Meet Our Faculty
Patty Lira - Principal
Administration 1998, BA Elementary
Education, Minor Spanish 1984. Both degrees are from
Arizona State University. Mrs. Lira was born in
Michigan, moved to Phoenix at the age of 7. Mrs. Lira was a principal for 5
years before coming to Tempe Christian. She taught first grade in the inner city
and the suburbs for 4 years. She taught English in an orphanage in Mexico. She
is married to Eric Lira and has two teenagers, Lucy and
Nick. When not being a principal, Mrs. Lira enjoys scrapbooking, reading, taking
out of town trips and quiet times with God.
Debbie Hallman - Preschool Director
Working on ACSI
Certification. Pastor Hallman, the oldest of 6 children, grew up in Southern
California and moved to Arizona in 1983. She grew up in a Christian home and
gave her heart to the Lord during 5th grade. She has always wanted to work with
kids. Pastor Hallman has been Day Care Supervisor at TCS for 3 years and 15 plus
years in home Day Care with 7 plus children per day. She has been the Children's
Pastor at Tempe Nazarene Church since 1990 directing all children's activities
from birth to 6th grade. She has taught VBS, Sunday School, Summer Camps and
Camp Meetings. Pastor Hallman is married to Van and they have 5 children. When
not teaching, she enjoys reading all kinds of books and shopping to find the
Marla Hein - Preschool - 2 year olds
CDA (Child Development
Associates) Degree - Central Arizona College. Mrs. Hein was born in Syracuse NY
and moved to Arizona at a very early age. Most of her life has been spent in the
East Valley. She has four brothers and one sister who also live in the valley.
Mrs. Hein has been at TCS since 1995. She is currently the 2 year olds teacher
and has held that position since 1998. Prior to this, she worked with Mrs.
Gifford assisting her in the 3 year olds class. Mrs. Hein has also assisted on a
volunteer basis in her own children's school. She is married to Ken and is mom
and stepmom to 5 children. She enjoys watching the Diamondbacks, reading and
most of all spending time with her family. She especially enjoys shopping with
her girls and family get togethers.
Tammy Hallman - Preschool - 3 year olds
Elementary Education - 2001 Currently working on Bachelors Degree from Ottawa
University graduating in December 2003. Miss Hallman grew up in Gilbert, Arizona
and attended Tempe Christian School from Kindergarten through Grade 6. Her
teaching experience includes assistant for the K4 program at TCS for 4 years
prior to teaching Kindergarten. She has been teaching the 3's since 1999 and absolutely
loves it! When not teaching she loves to shop and do other "girl
things" like getting pedicures. She very much enjoys being home and
Wendy Nuckols - Preschool - 3 year olds
BA in Business
Management from Arizona State University 1989. She is an Arizona native, born
and raised in Phoenix. She married her husband in 1990, relocating to Virginia
where he was stationed in the Air Force and returned to Phoenix in 1992 and
started a family. Mrs. Nuckols has been teaching the preschool 3's class since
2001 and is currently earning her certification in the state of Arizona. She is
married to Chris and they have 2 children, Kaitlyn and Justin. When not
teaching, Mrs. Nuckols enjoys scrapbooking, seeing movies with family and
friends, shopping and just spending time with her family.
April Fewell - Preschool - 4 year olds
Ms. Fewell grew up in
Mesa, Arizona, married and moved to California. She moved back to Arizona in
2001 to be closer to her family. Her teaching experience includes working at
Calvary Baptist Preschool as a Kindergarten assistant. This fall will be her 3rd
year at TCS as a K4 teacher. Ms. Fewell is also in her 3rd summer at TCS in the
Summer program. She has 2 children, Jacob, 11 in middle school and Ashley, 9 who
attends TCS. When not teaching, Ms. Fewell enjoys taking her children to their
sporting events. Both are very active in sports. She also enjoys reading, movies
and playing video and board games.
Betty Gifford - Preschool
- 4 year olds
CDA Early Childhood
Development degree 1994 from Central Arizona College. Mrs. Gifford was born in
West Virginia and moved to Arizona as a child. She has been teaching at Tempe
Christian School for 20 years with 3 year olds and K4's. Mrs. Gifford is married
with two sons. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Gifford enjoys traveling with her
husband, reading and shopping.
Renee Rochford - Kindergarten - Bio
Michaela Krull - 1st Grade
BA in Elementary
Education/Liberal Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA.
Mrs. Krull grew up in Tempe, Arizona and moved to San Diego for College. After
college, she had an internship at Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene in
Hawaii. This year is Mrs. Krull's 4th year teaching. She is married to Gary and
when not teaching, she enjoys spending time with him doing home improvement
projects, visiting with friends and painting.
Mary McIntire 1st and 2nd grade
Park - 3rd Grade
Master of Education
from University of Arizona 1997 and BA from Mid America Nazarene University
1977. Mrs. Park was born in California and grew up in Joplin Missouri. She began
teaching 1st Grade in Oklahoma City, OK until her husband transferred to
Phoenix. Since living in Arizona, she has been teaching at Tempe Christian
School. Mrs. Park has been married to Michael for 22 years and they have 3
teenagers, Aubrey, Courtland and Garron. When not teaching, Mrs. Park enjoys
being with her family. She loves to read and work with her flowers and plants.
She also enjoys shopping for antiques.
Kathy Hubbard - Music - Infants thru 5th Grade
San Joaquin Delta
College 1987. St. Mary's College of California 1989. "Miss Kathy"
lived in Italy, Texas and Alabama during her youth while her father was in the
Military. She moved to Arizona in 1976, moved to California in 1979 and finally
back to Arizona in 2002. Her teaching experience includes being a teachers
assistant from 1986 to 1988, private piano and keyboard since 1990 teaching
contemporary worship accompaniment styles, basic and intermediate theory,
classical piano studies and vocal coaching. "Miss Kathy" has one child
and when not teaching music, she enjoys playing the piano, singing, reading,
going for walks, spending time with friends, cooking and entertaining.
- Physical Education
Mrs. Otto was Born
in Orange, CA. and lived in Southern California until she was 8.
She has lived in Phoenix ever since. Rose has been the TCS
secretary since 1996. She was a TCS Teacher Assistant part time for 4
years and had a Day Care in her home for 14 years before coming to TCS.
Rose was a secretary for 2 years before she got married to Bob. They
have been married since 1977 and have 3 children Heather, Amanda and Joshua.
She enjoys spending time with her family, counted cross stitching, reading,
scrapbooking, and card making.
Heather Otto - Bookkeeper