Meet Our Staff
A native Arizonan, Mark had an interest in music from an early age. He grew up performing in a variety of ensembles and continues to play professionally when his busy schedule allows. He received a full scholarship from Eastern Arizona College and majored in Music Performance both there and at Mesa Community College. Mark directs our award-winning Jazz Ensemble as well as teaching beginning and advanced band and designing the curriculum for our elementary music program. In addition to driving the schoolís bus, he is also a certified streetcar operator and on weekends he can be found operating the historic streetcars of the Old Pueblo Trolley line.
Jeremy completed a Bachelorís Degree in Fine Arts in 2001 and recently earned his Masters in Educational Leadership. He has extensive experience as a counselor for children with special needs. His training includes Therapeutic Restraint Training, Behavior Management and individual/group counseling techniques. Jeremy loves music and art of every genre. Jeremy and his wife, Susannah, and their two children, Cree and Nia, live in Tubac.
Jeanette was born and raised in California and moved to Sahuarita in 2005 with her husband Jay and daughter Jillian. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Her previous work history includes being a top executive with a major importing firm in California. She enjoys reading and hanging out by the pool in her spare time. This will be her 5th year working at Great Expectations.
Originally from El Paso, Patti arrived in the Tucson area by way of San Francisco in 1989. She has worked in many different industries but finds working in a school the most interesting of all. Patti and her husband Lance live with their children in a hand-built adobe home in Arivaca. Their three daughters all graduated from GEA and their son Skyler is not far behind. This is Patti's ninth year on the school staff.
Michele grew up in various areas of the country before settling in Albuquerque, NM, where she graduated from the University of New Mexico. She moved to Sahuarita in 2005 with her husband, Clint, and two children. Her oldest child is a graduate of GEA and her youngest child is currently a GEA fifth grader. Michele has been involved at GEA in many capacities including classroom parent volunteer, secretary of the Gecko Parent Association, snack shack coordinator and lunch monitor. In her spare time she loves reading and camping and traveling with her family.
Amy grew up in California and New Mexico and moved to Sahuarita in 2007 with her husband Don. She graduated from Pima Community College in 2009 with a nursing degree and worked in community nursing until coming to GEA, where her two children attend school. Amy enjoys reading, swimming and traveling and is excited to be part of the GEA team!
Kristyn moved from Ohio for the sun of Arizona in 2007. She is married with three children of which two currently attend GEA and her oldest is in the Air Force. Before marrying and having children, she worked as a bookkeeper/accounts payable clerk. Kristyn devotes her time to her family and enjoys helping others. Her hope is for a positive and successful school year for all.
Beth is a long time resident (more than 40 years!) of the Sahuarita/Green Valley area, along with her son and grandchildren. She founded Great Expectations Academy in 1999 after a year of planning and working through the Charter approval process with the State of Arizona. She is a Reading Specialist with both her Bachelors and Masters degrees coming from the University of Arizona. Prior to founding GEA, Beth spent 17 years as an Administrator of Federal Programs for the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District in Rio Rico, Arizona. She also taught Masters level courses for Arizona State University and the University of Arizona and is a certified trainer for the Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project (C.L.I.P.)