School Staff


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Mr. Amukamara is our math instructor and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Accounting, as well as a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Professional Studies; he is currently working on his Ph.D in Leadership. Mr. Amukamara is married with six children.

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Mrs. LaRue is another world traveler in our school; she teaches Economics and Spanish and has a calming affect on her students. She is also married to an educator and is fully engaged within the teaching community.

Ming Qiu

Mr. Qiu, is yet another world traveler!  He is our Chinese and Science teacher, our math tutor, and an advocate for the fundamentals for all students.  He takes a constructivist approach to education that makes learning difficult topics very easy.  Mr. “Chew” as the students call him, is always willing to help tutor in any subject and is the go-to-guy for complex problems.

Janette Buell

Mrs. Janette Buell has worked in educational administration for years and works in compliance as the site director; her experience stems from years of owning her own businesses throughout the east coast. She also has extensive knowledge and a background in teaching U.S Government.

Victoria Rojas

Mrs. Rojas, “Victoria”, is one of our versatile paraprofessionals.  Her dream of being a principal one day is apparent as she has thrown her assistance in to every area of our daily operations

Melinda Whittle-Lopez

Mrs. Whittle is our history instructor and vice principal of Arizona Preparatory Academy; she is a fully certified educator and is furthering her education in order to receive a Master’s in Educational Psychology. She has been with the school for over 5 years and continues to inspire staff and students.

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Mrs. Klara Esposito-Venegas works in compliance as the English teacher and vice principal for Arizona Preparatory Academy; she has a strong background in communications and journalism and has been teaching high school and college level students for over four years. She has a M.A in Education and Technology and is currently working on her doctorate in cognitive psychology and instruction.