Our Staff.

Email: magazzi@heritageacademyaz.com

Ms. Agazzi (previously Van Hofwegen) grew up in Laveen and feels privileged to have the opportunity to teach in her hometown. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Trinity Christian College and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading from Grand Canyon University.

Throughout her career, Ms. Agazzi has taught in all grade levels from K-8, as well as at the college level.  She is mom to three children and one Labrador and spends her free time hiking, traveling, and reading.

Class website: magazzi.weebly.com

Mr. Allen has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from University of Phoenix.  He was born and raised in Mesa, AZ and currently resides there with his wife and four children.  He has worked in banking, insurance and real estate.  Upon reflection, Mr. Allen decided that he wanted to become a teacher and share his love of math with scholars.  He is enjoying his time teaching the bright young minds at Heritage Academy.

Email: mallen@heritageacademyaz.com

Email: jarnold@heritageacademyaz.com

Mr. Arnold has been teaching French for over ten years in both Colorado and Arizona. He has taught beginning level French, starting as young as 2nd grade, through AP French. He is passionate about helping young people learn and explore new languages and cultures. He had the wonderful opportunity of living in France for two years. In addition, he has been blessed to be able to travel abroad with students and to see them experience being immersed in a new language and culture. Outside of teaching, he enjoys running, playing soccer, reading great literature and above all, spending time with his family. His wife and ten children live in Laveen and are grateful to be part of the community!

Email: easanovich@heritageacademyaz.com

I have been teaching Health and Physical Education in the Isaac Elementary School District for the past seven years.  I graduated from University of Southern Colorado (now known as Colorado State University Pueblo), with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. As a former collegiate student-athlete in volleyball and basketball, I had the opportunity to coach at my  alma mater, completing two seasons as the Division II Thunderwolves head coach.

Email: nbuck@heritageacademyaz.com

I graduated cum laude with a degree in Classics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA and  received my M.Ed. with a focus on Latin education from Boston College in MA.  I enjoyed my time teaching in Boston,  and am excited to bring my love of learning and Latin to my students here at Heritage Academy!

Email: tcornforth@heritageacademyaz.com

He attended Northern Arizona University where heI received his BSBA and BSED with an emphasis in Vocational Education and a minor in Anthropology. After graduation he began working in the computer field as a Technician then quickly moved to leading teams across the country on computer, network installations and server configurations. He also spent some time working at Apollo Publishing converting class material into online courses for the University Of Phoenix. During this time he acquired his MBA. Troy became the Director of IT for a ground power and aviation company overseeing manufacturing plants from cost to cost. During his time in the computer field Troy earned many certifications from software companies, manufactures and organisations respected in the field. He is excited to be able to share his knowledge with the scholars as well as learn from them.

Email: gdenny@heritageacademyaz.com

Mrs. Denny was born and raised in the Phoenix area and now lives in Laveen with her family. She has a Masters Degree in Child Development and Education and has a passion for learning. She started playing musical instruments when she was in the third grade, starting with the alto saxophone. Over the years, she added the piano and flute to her repertoire, and by the time she finished high school, she had made it a point to learn at least a few major scales on each of the instruments featured in their symphonic ensemble. She studied music education for two years in college and has taught private lessons on piano and saxophone to students of all ages. She has experience in jazz and marching bands as well as symphonic and concert ensembles up through the collegiate level. She enjoys working with the scholars at Heritage to expand their love of music.

Mr. Denny is a resident of Laveen and has lived in Arizona for most of his life with his wife and four children. Mr. Denny has a passion for education and learning and has loved history since he was young because of an influential high school history teacher and hopes to pass that love onto his students. Mr. Denny has a Bachelors of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Arizona State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Denny later went on to study law at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. After passing the bar exam in Arizona he has practiced as a general solo practitioner where he owned his own law firm.

Email: jdenny@heritageacademyaz.com

Email: kellsworth@heritageacademyaz.com

She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Education and a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership, she has more than 13 years combined experience teaching grades 7-12 and school administration. She is happy to return to Heritage Academy as principal of Laveen campus.

Email: mqellsworth@heritageacademyaz.com

I received my Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from ASU, Master of Fine Arts from ASU.  I have 13 years experience producing, managing and directing youth theater, 9 years experience teaching theater workshops and classes, and 11 years experience as special event producer, stage manager and tour coordinator.  In addition, I am a choreographer and technical designer and have 6 years experience as a music and vocal instructor.

I founded and directed the Actor’s Youth Theatre in Mesa, AZ for 10 years, was a course instructor/vocal teacher/theater instructor at La Musique Academy in Mesa, AZ for 7 years, was production manager/event producer/tour coordinator for Fame Events International for 6 years and was artistic director/tech director/theater instructor for Phoenix Center for the Arts for 3 years.

Email: bfarris@heritageacademyaz.com

Mrs. Farris is originally from Central Phoenix and has lived in Laveen for almost thirteen years. Her roots are deep in Arizona as a fifth generation Arizonan.  She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University.  She and her husband have five spectacular children ranging in ages from 5-15.  She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, eating, traveling, and decorating.

Email: sford@heritageacademyaz.com

I am a South Carolina native and moved to Arizona during the Spring of 2014. I earned a B.A. in Spanish at Charleston Southern University and spent time studying abroad in Santiago, Chile at La Universidad Diego Portales. After working in education for 3 years in South Carolina, I moved to Spain to work in a cultural ambassador program. As a participant in that program, I taught bilingual English and Spanish subjects at a secondary school (grades 7-12) in Málaga, Spain. I’m excited about being at Heritage Academy and to share my passion for the Spanish language with our scholars!

Email: egolding@heritageacademyaz.com

She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Mesa Community College, her Bachelor of Arts degree from ASU and her Master in Secondary Education form NAU,  and her Master of fine Arts from ASU.  She has been and Adjunct faculty member for the Communication, Theatre, and Education for Maricopa Community College District, 1996-2011.  Adjunct faculty of Communication and Education for Ottawa University, 2002-2004.  Student Teacher Supervisor for the Dept. of Education for ASU, 1998-2000

Email: bhalterman@heritageacademyaz.com

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and Spanish from Arizona State University. After graduating from ASU, Mr. Halterman joined a well-respected groundwater science consulting firm in the Phoenix area where he has worked for the past 11 years as a hydrogeologist.  He also volunteers with The Boy Scouts of America as a Unit Commissioner and Merit Badge Counselor.

Email: khalterman@heritageacademyaz.com

Mrs. Halterman is excited to bring her passion for music and years of teaching and performing experience to the students at Heritage Academy Laveen. Kendra graduated from Southern Utah University (summa cum laude) at the ripe age of 19 with secondary teaching certificates in Spanish and Music and began teaching middle school in Utah. During more than 5 years of teaching, she covered several subjects and grades, but especially loved teaching Choir and Music Appreciation and having the opportunity to share the joy that she has received throughout her years of singing in and directing all kinds of different choirs. She has traveled and performed with choirs on three continents. She has also performed in high school, community and professional musicals in lead roles. She has taught private voice lessons and for the last six years has been teaching the “Let’s Play Music” program to children in the Laveen area out of her home. Recently, she has developed a growing interest in writing and recording her own music.

Her biggest is job is being the mom of five children ranging in age from 14 years to 10 months old, and being the wife to Mr. Halterman, the Science teacher at Heritage Laveen. In all of her spare time, she is the author of a creative blog called “My Insanity” where she shares ideas for parties, home, and crafts.

Email: lhatch@heritageacademyaz.com

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University and I have a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling.  I have 20 years of combined teaching experience with Mesa Public Schools and Mesa Community College.  The subjects I have taught are Biotechnology, Anatomy/Physiology, Biology, eighth and ninth grade science.  In addition, I recently spent four years at ASU managing a National Science Foundation Grant through the College of Engineering. It involved writing science educational curriculum and training teachers throughout the Phoenix area.

I enjoy road cycling, hiking and spending time with my awesome family!

Email: skuecker@heritageacademyaz.com

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from the University of Arizona. She has taught art for the past 25 years in both Colorado and Arizona. She has experience in teaching art history as well as multiple art media including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printing, photography, woodworking, and textiles. Ms. Kuecker believes in using art education to help develop a well-rounded student. For seven years, she was the Children’s Program Director for the Anderson Ranch Arts Center where she developed art programs for non-profit agencies such as the Roger Pepper Foundation for Severely Burned Victims, for disabled children in Challenge Aspen Organization, and for disabled adults with Mountain Valley Developmental Services.

Email: kleybas@heritageacademyaz.com

Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University.  He has coached football, soccer, and baseball at Sierra Linda High School.  He has coached basketball, soccer, and volleyball at Lassen Elementary School (grades 7-8).  In addition he has taught high school choir and math, junior high math and reading.

Kyle is excited to contribute to academic excellence and grow a successful athletic and football program.

Scott Mecham received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and his Master of Business Administration from ASU.  Mr. Mecham lived in Mexico for two years and this experience awoke a desire to continue to study Spanish.  He thoroughly enjoys teaching the language and culture to Heritage scholars.  For many years he owned his own business, building custom homes.  In addition, he has worked in land development and real estate investments.  He loves teaching Spanish and Economics and spending time with young people.  His spare time is spend traveling with his wife and having fun with their children and grandchildren.

Email: smecham@heritageacademyaz.com

Megan Mickenberg received her Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University – Hawaii in Exercise and Sports Science as well as completing a minor in Microbiology, also from Brigham Young University Hawaii.  While at BYU-Hawaii, she worked as a gym manager and college athletic trainer for more than 6 college sports. Before that, she studied abroad in England for two years. She is an experienced and qualified personal trainer, Level 1 CrossFit instructor and a certified Olympic Weight Lifting Coach. She has over 5,000 hours training over 116 college athletes.  Megan has been a volleyball and soccer coach at the High School and Junior High School levels. She enjoys teaching scholars on how to be fit and gives them the tools they need to meet their fitness goals.

Email: memickenberg@heritageacademyaz.com

Email: mmickenberg@heritageacademyaz.com

He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Nuclear Engineering, a Master’s degree in Teaching from Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Natural Health from Clayton College of Natural Health. He has taught multiple science and math classes at the high school and college levels and management classes at the graduate level. He has coached volleyball, swimming, track and field, basketball, wrestling and soccer. He has served in the US Air Force as a Special Forces Pararescue Specialist and a nuclear engineer.  He was a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Lakenheath, England.

Email: tmiller@heritageacademyaz.com

Before coming to Heritage, Ms. Miller taught English in grades 9-12 at Smithtown High School in New York. She was happy to give away her snow shovel with her new move to Arizona.

Ms. Miller received her BA in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and Resort Management with a minor in English. She received her MEd in English/Professional and Secondary Education. She also studied British Literature at Brighton University in England for a summer and attended Stony Brook University in NY for a second Masters in School District and Building Leadership.

Ms. Miller loves teaching reading and writing. Her philosophy involves helping her students develop their critical thinking and life skills in addition to teaching content. She believes that communication is the key to success, productivity and peace, and that literature is a wonderful way for students to learn about and reflect on history, current events, their own beliefs, and how they fit into the environment around them. She has spent eight years advising a chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions, a national organization that encourages students and communities to make positive decisions that advance their health and safety. She is excited to collaborate and share her experience with scholars, parents, and teachers at Heritage.

In her leisure time, Ms. Miller likes reading and writing; outdoor activities, like running and hiking; listening to live music; traveling often; and dabbling in the culinary world.

Mr. Nash grew up in Southeastern Idaho and Arizona and attended Heritage Academy as a young Scholar. It is at Heritage that he learned a deep appreciation for the Founding Fathers and the American system of Government, as well as his love for history. It is also where he met his wife of 12 years.

Mr. Nash attended Mesa Community College where he received his Associates of Arts Degree and Arizona General Education Degree. He then went on to Arizona State University where he studied at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – History.

Mr. Nash has four “particularly rambunctious” boys who keep him and his wife very busy as well as a German Shepherd Dog named Pilot.  Mr. Nash enjoys playing video games with his boys, playing racquetball, riding bikes, reading, taking walks, camping and hunting, and working as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Email: jnash@heritageacademyaz.com

My website is http://mr-nash.weebly.com/

I am Mr. Zane Neubeck.  I am originally from Streamwood, IL where I graduated from Streamwood High School.  I graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics then attended Northern Illinois University for my teaching certificate.  I received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Math from the University of Phoenix and have been a math teacher for 12 years, two of which have been here in Arizona.  I have taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calc, AP Statistics, College Algebra and College Math 151.

I have two sons, Ryan, 15, and Justin, 13.  My hobbies include playing sports and anything water related.  I am excited to start a new chapter in my teaching career at Heritage Academy.

Email: zneubeck@heritageacademyaz.com

He has a Master of Art’s degree in Teaching from Chapman University in Orange, CA. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. He has a Professional Clear Teaching Credential issued by the state of California. He has been teaching for 12 years at a charter school in Victorville, CA.  While there he taught Engineering Geometry with Physics for 3 years. This course was approved by the University of California. Mr. Plumb also helped design this course at the UCCI Institute. (University of California Curriculum Integration). He also taught Architectural Drafting, Engineering, and CAD (Computer Aided Drafting). Prior to teaching Robert worked in the fields of Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing for 20 years as a Drafting Technician. This year he was one of the Assistant Football Coaches at Heritage Laveen. He played football all throughout Junior High and High School right here in Arizona at Page High School and Mesa High School. From Mr. Plumb, “I enjoy working with scholars and athletes who love to learn and take on new challenges.”

Email: rplumb@heritageacademyaz.com

Email: asaathoff@heritageacademyaz.com

Mr. Saathoff is excited to be joining the Heritage Academy team. For the past four years he has been teaching World History, US History, Government, and Economics at AAEC South Mountain. Andrew is originally from Michigan, where he attended Grand Valley State University. He graduated with a major in History and Secondary Education and a minor in Political Science. He is currently attending ASU and will receive his Masters in Educational Leadership in May 2016. He has been part of the Laveen community since 2010. In his free time he likes to play all kinds of sports and go to concerts.

I started Kenpo with Mr. Duke in eighth grade and took his class every semester I attended Heritage. I earned my black belt before graduating from Heritage Academy Mesa and was an assistant teacher for many of the Kenpo classes my senior year. I have earned instructor certifications and a 2nd degree black belt in Duke Kenpo and continue to train with Mr. Duke every week. In addition, after I graduated from Heritage I continued to teach at Heritage and privately in my free time. I also attend college and I am currently working on an undergraduate degree in economics from GCU.

Email: pschafer@heritageacademyaz.com

Mr. Sheffer is trilingual, obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in German, and completed requirements to teach Spanish, all through Arizona State University.  These studies included German Literature, German Civilization, the Nazi period, Spanish Literature and Linguistics, Latino Studies and Second Language Acquisition research.  Mr. Sheffer taught for three years at Arizona State University and for seven years at Mesa Community College. He also has 24 years of experience in the foods distribution industry, seventeen of those years in supervision with additional experience in Business Process Improvement. He is an Arizona Native who has lived in South Phoenix for the last 30 years.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, eight children and five grandchildren. He also enjoys playing sports, doing comedy and has an affinity for old Volkswagens.  Mr. Sheffer loves the youth of this area and is excited to share his passion for history with them.

Email: msheffer@heritageacademyaz.com

Mrs. Urry received her BA in English Education with a minor in French Education. While pursuing her education she helped start a chapter of the TESOL Society, a professional association with a mission to ensure excellence in English language teaching. She served for two years as the vice president of the chapter. She had the opportunity to study in Paris, France for three months where she developed her love for languages and the French culture. When she returned to her education, she worked for the vice presidents of the university and assisted in the editing of many of their projects. After graduating, she spent over a year on the Arizona and New Mexico Native American Reservations serving and teaching the people. She then came to Mesa and taught 9th and 11th grade English. She’s devoted to all she does and finds no greater pleasure than seeing others progress. She loves learning and is enthusiastic about teaching at Heritage Academy.

Email: turry@heritageacademyaz.com

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and has significant experience as a dancer and a choreographer.  She competed with a nationally ranked competitive dance team in Bartow, Florida for eight years in various dance genres including clogging, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. She also performed at Disney’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas in Orlando, Florida, and has performed on the Holland America cruise line.  While earning her degree, Mackenzie toured with the performing dance company, Dance Alliance, for three years. She had the opportunity to tour in Canada, California, Oregon, and Russia. Mackenzie was a Collegiate Director for the World Dance Team and taught clogging, afro-Caribbean, and stomp. She has taught jazz, ballet, tap, clogging and hip-hop to all ages. She is a former part-time faculty member for her alma mater’s Dance Department where she taught modern dance and jazz as well as choreographing two main stage university musicals. Her most recent work was as the full time in-house choreographer for the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, Montana where she has had the opportunity of choreographing twelve full musicals. Mackenzie finds joy in moving, creating, and discovering new movement possibilities.

Email: mwoods@heritageacademyaz.com