LEAP Instructors


Michelle Cook


Michelle has been a Bisbee resident for the past 6 years, and in that time has had a dream of becoming a pillar of the community. She studied fine art and graphic design at Castleton University and is currently finishing her Master's Degree in secondary education at University of Arizona. Michelle is an 8th grade English Language Arts teacher for Lowell Junior High in Bisbee and has been for two years. LEAP has been a part of Michelle's teaching journey since 2015 and she is proud to be a board member of a non-profit organization that benefits the children by providing them a space to learn hands on from other members of their community. 



 Dr. Kathleen Dunley


Dr. Dunley earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has since completed post graduate credits in Education and Information Science. She currently serves as an online instructor at the University of Advancing Technology and a correspondence instructor at Rio Salado College. Her written scholarship focuses on educational innovation, adult and developmental education, historic preservation, and memory studies. 



Joni Giacomino

Joni has been a 3rd generation Bisbonian and one of the founding members of LEAP. As well as being an Aquatics specialist with 45 years experience training lifeguards and swim instructors she is also a certified teacher with 30+ years experience k-college. Joni currently teaches high school chemistry. Certifications include physical education, biology, chemistry, general science and principal.

Hobbies include traveling, concerts, fishing, hiking and swimming.

Education background includes a BA Secondary Education, MAED Secondary Education, Administration Certification, MS RST-Sports Management, currently working on a MS Biology. 

Monica Lumiere




Tai Granger


Certified teacher. BA in Hospitality, Food Service and Hotel management. 

Tyler Vertrees

Tyler Vertrees is a graduate from the University of Arizona, where he received a BA in Film and Television with a minor in Creative Writing. He has been recognized for his work in Media Production, having received "Best Radio Drama" by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System as well as Arizona Humanities' "Rising Star Award." He has also worked as a Freelance Writer for the website ComicsVerse, publishing several articles and essays analyzing film, television and pop-culture. For the 2018-2019 school year, he will be taking over as the BHS media production instructor.

Evan Cook

Aaron Pittaway








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