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!!
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!
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.
| 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.