Phil Simms - High School History/K-12 PE
I graduated from Arizona State University May 1978 with a BAE in Physical Education. I started teaching that same year at Devereux Day School, a private school, in Scottsdale, AZ. I began my masters program at Chapman University after teaching about 10 years at Devereux. The emphasis of my masters was in curriculum Instruction; however, in the process of earning my MA degree, I took extra coursework to become certified in elementary education and special education. I earned my masters degree in the fall of 1993 after being employed by Paradise Valley Unified School District.
I was hired to teach social studies to Jr. and Sr. High students, as well as, PE (K-12) at Roadrunner (1992). When No Child Left Behind was implemented in 2001, teachers teaching in secondary classes needed to be highly qualified in their subject area. In 2001, I began taking a series of history courses to meet this requirement.
I continue to celebrate daily with my students as they grow and achieve and transition into post-secondary training/education or the world of work. I am blessed to be able to teach every student at Roadrunner in subjects I feel most passionate about: American Government, Economics and Physical Education (K-12).
Visit my website for more about me.
Jim Walls - Mr. Simms' ESP
I was born in Houston Texas, since then I have lived everywhere from San Diego California to Chicago Illinois. While residing in Arizona for the last 43 years, Roadrunner High School has become home. I enjoy being involved with the youth that are utilizing the nurturing Boys Town Model.
Debra Schmid - K-12 Music/Piano/Guitar
The story so far...I am originally from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona in 1985. I began my 34th year of teaching this year and I am so lucky to have a job that I love to go to every day. I earned my Undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University in PA. I was a voice major/piano minor. I earned my Master's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. I began my teaching at Desert Cove Elementary School for 11 years teaching general music and chorus. Then I was honored to open Explorer Middle School and taught there for 13 years. I taught Beginning chorus, Advanced Chorus, Show Choir, Piano Lab, Drama, Yearbook and 6th grade general music during my time there. I am thrilled to be the music teacher at Roadrunner. I have found my place and look forward to sharing my bag of tricks with the students, staff and parents.
I have been married for 34 years. I have one son who is 26 and graduated from Shadow Mountain High School. He was in VOSAC and the Blenders a capella group. After graduation he completed the audio engineer program at CRAS (Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) in Tempe and Gilbert, in the hopes of becoming a recording engineer. He went on tour with a local band called City in the Sea. He found out that isn't what he wanted to do for his career. He is now engaged and will be moving to LA to work for 100 Thieves egaming company.
I am a big baseball fan and love going to and watching our Arizona Diamondbacks. I also love to travel and have seen 33 of the 50 states. I have also been to Romania, and Armenia. I love to read and read all kinds of books. My favorite shows are M*A*S*H and Cash Cab. If I had a superpower it would be invisibility!!! I love Milky Way Midnight candy bars and my favorite color is black. My favorite food is lasagna!! (These are all answers to the music/trivia card game we play in class.)
To know more about me and our music program, visit Mrs. Schmid's website.
Marissa Kotzen - Mrs. Schmid's ESP
My name is Marissa Kotzen. I was born in Durango, Mexico. I was adopted and came to Bloomfield, New Mexico, where I was first introduced to the english language. I moved to Kayenta, AZ where I took two years of the native Navajo language. Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon were my playgrounds. I moved to Phoenix where I attended Trevor G. Brown High School, then, Phoenix Community College. ASU was my last stop, my field of studies was Psychology. I have been a translator for the schools and the church I attended. My passion is to help kids and people in general. I like arts and crafts, music, movies and being a mom. I love all kinds of ladybugs and beautiful Tinkerbell. I aspire to be a positive influence on all students.
Sara Mullenaux - K-8 Computers/High School Graphic Design/Photojournalism
This is my 14th year as a special education teacher. Before working at Roadrunner, I taught in two other school districts in Arizona. Collectively, I have worked at Roadrunner for 12 years. I previously worked here as an education support professional (ESP) in the high school while I was attending Arizona State University where I received my degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. I am a product of the PV school district, graduating from Shadow Mountain High School in 2001. I enjoy teaching computers and keeping up with all the different types of technology. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, my daughter, and my dog Gunner. I also enjoy hiking, reading, watching movies, going to concerts, sporting events, and comedy shows. The staff at Roadrunner is amazing and they make my job a lot of fun! I also enjoy working with the students and love to see their growth academically, socially, and behaviorally.
Please visit Mrs. Mullenaux's website for more information.
Cindy Gilmore - Mrs. Mullenaux's ESP
This is my 17th year at Roadrunner. I moved to Arizona by the way of Boston, Texas, and Utah. I attended Weber State University Autism Program. I was also a kindergarten teacher for a Christian school in Utah and Texas. My ultimate passion is working with children and young adults.