Social Studies

  •  Duquette
    Nicole Ann Duquette,, has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Journalism from ASU as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership from NAU. She began teaching n 2002 and joined the faculty of Boulder Creek High School in 2004. Ms. Duquette moved in to administration in 2010. She was recognized by the Deer Valley Education Foundation as a Teacher of the Year in 2010. In addition to teaching History for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program, Ms. Duquette is also an adjunct faculty member of the Social Sciences Department with Rio Salado College. She is certified in History, Government, Journalism, and Language Arts and has taught Language Arts 10-12th grade, World History, Journalism, Newspaper, Yearbook, Student Government, US History, Government, AP US History, AP US Government, and AP Comparative Government.
    "We must always push ourselves to grow. Stagnation is the ultimate enemy of success." - Unknown
    John Fellens
    John Fellens,, graduated from Deer Valley High School, earned a BA in History from Northern Arizona University, then returned to DVHS in 1992 to teach World History, American History, and Modern American History. He also served as the head boys basketball coach there for six years before stepping down to spend more time with his family. He has taught for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program since 2007 and at Mountain Ridge High School since 2008. 
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke
    Michele Fantin,, 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
    Teacher Jayme Fitzpatrick
    Jayme Fitzpatrick,, has been working in CTE in DVUSD since 2005 . She earned a Master’s in CTE from NAU and a B.S. in Business Management from SUNY at Stony Brook. Prior to becoming CTE Coordinator, she taught Business and Marketing at Deer Valley HS for several years. She also teaches online courses for Rio Salado college.. Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s business experience includes entrepreneurship, and 11 yrs in the private sector working international and small business environments. Jayme has recently participated in the New York Stock Exchange fellowship program for educators, the Wharton School of Business Financial Literacy program for teachers & administrators and the West-MEC Industry Update program to stay current with needs and demand of business and industry. Mrs. Fitzpatrick is passionate about preparing DVUSD students for tomorrow’s careers by providing real-world industry based experiences with state of the art technology and equipment in each and every CTE classroom.
    "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

    Jessica Lindenmeier,, has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education History from ASU and is currently earning her Masters in Educational Administration and Leadership from GCU. She is certified in both History and Social Studies. Mrs. Lindenmeier began teaching in 2010 at Mountain Ridge High School and taught both World and U.S. History. She then joined the Eagles at O’Connor High School in 2011 and is currently teaching AP World History and World History. Mrs. Lindenmeier is also the co-sponsor of the Model United Nations club on the O’Connor campus in pursuit of showcasing world history as a relatable subject to modern, real-world events.

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined” –Henry David Thoreau

    Kathy Pondy,, has enjoyed teaching for over 23 years, 11 in DVUSD, the last 8 at Boulder Creek High School.   Proud to be a NAU Lumberjack, she earned a BS in History Education with a minor in Library Science and just recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Portland.  Mrs. Pondy has spent the majority of her teaching career  teaching American Government and Economics, although she was a media specialist for 5 years.  Mrs. Pondy has received several recognitions for her work in the classroom.  These included being selected a 2010-11 DVEF Teacher of the Year, AZ Council on Economic Education teachers of special recognition and leading the BCHS Social Studies department in their selection as a Arizona Civic Engagement School of Excellence with Merit.
    “Democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth.” - Martin Luther King
    Candice Roa
    Candice Roa,, is a graduate of Mountain Ridge, and has been in the Deer Valley school district for five years, four years of which have been at Mountain Ridge. She currently co-teaches on level World History, and AP World History. She also serves as the advisor for National Honor Society. She holds a BAE in Secondary Education from Arizona State University, and a Masters in Curriculum Design. Prior to Deer Valley, she spent five years teaching history in South Phoenix. She is certified in History and Language Arts, and has taught AP World History, World History, US, History, Economics, Language Arts 7-12 and Criminology.

    “Every great wizard in History has started out as nothing more than what we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?” Harry Potter

    Annie Williams, , has earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Science from Concordia University Irvine where she received a Volleyball scholarship, as well as a Masters in Special Educational from National University in California. She began teaching in 2002 in Orange County, California and joined the faculty of Mountain Ridge High School in 2012. Mrs. Williams recently began teaching Dual enrolment Sociology for Rio Salado College. Mrs. Williams is the current head Girls Volleyball Coach at MRHS and comes from a family of teachers. Sociology is her passion because it contributes to making good citizens and finding solutions to community problems as well as helps individuals find their relation to and within society.  
    I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou