Marissa Bandin (Lab Advisor, College Career Coach)
I have been a part of the Pathway family for just over 5 years, but I have been working in educational for over 16 years. My main focus has been assisting students with College and Career readiness for the past 14 years. I thoroughly enjoy helping kids prepare for their future beyond high school. I have four boys and one granddaughter who keep me on my toes, literally! I enjoy traveling, whether it’s up to the pine trees or sitting beach-side soaking up the sun, anything with my family is my favorite place to be.
Mackenzie Berube (ELA 9, Speech and Debate)
My name is Mackenzie Berube. I graduated with my degree from Central Michigan University. My husband, Dave and I married after we graduated and moved to a small town in Michigan. We taught for a few years in Michigan, and taught in Mexico for a year. After Mexico we moved to Arizona, and we love the amazing weather. We had our first child last year and have had many new adventures! I love to travel, craft, and spend time with my family.
This is my 8th year teaching, and first year at Pathway. I am currently teaching Speech and Debate and Freshman ELA. I love the challenge of working with young minds and developing them over these crucial years.
David Blanchard (French, Latin, Film)
Mr. Blanchard is entering his sixth year as a teacher at Sequoia Pathway Academy. He teaches French, Latin and Film. Originally from New York City, Mr. Blanchard is a “military brat” who traveled extensively in his youth to countries like France, Italy, England, Spain and Russia. He attendend East Carolina University in the mid 1980’s and Arizona State University MUCH later, from which he received his degree. He is a big film and theater nerd and likes to spend his spare time in museums or in the comfort of his new home in Maricopa with his wife, Melanie and two children, Devan and Ty. Devan graduated from Pathway in 2018 and will be attending Northern Arizona University on a full scholarship in the honors program. Ty will be starting third grade at Pathway in 2018.
Siria Contreras (Spanish)
I’m originally from Sonora, Mexico. Before moving to Arizona in 2016, I taught English as a Foreign Language in elementary and high school for 5 years. I hold a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Education. I enjoy exercising, dancing and watching movies. I’m happy to be the Spanish Teacher at Sequoia Pathway Academy.
Christina Croxford (ELA 7, ELA 8)
Hello! My name is Christina Croxford. I am the 8th grade Honors and 7th grade ELA teacher. My major is in English and my minor is in Psychology. I LOVE to teach and I LOVE to watch students learn that they too can be exquisite readers and writers.
I am originally from Idaho, but Arizona is my real home. My husband and I and our three children have been here for almost 5 years. Our children have attended Pathway from the year we moved here. I truly love Pathway. They are our family and we treat every child like our own.
Juan Garavito (ELA 8, ELA 12, Journalism)
Mr. Juan C. Garavito straight from the Language Arts Department. He hails from Anaheim, California home of the world famous Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Going into his third year of teaching at Sequoia Pathway Academy and once rated by many as the most favorite teacher of the year. Mr. Garavito brings with him a Bachelor of Arts in English from the California State University of Fullerton and a Master in Management from the University of Phoenix. His hobbies include music and learning about the history of music. Besides coaching the boys varsity and Junior High Coed soccer teams at Sequoia he also coaches his two sons who play for the city. He also enjoys watching his older son play the guitar. Mr. Garavito would like to thank his lovely wife, without her support, none of this would be possible. “A DREAM YOU DREAM ALONE IS ONLY A DREAM. A DREAM YOU DREAM TOGETHER IS REALITY.” by John Lennon.
Christopher Goodrum (Social Studies 8, Acting)
This is Christopher Goodrum’s second year teaching at Sequoia Pathway Academy. During the 2017-2018 school year, he taught 5th Grade English Language Arts and has taught Sunday school lessons to students ranging in age from 14 to 35. He attended the University of Phoenix in the Master Program for Secondary Education. He enjoys watching movies and reading, but most of all, he enjoys performing and writing. Over the many years, he was performed for school theatre, community theatres, and theme parks including the Disneyland Resort; and published over a dozen books and short stories. Originally from California, Mr. Goodrum moved from Washington last year with his family.
Heidi Klepfer (SPED)
I am originally from Tucson Arizona. I attended college at NAU for my undergraduate and ASU for my Master’s. I have been teaching for 17 years. I started my career in Kyrene, where I taught elementary and middle school self-contained life skills. I then transitioned to Mountain Pointe High School for 12 years where I taught in a self-contained life skills and autistic behavior classroom. This is my second year at Pathway. I am married to Joe Klepfer and we have three beautiful boys.
Joe Klepfer (Biology, Chemistry)
I am originally from Pekin, Illinois. I graduated from NAU and have been teaching for 23 years. I started my career in Gilbert Arizona. My hobbies are baseball and anything involving the ocean. I am married to a beautiful wife named Heidi Klepfer and have three boys Kalani, Keanu, and Kai. My favorite book is the Cubs way.
Quote- “If you give good to the world then over time the world will give good to you.”
Trecia Koozer (Government, History, Economics)
Trecia Koozer is celebrating her third year teaching at Sequoia Pathway Academy where she has taught English, U.S History, World History, and been an advisor for NHS, NJHS, and Student Council. 2018-2019 will find her teaching U.S History, World History, and Government, in addition to facilitating as the NJHS advisor. Trecia holds a Bachelor of Education in Secondary-History from NorthCentral University. Pathway is her second home, and she often jokes she bleeds purple and gold.
Trecia grew up in the great state of Texas, but moved back to her birth state of Arizona in 2004, and has lived in Maricopa since. She is married to Hal Koozer, and together they have 10 kids. When she is not at work, Trecia loves being with family, sitting on the sidelines of her kids’ sporting events, traveling, and trying something for the first time! Her favorite books almost always include a biography or historical novel. Trecia loves learning through discovery, and echoes Einstein’s sentiment, ” Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of minds to think.”
Linda McEvers (Para Secondary Resource)
My name is Linda McEvers, my family and I have been in Maricopa since 2008. I have a wonderful husband and 2 wonderful children, my daughter Emily is a graduate of Pathway and now a senior at Grand Canyon University and my son Micah is a Junior here at Pathway. I have been with Pathway since it opened in 2009. I work with an amazing team in the Resource Room where I am passionate about helping students grow in learning especially in the area Math. I am currently enrolled in school as I strive to build my educational knowledge and experience. I am excited and looking forward to an amazing school year at Pathway.
Misti Oosthuizen (AP Psychology, Psychology, AP Biology, Dance, and Instructional Coach)
Misti Oosthuizen was born in Arizona, but moved around quite a bit as a child living in places such as Oswego, NY and Salinas, CA. She continues to love to travel when possible, and she has visited South Africa, Hawaii, Washington D.C., and San Diego, CA to name a few.
Misti has been employed as a teacher with sequoia pathway since 2013. She has taught the following courses: Junior High Science, Environmental Science, Psychology, AP Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. This year she will be teaching AP Biology, AP Psychology, Intro to Psychology, and Dance. In addition, she is beginning her second year as the cheer and dance coach.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Science in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Phoenix. She has two daughters, one who graduated from pathway and is currently attending ASU and the other a middle school student at Pathway.
Rachel Rubright (ELA 10, ELA 11, AP Language and Composition)
Hi! I’m Rachel Rubright and I teach high school English here at Pathway. This year, I’ll be teaching 10th, 11th, Pre-AP, and AP Lang. I have previously taught Kindergarten, 6th grade, and high school. I’m a total book nerd, and I love sharing my passion for literature with my students. My favorite books are The Catcher in the Rye, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Twilight. (Yes, Twilight. #TeamEdward!!)
If I hadn’t decided to become a teacher, I would’ve majored in Journalism, because I love to write. I also have a background in IT, computer networking, and software testing, and at one point, I briefly considered becoming a software developer.
I moved to Arizona from Indiana in 2012, but I’ve lived all over the world and went to high school in London, England. I graduated from Indiana University, and I plan to attend GCU to earn my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Outside of teaching, I am also a yoga instructor! In my spare time, I also enjoy reading (of course), spending time with my son, or binge-watching episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve also recently developed an unhealthy addiction to Pokemon GO!
I’m looking forward to making a difference in the lives of each of my students. Teaching, and inspiring a lifelong love of reading and writing, is truly my passion and my purpose.
Kevin Struble (Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus)
I teach secondary mathematics at Sequoia Pathway Academy. I am also the Chairperson for the Mathematics Department.
For the 2018-19 school year, I will be teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus. I bring a lot of humor and levity to class, but I take my job seriously, and so should you. I will hold all students accountable, as I expect them to hold me accountable. My door is always open to you, please don’t hesitate to come see me if you have any questions or concerns.
This year will be my sixth year teaching, all at Sequoia Pathway Academy. I have been a member of the Pathway community for 8 years, joining that community in Pathway’s second year. I spent my first two years actively engaged in my daughter’s elementary classrooms. I served a year as PTO Treasurer and as a substitute teacher. I then taught 5th grade for two years, and this year I will have many of those same 5th graders in my Algebra I classes. For the last three years, I have been teaching secondary mathematics.
Originally from upstate New York, I am a proud alumni of the Union-Endicott Central School District, class of 1990. I received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Mathematics, from State University of New York, Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome in 1994. I started my Masters in Mathematics at Binghamton University, however life intervened to bring me to the Valley in 1995. Prior to teaching, I spent almost 20 years in Computer Information Services with companies such as Syntellect, Nortel, and Avaya traveling the country and the world.
I am the proud father of 1 former Puma and an avid supporter of OUR Puma student athletes, musicians, actors, artists, and scholars. So avid, they’ve named “The Struble Faculty Fan of the Year” award after me. I’m looking forward to an excellent 2018-19 school year.
Jacob Unterreiner (Guitar, ELA 11, Business & Ethics)
Jacob Unterreiner (Mr. U) teaches Guitar, Financial Literacy, and Intro to Business. Jacob graduated summa cum laude from ASU in May of 2018 with his degree in Secondary Education (English). Along with shaping the minds of youth, Jacob enjoys playing music, cooking, and watching really good TV shows.
Christina Wilson (Art Appreciation, Art I, Art II, 3D and Photography)
I am an Arizona native, born and raised in Chandler. I love the desert, especially during a monsoon… it’s in my bones and it grounds me. Additionally, the ocean is my happy place… it’s cleansing, calming, and life-giving.
I graduated from Arizona State University with concurrent Fine Art degrees in Art Education and Photography. I have been teaching in some capacity for 20 years. It is a beautiful thing to share ideas and my love for art with students, and to witness their minds and imagination at work!
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, visiting art museums and galleries, listening to live music, exploring the Phoenix food culture, laughing, hiking, yoga, water sports, photography, film, reading, gardening, and being in nature.
A favorite book – The Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver.
A favorite quote –
“I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories… water them with your blood and tears and your laughter… until they bloom, until you yourself burst into bloom.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Robert Zaragoza (Pre-Algebra and Algebra I)
My name is Robert Zaragoza and I teach Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 at Pathway. I am currently going to Arizona State University for my Masters in Secondary Education. My journey back to school began in 2017 when I made the decision to move to Arizona from Orange County (Disneyland), California. After various career moves, I found that I truly find it rewarding to teach others, naturally enjoying it when they comprehend what I instruct. So when the opportunity to become a teacher at Pathway surfaced, I knew I found my passion. I live with my girlfriend and our Miniature Schnauzer, named Dusty, that we saved from the pound. I am proud to call myself a Pathway Puma.