Campus Information


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

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 Curtin6th - 8th Grade Academic Coach
Melody Holloway
Melody HollowayAchievement Coach
Michelle Mills
Michelle MillsK - 5th Grade Academic Coach

Front Office Staff

Shawnee Bowen
Shawnee BowenOffice Manager
Nicole Dembiec
Nicole DembiecReceptionist
Roger Messer
Roger MesserBusiness Manager
Erica Sanchez
Erica SanchezNurse
Jackie Schade
Jackie SchadeAttendance Clerk

Teaching Staff

Kindergarten Teachers

Felicia Bock
Felicia BockKindergarten Teacher
Rachel Jackson
Rachel JacksonKindergarten Teacher
Judy Mulligan
Judy MulliganKindergarten Teacher
Earlescia Williams
Earlescia WilliamsKindergarten Teacher

First Grade Teachers

Samantha Harding
Samantha HardingFirst Grade Teacher
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
Hazel Espinoza
Hazel EspinozaSecond Grade Teacher
Regina Oaks
Regina OaksSecond Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teachers

Jaymee Gonzales
Jaymee GonzalesThird Grade Teacher
Charlie Hardy
Charlie HardyThird Grade Teacher
Karen Pacheco
Karen PachecoThird Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade Teachers

Chad Lafferty
Chad LaffertyFourth Grade Teacher
Nisha Sauer
Nisha SauerFourth Grade Teacher
Dorthy Thayer
Dorthy ThayerFourth Grade Teacher

Fifth Grade Teachers

Ursula Doll
Ursula DollFifth Grade Teacher - ELA
Brigitt Eshagpoor
Brigitt EshagpoorFifth Grade Teacher - Science
Melissa Leyme
Melissa LeymeFifth Grade Teacher - Math

Sixth Grade Teachers

Michelle Fogarty
Michelle FogartySixth Grade Math and Science
Katie Lafferty
Katie LaffertySixth Grade ELA and Social Studies

Seventh-Eighth Grade Teachers

Virginia Gutierrez
Virginia Gutierrez Seventh - Eighth Grade ELA Teacher
Nate Wong
Nate WongSeventh - Eighth Grade Math Teacher
Nate Wong
Katy Newell
Katy NewellSeventh - Eighth Grade Science Teacher
Robert Rebecchi
Robert RebecchiSeventh - Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher

Special Area Teachers

Sarahi Barron
Sarahi BarronSpanish Teacher
Bart Bielski
Bart BielskiPhysical Education Teacher
Kara DeYoung
Kara DeYoungPhysical Education Teacher
Brooke Garcia
Brooke GarciaGifted Teacher
TJ Hallam
TJ HallamPhysical Education Teacher
Reginald Parulan
Reginald ParulanFab Lab / SMALLab Manager
John Salazar
John SalazarArt Teacher

Special Ed

Linda Ramirez
Linda RamirezSpecial Ed


Connie Aguirre
Connie AguirreAssistant
Linda Anderson
Linda AndersonInstructional Assistant
Jessie Bowman
Jessie BowmanSPED Para
Cecelia Cabral
Cecelia CabralELL Para
Tressie Delgado
Tressie DelgadoInstructional Assistant
Cyarin Jimenez
Cyarin JimenezLead Para / Parent Liaison
Joyce Koerth
Joyce KoerthInstructional Assistant
Jessica Meagher
Jessica MeagherPara
Carmen Pena
Carmen PenaAssistant
Ashleigh Schappert
Ashleigh SchappertAssistant
Elizabeth Waclawsky
Elizabeth WaclawskyInstructional Assistant


Pablo Aguilar
Pablo AguilarGroundskeeper
Robert Eicher
Robert EicherJanitorial Supervisor
Daniel Mendoza
Daniel MendozaJanitorial Supervisor
Robert Olson
Robert OlsonFacilities
Amanda Zankl
Amanda ZanklFacilities

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.