LFPA Warner Staff

Administrative Staff

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: amoncibaez@lfapa.org

Biography:

I began my career as an educator in 1992.  I earned a B.A in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 1992, a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 1997, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with distinction from Northern Arizona University in 2000. I also have endorsements in Early Childhood (Birth-Age 8) and K-12 English as a Second Language.

I started my educational career at Yavapai College in Prescott and then taught for 10 years in Cottonwood and Apache Junction in Arizona. I moved on to the Coolidge Unified School District where I was an Assistant Principal for 6 years and then promoted to a Principal position for 3 years.  I moved to the Florence Unified School District where I continued my administrative career for two years before accepting my current position as Principal for LFPA.

I have worked hard during my career and gained a lot of knowledge and experience throughout this time. I have been through many leadership trainings that have helped me grow as an educational leader. I use my knowledge and training towards making a difference in education.  I look forward to working with the families, staff, and students at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Warner Campus to move the school forward and in the process becoming a part of the Wildcat family.

Teaching Staff

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email:  bchambers@lfapa.org

Biography:
Hello my name is Ms. Chambers; I am originally from Oregon and moved to Arizona in 2005 to pursue my dream of teaching. I put myself through college by working in the nursing field as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Certified Medication Aide. I received my associate’s degree from Lane Community College and my Bachelors Degree from Pacific University. I am a highly qualified teacher with a teaching certificate in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, and have an endorsement in Structured English Immersion. I have a passion for learning and take classes online through Ideal and at local colleges such as Mesa Community College to keep up-to-date on the latest advancements in education and to further my own education.

I have been teaching since 2006 and have been a part of the Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Family since 2010. I am very passionate about teaching and strive to meet every students needs by differentiated instruction in reading, writing, and math. I incorporate technology into the daily routine as it is important for the 21st century learner to have instruction and access to gain the necessary skills in this technology driven world.

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and pets. I enjoy playing and watching sports, my favorites being basketball and football. I was on the Varsity Basketball team for 4 years at Creswell High School in Oregon and we made it all the way to the state playoffs with only 7 girls on our team. Being from Oregon I am a huge Ducks fan, but support all Pac-12 teams. I also love to explore new technologies, educational websites, travel, and create slide shows on my computer.

It has always been my dream and passion to teach. I had the most wonderful kindergarten teacher when I was a child and hope to be the best teacher I can be for your student. I hope to be that teacher your son or daughter remembers for years to come and talks about when he or she is older and has students of his or her own.

Phone:  480-248-8025
Email: eramos@lfapa.org

Biography:
My name is Edelmira Ramos. I was born and raised in Mexico. I moved to Arizona at age 15 and graduated from Red Mountain High School, Mesa Community College for two years then I transferred to Arizona State University and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began pursuing my career in education as a child. I worked very hard to accomplish it and now I am very excited to be an educator and love what I do. I have been teaching since 2000.

I have taught from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade and I am an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher. I have been teaching First Grade at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts since 2007-2008. I enjoy teaching this grade and I provide a good and safe environment for any child to learn, have fun and grow. I am the mother of a beautiful boy named Josue Alejandro. I enjoy bike riding, traveling and being outdoors.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email:  jgummow@lfapa.org

Mrs. Gummow’s Bio

I have a B.S. in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. This is my second year teaching at LFPA. Prior to teaching at the Warner campus, I worked as a substitute teacher for the Chandler Unified School District. I have also worked in corporate education, training adults. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, and friends. My husband and I have 3 children. I especially enjoy traveling, camping, reading, movies, dining out and anything water related.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email:
khalcomb@lfapa.org

Biography:
I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Child Development at Brigham Young University in 1979.  Previously, I taught for 29 years in the Mesa Public Schools in grades K–5th.   I have been teaching at LFPA since 2007 and I am an Arizona highly qualified teacher.  I am married to my wonderful wife, Jane and we have four children. I especially enjoys reading books in a variety of genres, gardening, and playing with our eight grandchildren.  Each year I look forward to new and exciting experiences in helping your child with learning and educational opportunities.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: wpowell@lfapa.org

Biography:

Hello, my name is Wendy Powell and I am thrilled to be part of the LFPA family.  I have been in the school system for many years, so I think you can infer that I love to teach.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and I am currently pursuing my Masters in Psychology.  I was born and raised in Queens N.Y. and I have lived in Arizona for seven years. In my free time I like to spend time with my family and friends, going hiking, reading, martial arts and eating my favorite food (sushi).  My most important values in life are respect, loyalty and compassion, these are values that I implement in my classroom and in my life and it is my pleasure and honor to be a teacher and a role model for students.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email:  jgoff@lfapa.org

Biography:
It is a pleasure to introduce myself and let you get to know me a bit better. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Summa Cum Laude. As an Arizona native, I am proud to be a certified elementary educator through the Arizona Department of Education.

I am the youngest in a family of four, and find great joy in being an aunt. I grew up in a family where we learned the importance of education, and grew to respect and believe in the power of knowledge. Music and the performing arts are essential in my life, and I believe in incorporating them into education. I also enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family watching good movies or playing games.

I am an educator because I believe that every student has infinite potential. As an educator, I promise to inspire my students and help them to realize this potential hidden within them. Children are the future, and so to ensure a brighter future, they will be encouraged, challenged, and provided a learning environment that promotes learning and stability.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: tmartz@lfapa.org

Tasha Martz

Biography

I am thrilled to be at LFAPA teaching 4th grade. I have had the pleasure of living in our beautiful state of Arizona for the past seven years. I moved from Kansas, where I graduated with a BS in Education from Newman University and a MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University. I taught special education (resource and self-contained ED) and 5th grade prior to moving to Arizona. I am certified to teach elementary education in the state of Arizona and am excited to meet my students every year!

I have been married to my husband Chris for 22 years. We are incredibly fortunate to have children that bring us immense pride and joy, Ramsey, 18 and Tatum, 15. We also have two Chihuahuas that we adore, Bart and Lucy. Family time is our priority!

Teaching has been a long-time passion for me. I enjoy teaching the whole child. It is important to build a foundation of trust so learning is maximized from the beginning. Students grow in a variety of ways. They grow academically, emotionally, socially and watching this growth is the greatest reward.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: jtibbetts@lfapa.org

My name is Mrs. Tibbetts and I am so excited to be teaching fourth grade this year. I live in Chandler with my husband of 32 years. We have two sons, Blake, a sophomore at Arizona State University and Dylan, a recent graduate of Arizona State University.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and I have an Arizona state teacher’s certification. I have taught third and sixth grade; and spent four years substitute teaching in the Chandler Unified School District.

My goal as a teacher is to inspire and educate my students so they become life long learners. I am very excited to begin my first year at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts.

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: pgeidt@lfapa.org

Patsy Geidt Biography:

My name is Ms. Patsy Geidt and I am a 5th grade teacher for LFPA Warner. I always wanted to teach but chose to put my children first and was lucky and privileged to be a stay at home mom. Since I was home with my children, I opened a home daycare center where I took care of and taught many little ones through the years. When my children were in middle school and high school, I moved to the sunny state of California. I began teaching as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher, bringing my lifelong dream to reality. To be a better teacher, I went back to school to continue my education. I moved to California and became a student for seven years in order to earn a new BA and Master in Education. I am now a 5th grade teacher at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts Warner campus.

My philosophy of teaching is that every child is teachable if given the chance to believe in themselves. It is my job as their teacher to not only teach the core subjects, but to teach students independence, self-worth, and self-advocacy. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs their educational place to be secure, caring, safe, and stimulating. In an educational setting such as this, they can grow and mature socially, physically, and intellectually. As an educator, I encourage all my students to reach for the unreachable and to engage in risk-taking tasks. Although my goal is to guide, students need the opportunity to construct knowledge and discover their intrinsic (inner) motivation to learn. When students take ownership for their learning, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills needed to reach their individual goals. Connecting the curriculum to real-world experiences helps students make personal connections. When students feel safe, respected and sure of their expectations, good behavior is close behind.

  1. Phone:  480-248-8025
    Email: kmarin@lfapa.org

Biography:

As a senior attending Arizona State University, I had the opportunity to student teach in the Kyrene School District for a full year in the iTeach Program. After finishing student teaching, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2011. From there, my educational journey as a teacher began on the Gila River Indian Reservation where I taught 4th grade for three consecutive years. After wanting to dive into the new experience of teaching upper grade levels, I found myself here at Learning Foundation and Performing Arts in 2014 teaching 6th grade. And I have been here ever since enjoying every minute of it!

Ms. Marin
6th Grade Teacher
Learning Foundation & Performing Arts

Phone: 480-248-8025

Email:  kczekanski@lfapa.org

Biography

Hello!  My name is Kelly Czekanski and I am the Special Education Resource Teacher for Learning Foundation and Performing Arts.  I have taught in various school districts for twelve years. I have my bachelor degree in Special Education as a teacher for Specific Learning Disabilities.  I also have a masters degree in Educational Technology.

Elective Teaching Staff

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: tgross@lfapa.org

Biography

I was born and raised in Mesa Arizona. I am the mother of 5 wonderful children and the proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University with a minor in Music Education. I have taught private piano lessons for 29 years and thrilled to be the current Keyboard Teacher at LFPA. I am excited to give every child here the opportunity to learn to play the most magnificent instrument there is… the PIANO!

Phone: 480-248-8025
Email: ggrass@lfapa.org

Biography

My name is Mr. Grass and this is my 3rd year teaching PE at the elementary school level. The three primary aspects we will focus on this year in PE class will be general fitness knowledge, skill development, and cooperative games.  Some of the activities we do will mirror and support the dance and theater arts programs.  The type of PE skills your student will be working on will depend mostly on their grade level but some on their ability and interest. In addition to fitness the students will also be introduced to some health issues and learn about the history and culture of the sports we will be playing.