8th Grade

Colleen Lara    English Language Arts    Room 43    Phone: 480-888-7763

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I am Ms. Lara and am excited to teach 8th grade language arts this year.  This will be my 16th year in education. When I am not at school, I am busy being a mom, to my two kids.     I am working on my Doctorate in Reading and Literacy.


Karlie Stewart    Math    Room 44    Phone: 480-888-7764

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My name is Karlie Stewart and I am teaching pre-algebra and algebra 1 this school year. This is my first year as a hawk and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful team. I have a great passion for math and decided to become a math teacher to help ignite those same feeling in my students. I enjoy trying exciting lessons and new ideas to engage the class. This year I plan on challenging your students to change their paradigm about math. I graduated from ASU in 2016 with my bachelors in Elementary Education, making me a Sun Devil fan for life. I am an Arizona native and love living here. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, playing board games, camping, and traveling. I am honored to have your child in my class and am excited to start the year. I want to help all of my students be successful and help them in any way I can.


Jane French    Science    Room 33    Phone: 480-888-7753

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I am so excited to be part of the San Tan Heights Hawks community!   I have been teaching science for 12 years and I am certified as a highly qualified middle grade science teacher in Arizona.  I truly enjoy teaching 7th and 8th graders the wonderful world of science.  When I am not teaching science, my husband and I enjoy camping, hiking and traveling with our two dogs, Sadie and Roger.  I am looking forward to another great year at San Tan Heights.


Sonia Grochel    Social Studies    Room 32    Phone: 480-888-7752

I am from New York and have taught History in grades 6-12 for 13 years. I have an AA in Liberal Arts, a BA in History, and a MA in Education. I am currently attending Grand Canyon University for a second MA in Educational Administration. I am married to my best friend Ron, and he is a corrections officer. I have one daughter who is studying to be a nurse, and two sons that are in the in the military. I enjoy history, movies, music, and adventures in traveling. I look forward to challenging your child to become prepared for high school and college.