Tacey Clayton Cundy graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She went on to serve as a Teach for America corps member in Phoenix. Following her corps commitment, Mrs. Clayton Cundy remained in the classroom teaching Title I second and third graders in Phoenix and Glendale. Always eager to improve her practice, Mrs. Clayton Cundy earned her master’s degree in elementary education and reading endorsement at Arizona State University and continued her education by earning a second master’s degree in administration and supervision through a scholarship from Teach for America and the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Clayton Cundy served multiple summers on Teach for America’s summer institute staff as a literacy specialist and academic dean. Prior to co-founding CASA Academy, Mrs. Clayton Cundy was an Aspiring Leaders fellow and Charter Starter fellow through the Arizona Charter Schools Association. Outside of work, you can find Mrs. Clayton Cundy teaching Jazzercise fitness classes, hiking in National Parks, and spending time with her husband and daughters.
Liliana Villasenor graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in healthcare administration, after being awarded significant academic scholarships. She was a founding CASA staff member, and has served the school with dedication and leadership. As a result of her role with CASA, she was awarded further scholarships to obtain her master’s in business administration at the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Villasenor is deeply connected to CASA’s mission and is excited to continue supporting CASA’s scholars and families!
Ashley Lowry graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. The following year she joined Teach for America and served as a preschool teacher in the Mesa School District. During this time, Ms. Lowry obtained a master’s degree in early childhood education from Arizona State University. Ms. Lowry was a founding kindergarten teacher at CASA Academy and is now the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her son and husband, going to the library, and taking walks around her neighborhood.
Robin Miller – Instructional Coach
Robin Miller graduated from Arizona College of the Bible with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was raised in southwest Colorado but is native to the Valley of the Sun. Mrs. Miller has been a teacher for more than 24 years. She is passionate about educating children and helping them to grow and succeed. Mrs. Miller taught at CASA Academy as a second grade teacher and has now joined the school leadership team as an Instructional Coach. In her free time, she enjoys her family, her cats, traveling, walking, and hiking. She also loves spending time with her first grandchild!
Alex Cruz – Instructional Coach
Alexandra Cruz graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During her time at ASU, she became passionate about education. She interned for Congress in Washington, D.C., where she was able to work on education policy directly. Ms. Cruz decided to mentor students and educate them about the importance of obtaining a college degree. After struggling to get to college herself, she wanted to use her own experience to show scholars that with hard work, dedication, and supportive educators, you can graduate from college and get where you want to be. Ms. Cruz is passionate about helping every student achieve his or her dreams. She has worked at CASA since its founding and is excited to continue working with scholars and their families to help them pursue their dreams.
Regina Villalobos – Operations Manager
Regina Villalobos was born and raised in California. She has more than 10 years of operational management experience, with a focus on staffing, operations, and human resources. The hustle and bustle of the corporate world left Ms. Villalobos longing for a more fulfilling career. This led her to Texas, where she worked with refugees, and then to CASA Academy, where she was drawn to the school’s mission.
Marina Iturrios – Office Manager
Marina Iturrios grew up in Sinaloa, Mexico, and moved to Arizona, where she attended Phoenix College on a scholarship. She has 10 years of experience in marketing, service, and management roles. Her daughter is currently a scholar enrolled at CASA Academy. Ms. Iturrios loves going on vacation with her daughter to places like San Diego, Santa Monica, and Newport Beach.