Meet Our New Staff!
Fountain Hills High School is excited to welcome our newest Falcons to the family.
About Chris Hartmann
Please welcome Chris Hartmann to Fountain Hills High School as the new principal.
Hello Fountain Hills Falcons! I am excited to join your community as principal of Fountain Hills High School in 20212022. Congratulations to the 2021 graduates and to the entire school community for your completion on what must have been a very challenging school year! I have nineteen years of experience in education: seven as a classroom teacher and twelve as a building administrator. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, fitness, and anything sports related. I look forward to meeting you all soon. Have a great summer 2021, and I will see you all in August!
Welcome, Chris. We are looking forward to having you join our Falcon family.
About Darren Hiebel
Please welcome Darren Hiebel to Fountain Hills Unified School District!
Darren is thrilled to be joining us as the new assistant principal at the high school.
Darren recently completed his masters in educational leadership at Arizona State University. He is originally from Connecticut and moved to Arizona in 2005 to pursue his masters in secondary education at Northern Arizona University. His 15 year teaching career has allowed him to teach in a number of different countries including Japan, Uganda, and China. These experiences have given him the privilege to travel to 16 countries and counting, his favorite destination being Ecuador where he was able to hike one of the world’s largest volcanoes.
His other pursuits include racing bikes competitively for a local cycling team and spending time with his daughter and wife. Darren is a major sports fan and loves his Cleveland Browns and UCONN basketball teams.
Welcome to our Falcon family, Darren!
Physical Education Teacher
About Jeff Bonner
Please welcome Jeff Bonner as a teacher to the Falcon family!
Jeff is excited to continue being a part of this district. Moving from a recent role as a substitute teacher/classroom aide into a full time teaching position has been a goal of his since graduating high school, and he is so grateful to have this opportunity.
As a graduate of West Texas A&M with a bachelors in sports and exercise sciences with an emphasis on applied sports in 2016, education is something that he values deeply. While attending West Texas A&M he played basketball for the Buffalos and was awarded the scholar-athlete award during graduation for his achievements in the classroom while still managing being to be a part of the basketball team. Upon graduating from West Texas he began coaching and eventually found his way back to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD). As a graduate from Fountain Hills High School (FHHS) in 2012, you could say it was just a matter of time.
Jeff has been around the district in various positions for about four years and it has felt more like home with each year. With his substitute and subject matter expert standard teaching (physical education) certification, he is willing and able to take on any role necessary. For his efforts throughout his time in the district he also has an A+ School of Excellence Award and an AVID Committee Award. He really values being a part of this community and giving back in any way he can. As mentioned, this is heavily fueled by him attending all four years of high school here and having dreams of one day doing exactly what he will be doing next year. Moving from the role of English 9 classroom coach/classroom aide to a role as a physical education teacher is an amazing opportunity that he is thrilled with taking.
His mother, father, and sister are the only immediate family he has in Arizona. A native of Houston Texas, where most of his family resides, he likes to take vacations there any chance he gets. Family is important to him, and you can see this by the support his family gives to him. If you get the chance to come watch the FHHS boys play a home game you may just see his mom, dad, and sister in the stands cheering the boys on.
He is big into being outdoors. Camping and fishing are things he loves to do when he gets free time. He is also really big into sports and athletics in general, basketball being his sport of choice, but anything to keep him moving and active he will be happy doing.
Welcome, Jeff, to your dream position in FHUSD!
About James Cathey
Please welcome James Cathey to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD).
James is very excited to be a part of the Fountain Hills learning community as the new school counselor. He is eager to contribute toward the continued growth and development of all of the students at Fountain Hills High School. James earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and his master’s degree in school counseling from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. Prior to joining our team, James served as a long-term guest teacher with the Glendale Unified School District in California and he regularly proctors the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). In his spare time, he enjoys the game of golf and his favorite courses include Troon North, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, California.
James feels very blessed to be able to join the FHUSD community, and he looks forward to working with our students, staff, and faculty members.
About Lisa Chaikin
Please welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD.
Lisa is very excited about teaching middle school and high school art and working to help students make progress in their art education. Lisa loves teaching art and helping all students gain an appreciation of visual art and the beauty around us.
Lisa attended the Rhode Island School of Design fine arts program and graduated from Fashion Institute, with a focus in Textile Design. She returned to Western Governors University to earn her teaching certificate in education. Lisa has taught art in several charter and public schools over the past three years in Peoria, Glendale, and Phoenix areas and looks forward to bringing her expertise and love of visual art education to the students in FHUSD.
When Lisa is not teaching art, she creates mixed-medium works using an assortment of paper, paint, embroidery, photocopies, and ink. Lisa uses her spare time trying out art supplies and then incorporating new and exciting ideas into the classroom. She hopes to author and illustrate a children’s picture book about friendships and the differences that make us who we are.
Lisa shares her life with husband Greg, who enjoys playing his guitar while Lisa sings classic rock tunes. He is a great support to Lisa’s artistic expressions that often take over the dining room. Lisa raised two children, a daughter who is an ER trauma nurse and a son who is becoming an MS or HS educator like his mom.
Welcome Lisa Chaikin to FHUSD!
Sports Medicine and Anatomy & Physiology Teacher
About Kevin Clancy
Please welcome Mr. Kevin Clancy to our Falcon family!
Beginning this fall, Mr. Clancy will be teaching our sports medicine and anatomy and physiology classes at Fountain Hills High School. He can’t wait to help our students gain hands on experience and learn about how the body’s systems work!
Previously, Mr. Clancy developed and taught the sports medicine program at Foothill High School in Sacramento, California. He has his bachelors of science in exercise and sport science, his masters of arts in sports coaching, and has coached cross country and track for the last 10 years at both the high school and collegiate levels. Additionally, Mr. Clancy worked as the race operations manager for the California International Marathon, one of the nation’s largest marathons.
In his spare time Mr. Clancy can be found out on the trails at McDowell, in the kitchen developing his culinary skills, or in the stands at State Farm Stadium when his Seahawks come to town.
Mr. Clancy, his partner Nicole, and their mini-Aussie Milo look forward to joining the Fountain Hills community!
Luana Davila Rivera
About Luana Davila Rivera
Please welcome Luana Davila Rivera as our new high school Spanish teacher.
Dr. Luana Davila Rivera is delighted to join the Fountain Hills Unified School District faculty. She comes to us from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico where she taught high school Spanish for more than 20 years. Teaching at the high school level is one of her great passions, and she can’t wait to meet her new students.
Luana graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with a B.A. in education. After teaching for many years, she was accepted to the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and she earned a PhD in Latin American literature.
In her spare time, she loves writing poetry and short stories and composing original music. She plays the Spanish guitar, and she is also a talented singer. One of her great joys is helping students discover and develop their own talents. She is an avid reader and eternally enamored by psychology and literature.
For the past six years she has lived in Arizona and has adored discovering the wonders of our beautiful state. Above all, she treasures being close to her kids, siblings, and nephews. She shares her home with her miniature golden doodle, Rosie.
Welcome to the Falcon family, Luana!
Administrative Assistant to the Principal
About Kimberly Flowers
Please welcome Kimberly Flowers to Fountain Hills Unified School District.
She is excited to join the Falcon family as the administrative assistant to the principal at Fountain Hills High School. Kim looks forward to serving the administration, staff, students, and their families.
Kim graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English in 2001. Her early career was in law enforcement accreditation with the State of Washington. Kim served as a church, school, and community volunteer while raising her young children. Most recently, Kim has been utilizing her skills as a certified professional coach. She is eager to bring her experience and abilities to her new role.
Kim and her family moved to Fountain Hills this April, so she is enjoying settling into their new home and getting to know the community. She was elected PTO secretary and looks forward to making more connections with Falcon families. In her free time Kim enjoys reading, travel planning, enjoying nature, and playing games or watching movies with her family.
Welcome to the Falcon family, Kim!
Special Education Teacher
About Mark Hamilton
Please welcome Mark Hamilton to Fountain Hills Unified School District.
He is very excited to be part of the Fountain Hills community as a teacher at the high school in the Special Education Department and is looking forward to making a positive impact on his students.
Mark has a degree in accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University. He has lived in Arizona for several years. He is a retired major in the Marine Corp serving from 1983 to 2005. He also worked in the financial services field for 20 plus years. In addition, he coached wrestling and football for over 20 years in California. Upon coming to Arizona, he taught in the Scottsdale Unified School District at Desert Mountain High School. Mark is married with two grown children who also live in the greater Phoenix area. Mark enjoys playing softball, tennis, and weightlifting.
Mark lives in North Scottsdale just minutes from Fountain Hills, and he is eager to begin his next career in the Fountain Hills School District.
Welcome to the Falcon family, Mark!
Social Studies Teacher
About Delaney Kazee
Please welcome Delaney Kazee to Fountain Hills Unified School District.
Delaney is from Colorado Springs and has spent the last four years in Arizona attending Grand Canyon University. She recently received her bachelors in secondary education and is joining the Social Sciences team at Fountain Hills High School. Delaney also has additional certifications in teaching English as a foreign language and spent many of her clinical hours working with English language learners. She is looking forward to this experience and to helping her students achieve.
Delaney grew up in a large family and tries to get back home to Colorado to see them whenever she can. In her spare time you can find her outdoors, with her cat, tending to her many houseplants, or doing yoga.
Fountain Hills is a very tight knit group, and Delaney feels lucky to become part of it and looks forward to getting to know the community!
Welcome to the Falcon family, Delaney!
About April Lawson
Please welcome April Lawson to the Fountain Hills Unified School District!
April is blessed beyond words to be joining Fountain Hills High School to teach ELA and become a Falcons cheerleader!
Born and raised in Oklahoma, April moved to Texas as soon as she could! She studied social science and political science receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. April has taught as a professor of political science for 14 years at several community colleges throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona. Her favorite classes were always at high schools teaching dual-credit to juniors and seniors. Since 2017, she has been doing ELA intervention and teaching at middle/high schools in Denver, Colorado and Glendale, Arizona. It is her passion and calling to get our future on the right path. April’s hero is her dad, who at 72 years old, is still teaching school!
April is a certified advocate for victims of domestic violence and in her free time she enjoys speaking at DV charity events, working out, swimming, hanging with friends, and watching her favorite sports teams: Dallas Mavericks, San Francisco Giants, Arizona State Sun Devils, and her beloved Texas Longhorns! #GoFalcons!
Welcome to the Falcon family, April!
About Olivia Long
Please welcome Olivia Long to the Falcon family!
Olivia was born and raised in Arizona. She graduated from Payson High School before attending Eastern Arizona College and Northern Arizona University. Olivia graduated from Northern Arizona University this year with a degree in elementary education. She has spent the last four years working in childcare and has experiences teaching grades k–12 and training students in leadership through the Arizona Association FFA. She’s excited to share her love of history and passion for education with her students at Fountain Hills High School.
Olivia has five siblings including a twin sister and loves to spend time with them. When she’s not in the classroom you can catch her playing volleyball with friends, reading a WWII novel, or watching the Cleveland Browns!
Olivia’s excited to join the Fountain Hills community and to get to know all of the wonderful families!
About Connick Vangor
Please welcome Connick Vangor to the Fountain Hills Unified School District.
Connick is very excited to be a part of FHUSD as the new Freshman English teacher at the high school. He is looking forward to working with you and helping our students achieve success.
Connick graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Secondary Education – English. He has plans to further his education and acquire a Masters in Education after gaining teaching experience. For the past three years, Connick has been a substitute teacher for Mesa Public Schools and had the chance to experience many types of classrooms and work with students from grade levels 9-12. He has lived in Arizona his whole life but has moved around the valley from Tempe, Chandler, and Mesa.
Family is very important to Connick as he likes to spend time on the weekends with them camping, going to movies, and jet skiing to escape the heat. He also likes to spend time with his girlfriend and his very energetic and friendly dog Lucky.
Connick can already tell how friendly the community is in FHUSD and is eager and happy to be able to join the team.
Welcome to the Falcon Family Connick!
About Cynthia Wolf
Please welcome Cynthia Wolf to FHUSD!
Cynthia is very excited to teach math at Fountain Hills High School this fall.
A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Textiles, Cynthia recently completed the STEP program at Scottsdale Community College to gain her teaching certification. Although this will be her first year as a full-time teacher, she has been substitute teaching throughout the valley since 2018. Her experiences in the classroom led her to the decision to become a full-time teacher.
Cynthia is very proud of her two children. Her son is a former professional baseball player and a current member of Team Israel. He founded the nonprofit, More Than Baseball, to improve the lives of minor league players and promote baseball around the world. Her daughter is a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Physics and Astrophysics with a minor in Geology. She will be pursuing a Ph.D. to eventually do research in Planetary Geology.
Cynthia is looking forward to sharing her love of math with the students of Fountain Hills.
Welcome to the Falcon Family Cynthia.
Athletics Director and Dean of Students
About Evelyn Wynn
Please welcome Evelyn Wynn to Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD).
She is excited to be joining FHUSD as the athletics director and high school dean of students. She has a bachelor's degree from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in health and physical education k–12 where she also played basketball for four years. Following this she earned her master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania in sports management with a concentration in intercollegiate athletics administration while working full time as a teacher and athletics director. Currently, Evelyn is working on her EdD in teaching and learning with a concentration in adult education from Grand Canyon University. This coming school year will be her 11th year in education as a teacher and/or administrator and she is coming up on her two year anniversary of living in Arizona after a move across the country from her hometown in Pennsylvania.
Evelyn's hobbies outside of school are playing basketball, yoga, hiking, running, camping, lake days, paddle boarding, and traveling. If it screams sports or adventure, she's in. She also has two cats named Tink and Pete who enjoy waking her up at 2:00 a.m. for absolutely no reason at all.
Evelyn is extremely excited to join FHUSD and is looking forward to getting to know our students, athletes, and community members through their shared love of academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. She feels very fortunate to have found such an amazing and welcoming community here in Arizona and can't wait to get started!
Welcome, Evelyn, to the Falcon family!
Culinary Arts and Business Management
About Jasun Zakro
Please welcome Chef Jasun Zakro to the Falcon family.
Chef Jasun Zakro is excited to be joining the Fountain Hills Unified School District (FHUSD) family at Fountain Hills High School (FHHS). Chef Zakro will be building the new culinary and business management programs. Chef is looking forward to partnering with the FHHS community and teaching our students the art of cooking.
Jasun has an MBA from the University of Phoenix, a BS in hotel/restaurant from Northern Arizona University, an AAS in culinary arts from Scottsdale Community College, an AAS in hotel, restaurant, and fitness management from The Community College of The Air Force, and an AAS in nutrition/dietetic technician from Central Arizona College.
Jasun has been teaching for 11 years at the high school and college levels.
Jasun has lived in Arizona for 20 years and moved out here when he was assigned to Luke Air Force Base. Jasun is a 16 year veteran of the United States Air Force and United States Army.
In his off time Jasun likes to cook, power lift, travel, ride his motorcycle, and volunteer at his American Legion Post.
Welcome to FHUSD, Chef Jasun!