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7th / 8th Grade Teachers

Mr. Jacobson: 7th Science

I have been teaching and coaching 6th-8th graders for five years with 3 years in Texas and 2 great years at Circle Cross Ranch.  I am a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a degree in Management, the Texas Teaching Fellows of Austin, Texas, and am certified in elementary and middle grades with specializations in Science and English as a Second Language.  I have taught all middle grades of science, was "Rookie of the Year" in my first year teaching, and have served as Science Department Head.  I have coached a variety of sports in middle and high school and currently coach baseball for CCR and assist the Poston Butte Freshman/JV team.


Mr. Bird: 7th Social Studies

Hello. My name is Nick Bird, and this will be my second year at Circle Cross Ranch. I will be teaching 7th grade Social Studies & Health/Nutrition, and I will also be supervising the Mock Trial Team. Prior to Circle Cross, I was a substitute teacher in Mesa. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, and I am currently working on my master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. I am looking forward to an exciting year here!


Mrs. Jacobson: 7th Language Arts

This is my 8th year teaching middle school Language Arts and 3rd year as a proud Cheetah. I serve as a classroom teacher, an online instructor, a coach, a teaching and student mentor, team lead, and am part of the REWIND team. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with Honors, earning my Bachelors in Management and a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction. I am certified in elementary and middle grades with a specialization in Language Arts and English as a Second Language. In my eight years of teaching, I have received recognition as District Teacher of the Year, three nominations for Teacher of the Year, Favorite Teacher by students, and was voted Teacher of Awesomeness by administration.


Ms. Hirsch: 7th Math

My name is Heather Hirsch.  This is my 8th year at Circle Cross Ranch.  This year I'll be doing something new and teaching 7th grade math, while for the past 7 years I taught 6th grade.  In addition to teaching at CCR, I also coach softball, volleyball, and basketball.  The girls who have been on my teams have been amazing!  I really enjoy being a part of Circle Cross Ranch, and love the people I work with daily!


Mr. Johnson: 8th Social Studies

Hello. My name is Kevin Johnson. This will be my first year teaching and coaching at Circle Cross Ranch. I graduated from CSU San Bernardino with a bachelor degree in Philosophy, and 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! 


Ms. Querry: 8th Language Arts

I'm Andrea Querry and I am the 8th grade Language Arts teacher and Student Council sponsor. I graduated from ASU in 2011 with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education. I began teaching shortly after at Circle Cross Ranch and have been here ever since! This will be my fourth year teaching and I'm very excited to get this year started. I love teaching 8th grade and seeing my students create so many memories that they will look back on forever. I am looking forward to making this year even better than the last. Go Cheetahs!


Mrs. Greenland: 8th Science

I decided in 2nd grade that I wanted to be a teacher. J From 1999 to 2004, I was a Teachers’ Assistant while working towards my teaching degree. I assisted in classrooms ranging from Kindergarten to 6th grade. I earned my Elementary Education Degree Cum Laude in 2004. I taught 5th grade in St. Louis from 2004 to 2006. During these two school years, I also taught 6th grade summer school sessions. My family then moved to Arizona where I taught 4th grade from 2006 to 2011. During the 2011/2012 school year, I joined the amazing team of teachers at Circle Cross Ranch. I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math, Reading, and Writing. As you can tell, I’ve had fourteen years of experience in the professional education world. I still couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a career! I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team at Circle Cross Ranch where kids really are put first before all else.


Mr. Christ: 8th Math

Hello, my name is Jeff Christ. My last name is actually pronounced Crist. This will be my fourth year here at Circle Cross Ranch. I have been working with kids since I was 17 however in various forms before getting my degree. I love to teach math because everything has one answer, but there are many ways to get that answer.  I also coach baseball here at CCR, as well as for Poston Butte.  I got my degree in education through Northern Arizona University and am currently working towards my masters as well.