Administration

Principal -  Mr. Curtis Walker

 Curtis Walker Principle
Curtis Walker was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Curtis served in the 2013 cohort for Teach for America. Serving in the same region in which he was from, Curtis saw education inequity from a new lens and made a commitment to advocate for all scholars receiving a high-quality education, regardless of their zip-code. He taught middle school English Language Arts and served in an instructional coaching role alongside teaching duties.
 
Curtis moved to Arizona in 2016 and joined the staff at The Academy of Math and Science Camelback as an English Language Arts teacher. After garnering invaluable experiences as a teacher leader on campus, Curtis was asked to serve as Camelback’s Assistant Principal. Curtis has recently completed the iLead AZ Principal Preparation Fellowship with Arizona State University, earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Curtis is excited to lead the AMS Flower team, aspiring to build and foster relationships with educators, scholars, families, and community members.
 
Curtis Walker nació en Cleveland, Ohio. Al graduarse de John Carroll University en Cleveland, Curtis sirvió en Teach for America. Curtis vio la inequidad educativa en las escuelas en los Estados Unidos y se comprometió a abogar por todos los estudiantes que reciben una educación de alta calidad, independientemente de su circunstancia. Enseñó lectura en la escuela secundaria y fue un entrenador de instrucción con maestros.
 
Curtis se mudó a Arizona en 2016 y se unió Las Academias de Matemáticas y Ciencias Camelback como un maestro de lectura. Después de obtener experiencias invaluables como un líder en el campus, Curtis sirvió como subdirector de Camelback. Curtis ha completado recientemente un programa de preparación para ser director de una escuela con Arizona State University. El recibió una licenciatura en Liderazgo y Administración Educativa. Curtis esta emocionado para unirse el equipo de AMS Flower. Él quiere a construir y fomentar relaciones con maestros, estudiantes, familias y miembros de la comunidad.


Assistant Principal - Mrs. Juliet Riffenburg

        
Juliet Riffenburg's Assistant Principal 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.

 

ELD Specialist/Instructional Coach - Mrs. TaKara Carrillo

TaKara Carrillo ELD Specialist Instructional Coach

Mrs. Carrillo was born in Chesapeake, Virginia. However, she had lived in more than six states and two countries by the time she was 21 years old. She comes from a proud military family (Go Navy!) and jumped at the chance to move to Arizona three years ago. Mrs. Carrillo spent three years as a fourth-grade teacher at both AMS Flower and Peoria Advanced before accepting her current position. She is excited to add to the awesome energy at her home campus! 

Mrs. Carrillo earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and American history from the University of Maryland, Global Campus in 2017. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Technology from her alma mater. In her spare time, Mrs. Carrillo enjoys singing, dancing, watching movies, and playing with her pup, Shadow.

 

Dean of Students - Ms. Alison Farnham

Alison Farnham, Dean of Students

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.

 
Front Office Manager - Mrs. Claudia Felix

Mrs. Claudia Felix, Front Office Manager

Claudia was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa Mexico but was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Her first Job was at the Cartwright School District and she remained there from 2005-2017. There, she began as a Special Aid Assistant, and transitioned to Nurse assistant/School Interpreter for school Phycologist and Office Admin. Most recently, Claudia served at MIT STEM High School from 2017-2018 as an Office Manager, and that is where she met her husband. Claudia enjoys time with her family and now has 2 beautiful stepdaughters.

 

 Registrar - Mrs. Kristen Guzman

Kristen Guzman, Registrar

Kristen Guzman is our school registrar and is excited to be part of AMS Flower. Mrs. Guzman was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a 6-year-old daughter. Mrs. Guzman has worked as an admin administrator/registrar for the Roosevelt School District as well as for The Boys and Girls Club. Mrs. Guzman also has worked in social work and behavioral health field for several years.

 

 

 

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