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7th / 8th Grade Teachers

Mr. Bird: 7th Social Studies:

Hello. My name is Nick Bird, and this will be my 5th year at CCR teaching social studies. I have been involved in education for a total of seven years overall, and I am a life-long resident of Arizona. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In addition to teaching social studies, I am also the coordinator for the CCR Mock Trial team, and I will be teaching our Spanish elective for the first time this year. I'm looking forward to a great year. nbird@fusdaz.org


Mrs. Garber: 7th Science:

My name is Deidre Garber and this is my second year teaching.  I graduated from SUNY Cortland in New York with my degree in Recreation & Leisure Studies and worked in the Recreation field for 10 years.  In 2010 I started long term substitute teaching for FUSD and fell in love with being in the classroom.  Last year I decided that I wanted to become a full time teacher, so I enrolled in a program to complete my teaching certificate with SEI Endorsement.   dgarber@fusdaz.org


Mr. Bravo: 7th Math:

My name is Enrique Bravo. I have had the privilege of teaching at CCR for 5 years, now entering my 6th. I recieved my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2012 and my Masters Degree in 2015 also from Northern Arizona University . I taught 5th grade math for four years and 6th grade math for one year. This will be my first year in 7th grade and 3rd year with the same group of kids and I'm very excited to continue our unbelievable success together. I am also the Head Football Coach, Assistant Softball Coach, Safety Patrol Coordinator, and Athletic Skills Club Sponsor. I really enjoy being here to help students achieve at higher levels than they could ever imagine. I am excited to make this year the best ever.   ebravo@fusdaz.org


Mr. Findlay: 7th L.A.

Greetings, my name is Mr. Findlay and I will be entering my Fourteenth year as a teacher, and my first year here at CCR. I greatly look forward to melding my years of experience to the outstanding staff and community culture of this school.  I am originally from the Seattle/Tacoma Washington area and am a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in psychology. I enjoy playing/coaching soccer, reading, movies, and cookies. Not necessarily in that order.  I am super excited to be teaching at CCR and feel strongly that this will be a successful and enjoyable year.

rfindlay@fusdaz.org




Mr. Johnson: 8th Social Studies

Hello. This will be my third year teaching and coaching at Circle Cross Ranch. I teach Social Studies and Teen Leadership. I am the Head Coach for Soccer and Wrestling, and Assistant Coach for Football. I graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a bachelor degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Law, Ethics, and Politics. I earned a second bachelor degree in Secondary Social Studies Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa. I enjoy teaching Social Studies because it provides students with valuable skills necessary to become outstanding citizens. I look forward to an amazing year of academics and athletics. Go Cheetahs! kejohnson@fusdaz.org


Mr. Spray: 8th Science

Hello CCR! My name is Jonathan Spray and I will be teaching 8th grade Science as well as the Robotics elective.  This will be my 10th year teaching 8th grade Science in Arizona.  This will be my 1st year here at CCR and I am looking forward to making this the best year yet.

I am originally from Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Integrated Science for grades 6-8.  Over my 9+ years of teaching experience I have also coached several team sports.  I will be the boy’s baseball coach this year and have also coached soccer, track, and basketball.  I am married and have one daughter who was born on my birthday, which happened to be Thanksgiving Day 2016.  In my free time I enjoy reading, going to concerts, and sport events.  I am die-hard Michigan State Spartans (Go Green!)  and Detroit sports fan, but I also support our Arizona teams. I am a very competitive person but it is all in good fun.

Again, I am excited for my first year here at CCR and look forward to making this year great for everyone on campus! jspray@fusdaz.org




Mr. Boisacq: 8th Math

Hello, my name is Shawn Boisacq pronounced (Boy-Zack).  This is my 16th year teaching.  I am originally from Anchorage, Alaska.  I enjoy spending time with my family.  We love to bike, hike, workout, long road trips and travel.  I love math because there is always an answer and many ways to get that answer.  sboisacq@fusdaz.org



Mrs. Christenson:  8th L.A.

My name is Amanda Christenson, and I am entering into my 15th year of teaching.  Over the course of my career I have taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, 5th grade, and worked as a school librarian.  I am originally from a small town in Nebraska.  I went to Drake University in Iowa and moved to Arizona as soon as I graduated to escape the snowy weather.  I went on earn a Master’s Degree in Media and Technology from ASU.  I have a passion for young adult literature and I am looking forward to sharing some inspiring works of literature with my students this year. achristenson@fusdaz.org