Network Team

Founder and Co-CEO - Mrs. Tatyana Chayka, M. Ed.

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Tatyana Chayka graduated with a Master's of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics from Tashkent State Pedagogical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She also obtained a Master's of Educational Leadership and Supervision with a focus in Business from the Arizona State University Leadership for Education Entrepreneur Program. Mrs. Chayka is secondary education certified and has over twelve years of teaching experience and twelve years of school administration experience. In 2000, she founded the first school in the AMS network, the Academy of Math and Science in Tucson, Arizona, and has remained the CEO of the network throughout its sixteen-year history. Her vision was to create a school which offered a superior education in mathematics and science to at-risk and under-served students who are traditionally denied the opportunity of a quality education.  She has conducted research regarding student achievement which has been published by Richard Schmuck in "Practical Action Research". 

 

Chief Executive Officer - Mr. Kim Chayka, BS

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Mr. Kim Chayka graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management. Mr. Chayka is a published author in the Journal of School Choice and is a fellow of New Schools for Phoenix. He has also received the Hamer award from Glenn Hamer, president of Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Chayka has over 10 years of experience at the Academies of Math & Science and currently oversees all expansion efforts. 

 

Chief Financial Officer - Mr. Steven Hykes, BS, CPA

Steven Hykes graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron with a minor in Economics. He began his career in public accounting working in the fields of audit, tax and mergers and acquisitions for both Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Steven received his Certified Public Accounting license from the state of Arizona in April of 2015. He has a diverse background having managed restaurants, volunteered overseas, and done both educational and non-profit work. Most recently he was the Chief Financial Officer of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, where he spent three years overseeing various financial aspects of the business.  Steven joined the AMS network in January of 2016.

 

Chief Compliance Officer - Ms. Adriana Rodriguez, M. Ed.

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Adriana Rodriguez graduated with a Masters of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Whittier College and holds various certifications in primary grade content areas and structured English immersion. She has been a teacher and administrator for 16 years and is in her ninth year with the network. Adriana Rodriguez was instrumental in the founding of MASSA, beginning with the school as founding principal. She led a poster session on grant funding at the 2013’s National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  For the last two years, Adriana has served as the Superintendent of Schools and more recently as the Chief Compliance Officer.

 

Special Education Director - Mr. Ettor Strada

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Ettor Strada graduated Cum Laude from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors of Science in Inderdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Special Education. During his time there he served as President of the Student Leadership Advisory Board for 2 years and President of the Association for Texas Professional Educators for one year. Mr. Strada has worked as a Special Education Teacher at local public schools and was an Upward Bound Instructor at Pima Community College. He also spent three years as a Boy Scout/Cub Scout Troop master, 14 Years in the U.S. Army, and is a proud member of the Council for Exceptional Children. Mr. Strada is in his 7th year with the AMS network and has led the network’s SPED compliance over the last three years. He was instrumental in AMS receiving a High Flyer award for consistent excellent performance of the school’s SPED population.

 

 

Chief Information Officer - Robert Biggs

IT Director - Daniel Crook

Director of Operations - Scott Mahar

Academic Program Coordinator -  Blanca Payne

 

Finance Manager - Sho Shiratori

Accounting Assistant - Irma Pritz

Bookkeeper - Lucy Alfaro

 

Manager of Marketing & Talent Recruitment - Emily Chavez

Digital Marketing Specialist - Jacob McShea

 

Human Resources - Erin McClendon