began working at Kino in 1986 as a primary math teacher. Since then, he
has taught math, history, hiking, writing, literature, and astronomy at
all age levels. He has been Academic Administrator from 1992 through 2001,
and again since 2002. Before he came to Kino, David taught for 11 years
in the Amphi school system. David received a B.A. from the University
of Arizona where he majored in English literature and philosophy, and
a M.S. in Astronomy. He has written Young Astronauts curriculum and is
the co-author of Mexican Americans: The Roots of Identity and Social Studies
Trivial Pursuit for Junior High students. He is certified to teach kindergarten
through 8th grade and also has Arizona principal's certification. This
year, in addition to being administrator, he is teaching literature and
history and junior high math, and exploring projects with early childhood
and primary students. His son attended Kino from the time he was
three until his graduation from high school.
Mary Jane Cera
joined the administrative team last year, having been Kino's primary language
arts coordinator and teacher for twenty-six years. She grew up in Whiting,
Indiana, and is an ardent Cubs fan. Mary Jane graduated from the University
of Arizona with a B.A. in Education and a Masters' Degree in Reading.
She is certified to teach kindergarten through 8th grade, with a reading
endorsement for kindergarten through high school. She is the author of
Living with Death, Living with Stress, and Social Studies Trivial Pursuit,
all for primary students. She has led numerous workshops on the use of
whole language and open education, and is a volunteer for the Primavera
Foundation. Mary Jane is the mother of three children, one of whom is
a student at Kino. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches
language arts and social studies to junior high and high school students.
Higgins has been at Kino since 1984, becoming Business Administrator in
1990. She has also had business management experience before coming to
Kino. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration
from the University of Arizona in 1975. Mary Ann is a dedicated cook.
She shares her love of cooking with students of all ages, teaching basics,
exploring cuisines, and helping with tea parties. Mary Ann is the
parent of a Kino student.
refer to "the front office," what we mean is Sandy Smith. Sandy has been
Kino's front office, or at least in Kino's front office, for 22 years.
Before coming to Kino, she was a legal secretary in San Francisco and
in Tucson. She attended the San Francisco College for Women. Sandy is
usually the first person people meet when they are thinking about attending
Kino, and she and her dachshund Molly conduct tours of the school for
prospective families. Sandy's granddaughter is both a Kino graduate
and a former Kino teacher.
Libby plans to spend
a lot of time at Kino this year as a volunteer, providing teacher support
and helping students. As Libby Hilmar Cloud, Libby was a Kino teacher
for twelve years while her daughter Molly was a student here; Molly's
son Eli now attends Kino. Libby grew up as an army brat on the East coast.
She has a Bachelor of University Studies (Liberal Arts) from the University
of New Mexico, and an MS in Contemporary Curriculum from Barry University
and an MA from the University of Arizona in Library and Information Science.
She's been certified to teach K-12 in library media and has secondary
certification for social studies. As a Kino teacher, Libby taught nearly
everything to nearly every age of student. Many grown up Kino students
still treasure the trolls they made with her. Since teaching at Kino,
she has been working at the University of Arizona library and recently
married Rick Babow, an old friend she knew as a VISTA volunteer 35 years
ago. Libby is blessed to have her parents (Eli's and Molly's "Granny and
Grumpy") here in town. She enjoys reading, American history, folk music,
gardening, and the outdoors.
Judy Corneveaux is
available in the Humanities center nearly all the time for all ages of
students. In addition, she teaches specific art skills and classes and
frequently takes students on field trips to art museums and theatrical
productions. This is Judy's 24th year as a Kino teacher. She received
a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Arizona. She has
also taken graduate level classes in early education and attended and
taught workshops in the Rod Sharman British open education system. She
continues to take studio art classes. Judy is the author of Social Studies
Trivial Pursuit for intermediate level students. She has two sons, both
of whom are Kino graduates. She is one of our homeroom teachers.
Ann Davis began volunteering
at Kino eleven years ago by writing for the Kino Connection, gradually
increasing her involvement until she was teaching full time. Ann majored
in comparative literature at the University of Oregon and then went to
law school at New York University. She has been a member of the Arizona
bar since 1980. She is the author of the Arizona Legal Services Practice
Manual and co-author of Mexican-Americans: The Roots of Identity and Social
Studies Trivial Pursuit for junior high students. Ann teaches history,
writing, and government. One of her daughters attends Kino and the other
is a Kino graduate.
In addition to teaching
science (this year, high school biology), Ed Davis assists students with
video, photography, and wood and metal shop. He is also a homeroom teacher.
Ed attended the Universities of Oregon and Arizona, majoring in art and
electrical engineering. He graduated from the University of Arizona and
is certified to teach secondary school, with a junior high endorsement.
He has been teaching at Kino for 11 years. One of his daughters attends
Kino and the other is a Kino graduate.
Marielena Eyler teaches
Spanish language and culture to students of all ages at Kino. She also
teaches beginning French. She has a B.A.S. from the Colegio Maria Auxiliadora
Costa Rica, an A.D.S. from Pima College, and has also done graduate work
in English and French at Truman University and Education at the University
of Arizona. She has taught Spanish at Pima College and at the Tucson Community
School and volunteered extensively at Youth on their Own and at Lulu Walker
and Amphi High School. This is Marielena's sixth year at Kino.
Julie Frizelle joined
Kino as a brand new teacher last year. She graduated from Bridgewater
State College in Massachusetts, where she majored in fine arts and psychology.
She recently also obtained an elementary education degree from Prescott
College and is certified to teach kindergarten through 8th grade. Julie
is a homeroom teacher. She works with early childhood, primary, and middle
level students in a whole variety of exciting ways. She has a daughter
who is a Kino student.
Martha Martin has
been a teacher at Kino since 1990, but she took four years out after her
twins were born. She teaches junior high and high school math and is also
a homeroom teacher. Martha received a B.A. in Elementary Education with
a minor in math, and an M.A. in Teaching and Teaching Education, both
from the University of Arizona. She is the author of Logical Thinking
Skills. Martha is certified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade,
with a middle level endorsement. Her oldest daughter graduated from
Kino last year; her two younger daughters are Kino students.
This is Nancy McCallion's
second year as a Kino teacher. She is the language arts teacher for children
in the primary level, a homeroom teacher, and also teaches singing, songwriting,
and guitar to students of all ages. She leads the Kino band and singers,
which produced their first CD last year. Nancy has a degree in Elementary
Education from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Humanities.
She taught for four years in the public school system in Tucson and on
the Tohono O'odham reservation and then for ten years was a substitute
teacher while pursuing a career as a professional musician. Nancy is songwriter,
vocalist, and guitarist for The Mollys, a Tucson-based group that has
produced five cds and toured internationally. Their 1997 CD, Hat Trick,
was named as one of the top 10 CDs of the year by the Washington Post.
Nancy has a daughter who is not yet old enough to attend Kino.
Shulz joined Kino last year as a student teacher. He stayed on as a real
teacher after earning his Elementary Ed degree from the University of
Arizona. This year he is teaching prehensile math to middle level students,
shop, gardening, junior high literature, and taking students outdoors
to read and write about, draw, discuss, and enjoy nature. Before
going into teaching, Chris was a custom cabinetmaker for ten years. His
two children go to Kino.
Cecelia "Ceal" Smith
Ceal is Kino's newest
teacher. She will have a homeroom and will be teaching science for middle
level and junior high students and anyone else who is interested. Before
coming to Kino, Ceal worked as a field ecologist and consultant. She studied
wild figs in Mexico and a variety of endangered species in the southwest.
With her six-year-old son Gabriel, who now attends Kino, she studied howler
monkeys, crocodiles, and bats in Belize. Ceal holds an M.Ed. in Education
and an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of
Arizona, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecodevelopment
and Policy from UC Santa Cruz. She is certified to teach kindergarten
through 8th grade, with a biology endorsement for junior high and high
Mary Lou Tucker
Mary Lou Tucker has
been teaching at Kino for twenty-six years. She is always in the math
center, for all ages of students, teaching younger children through math
manipulatives and games and providing one-on-one instruction and assistance.
She has participated in a wide variety of math workshops. Mary Lou also
coordinates the field trips to the opera. Her youngest daughter is a Kino
comes to Kino two days a week to teach advanced math, anatomy, and SAT
prep. The rest of the week she teachers Chemistry at Pima Community College.
Pollyanna grew up in Wisconsin. She came to the University of Arizona
on a music scholarship and played the French horn in every available ensemble,
including the marching band. After receiving a B.S. from the University
of Arizona and an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois (Urbana),
she did research in the area of microwave microscopy and industrial research
on lithium sulfide batteries. She is certified to teach at the community
college level and has completed all but the student teaching requirement
for secondary certification.