Administration

Principal -  Mr. Christopher Lalley

 

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I accept the role of Principal for the AMS Flower community beginning January 2019. I look forward to servicing your community. I would like to take this opportunity to intro-duce myself and give you an idea of my personal philosophy regarding the education.

 

I have 20 years of education experience. Worked nine years as a teacher is the US and Korea. 10 years as a Principal in the American school system and recently was the Director of Academic Programs for an International School in China.

 

Besides my experience as a Principal, I served eight years in the US military and 13 years with the McDonald’s Corporation before pursuing a career in education.

 

My philosophy of education is creating a healthy environment that allows each child (student), teacher, parent, staff and community member to learn. In addition, educating people within different cultures and backgrounds while humanizing today’s society throughout the world.

 

In reference to children (students), I truly believe that children are capable of so much more than we give them credit for. Hard work, perseverance, and dedication to learning are very important to the success of a student, but those things need to be developed through an academic support structure that recognizes the achievements of students and encourages them to do their best.

 

On that note, it takes a neighborhood of supportive parents, staff and community members to encourage our students inside and outside the classroom.

 

Again, I look forward to servicing your community and giving you plenty of opportunities to share healthy, fun and educational times with your child during school and community events.

 

Assistant Principal - Mrs. Juliet Riffenburg

        
Juliet Riffenburg received her Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University (4.0 GPA). Prior to that she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. During Mrs. Riffenburg’s educational career she has taught grades ranging from first to sixth at Blue Ribbon award winning and A+ schools and has worked as an administrator for Arizona State University’s STEM camps for grades K-12. Mrs. Riffenburg is originally from Tennessee but moved to Arizona as a corps member for Teach for America. During this two-year program Mrs. Riffenburg was a finalist for the Wowee Award for excellence in her teaching.  She has lived in many places including France, New Zealand, and Maryland, but so far Arizona is her favorite. When she has free time she enjoys spending it with her family, hiking, and cooking new recipes. She loves sharing her passion for life-long learning with others and is grateful to have the opportunity to do this as an administrator at AMS.

 

Dean of Students - Ms. Alison Farnham

Alison Farnham graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  Originally from Wisconsin, Ms. Farnham moved to Arizona in 2007 where she returned to school and obtained degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.  In her free time, Ms. Farnham enjoys spending time with her family, attempting to garden, and exploring Arizona with her dog Eddie.

 

Instructional Coach - Mr. Doug Taylor

Doug Taylor graduated from Bradley University. Over the course of his educational career, he has taught grades ranging from 2nd to 8th. An accomplished teacher, he left the classroom to step into a role as a national education consultant and trainer with McGraw-Hill supporting their Direct Instruction curriculum. Doug is originally from Illinois, but now he has lived in Arizona for over 20 years. He loves the outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, and spending time with his dog. After spending time away from teaching, he is excited to again have the opportunity to support a truly great teaching staff while they make such a positive difference in their students’ lives.

 

Front Office - Mayra Gonzalez 

 

Front Office - Dulce Gaytan

 

 

 

*A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request at school grounds.