Campus Information

Outside picture of the front of the GIA School

Contact Information: (Office Hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:00am-5:30 pm) (Summer Office Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm)


Phone: (520) 381-2360
Fax: (520) 413-9397

Location: 950 N. Peart Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85122
(Off of Peart Road; located behind the Home Depot)

Meet Our Team

No matter how you slice it, we’re always here for you!

One of the character profiles that we model for our scholars at The Grande Innovation Academy is that of being a Communicator. From the smiling faces in the front to our dedicated and hard-working teachers, we strive to communicate in a respectful and productive manner.

Please feel free to contact us!


Patty Messer
Patty MesserExecutive Director
Kristin Curtin
Kristin CurtinTitle IX Coordinator and Fourth-Eighth Grade Academic Coach
Melody Holloway
Melody HollowayCounselor
Ashlee Miller
Ashlee MillerPath-to-Potential Director
Michelle Mills
Michelle MillsKindergarten-Third Grade Academic Coach
Dominic Woodard
Dominic WoodardDean of Scholars

Front Office Staff

Enola Alexander
Enola AlexanderAttendance Clerk
Gaby Castanon
Gaby CastanonNurse
Cyarin Jimenez
Cyarin JimenezAssistant to the Director/Office Manager
Roger Messer
Roger MesserBusiness Manager
Cristina Montañez
Cristina MontañezOffice Staff
Kristina Thomas
Kristina ThomasOffice Staff

Teaching Staff

Kindergarten Teachers

Felicia Bock
Felicia BockKindergarten Teacher
Kaela Jackman
Kaela JackmanKindergarten Teacher
Rachel Jackson
Rachel JacksonKindergarten Teacher
Tina Lowenthal
Tina LowenthalKindergarten Teacher
Judy Mulligan
Judy MulliganKindergarten Interventionist
Skylynn Wiles
Skylynn WilesKindergarten Para

First Grade Teachers

Nicole Carmona
Nicole CarmonaFirst Grade Teacher
Kellee Ivers
Kellee IversFirst Grade Interventionist
Caitlin Morris
Caitlin MorrisFirst Grade Teacher
Karen Pacheco
Karen PachecoFirst Grade Teacher
Elayna Vacha
Elayna VachaFirst Grade Para
Silvia Wagner
Silvia WagnerFirst Grade Teacher

Second Grade Teachers

Diana Cabello
Diana CabelloSecond Grade Teacher
Stephanie Hernandez
Stephanie HernandezSecond Grade Teacher
Joyce Koerth
Joyce KoerthSecond Grade Para
Janie Marquez
Janie Marquez Second-Third Grade Interventionist
Lisa Marquez
Lisa MarquezSecond Grade Interventionist
Nay Nay Oaks
Nay Nay OaksSecond-Third Grade Para
Lindsay Wright
Lindsay WrightSecond Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teachers

Terra Gallagher
Terra GallagherThird Grade Teacher
Chontell Lucas
Chontell LucasThird Grade Teacher
Janie Marquez
Janie Marquez Second-Third Grade Interventionist
Nay Nay Oaks
Nay Nay OaksSecond-Third Grade Para
Regina Oaks
Regina OaksThird Grade Teacher and Interventionist
Anna Rodriguez
Anna RodriguezThird Grade Para
Taylor Wasserloos
Taylor WasserloosThird Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade Teachers

Kim David
Kim DavidFourth Grade ELA SS Teacher
Maria Estrella
Maria EstrellaFourth Grade Interventionist
Joni Lochtefeld
Joni LochtefeldFourth Grade Science Teacher
Carmen Pena
Carmen PenaFourth Grade Para
Dorthy Thayer
Dorthy ThayerFourth Grade Math Teacher

Fifth Grade Teachers

Brigitt Eshagpoor
Brigitt EshagpoorFifth Grade Math Teacher
Manuel Flores
Manuel FloresFifth Grade ELA SS Teacher
Maria Joseph
Maria JosephFifth-Eighth Grade Interventionist
Krystle Lopez
Krystle LopezFifth-Sixth Grade Para
Hallie Owensby
Hallie OwensbyFifth Grade Science Teacher
Ann Rosati
Ann RosatiFifth Grade Interventionist

Sixth Grade Teachers

Lyssa Black
Lyssa BlackSixth-Seventh Grade Para
Maria Joseph
Maria JosephFifth-Eighth Grade Interventionist
Taylor Kerby
Taylor KerbySixth Grade ELA SS Teacher
Scott Laufenberg
Scott LaufenbergSixth Grade Science Teacher
Krystle Lopez
Krystle LopezFifth-Sixth Grade Para
Hazel Watts
Hazel WattsSixth Grade Math Teacher

Seventh-Eighth Grade Teachers

Paul Adams
Paul AdamsEighth Grade Math Teacher
Jori Bielski
Jori BielskiSeventh-Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Lyssa Black
Lyssa BlackSixth-Seventh Grade Para
Virginia Gutierrez
Virginia Gutierrez Seventh-Eighth Grade ELA Teacher
Arielle Hunt
Arielle HuntSeventh-Eighth Grade Science Teacher
Maria Joseph
Maria JosephFifth-Eighth Grade Interventionist
Ashlee Miller
Ashlee MillerSeventh-Eighth Grade Interventionist and Humanities Teacher
Lane Vassallo
Lane Vassallo Seventh Grade Math and PE Teacher

Path to Potential Gifted Teachers

Sam Alexander
Sam AlexanderSixth-Eighth Grade Gifted Teacher
Hollie Gross
Hollie GrossPath to Potential Gifted Teacher
Grace Holloway
Grace HollowayThird-Fifth Grade Gifted Teacher

Special Area Teachers

Cesilia Aguilera
Cesilia AguileraLittle Innovators Preschool Teacher
Kara Allen
Kara AllenPE Teacher and Athletics Director
Sarahi Barron
Sarahi BarronSpanish Teacher
Becky DoRan
Becky DoRan FabLab and SMALLab Director
TJ Hallam
TJ HallamPE Teacher
Alex Kozela
Alex KozelaVirtual Reality Technology Teacher
Barbara Linke
Barbara LinkeELL Teacher
Cheryl Malone
Cheryl MaloneLittle Innovators Assistant
Chris Martinez
Chris MartinezPE Teacher
Reagan McCormick
Reagan McCormickRecess and After School Care
Elias Rodriguez
Elias RodriguezMusic and Typing Teacher
John Salazar
John SalazarArt Teacher
Danielle Wipping
Danielle WippingMobile Teacher
Sarah Zachreson
Sarah ZachresonArt Teacher

Special Ed

Linda Anderson
Linda AndersonSPED Teacher
Jessie Bowman
Jessie BowmanSPED Para
Melissa Johnson
Melissa JohnsonSPED Teacher
Valerie Middleton
Valerie MiddletonSpeech-Language Pathology Assistant


Liz Alvarez
Liz AlvarezCafeteria
Cruz Castro
Cruz CastroFacilities
Missy Cimrelli
Missy CimrelliCafeteria
Lupe Espinoza
Lupe EspinozaFacilities
Charlie Johnston
Charlie JohnstonFacilities
Aaron Montanez
Aaron MontanezFacilities
Charleen Pedroza
Charleen PedrozaCafeteria
Dalton Thayer
Dalton ThayerFacilities
Emma Torres
Emma TorresFacilities

Schedule a Tour

Interested in seeing firsthand how our scholars excel on a daily basis? Call us at 520.381.2360 to take a tour of our campus.