Elementary School

Our MVPAZ Elementary School is open for students in Kindergarten to 5th grade with students completing courses in Math, Language Arts, History, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Art, Music, and MORE! Students in our online public school should complete daily work (just like a brick and mortar school), attend and participate in an online classroom with their teachers, submit assignments, compete assessments, and engage in our public school. Our Arizona state certified teachers provide online class instruction, guidance, and support.

MVPAZ Elementary School Staff_______

Ashley Jumper- Kindergarten ajumper@mvpaz.org

Ashley Jumper has been working with children in a variety of settings for 18 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University in 2018. In 2019 she received her English as a Second Language endorsement. She loves teaching Kindergarten because the students learn and grow so much during their first year of formal education. She was born and raised in Texas but loves living in Arizona. She is married and has a daughter and a son as well as two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with friends.

Nicole Duggan - 1st Grade nduggan@mvpaz.org

Nicole Duggan earned her master's degree in education from NAU in 2020 and her bachelor's degree from ASU in 2003.  Her experience includes teaching children from Kindergarten through 8th grade, online, blended and traditionally.  She holds the designation of Highly Qualified by the Arizona Department of Education with endorsements in Gifted Education (PreK-12), Early Childhood Education (Birth-Age 8), and Structured English Immersion. Nicole is thrilled to support and inspire all her learners and learning coaches, as part of the MVPAZ family. 

Chelsea Bethel - K/1st Grade cbethel@mvpaz.org

My name is Chelsea Bethel and I have an 8 year old son. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, where I received my Bachelors in Education. I received my Masters in Education for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. I moved out to AZ in 2013, where I taught Kindergarten for four years in a private school, helped out in the Autism program for two years, and now I'm back to teaching Kinder and 1st grade. I love teaching the younger students and watching as the light bulb goes off when they learn something new. Our hobbies as a family are sports, camp fires and s’mores, anything that has to do with the outdoors.

Rachel Johnston- 2nd Grade rjohnston@mvpaz.org

Rachel Johnston fell in love with education when her young children started attending school. She was often seen on field trips, volunteering for Art masterpiece classes and was the class mom. At that point, she started her graduate coursework in Early Childhood Education. In December 2014, she received her Masters in Curriculum and Education at Arizona State University. Prior to this, Rachel was born and raised in Iowa where she attests she learned the value of hard work and a positive attitude. As a teacher, Mrs. Johnston has always preferred teaching 2nd grade but has spent time with children from the ages of birth to 3rd grade. She has been a team lead, mentor and teacher trainer. This will be her 5th year teaching 2nd grade.

Breanna Waer- 3rd Grade

Breanna Waer has been working with children for over 8 years. She wanted to be a teacher in kindergarten, but it took her a few years of college and working with kids for her to re-realize that dream. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from California State University of Channel Islands. She loves telling people all about her college campus, it has quite the interesting history! After she finished college she moved out of her hometown to where she now resides in Arizona. Breanna has taught 4th and 5th grade in her career as a teacher and is enjoying working with the 3rd graders! She is passionate about reading, crafting, gardening and learning new things. She spends a lot of her time outside of school spending time with her husband and her son who was born in October 2020.

Denelle Scanlan- 2nd & 3rd Grade

Denelle Scanlan was always destined to be a teacher with a long generation of teachers in her family. She has a passion for life-long learning, and can often be caught learning a new skill, or teaching new things to her sweet toddler born in 2020. She has been working with children from birth to high school in preschool, tutoring, substitute teaching, and virtual classes for over 8 years both within the United States, and globally. She graduated with a dual major in elementary and special education from Grand Canyon University, and has also earned her TESOL, TEFL, and Zumbini (music and movement) instructor certificates. She absolutely loves to travel and learn new languages. Currently she is fluent in Spanish and learning Nepali as well as sign language. This will be her third year teaching 2nd grade, and her first teaching 3rd, but she is thrilled to embark on this new adventure with her families together!

Emily Bacon - 4th Grade

Emily Bacon is a passionate educator with over 14 years of experience. She graduated with honors from California State University at Northridge, earning her Teaching Credential and Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. Emily completed her graduate work at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, earning a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Social Studies. She has a wide range of educational experience working across grade levels, in both in-person and virtual school settings. She has worked as a middle and elementary school social studies and science teacher, a fifth grade general education teacher, special education interventionist, and English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. Emily joined the MVPAZ team in October 2020 and is excited to help her students reach their fullest potential.

Katherine Linden - 5th Grade klinden@mvpaz.org

Katherine Linden has taught almost all grades from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Most of her teaching experience has been in international schools in the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Nicaragua. and Ethiopia. Most recently in Kyrgyzstan she taught a K/1 combination and then a 5/6 grade combination class. Katherine has taught in public schools in Virginia as a Math and Science teacher as well. She is passionate about teaching and helping students and families.

Kristin Rankin- 4th & 5th Grade

My name is Kristin Rankin, and I will be the 4th/5th grade teacher. I am originally from Southern California. I moved to Yuma, Az with my husband and daughter back in 2018. I have been working in education since 2004. I am excited to be a part of this school and your students' lives.

Kaitlin Jones - K-3 SPED

Kaitlin Jones is a Special Services Resource teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education Mild to Moderate Disabilities from Northern Arizona University. She has taught in Rural schools for the majority of her career and loves building community with her students and families.

Mrs. Jones is passionate about reading, math, and running Triathlons. She is a mom to two tiny humans and loves integrating her teaching methods at home prior to using them in the classroom. Her hobbies include exploring new hiking trails, watching cooking shows and attempting to recreate the recipes, and attending her Book Club.

Avril Bingue - 3-5 SPED