilbert High School where my choirs earned several accolades, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. I have been on the adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College and Chandler Gilbert Community College and currently teach voice, violin and piano in my home studio.  In addition to teaching, I have performed several leading roles including Antonia in Tales of Hoffman, Abigail in Lizzie Borden, Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, Domina in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, as well as other community theatre productions. I was also the solo lead performer for the Andre Kole World of Illusion Show, which allowed me to perform over 500 shows throughout the US and abroad. Lastly, as Miss Arizona 1992, I spoke and performed professionally in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and around the state of Arizona.

Email: jscott@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/jasonscottbiology/my-gallery?authuser=1

Before coming to Heritage, I worked as a Dietary Consultant and Corporate Trainer for 15 years.  I have spent the majority of my life in teaching or training and when the time came for a change in my career, teaching Biology was the natural fit for my education, talents, and skills.  My Bachelor’s degree is in Nutrition and I received my Master’s Degree in Science Education from WGU.  I have been teaching at Heritage since 2010.  I served as the department head for 4 years and was happy to complete my rotation and pass the duty on to Mr. Morris.  I also manage the science tour each year.  The tour allows the scholars to participate in a variety of laboratory and actual world experiences covering multiple areas of science.  Watching my students discover new ideas, and push themselves physically and mentally to get the most out of their education is one of my greatest rewards as a teacher.  Most of my free time is spent carving, crafting, gardening, hiking, and spending time with my family.  Most of my out-of-class activities enrich class.

Email: eseaman@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/msseaman/home

Hello! My name is Eve Seaman and I have the special opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal here at Heritage Academy in Mesa. I have been in the field of education for 14+ years the last 5 of which have been here at Heritage. I received my Bachelors degree from ASU in Special Education and later earned my Masters degree from NAU in Educational Leadership, Principal k-12. I was born and raised in Mesa and have had many opportunities to travel to various locations on this beautiful planet. In addition to having a Dad who is a Marine,  the opportunity to travel has strengthen my love and appreciation for this country. I love America! It is a privilege to work with amazing teacher’s and wonderful scholars. I look forward to having a wonderful year!

Email: jsherman@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/jessicasherman

I earned my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Arizona State University. After college I worked for 15 years in the corporate world as a technical writer and a copywriter for a software company. Since transitioning to a career in education in 2016, I’ve taught 9th grade English at Heritage Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and seeing if I can persuade my husband and twin daughters to make dinner.

Email: marilyn.spittle@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/worldliterature/home

I am excited to be your World Literature instructor this year! Since I was five years old, teaching my cat to read, I have been an avid reader and love world literature! (By the way, the cat never caught on, but I am sure you will!)

TRAVEL–that is the word that best describes my life. I started in Michigan, moved to Utah, completed high school at Arcadia HS (Phoenix), then went off to college (BYU). After traveling through Europe, I married a guy from New Jersey. We moved to Idaho, Washington State, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, North Dakota and Ontario, Canada. (Later we traveled Central and South America together, but did not live there.)

27 addresses in 40 years. Teaching English at 5 colleges and universities nation-wide. Mother of 6 children and 15 grandchildren. Editor, reporter, professor, Realtor, corporate trainer, author, business owner, piano teacher missionary, English Teacher at Heritage Laveen and Heritage Mesa!

Email: carrie.stron@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/8th-grade-science/home

Welcome to Strong Science!!  I LOVE SCIENCE!    I graduated from Brigham Young University with my BS degree in Middle School Science. I also graduated from Northern Arizona State University with my MA as a Reading Specialist. These degrees combine two of my favorite things– science and reading! I have taught 4th grade and I have been a reading interventionist. However, most of my professional career has been teaching 7-8th grade science. I grew up in Maine and migrated to Arizona 30+ yrs ago. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  They are my favorite people in the whole world!  I love to do anything outdoors.  I love to hike, garden, paddle board, play sports, travel, and engage in nature in all its splendor.

Earl Taylor, Founder

I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Corporate Finance, served for two years in the Army, then returned to spend the next 18 years in the Real Estate business. I became gradually interested in the political situation in our country and became a teacher of the Constitution in the tradition of the Founding Fathers for an organization entitled The National Center for Constitutional Studies. As I taught around the nation, my desire increased to get this message to younger people, particularly high school students. After trying, without success, to interest the public school districts, I was attracted to the then newly-passed legislation in Arizona providing for Charter Schools (1993). Heritage Academy was established as one of the first charter schools in Arizona (1995). I have now been teaching high school seniors the miraculous story of America’s founding and particularly the sources and principles upon which our country was founded (as required by state law). This has been a wonderful experience for me. To see these students light up with the simple, true principles of freedom and liberty is soul-satisfying indeed. I love teaching these seniors who are old enough to understand about freedom and liberty but have not been tainted much by current political philosophies, which the American Founders already proved to be false and unworkable.

I served as principal since the founding of Heritage Academy in 1995 and retired in May of 2017. I have been honored to work with such a great assemblage of qualified staff and teachers at all of our campuses and will miss being on campus daily. Expect to see me around occasionally, checking our on wonderful scholars and staff.

Email: jtaylor@heritageacademyaz.com

Jared Taylor is the Charter Representative and Managing Director of Heritage Academy schools. He joined Heritage Academy in 2009. Prior to joining Heritage, he worked for 10 years in various corporate human resources roles with Motorola and Honeywell. He earned a BS in Management and an MBA at Arizona State University.

Email: Lori.town@heritageacademyaz.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/heritageacademyaz.com/dramamisstowne/home

I am a graduate of Arizona State University in Musical Theatre, I have had the privilege of directing 40 musicals at Mesa Community College and several plays and musicals for other venues such as Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert Arizona. Additionally, I have been on the adjunct faculty of Mesa Community College teaching musical theatre performance, voice class, and private voice. I was previously on the staff of The Phoenix Center for the Arts as manager of the Phoenix Children’s Chorus and oversaw youth arts programming. I was also credited with creating the Phoenix Center Youth Theatre. I am excited to bring my years of experience to the students of Heritage Academy and hopes to inspire creativity and instill in them a love for theater and the arts.

Email: hudall@heritageacademyaz.com

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University. I love working with the amazing staff and wonderful scholars at Heritage. My favorite teaching days consist of exploring literature, writing, and learning with my students. My favorite principal days consist of observing our amazing teachers, connecting with the scholars (teenagers make me smile), and listening to our parents. When I’m not devouring a book, I spend time traveling, eating chocolate chip cookies, hiking, and playing games with my family.

Email: aweiler@heritageacademyaz.com

I am an Arizona certified math teacher.  I am a graduate of Arizona State University where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I also hold two Master’s Degrees, one in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Arizona University and the other in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University. Over the past 20 years, I have taught General Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry.  Aside from teaching, I enjoy reading, hiking, camping, and fishing. I am currently serving as Heritage Academy’s Director of College Relations for Laveen and Maricopa campuses, working with our dual enrollment partners and Heritage families to help scholars earn college credits.

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Email: cwest@heritageacademyaz.com

I received my B.A. in English from Valdosta State University, M.Ed. from University of Georgia, MLS from Florida State University.  I grew up in a military family, and had the opportunity to live in a number of different states and countries before choosing Arizona as my home.  My family and I enjoy outdoor activities including camping and fishing.   I have taught high school, was a Librarian at ASU, owned my own business, and am now excited about teaching dual enrollment English at Heritage.

Email: jwhitmire@heritageacademyaz.com

I am the Human Resources Manager for all Heritage Academy Schools. I am responsible for benefits, maintaining Heritage Academy policies, employee handbooks, employee relations issues, and talent acquisition. I began her career in the retail industry before moving into non-profit organizations. I have more than 10 years of Human Resources experience including over two years of Human Resource leadership in a charter school environment. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from The University of Arizona and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Ottawa University. I am also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and am the proud mother of three daughters and grandmother to four amazing humans. One of my favorite pastimes is baking. If I could do one thing forever, making sweet confections for others would give me the greatest satisfaction.