Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Scott Salk

Managing Director
Mr. Salk joined Rancho Solano during the 2015-2016 school year with 14 years of private school administrative experience. While specializing in the areas of admissions and marketing, he also has school experience in operations, finance, facilities management, and development. Mr. Salk has a BS in Marketing from the University of Arizona and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Gordon Brown

Associate Head of School/Upper School Principal
Mr. Brown has been teaching for the last 26 years including public, private, and community college schools. Mr. Brown holds a BA in Biological Sciences as well as Physical Education and earned his Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Exercise Physiology. Mr. Brown joined RS in the fall of 2010 from Glendale Community College. Prior to becoming the Upper School Principal, he taught IB Biology and Anatomy Physiology.

Erika Goethe

Associate Head of School/Middle School Principal
Mrs. Goethe joined Rancho Solano in 2015 with 25 years of experience in Middle School education and holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Education. It is her passion and absolute joy to work with middle school-aged children. Mrs. Goethe has successfully built schools based upon best practices in education, which are founded in adolescent development.

Dr. Theresa nabavi

Lower School Principal

Dr. Nabavi joined Rancho Solano in 2021 with over 15 years of experience in PK-12 private education. She is a three-time graduate of the University of Florida earning a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Prior to her role as PK Coordinator, Dr. Nabavi was an administrator at Windermere Preparatory School in Windermere, Florida. Dr. Nabavi began her career in education as a Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher.

Ben Paulson

Lower School Vice Principal

Juli Jeffers

Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Jeffers joined Rancho Solano in March of 2018 with over ten years of accounting and finance experience. She holds a Master of Accountancy from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. During her master’s program, she was a Teacher’s Assistant for an Introduction to Financial Accounting class and was asked by the Professor to teach the summer school program on behalf of the Professor. Teaching has always been one of her passions. After that endeavor, Juli accepted a position at Heinfeld & Meech, Inc. performing Audits and Consulting work for school districts and non-profit organizations. She leveraged the knowledge she obtained in this job to jump into the corporate world at Republic Services, a waste company with over $10B in annual revenue. She worked up the ranks within the organization by obtaining experience in the field and at the corporate finance level. She helped to build the company’s quarterly and annual financial statements, and managed the largest liability of the company- their landfills. Near the end of her term with Republic, she managed all the accounting and finance aspects of an $80M/year in revenue division of the business. Mrs. Jeffers is very excited to be a part of the Rancho Solano community!

Aaron Trigg

Director of Athletics
Coach Trigg joined Rancho Solano in 2013 as Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach. Since his arrival, the Athletic Department has grown into one of the top small school programs in Arizona. In the past seven years Trigg has led the addition of seven new sports and each year the program has set new records for participation. On the playing field, the Mustangs have seen incredible success in winning four State Championships, and 20+ team and individual State Tournament appearances. As the Boys Basketball coach, Trigg has led one of the largest program turnarounds in Arizona history, taking the program from a 2-20 record in his first season to winning two State Championships (2018, 2020), while assisting numerous athletes to play collegiately. Coach Trigg is passionate about the role athletics plays in the overall education of all students and his goal is for all athletes to become Scholar-Athletes of high character prepared for lifelong success. Trigg is a graduate and Hall of Honor member of Gordon College (B.A. Finance and Business Administration) and of the DeVos Sports Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida (MBA; MSBM). While at UCF Trigg was a member of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports and Co-Authored two “Racial and Gender Report Cards” with world renowned social justice pioneer Dr. Richard Lapchick.

Academic and Professional staff

kaitlyn myzwinski

Director of Admissions

lindsay
fitzpatrick

College Counselor

erin
joyce

Lower School Reading Specialist

Elizabeth Strimbu

Upper School Counselor

Joanna case-sanders

Lower School
Office Admin

Kristen Liley

Registrar

Jill Babcock

Lower School Counselor

Kamoni Odina-Herbert

Upper School Nurse

Kim Kaplan

Lower School Nurse

Judith
Crane

Upper School Admin

ryan mcleod

Math Chair

carmen sanchez

World Language Chair

ted
strickland

History Chair

Dane
spencer

English Chair

Chris
Kotila

Science Chair

chris brown

Director of Educational Technology

marco garbino

IB Coordinator

Brandon
Zale

Fine Arts Chair

gayle avenell

P.E. Chair

dallin payne

Assistant Athletic Director

Vicki
Dereszkiewicz

Sports Medicine and Athletic Trainer

Joe

Lower School Security

Ashley

Lower School Security

FACULTY

myeisha
johnson

Pre-K 2

Genesis
Gordon

Pre-K 2

Debbie
Petras

Pre-K 3

Tina
KHalil

Pre-K 3

Margaret ramsey

Pre-K 4

JEssica
Dang

Pre-K 4

Stephany
McMahon

Pre-K 4

Jeannette suarez

Teacher Assistant

quinn
madow

Teacher Assistant

carrie caruso

Pre-K Music and Orchestra

teena
dennis

Teacher Assistant

Makenzie mcginnis

Teacher Assistant

patricia
grant

Teacher Assistant

Mary Johnson

Teacher Assistant

Kelsey
Lambert

Kindergarten

sydney
wahl

Kindergarten

Sara
paulson

Kindergarten

Pamela Vernon

1st Grade

kristen
roden

1st Grade

janie helfinstine

1st Grade

denise robinson

2nd Grade

sheena
barton

2nd Grade

tamy ramsey

3rd Grade

rachel smith

3rd Grade

Kristine Harrison

4th Grade

jessica robertson

4th Grade

Priscilla ferry

5th Grade

kelsie nielsen

5th Grade

lourdes armas frezza

Spanish 2nd-5th

maria mayeux

Spanish PK 3-1st

ellen king

Lower School Art

Lyttia Cancinos

IT/STEM 2nd-5th

christopher webb

Lower School Music & Band

Kyle Klein

P.E. 2nd-5th

kimberly
nyabela

IT/STEM PK3-1st

paul zukowski

Upper School Physics

carla munger

Middle School Math

Jim
Berman

Upper School Math

jason hertzberg

Middle School Math

yukari bromfield

Upper School Math

Brian

Dempsey

Middle School Science

jean

witty

Upper School Biology

karen martinson

Middle School Science

Angela George

Upper School History

Dr. Jennifer bryant nagel

Upper School History

MIchelle blincoe

Middle School English

Molly

Lawson

Upper School History

Francesca angelone

Middle School History

pamela

mccarty

Upper School English

shasta

Phillips

Middle School English

Charlie Drummond

Upper School English and Epics

Kathleen wyrowski

Middle School English

claudia descloux-peisl

Upper School French

Wilson

Moreno

Upper School Spanish

richard

cao

Upper School Mandarin

Cristina correas

Upper School Spanish

Cecile
mahieux

Middle School French

Carl

varnado

Mac Lab, Media, and Film

maurice

terrell

Band Director

Scott

Guerin

Upper School Technology

Therese

kerbey

Upper School Orchestra

cheryl berech

Middle/Upper School Visual Arts

Remy

Barnes

Upper School Art

andrea

gamez

Upper School Dance

ryan okwudibonye

Upper School P.E.

Stacey

Peed

Upper School P.E.

mark scafaria

Upper School Math

molly poniatowski

Middle School Science

cyra behrana

Pre-K/1st Grade Art

Emma Pappas

4th Grade

Mary Hegwood3

3rd Grade

Nicole Liebentritt

2nd Grade

trysten melhart

Kindergarten

sheila rose

Pre-K 3
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