Teachers & Staff

Our

Principal & Vice Principal

rebeca venega

Rebeca Venegas

Principal
22 years at Calibre

My name is Rebeca Venegas and I am the Principal at Calibre Academy. I was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Arizona in the summer of 1996.

I have a teacher Diploma from Colegio Guadalupe and undergraduate degree in Accounting from Universidad la Salle. I have also taken several online courses through Rio Salado. Taking online courses allowed me to take several classes at the same time and the flexibility to work at my own pace.

In 1985 I started working as an English as a second language teacher for undergraduate students at Universidad del Tepeyac. I later taught English as a second language to Elementary and Middle School Students in Mexico City.

In 1991 I worked in the accounting field for Pricewaterhouse for a year but realized my passion was teaching not accounting so I went back to teaching.

In Mexico I also taught English (from beginning levels to conversational) to Executive Employees in companies like American Express, Geo New York Life, Colgate, Mancera Ernest & Young and the Department of Communications and Transportation.

I began working for Learning Matters Educational group in 1999. I taught Spanish and Global Government to middle school and high school students. Later on, I was given the opportunity to teach Math to the same group of students.

In 2008 I became the Principal for Calibre Academy Glendale and in 2015 I was offered the position of Principal at Calibre Academy Surprise.

I have been married for 27 years and have two sons. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Sharon Kaplan

Sharon Kaplan

Vice Principal
16 years at Calibre

My name is Sharon Kaplan and I am the Vice Principal at Calibre Academy. I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and moved to Surprise in 2001.

I have a bachelor of Science in Family Studies from The University of Arizona and a Masters of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I later went to University of Phoenix, as an online student, to take the necessary classes to get my administration certificate. I really enjoyed the flexibility of taking these classes at my own pace and time.

Before getting my masters degree I worked as a director of an after school program. Once I got my masters I worked as a 1st grade teacher at Fletcher Heights Elementary School in Peoria, AZ.

I began working for Carden/Calibre in 2005. I taught 1st grade, 3rd grade, and was the Title 1 Coordinator before becoming the Vice Principal in 2014.

Not only do I love working at Calibre but I also loved being a parent here. Both my children attended Calibre from preschool – 8th grade. My son, Jonah, is now 18 and my daughter, Jessica, is now 16. I also live with my husband, Jonathan and my 4 dogs.

Our

Teachers & Staff

Rachelle Quinton

Administrative Assistants

Jodi Barahona

Administrative Assistants

Kim Eberlein

Resource

Cindy Riskas

Speech Therapy

Michelle Botteri / Zachery Labarbera / Rose Bullard / Lisa Roach

Extended Care

Harmony Olson

Nutrition Specialist

Julie Candelaria / Veira Freesh

Pre-K Teacher/Aide

Denise Leadabrand

Title I Coach

Robert LaBarbera / Maria Villegas / Manny Garcia

Facilities

Rick Klein

P.E./Athletic Director

Library

Stephanie Marciniak

Art

Kristina Brilhante

Technology

Ronnie Fredrickson

Music

Teachers by Grades

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Sharon Dewey
Suzanne Wiser

Stephanie Peterson
Cheryl Swanson

1st
Grade

2nd
Grade

Monica Mitri
Brenda Cannon-Rubin

Jennifer Armstrong
Connie Clemmer

3rd
Grade

4th
Grade

Clara Delise
Kristina Perkins

Tracy Hill
Kodi Loper

5th
Grade

6th
Grade

Melissa Nevarez
Leah Bowers
John Givens

Betty Gutierrez
Nicole Vargas

Linda Felix

7th
Grade

8th
Grade

Samantha Frost
Kayla Renckly

Rachelle Quinton, admin assitant

Rachelle Quinton

Jodi Barahona, Admin Assistant

Jodi Barahona

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

RESOURCE

Kim Eberlein, special education teacher

Kim Eberlein

Cindy Riskas, speech teacher

Cindy Riskas

SPEECH THERAPY

EXTENDED CARE

Zachery LaBarbera, aide

Zachery Labarbera

Lisa Roach, aide

Lisa Roach

Figan Donnelley

Rose Bullard, aide

Rose Bullard

Harmony Olson, lunch coordinator

Harmony Olson

NUTRITION SPECIALIST

HEALTH AIDE

Karen Hungerford

Karen Hungerford

PRE-K TEACHER/AIDE

Julie Candelaria

Virginia Guzman

Virginia Guzman

Melissa Brewer

PRE-K TEACHER/AIDE

TITLE I COACH

Denise Leadabrand

Denise Leadabrand

Robert LaBarbera

Maria Villegas

Maria Villegas

Manny Garcia

FACILITIES

BUS DRIVER

John Powell

John Powell

Specials

Rick Klein, PE teacher-Athletic Director

Rick Klein

P.E./ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

ART

Claudia Yakin

Claudia Yakin

Kristina Brilhante

TECHNOLOGY

MUSIC

Ronni Fredrickson

Ronni Fredrickson

Sharon Dewey / Virginia Guzman / Suzanne Wiser

Kindergarten

Stephanie Peterson / Cheryl Swanson / Ronnie Fredrickson

1st Grade

Monica Mitri / Brenda Cannon-Rubin / Ronnie Fredrickson

2nd Grade

Jennifer Armstrong / Connie Clemmer / Tracy Hill

3rd Grade

Clara Delise / Kristina Perkins

4th Grade

Oneida Hartley / Tracy Hill/ Kodi Stamps

5th Grade

Melissa Nevarez / Brooke Wakeham

6th Grade

Betty Gutierrez (Math) / Nicole Vargas (Language Arts)

7th Grade

Samantha Frost (Social Studies) / Kayla Renckly (Science)

8th Grade

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