My name is Ms. Kara. I am originally from Chicago and moved out here 3 and a half years ago to begin teaching at Estrella. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Early Childhood Education and a masters in Special Education.
My fiancé and I spent our summer with friends and family who came to visit (yes, even in the extreme heat) and planning our wedding that will take place in Chicago next summer. We also just spent time in the air conditioning loving on our labradoodle puppy, Rookie.For fun I love to read, workout, travel, and lay by the pool. I enjoy sports and I can’t wait for football to start! (GO BEARS!) I am also a Cubs and Blackhawks fan. Looking forward to an awesome school year with you and your families.
My name is Sally Tully and I will be starting my 24th year of teaching! I am originally from Washington, grew up internationally (Libya & Indonesia), and have family in Washington, Alabama, Ohio & New York! I moved here in 1988 to attend ASU. I have been at Estrella since it opened in 1999 and it is truly a wonderful place to be! I have two children - Emily,18, who will be attending the University of Akron and studying Biomedical Engineering this year; and Jason, 15, who will be a freshman at Desert Vista this year and loves baseball, motorcycling, and video games. They both attended Estrella for their elementary years. In my spare time I can be found hiking the mountains in Ahwatukee, running, doing yoga, or watching my son play baseball.
My name is Christine Thorne, or Ms. Chris. I have been working at Estrella for 13 years now. I started in preschool 13 years ago and have since been a Kindergarten IA, Resource IA, Lunch Duty, and back to Preschool IA. I have a degree from ASU (go Devils) in Family Resources and Human Development. I am married to Greg (26 yrs) and have one daughter, Sarah, who graduated from Desert Vista this past May and is now attending Mesa Community college and playing volleyball for them. We also have two cats (Clydesdale, aka Clyde and Ella) and a soft coated Wheaten Terrier named Dakota. In my free time I love to watch Sarah play volleyball, take photographs, and go for walks. I was born in Milwaukee but moved to Tempe in 2nd grade. I have lived in Ahwatukee for over 26 years and love the close-knit community.
My name is Tamara Simons (Ms. Tamara). I was born in So. California and graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Sociology. I went on to earn a graduate degree in Elementary Education and taught in grades K-3 in CA before moving to AZ.
I took a break to be a very involved mom and community member before becoming a Kindergarten Assistant for 7 years and a Preschool Assistant for the past 7 years.
I love the opportunity to help provide a great first school experience! I am married to Ron, a telecommunications engineer and have two beautiful daughters. My oldest, Breanne, married Trevor in May and finished her Master’s Degree in Education. She taught Kindergarten at Sierra for 3 years and will teach 3rd grade there this year. My youngest, Christine, earned BA's in Psychology, Sociology and Biological Sciences/Genetics at ASU and works at Banner Desert Hospital as she prepares for med school. I love my family, walking/hiking, yoga, crafts and sewing, relaxing at the beach and everything Sun Devils, Peanuts and Disney! Education is my passion and I am so grateful to have the chance to learn and play with your children.
My name is Ms. Anne - aka Anne Poole.
I am from the UK, but have been in Phoenix for 20 years. My own kids have collectively spent many happy years in Estrella preschool and now I have the privilege of supporting your child's learning in this awesome environment.
You may also see me at the Y, where I teach group exercise or at Sierra where I help out as a crossing guard.
We have many fun experiences ahead, with friends yet to be made - whether you are new to our preschool family, or if you are a seasoned student, we welcome you all with open arms, open hearts and open minds.
We are going to have a magnificent year!
My name is Ms. Kat (Kat Glover) and I am the newest member of the Estrella preschool team. I am originally from Colorado but moved to Arizona nine years ago. I love living in the desert. It is so much fun to explore a landscape so vastly different than the one I grew up in.
I have been married to my husband, Ben, for eleven years. We have two bright, energetic boys- Liam who is seven, and Kellen who is five. We are a family that loves the outdoors and spend most of our free time hiking, biking and camping.
My own children attended preschool in the Kyrene District. I was so impressed with the program, I wanted to be continue to be a part of it even though my boys are now in elementary school. I am renewed by the creativity and wonder of young minds. I look forward to spending the year getting to know your kids!