Campus Information


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


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

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!

Administrative Staff

Patty Messer
Patty MesserExecutive Director
Roger Messer
Roger MesserBusiness Manager
Michelle Bazan
Michelle BazanReading Coach
Barbara Cushing
Barbara CushingSTEM Coach

Front Office Staff

Shawnee Bowen
Shawnee BowenOffice Manager
J'elle Canales
J'elle CanalesReceptionist
Ramona Galuppo
Ramona GaluppoAttendance Clerk
Erica Sanchez
Erica SanchezNurse

Coaches and Assistants

Linda Anderson
Linda AndersonInstructional Assistant
Beth Bodensteiner
Beth BodensteinerFriday Learning Institute Coordinator
Jessie Bowman
Jessie BowmanSPED Para
Cecelia Cabral
Cecelia CabralELL Para
Tressie Delgado
Tressie DelgadoInstructional Assistant
Melissa Holdsworth
Melissa HoldsworthInstructional Assistant
Melody Holloway
Melody HollowayAchievement Coach
Cyarin Jimemez
Cyarin JimemezInstructional Assistant
Holli Joyner
Holli JoynerInstructional Assistant
Valarie Kaufman
Valarie KaufmanGarden / Kitchen / Instructional Assistant
Joyce Koerth
Joyce KoerthInstructional Assistant
Jessica Sandoval
Jessica SandovalLunch Aide / Instructional Assistant
Jackie Schade
Jackie SchadeInstructional Assistant
Carla Virgin
Carla VirginSPED Para

Teaching Staff

Kindergarten Teachers

Felicia Bock
Felicia BockKindergarten Teacher
Kristin Curtin
Kristin CurtinKindergarten Teacher
Rachel Wade
Rachel WadeKindergarten Teacher
Paula Laumann
Paula LaumannKindergarten Teacher
Karen Pacheco
Karen PachecoKindergarten Teacher

First Grade Teachers

Grace Holloway
Grace HollowayFirst Grade Teacher
Lisa Teichert
Lisa TeichertFirst Grade Teacher
Catherine Wallis
Catherine WallisFirst Grade Teacher

Second Grade Teachers

Jori Bielski
Jori BielskiSecond Grade Teacher
Regina Oaks
Regina OaksSecond Grade Teacher
Ashley Owens
Ashley OwensSecond Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teachers

Cherie West
Cherie WestThird Grade Teacher
Katherine Womack
Katherine WomackThird Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade Teachers

Chad Lafferty
Chad LaffertyFourth Grade Teacher
Dorthy Thayer
Dorthy ThayerFourth Grade Teacher
Doug Twedt
Doug TwedtFourth Grade Teacher

Fifth Grade Teachers

Johnny London
Johnny LondonFifth Grade Teacher - English Language Arts
Reginald Parulan
Reginald ParulanFifth Grade Teacher - Math and Science

Sixth – Eighth Grade Teachers

Brenda Boenzi-Reed
Brenda Boenzi-Reed6-8 English Language Arts
Melissa Leyme
Melissa Leyme6-8 English Language Arts / Math
Katy Newell
Katy Newell6-8 Science Teacher
Robert Rebecchi
Robert Rebecchi6-8 Social Studies Teacher
Vicky Vargas
Vicky Vargas6-8 Math Teacher

Specialized Teachers

Bart Bielski
Bart BielskiPhysical Education Teacher
Kim Calderone
Kim CalderoneMusic Teacher
Amy Casey
Amy CaseyLead Gifted Teacher
Tim Curington
Tim CuringtonPT Art
Kara DeYoung
Kara DeYoungPhysical Education Teacher
Michelle Fogarty
Michelle FogartySpecial Education Teacher
TJ Hallam
TJ HallamPhysical Education Teacher
Charles Luse
Charles LuseSpanish / SPED Teacher
Linda Ramirez
Linda Ramirez3-5 Gifted Teacher
John Salazar
John SalazarArt Teacher
Samantha Stroud
Samantha StroudSpanish Teacher


Eli Herrera
Eli HerreraFacilities
Nick Martinez
Nick MartinezFacilities
Jeff Wilson
Jeff WilsonFacilities

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.