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

Teacher 2020 Snap Shot

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 6th – 8th Grade Academic Coach
Melody Holloway
Melody HollowayCounselor
Ashlee Miller
Ashlee MillerPath-to-Potential Director
Michelle Mills
Michelle MillsK - 5th 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
Kristina Thomas
Kristina ThomasOffice Staff

Teaching Staff

Kindergarten Teachers

Felicia Bock
Felicia BockKindergarten Teacher
Manuel Flores
Manuel FloresKindergarten Teacher
Rachel Jackson
Rachel JacksonKindergarten Teacher
Tina Lowenthal
Tina LowenthalKindergarten Teacher

First Grade Teachers

Karen Pacheco
Karen PachecoFirst Grade Teacher
Silvia Wagner
Silvia WagnerFirst Grade Teacher
Danielle Wipping
Danielle WippingFirst Grade Teacher
Lindsay Wright
Lindsay WrightFirst Grade Teacher

Second Grade Teachers

Nicole Carmona
Nicole CarmonaSecond Grade Teacher
Stephanie Hernandez
Stephanie HernandezSecond Grade Teacher
Grace Holloway
Grace HollowaySecond Grade Teacher
Regina Oaks
Regina OaksSecond Grade Teacher

Third Grade Teachers

Chontell Lucas
Chontell LucasThird Grade Teacher
Patrice McKinley
Patrice McKinleyThird Grade Teacher
Taylor Wasserloos
Taylor WasserloosThird Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade Teachers

Mascharney Jackson
Mascharney JacksonFourth Grade Teacher
Joni Lochtefeld
Joni LochtefeldFourth Grade Teacher
Dorthy Thayer
Dorthy ThayerFourth Grade Teacher

Fifth Grade Teachers

Brigitt Eshagpoor
Brigitt EshagpoorFifth Grade Teacher - Math
Terra Gallagher
Terra GallagherFifth Grade Teacher
Hallie Owensby
Hallie OwensbyFifth Grade Teacher - Science

Sixth Grade Teachers

Hazel Espinoza
Hazel EspinozaSixth Grade Teacher
Scott Laufenberg
Scott LaufenbergSixth Grade ELA and Social Studies Teacher
Tim Watson
Tim WatsonSixth Grade Teacher

Seventh-Eighth Grade Teachers

Paul Adams
Paul AdamsEighth Grade Math and Gifted Math
Sam Alexander
Sam AlexanderSeventh-Eighth Grade Science
Jori Bielski
Jori BielskiSeventh-Eighth Grade Humanities and Social Studies
Virginia Gutierrez
Virginia Gutierrez Seventh-Eighth Grade ELA and Humanities Teacher
Alex Kozela
Alex KozelaEighth Grade Think Law Teacher

Special Area Teachers

Kara Allen
Kara AllenPhysical Education Teacher and Athletics Director
Sarahi Barron
Sarahi BarronSpanish Teacher
Brooke Garcia
Brooke Garcia3-5th Grade Gifted Teacher
TJ Hallam
TJ HallamPhysical Education Teacher
Kellee Ivers
Kellee IversInterventionist
Alex Kozela
Alex KozelaVirtual Reality Teacher
Barbara Linke
Barbara LinkeELL Teacher
Chris Martinez
Chris MartinezPhysical Education Teacher
Reginald Parulan
Reginald ParulanTechnology Integration Specialist
Elias Rodriguez
Elias RodriguezMiddle School Art Teacher
John Salazar
John SalazarArt Teacher
Lane Vassallo
Lane Vassallo Mobile Teacher

Special Ed

Jacquie Burns
Jacquie BurnsSpecial Education Teacher
Kelly Lawrence
Kelly LawrenceSpecial Education Teacher
Valerie Middleton
Valerie MiddletonSpeech Therapist Teacher


Linda Anderson
Linda AndersonInstructional Assistant
Lyssa Black
Lyssa BlackInstructional Assistant
Jessie Bowman
Jessie BowmanSPED Para
Melissa Johnson
Melissa JohnsonInstructional Assistant
Joyce Koerth
Joyce KoerthInstructional Assistant
Cheryl Malone
Cheryl MalonePreschool Para
Reagan McCormick
Reagan McCormickAfter School Care
Cristina Montañez
Cristina MontañezPara
Judy Mulligan
Judy MulliganInstructional Assistant
Carmen Pena
Carmen PenaAssistant
Anna Rodriguez
Anna RodriguezPara
Skylynn Wiles
Skylynn WilesInstructional Assistant


Cruz Castro
Cruz CastroFacilities
Lupe Espinoza
Lupe EspinozaFacilities
Charlie Johnston
Charlie JohnstonFacilities
James Lowenthal
James LowenthalFacilities
Manny Montanez
Manny MontanezFacilities
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.