Mrs. Trakas

Hello!! My name is Deanna Trakas and I am so excited to be part of Copper Basin’s Kindergarten Team. I was born and raised in Pleasanton, California   I earned my BA in Liberal Studies and minored in Early Childhood Studies CAL State East Bay. When I graduated from college, in order to be a teacher, I was accepted into the very coveted Teaching Credential Program at CAL State East Bay and in one year I was a Certified Teacher. I taught 4 years in California in 2nd and 3rd grades. I taught ELL and Kindergarten for 3 years in Telluride, Colorado. I have been teaching kindergarten at Copper Basin for 12 years. I have been a teacher for a total of 19 years.  Kindergarten is my very favorite grade to teach!!

I am married to a wonderful man, Nick, who works for the Florence Unified School District as a Technology Integration Specialist. We have two sons, Nicholas (11 years) and Caden (10 years), and a big brown dog named Tahoe. All of whom keep me busy and youthful. I love them all very much!


Ms. Lemaire
My name is Melissa Lemaire. I was born and raised in New York on Long Island. I went to Nassau Community College and got my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. Then I went to Hofstra University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Finally, I went to Long Island University/C.W. Post where I received my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I got married in 2005 and two days later moved to Arizona with my husband and my sister and her family. We have lived out here for 11 years now and we love the sun and warm weather. I have two beautiful daughters of my own Carly (9) and Zoey (4). We also have 2 dogs Jessie and Sofia. This is my 7th year teaching altogether. I have taught Kindergarten for 6 years and Second grade for 1 year. I love teaching kindergarten, it is my favorite! I love teaching here at Copper Basin and hope to be here for many years.

Ms. Loose
 My name is Jamie Loose and I am in my 12th year of teaching at Copper Basin! I was born in Nebraska and grew up in Colorado. I attended Colorado State University and moved to Arizona 12 years ago. I have family here and really enjoy the warm weather. I enjoy reading, shopping and traveling. I have family all over the United States, so I spend a lot of my time off traveling to visit them. I look forward to a wonderful year filled with excitement and new experiences for your child.