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Cindy Danner - 3rd Grade, Drama

 

I was born in Wichita, Kansas. I was asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was 5. I was married in August 1978. I have three beautiful daughters, two wonderful son-in-laws, and five amazing grandchildren.

I attended Arlington Baptist College and received my B.S. in Bible and Christian Education. I received my MAT at University of Memphis with my specialty in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership. I also received Kappa Delta Pi at U of M as well as joined NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics). I have taught in eight different schools - grades Kindergarten to High School - for twenty-seven years. In my current position, I have done a combination of third and fourth grade, just third grade, have taught Drama to Pre-K to 8th grade, oversee a Wax Museum for grades 3 to 8, and am the Drama Director for the Christmas and Spring performances.

I enjoy playing tennis, swing dancing East Coast style, playing board games, crocheting, playing piano, reading, and playing with my grandchildren.

My favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

My favorite classroom experience was teaching the difference between cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals. A student had brought a jar filled with dirt and ants to school. As we attempted to divide up the ants who would be put in ice water and the ones that would be put in the sun, the dirt and the ants fell to the floor. The third grade girls ran screaming and climbed on top of their desks. The boys and I quietly and calmly picked up the dirt with the ants and put them in the two jars. It was hysterical, especially when other teachers and students peeked their heads into my classroom.

Third Grade Curriculum

Religion: Concordia

Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin

Math: Saxon

Science: Discovery Works

Social Studies: Studies Weekly

"Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6

Curriculum:

Phonics/Reading/Spelling - Saxon

Math - Saxon

Language Arts - Houghton Mifflin "English"

Social Studies - Harcourt Brace

Science - Discovery Works, Concordia Edition

Faith Time - One in Christ, Concordia

Heather Fiello - 2nd Grade, Art

 My name is Heather Fiello. I am the 2nd grade teacher, as well as the art teacher for grades K-8. I am a wife to my wonderful husband of 11 years. We have two children, Gabrielle (9 years old) and Anthony (6 years old). My degree is from the University of Arizona. I began teaching in 2001 at Pusch Ridge Grammar Academy, formerly Cornerstone Christian Academy. Between 2001 and 2008, I taught 3rd grade, 1st grade, and kindergarten. When my daughter was born in 2008, I took a part-time position as a teacher mentor and curriculum specialist. When Anthony was born in 2011, I took three years off to stay at home at home with him and Gabrielle. In 2014, I came to tour Faith Lutheran School's preschool program. I was so impressed with the school that I decided to take a teaching job here. During my time at Faith, I have taught Early-Start Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 2nd grade. My personal interests include gardening, hiking, reading, playing board games, and spending time with my family. What I enjoy most about teaching is creating life-long learners. I love seeing my students' faces light up when they've achieved a personal success or have learned something new - it really is the best part of my job.

Jack Hauschildt - Middle School Math, Religion

My name is Jack Hauschildt and I teach middle school Religion and Math.  I grew up going to Faith Lutheran School and the school and Sunday School were very instumental in my Christian growth.  I became a teacher because of a special teacher, Mr. Norbert Mehl, I had at Faith many years ago.  I always wanted to come back and teach at Faith and I finally made it.

I've taught elementary education for forty-two years—mostly grades third, fourth, and sixth.  I started out teaching in Colorado Springs, went to Sierra Vista and Bisbee, moved on to Papua New Guinea, had a year on the Navajo Indian Reservation in northern Arizona and spent 15 years at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Tucson.  I tried retirement for a  year and found I missed the students and the classroom so when Mrs. Nicholas offered me a position at Faith, I jumped at the opportunity to teach at Faith.

My wife, Jill, is a nurse at Oro Valley Hospital.  We have two great children, Amy and David, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Julia, and two beautiful grandsons, Sawyer and Archer.  We all live together in Catalina.

I enjoy going on mission trips.  Our family spent 11 years in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  I have gone on 10 summer trips to China to teach English.  I've also have been to Peru a couple of times to help my daughter with dental clinics in small villages.

I have several favorite Bible verses.  They change depending on what is going on in my life.  Right now my favorite verses are Philippians 3:8,10 and Philippians 4:8.  I think memorizing Bible verses is very important and I stress that in my religion class.

Mrs. Betty Gilfoy - Science

Hi, I'm Betty Gilfoy and I've been married to my husband Russell for 41 years and we have one daughter, Trinity who is married and lives in Washington, D.C. As a family we have lived in Texas, Florida, Virginia, California and finally moved to Tucson in 2011.

I hold a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southern Methodist University. I am currently undertaking continuing education classes to obtain a reading certification.


As to my favorite classroom experience, it never gets old seeing a child's face when they have been struggling with a concept and suddenly they get it. The look on their face is priceless. Of course, it's so much fun to do a science experiment and hear the whole class go, "Wooow!!"

My interests include science, engineering, photography, painting, all kinds of needlework, and reading! My favorite Bible verse is Luke 18:13 - "God be merciful to me, a sinner!"

Curriculum
Concordia Bible Curriculum
Saxon Math
Saxon Phonics
Saxon Reading
Scholastic Social Studies Weekly

Scholastic Science

Mrs. Cathy Summerset - Middle School Language Arts

Mrs. Summerset brings 32 years of experience in Lutheran Education, having taught six grades as well as Language Arts for Faith Lutheran middle schoolers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Concordia University in Irvine, California, and also holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. As for her favorite classroom experience, Cathy says, “I have many, but one would be the time my students, after a class trip to Sea World, turned our classroom into an underwater adventure to teach the rest of our school about what they learned. Groups of students were given sections of the classroom to change into different regions of the ocean such as the North Pole or a coral reef. When they were finished, my students gave tours to small groups of kids from other classes, explaining their particular habitat and the animals that lived there. We even turned a wagon into a mini-submarine and gave the toddlers and preschoolers a ride through the ocean.” 

Mrs. Summerset’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Mrs. Summerset enjoys reading, doing puzzles, watching movies, and cooking. She and her husband have two children, both students at the University of Arizona.

Robert Summerset - 4-5th grade, Athletic Director, P.E. Instructor

 

Mr. Summerset teaches fourth and fifth grade at Faith, as well as serving as Athletic Director and P.E. instructor. He holds a B.A. in Education as well as having studied Physical Education at Prescott College. Mr. Summerset brings full time teaching experience to the classroom as well as over two decades of experience coaching and security for three school districts. His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16. He enjoys sports (of course!) and working on home improvement projects. His favorite classroom experience was when his students combined the thrill of competition with hands-on classroom experience by creating rubber band race cars and holding a race in the classroom! Robert is married with 2 children, who are both students at the University of Arizona.


Curriculum: Concordia religion textbook; Saxon Math; Houghton Mifflin English, Spelling; Scott Foresman science; USA Weekly Social Studies; Literature novel studies such as Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Bunnicula, I Have a Dream biography of MLK, Jr., Number the Stars,  A Cricket in Times Square, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins; and a writing curriculum teaching narratives, informational research papers, opinion essays, and letter writing.