Desert Heights Preparatory Academy People

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Mark Jiles


I’ve always enjoyed working with young people and I thought that education awarded me the best opportunity to do this in a meaningful way. I liked the idea of being able to affirm the importance of education through example. The opportunity to work with like minded, equally compassionate people was also a factor. I have been very fortunate to accomplish these goals at Desert Heights.

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Katherine Miller


I have always wanted to help others, especially kids, and teaching was how I felt I could do that. I taught Junior High History for several years before becoming an administrator. I very much enjoy working with kids of all ages and seeing them grow and develop, Desert Heights has become my family’s second home, and I am truly thankful for this amazing community!

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Liane Kilmain

K-4 Assistant Principal | Special Education Scheduling Support

I became an educator because I have always been drawn to helping kids, even when I was just a kid myself. I truly feel that every child deserves a champion and I come to school each day hoping that each child knows that I see their worth and potential. I’m grateful to be in a position that allows me to build relationships and make connections with our students on a daily basis.

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Darna Davis

5-8th Grade Assistant Principal

When I was young, the idea of helping others to rise was a core family value. Working in education is the epitome of that belief because it means contributing to the growth and development of people, providing the platform for their success. I had amazing teachers who uplifted and empowered me. Ultimately, I am an educator so I can pay forward all of the great experiences I had…and continually help others to rise.

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Cynthia Jordan

Director of K-12 Front Office | State and Federal Data Reporting | Registrar | Homeless Liaison

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Jessica Wesley

Registrar | K- 4 Office Manager

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Adel Hall

5-12 Office Assistant

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Percy Kincaid

Director of Security | Assistant Athletic Director

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Beth Krogmeier

Student Life Assistant Principal

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Teresa Powell

5-12 Front Office Manager

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Brian Wicker

Athletic Director

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Taylor Endres

Facilities Director

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Carolynn Shives

5-12 Office Assistant

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Isaiah Hudson

Maintenance and Security Support

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Michael Huntley

Maintenance Technician

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Rafael La'O Garcia

Maintenance | Landscaping

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Mark Nunez

IT Manager

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Krissi Elliott

Director of Educational Technology

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Jay Jiles

Transportation Director

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Marissa Robles

Director of K-12 Events & Communications

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Patty Aguirre


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Amanda Ash

Special Education Teacher

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Stephanie Baxter

College & Career

At Desert Heights, we accelerate the learning process for excelling 8th grade students ...

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Sarah Bickel

Middle School Teacher

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David Blackburn

Physical Education

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Amanda Brownlow

Freshman & Sophomore Advisor

As a member of the Advisory team, I am excited to support students and provide them wit...

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Lynda Brunner

EL Teacher

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Kissan Bryant

Middle School Teacher

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Anthony Buendia


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Abigail Campos

Art & Photo Digital

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Kevin Chappell

Social Studies

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Elliot Cohn

IT Support Specialist

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Melanie Curnow

Lunch Assistant

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Joshua Daniels

College & Career

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Annie Diaz

Behavior Coordinator | C.U.T.S. & 504 Coordinator

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Otilia Dominguez


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Ruth Doyle

5-12 Health Assistant Substitute

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Brittany Dutoit

Middle School Teacher

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Carolina Estrella

5-12 Health Assistant

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Karla Gamez

Special Education Support Staff

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Elizabeth Gue

Federal Programs Director

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Stefanie Haldiman

Curriculum Specialist

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Cassandra Hamza

Special Education Teacher

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Angela Hardy

Junior & Senior Advisor

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Tyson Hinckley


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Kimberly Holland

Special Education Support Staff

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Lamont Holmes


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Autumn Johnson

Special Education Director

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Daniel Johnson


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Nancy Kautz

Lunch Monitor

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Katie Lambeth

Social Studies

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Christina Lies


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Christy Ling

Special Education Support Staff

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Aimee Litkie

Middle School Teacher

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Karen Loya

Lunch Monitor

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Amoni Martin

Physical Education

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Darian Miller


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Edgin Monera


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Christopher Moore

Behavior Coordinator

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Kathryn Moreno

Special Education Support Staff

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Ashley Munson

Accounting | Human Resources

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Sue Otto

ESEA Coordinator (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

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Adam Perez

Performing Arts

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Michelle Robles

Director of Operations

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Edderick Rono

Middle School Teacher

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Rodghl Stewart

Physical Education

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Vesna Terzic

Math | Elective

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Angela Thomason


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Ashley Thomason

Special Education Support Staff

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Kyle Tokasey

College & Career

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Neeru Verma

Math Teacher | Assistant Principal of Math Data & Instructional Support Specialist

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Desiree Vista


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Candace Voegele


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Thi Vu


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Cydnee Wahlert

Accounting & Human Resources Assistant

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Diane Wicker

Lunch Monitor

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Martin Wilson Rodriguez

Social Studies

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Jacquelyn Wistar

Middle School Teacher

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Brynn Woodworth

Behavior Coach

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Kira Zepeda

Assessment and Data Specialist