Leadership

Principal - Curtis Walker

 Curtis Walker Principal
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 - 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.

 

Assistant Principal -Cynthia Medina

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Ms. Medina is a Texas native (H-Town!). She was born in Brownsville, Texas where she lived briefly. Her family moved to Baytown, TX where she went to school. She attended the University of Houston and received a Bachelor of Art in Spanish. Ms. Medina dabbled in politics in the City of Houston and on Capitol Hill prior to beginning her career in education. She has recently moved from Oakland, CA with her husband, Dr. Haughton, and her 7-year-old daughter, Samirah. 

This is Ms. Medina’s 10th year in education. In the past two years she taught and joined the leadership team at KIPP San Francisco College Prep. Prior to that, she taught for seven years in the Houston Independent School District at Hogg Middle School and Heights High School. Throughout her years at both schools, she has taught all levels of Spanish, ranging from Spanish I to AP Spanish Literature. Her students have consistently outscored their peers at the District, State, and National levels. ALL students can achieve transformational outcomes; Ms. Medina believes it is her duty to help them unlock their innate potential. She also believes 
EVERY child deserves a high quality and equitable education.

 

Dean of Scholars - Tiara Rushing

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Mrs. Rushing attended Arizona State University and was accepted into the Bridges to Baccalaureate Program where she conducted biomedical studies surrounding Type I Diabetes. After venturing into other research studies, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Prior to receiving her degree, she worked with at risk youth ranging from 1 to 15 years of age for 7 years. Mrs. Rushing joined the AMS Flower family in 2017, as a paraprofessional, where she worked hard to learn all aspects of the job. Following this venture, she became a kindergarten teacher and taught for 4 years. Now she is extremely excited to transition into the Dean’s position, where she can continue to build relationships with parents and students within the AMS Flower community.  

 

Office Manager - Cinthia Lopez

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Mrs. Lopez joined our Flower family in 2021 as our Front Office Manager. Mrs. Lopez has created a structured, but inviting front office atmosphere for our students, staff, families, and visitors. Mrs. Lopez has extensive knowledge and experience working with student information system platforms to assist you and your family's journey here at AMS Flower!

 

A full summary of school personnel experience and resumes are available for public review upon request. Please contact the school directly.