Director of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Phone: 520-866-3527

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Degrees and Certifications:

West Texas A & M University; Bachelor of Science Northern Arizona University; Master Degree- Educational Leadership Capella University; PhD-Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Kelly Smith

My career began in 1995 teaching third graders at Crestview Elementary in Canyon, Texas. From there, I returned to the East Valley area and served in a variety of capacities at the elementary and junior high levels. I began my formal administrative duties in 2007 as an assistant principal at Copper Basin K-8 School, then as the principal of Anthem Elementary School.

Currently, my duties as Director of K-8 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment include: curriculum design and planning, evaluation of curricula and of classroom instructional strategies and assessment practices with the goal being to increase student engagement and academic growth. I am also responsible for overseeing the teacher evaluation system and staff professional development and coaching.

On a personal level, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, fishing, camping and traveling. In 2021, I will begin my 14th year in FUSD. This is THE BEST place to work!

Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Phone: 480-888-7592 ext. 2267

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Degrees and Certifications:

Arizona State University; Bachelors of Science University of Phoenix; Teacher Education Program Northern Arizona University; Principal's Certificate Northern Arizona University; Master's Degree Educational Leadership

Dawn Winsor

This is my 23rd year in education and my 7th year at FUSD. It is a new and exciting transition from secondary administration. I am continually learning about K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment. I oversee high school curriculum, instruction & assessment as well as the English Language Development for EL students K-12. I enjoy analyzing data to drive the instruction for site administrators and our district. Previously, I was an assistant principal in charge of curriculum at a large suburban high school in Mesa, Arizona. I oversaw student registration, records, transcripts, the master schedule, teacher evaluations and graduation.

I completed by Bachelor's Degree in 1993, at Arizona State University in Exercise Science and Physiology. I spent over 10 years in the field of sports medicine as an athletic trainer. During that time, I worked in an orthopedic office as assisted with several professional sports teams. This was a great job, but very time consuming, hours away from home.

As a result, I decided to go get my teaching certificate through the University of Phoenix. After student teaching, I had an "Ah-Ha " moment. I felt that this was my calling. My teaching experience is all at the secondary school level. I have taught Biology, Sports Medicine and Anatomy and Physiology. Ten years later, I became interested in administration. Through a terrific mentor principal, I became the Instructional Specialist for my school. This included organizing and presenting various in-services to my faculty and staff. In 2003, I finished my Master's in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. In 2005, I gave up the athletic training and became an assistant principal.

On a personal note, I have three children. Their ages range from 17 to 11 years old. I enjoy camping, shooting, kayaking, traveling and being a mom.

Director of School Improvement

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Thad Gates

K-8 Mathematics Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist

Phone: 480-474-6183

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Degrees and Certifications:

Arizona State University; Bachelor of Arts in Education Northern Arizona University; Masters in Education in Human Relations State of Arizona; Teacher License - Elementary Education Endorsements; -Middle School Mathematics -SEI Endorsement Professional Organizations; AATM AML NCTM NCSM

Jaclyn Wood

As the K-8 Mathematics Curriculum coach, I strive each day to support teachers with their ongoing knowledge and application of our Eureka Math curriculum. In my role, I have the opportunity to advocate for our educators, mentor leaders on our campuses, and coach our teachers to success.

As students work to build their identity as mathematicians, our teachers facilitate their development of deep, lasting understanding of mathematics.  I work with classroom teachers to build our mathematical mindset each day, while showcasing ourselves as learners and doers of mathematics alongside our students.  We believe all students are capable of greatness, and how we talk about math matters.

In FUSD, we offer our students with equitable opportunities in mathematics through high-quality curriculum, ongoing professional development to stay current on best teaching practices, and continuous study of our instructional lessons.  We push to guarantee that each student engages in high-quality math experiences that lead to powerful and flexible uses of mathematical understandings for future opportunities.

K-8 English Language Arts Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist

Phone: 480-474-6182

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Degrees and Certifications:

Arizona State University; Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education State Of Arizona; Teacher License -Elementary Education -Middle School English Language Arts -SEI Endorsement Professional Organizations; SpringBoard National Faculty Member Great Minds Wit & Wisdom Fellow

Andrea Querry

I began my educational career in Florence Unified School District in 2011 at Circle Cross Ranch K-8 as a Jr. High teacher for six years, before moving to the role of Instructional Coach at Walker Butte K-8 for two years. This is my second year as the district’s ELA Curriculum & Technology Integration Specialist.

From the moment I joined FUSD, my focus has always been on creating an inviting, inclusive learning environment for all students in which they are engaged in a rigorous, high-quality curriculum. As the ELA Curriculum Coach, my focus stays constant, but is continuously evolving to ensure student success and growth. I strive to provide professional development opportunities for educators in FUSD to build their knowledge of the curriculum, and gain new instructional strategies to use in the classroom.

There have been many changes in FUSD over the 10 years I have been with the district and we are continuously moving in the direction of providing high-quality curriculum and professional development to our teachers and students, living up to our vision of “Kids First.” 

Secondary Math Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist

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Degrees and Certifications:

Arizona State University; Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Natural Science Certifications; Standard Elementary Education, K-8; Approved Areas: Middle Grades Mathematics 7-8 Structured English Immersion K-12 Standard Secondary Education, 7-12; Approved Areas: Mathematics

Christel Bruno

Christel Bruno is currently serving our district as the Secondary Math Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist.  She is an Arizona native, who grew up in Tempe and attended Arizona State University…TWICE!  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2002 and continued her education with a Masters of Natural Science from the Engineering College, allowing her to specialize in STEM education in 2014.

The 2020-2021 school year marks Christel’s 18th year in education.  During that time she has taught mathematics in both middle school and high school settings, including co-teaching, honors and Advanced Placement experience.  Along with teaching, she has been an advisor for Student Council, National Junior Honor Society and Yearbook.  She has coached Science Olympiad and Cheerleading, most recently (and perhaps most passionately) high school robotics for four years.

Christel worked with the Arizona Department of Education to vertically articulate the mathematics standards adopted by the Board of Education in 2016.  This effort specifically included work with the Webb Alignment Study for grades 7th through Algebra 2, High School Mathematics Support Documents Workgroup and the Algebra 1 Mathematics Workgroup.  Concurrently, she worked with American Institute for Research (AIR) on the AzMERIT assessment content, specifically as a member of the Item Review Committee in Algebra 1 & 2, Rubric Validation Committee, Blueprint Committee, Performance Level Descriptors Committee, and the Content and Bias Item Review Committee.  In 2019, she served as a Curriculum Reviewer on the High School Geometry team for Open Up Resources (Illustrative Mathematics).  In 2014, she was asked to facilitate a Summer Workshop for STEM Leaders through a partnership with Maricopa County Education Service Agency and the American Modeling Teacher Association.

Christel is excited to bring her wealth of experience and knowledge to help Florence Unified’s teachers and students succeed in all areas of education and looks forward to serving the community.