English / Language Arts

  • Michele Fantin  
    Michele Fantin, michele.fantin@dvusd.org, This is my tenth year teaching, but my eighth year with Mountain Ridge. I am originally from Arizona, but earned my BA degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA and my MA degree in School Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. I am certified in Special Education K-12, General Education K-8, Psychology, and Language Arts 9-12. I have a love for reading and sports. 
    I will be the Mountain Ridge Varsity Softball Coach for six years. We finished in the top 5 every year, with back to back Division 1 State Tournament Runner-Up finishes last the two years.
    I will be teaching regular Psychology, Dual Psych through Rio Salado, Advanced Placement Psychology, and online Psychology for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program this year. This is my fifth year teaching Psychology and I am thrilled to share my excitement for psychology with such motivated and eager students. :0)
    "Be the kind of person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness understanding and sympathy." - Unknown
    Cynthia Garraway
    Cindy Garraway, cynthia.garraway@dvusd.org, received her M.A. in Education from Barat College of DePaul University and a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois. She began teaching high school in 2002 and joined the faculty at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in 2008 teaching ELA and dual enrollment Communications. Mrs. Garraway also is an adjunct faculty member for Rio Salado College teaching COM 100. She was recognized by Rio Salado College in 2016 as being an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member and in 2015 received Deer Valley Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year.
    “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Katie Harkema  
    Katie Harkema, katie.harkema@dvusd.org, graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors degree in Secondary English Education. She began teaching in 2005, and has taught ELA 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8, as well as Creative Writing and Communications. She has also taught 7th and 8th grade summer school,as well as summer school for Deer Valley High School. 
    "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."-Maya Angelou
     Katie Parrott, Katie.parrott@dvusd.org grew up in Orange County California, California.  After a 6 week backpacking adventure through Europe she moved to Spokane, Washington to attend college. After college Katie relocated to Arizona with her husband.  She has two energetic, intelligent and crazy kids, Zeke and Khloe.

    Katie has been teaching for over five years both online and in the classroom. 

     Andrea Wallach
     Andrea Wallach, andrea.wallach@dvusd.org, graduated from ASU in 1989 and has been teaching Language Arts to middle and high school students ever since. Her vast experience includes teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, Title 1 reading, 8th grade Social Studies, 9th, 10th and 11th grade Language Arts and 10th grade honors Language Arts. She has been teaching Language Arts for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program since 2008.  
    "Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” - Lisa See