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Direct Instruction - Career and Technical Education  
Grades 6 - 12 
Email address:  pbzdak@pvlearners.net 
Sweetwater welcomes Mr. Patrick Bzdak.  Mr. Bzdak will be teaching Drafting & Design.  Be sure to stop by
and say hello.   
Debbie Callies
Direct Instruction - Science
Grades 9 - 12 (Both day and evening classes)
Email address:  decallies@pvlearners.net 
Ms. Callies brings over twenty years of experience working with a diverse range of students.  She earned both her BS in education and MAED in educational technology from Ottawa University.  Her hobbies are exploring nature, photography, and free lance writing.  She is the proud mother of four children.  
Computer Based Learning (CBL) Mat
Grades 9-12
Email address:  dcrossman@pvlearners.net
We are excited that Mr. Crossman has joined the Sweetwater staff.  Welcome Mr. Crossman.


Direct Instruction - Mathematic

Grades 9 - 12 (Both day and evening classes) 
Email address: jadavis@pvlearners.net

Mr. Davis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Education. Math classes are not about memorizing formulas but about problem solving. Mr. Davis encourages his students to think for themselves, to persevere, and develop solutions based on their own knowledge and experiences. When not in class, Mr. Davis is always encouraging students to be physically active. He currently trains for half marathons to reach his goal of finishing one race in each state.

Direct Instruction - Art
Grades 6 - 12
Email address:  madelnero@pvlearners.net
Ms. Del Nero is a native of Arizona receiving her Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona.  Her passion for teaching began volunteering as a teacher (docent) at the contemporary museum in Los Angeles.  This changed her course in life as a designer in L.A. to continue her education and receive a Master's degree in Education from Arizona State University.  She has been teaching for twenty years.  She lives in Phoenix with her husband, who is also an artist, and continues to do commissions in ceramics from her home studio. 
JIM HARNESS James Harness
Computer Based Learning (CBL) Social Studies

Grades 9 - 12
Email address: jharness@pvlearners.ne

Mr. Harness earned his BS in Business from Arizona State University, a Masters in Secondary Education and a minor in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Mr. Harness is the father of five and has been married for 31 years. He enjoys bicycling, skiing, motorcycling and scouting.
Direct Instruction - English Language Development (ELD) & Joan Hasenohrl
Computer Based Learning (CBL) - English
Grades 9-12
Email address:  jhasenohrl@pvlearners.net
Ms. Hasenohrl has been a high school English teacher for 15 years, most recently on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Her excitement for teaching began while working as a computer trainer at Mayo Clinic, deciding at that time to pursue her first love--English. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and her master's degree from the University of Phoenix. Some of her interests include learning foreign languages, playing sports, and hiking.
Computer Based Learning (CBL) - English 
Grades 9 - 1
Email address:  jkanter@pvlearners.net
Ms. Kanter graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor's of Science in Tourism and Commercial Recreation. She earned her teaching certificate from the University of Phoenix and her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from ASU. She has been a teacher for sixteen years; teaching both English and social studies. Ms. Kanter has taught at Greenway Middle School, Pinnacle and Sweetwater High Schools and Arizona State University. Ms. Kanter is married and has one son who is a senior at the University of New Orleans. Her hobbies include hiking and biking with friends.
Direct Instruction - English and Social Studies
Grades 6 - 8
Email:  jemabryragsdale@pvlearners.net
Ms. Ragsdale is a welcome addition to the Sweetwater staff.  She comes to us from Liberty Elementary School.  Welcome Ms. Ragsdale! 
Direct Instruction - Social Studies 
Night High School
Grades 9-12
Email:  rmckown@pvlearners.net   
Mr. McKown teaches our social studies classes in the evening.  He is on staff at Shadow Mountain HS as a social studies teacher during the day.   
Direct Instruction - Math & Science

Grades 6-8
Email address: kaymiller@pvlearners.net

Ms. Miller was born in Australia where she worked with at-risk teens before she moved to the United States in 2007. She graduated from Paradise Valley Community College where she received the Golden Puma Award and received a scholarship to Arizona State University as a member of the All U.S.A. Academic Team. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Education, she started teaching math and science as a middle school teacher. She as been in the Paradise Valley Unified School District since 2010. Ms. Miller enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs Newton and Stanley.
Direct Instruction - English 
Night High School
Grades 9-12 
Email address:  mmurphytick@pvlearners.net
Ms. Murphy-Tick teaches night English classes at Sweetwater CS.  During the day she is on staff at North Canyon HS where she also teaches English.   
Direct Instruction - Special Education 
Email address:  lpetrick@pvleaners.net 
Sweetwater Community School welcomes, Ms. Linda Petrick.  Ms. Petrick will be teaching and supporting our students who qualify for Special Education services.  Welcome to Sweetwater, Ms. Petrick!
Direct Instruction - Social Studies
Grades 9 - 12
Email address: joreed@pvlearners.net

Mr. Reed has been a social studies teacher since the 2010/2011 school year. He received his Bachelor's degree from Ohio
State University and is a native of the Buckeye state. He is married and has two children who attend Paradise Valley Unified School District schools. He has been an Arizona resident since 2000. Mr. Reed enjoys spending time with his family, attending church events, travel and anything history related.
Teacher Directed - English 
Grades 9 - 12
Email:  dwestreich@pvlearners.net 
Ms. Westreich has been an educator for most of her life and feels passionate about literature and the joys inherent in writing.  She has taught in a Montessori preschool, was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and a high school teacher in both New York and New Jersey. 
SHANNON WOLD   Shannon Wold                                   
Computer Based Learning (CBL) - Science
Grades 9 - 12
Email: swold@pvlearners.net

Ms. Wold has lived in Phoenix her entire life and attended NAU where she dual majored in Marketing and Management and received her Master's degree in Educational Leadership.  For ten years she taught 8th grade science in the Washington School District, then moved to North Canyon High School where she taught Earth sciences.