LFPA Gilbert Staff

Administrative Staff

Phone: 480-635-9400

Email: rvilla@lfapa.org

Biography:
Mr. Villa has been in education since 1997 and has spent has been the principal at LFPA-Gilbert since 2012. He was born and raised in Arizona and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics Education from Arizona State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Mr. Villa spent three years teaching high school math and then transitioned into administration. Since, he has served as an Assistant Principal and Principal in several schools located in Gilbert, South Phoenix, and Maryvale. It is his belief that schools should educate the whole child and that it is only achieved through a partnership between the school, parents, student, and community.

Mr. Villa and his beautiful wife have two wonderful children. He is a die-hard ASU fan and enjoys going to as many local sporting events as possible.

Phone: 480-635-9400
Email: mrehm@lfapa.org

Biography:
This is Mr. Rehm’s 13th year in education and fifth year with LFPA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Meinrad College and his MaEd (Secondary Education) from the University of Phoenix. He has served in both teaching and administrative roles and since 2014 has served as the Curriculum Director and Assistant Principal for LFPA Gilbert. In his spare time Mr. Rehm can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children or on the open road with his motorcycle.

Email: hmatejicka@lfapa.org

Biography:
Hello, my name is Heide Matejicka and I am the Student Services Director for LFPA. I am a second generation Arizonan. I have 3 children, all of whom have attended LFPA. I have been with the school since 2003. My job here is to make sure that your child has everything needed to succeed while attending our school. I take care of lunch orders, transportation, supply orders, relief nursing, along with many of the behind the scenes issues of the day to day running of the school.

Teaching Staff

Phone: 480-635-9400
Email: kheiner@lfapa.org

Notes:
My name is Kylie Heiner and I teach 10th grade World History and 11th Grade American History. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and my Master’s Degree in Education from Ashford University. I am highly qualified in Arizona in History. I have been in Arizona for the better part of ten years, but I am originally from the south (Alabama mainly). I have worked with several schools throughout the valley. In my free time I enjoy reading, listening to music, and watching football. I got my love of history from my dad. This is my fourth year at LFPA and I am very excited to work with the students and staff.

Phone: 480-635-9400

Email: pmason@lfapa.org

Biography:
I am very excited to have been a part of LFPA’s Gilbert Campus since the 2013-2014 school year. I graduated from Arizona State University with my Bachelor of Arts in History in 2010. After graduating from ASU, I moved to Boston where I spent a few years earning my Master in Education at Boston College, working, and enjoying the history of Boston. During my time at ASU and BC, I had the wonderful opportunity to live in Italy and England. While in Europe I was able to gain a deeper understanding of history, cultures, and people. These places and their history came alive for me and became a true passion in my life. Now, I am very happy to be back in Arizona, my home, and to work with the LFPA family!

Home Phone: 480-635-9400
Email: arobles@lfapa.org

Phone: 480-635-9400
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Elective Teaching Staff

Phone: 480-635-9400

Email: rsiegler@lfapa.org

Biography:
Ms. Rachel Siegler started taking dance lessons at the age of three and taught her first class at the age of 14. Ms. Siegler was blessed to learn many different disciplines in dance and travel the country as a child dancing and performing. She is educated in ballet, tap, jazz, Broadway, hip hop and kick-line. In high school she was privileged to add contemporary and African Caribbean to her repertoire while studying under incredible dance professionals. She continued her education with dance masters at the University of Minnesota and the University of Utah, which eventually brought her to Arizona. While living in Arizona she has taught at numerous studios, after school programs, charter schools, and churches. Ms. Siegler has owned her own dance studio in Laveen, Arizona and a very successful dance store in Mesa. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to mentor new teachers, is currently licensed to teach Zumba, and is the dance leader at her church. She enjoys spending all of her free time with her beautiful daughter and their 3 crazy dogs.

Phone: 480-635-9400

Email: rthorn@lfapa.org

Biography:
Randall L. Thorn comes to Arizona from Indiana, Pennsylvania just north and east of Pittsburgh, with 22 years experience teaching the performing arts. He is the Choral Musical Theater, and Drama Director at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Charter School in Gilbert. He has worked part time at the theatre department of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he did musical direction and lighting design. Mr. Thorn is an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher and a 1992 graduate in music education and theatre from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and also earned a MA from Penn State in Theater. He has directed over 80 musical productions in his career including West Side Story, Hairspray, Bye Bye Birdie, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid to name a few. He has worked with students of all ages and has directed elementary, middle school and high school choirs, hosted district, and regional choir events and has guest conducted choral festivals in Pennsylvania . He was a founding member of the Footlights Players Theater for Youth summer camp at IUP and is a vocal coach focusing on the musical theatre style for students. Randall is also a professional lighting designer and has created lighting plots for numerous Phoenix productions such as The Phoenix Girls Chorus and Just Breathe and Tap On, as well as the IUP Opera, Blairsville High School, Kittanning High School and Ford City High School.

Phone: 480-635-9400

Email: rvance@lfapa.org

Biography:
I have been teaching guitar and keyboard classes at LFPA since 2007. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. I am an active performer of jazz and classical music, and also perform various rock, folk, and ethnic music genres. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience teaching at LFPA. I really enjoy teaching students a skill that helps them think creatively and provides them with a means of self-expression.

mailto: dwillis@lfapa.org

Biography:
Mrs. Willis began teaching ceramics from her own studio in March of 2005 and shortly after began teaching LFPA students ceramics as an elective class. The classes teach the basic techniques of working with clay. The whole concept of painting your own ceramic pottery is great, “we always have fun” says Mrs. Willis! Students learn how to make all kinds of different shapes and textures, and best of all you don’t have to be an artist.