Meet the Teachers
Mrs. Claudine Balko

Phone: 623-376-3952

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in History from ASU Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education from ASU Highly qualified to teach reading and social studies.

Mrs. Claudine Balko

     This is my 24th year teaching 5th grade in the Deer Valley School District. I have been at Copper Creek for the last 22 years.  I received a bachelor's degree in History, as well as a post-baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education from ASU.  Additionally, I am highly qualified to teach reading and social studies.   I truly love my job and enjoy being able to enrich my students' lives. My goal is to motivate and instill a love for learning in my students. I strive to create a classroom environment where students feel empowered, challenged and part of a strong classroom community.  I have four wonderful children. Each of my children attended Copper Creek through their elementary years and have a great foundation for learning. 

Ms. Deborah Drey

Phone: 623-376-3953

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Elementary Education Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University Reading Endorsement. Highly qualified to teach reading and social studies.

Ms. Deborah Drey

     Hello!  I am proud to say that this is my 19th year teaching 5th grade at Copper Creek Elementary School.  I received my bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in Elementary Education and my master's degree from Northern Arizona University with a reading endorsement. Additionally, I am highly qualified to teach reading and social studies. 

     I genuinely love my job and look forward to enriching my students' lives.  My goal is to instill love and enthusiasm for learning by motivating and exciting the students.  All three of my children currently attend or have attended Copper Creek Elementary School and are receiving high-quality education that is providing them with a great foundation for learning throughout their lives. 

Mrs. Nicki Keagle

Phone: 623-376-3966

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from NAU Highly qualified in the area of mathematics.

Mrs. Nicki Keagle

     I have been teaching 5th grade for the last 27 years.  I have been at Copper Creek since we opened in 1997.  I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  Along with my degree I am highly qualified in the area of mathematics.  I have very high expectations for my students and look forward to instilling the love of learning to each of my students.  My goal is for my students to become lifelong learners.  As a faculty member I chose Copper Creek for my child and he attended here from kindergarten to 6th grade.  He is now attending the University of Arizona and doing very well.  The education he recieved at Copper Creek set him up with a great foundation for learning throughout his life. 

Mrs. Meagan Darbous

Phone: 623-376-3967

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University

Mrs. Meagan Darbous

I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade for my first year at Copper Creek! I received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and taught 4th grade for 5 years in the state of Utah. When we moved to Arizona I chose Copper Creek for my own son and have been impressed with the outstanding quality education he has received here. I love teaching and am so excited to help mold my students into lifelong learners with a passion for knowledge! My goal is to foster a supportive and challenging classroom community where every student feels cared for and can achieve their highest potential.