The Rev. Susan Anderson-Smith (BA University of Mississippi, MDiv Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA) is co-founder of Imago Dei, and serves as Dean of Students and Chaplain, organizing the worship and providing pastoral care. She brings over thirty years of experience in youth ministry, education, and formation to her instruction in Religion for all of our students.
Ariel Beggs (BA Wheaton College, MA Dominican University) teaches Math and Science. After obtaining her MA, Ms. Beggs joined Teach for America and taught in Chicago for five years before moving to Arizona to teach at Imago Dei. Ms. Beggs believes that all children deserve an excellent, transformative education.
Sheldon Curry (BA Baylor University) teaches music at Imago Dei. He was born and raised in West Texas and has worked in the music business his entire career. He has slightly over 350 church music titles published with more coming. Sheldon has taught music from kindergarten through high school in both public and private schools.
Elaine Garcia (BS Boston University) teaches Math and Science in 5th grade. Elaine is originally from New England where she earned a degree in Health Sciences from Boston University. She has a diverse musical background and is a certified fitness instructor teaching aerobics at several health clubs in the Tucson area.
Carolyn Hollis (BA Allegheny College, MA University of Arizona) teaches 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. She has taught 5th grade for more than a dozen years and enjoys developing new curriculum and making connections between different topics. Her previous job was teaching in TUSD’s Gifted and Talented program.
Kelsey Lillmars (BA Hope College, MA University of New Mexico) is excited to return to Imago Dei after a year teaching in Austin, TX, and is thrilled to be working with the upper-grade team teaching 7th grade Spanish and upper-grade Science. Previously, Kelsey taught 5th grade and Spanish at Imago Dei. She greatly missed Imago Dei!
Jennifer Mattes (BS University of Illinois at Chicago, BA Northeastern Illinois University) teaches 6th grade Math and Science. Trained as a geologist, Jennifer loves to inspire children to think about their world and the universe. She suffered from “math anxiety” as a child, which allows her to be more patient with her students.
Royal Miller (BA Brown University, MFA New York University) teaches 6th Grade Language Arts and History. He is a professional writer who has taught in public, charter, non-profit, and juvenile correction educational systems. He lives with a vibrant group of iconic southwestern artists on a 90-acre commune in Oracle.
Kateri Raglow (BS, M.Ed. Northern Arizona University) teaches 7th & 8th grade Language Arts. After obtaining her M.Ed., she moved to La Paz, Bolivia to teach English. She has now returned to Arizona and is very excited to become a part of the Imago Dei community. She hopes to create a comfortable, safe and creative class environment and cannot wait to learn alongside all the scholars here at Imago Dei.
Susan Sloan (BS, MA University of Arizona) teaches Physical Education and is part of our dynamic Graduate Support team. Ms. Sloan retired after 20 years of teaching PE and 10 years as a high school associate principal.
Natalie Taylor Natalie Taylor (BA University of Arizona) is returning to Imago Dei as 8th grade Latin teacher. Natalie began at Imago Dei as a Development Associate but, inspired by the transformation of students at our school, stepped into the classroom in 2011. She loves being a part of the Imago Dei community.
Iesha Whitfield-Walker (BA University of Arizona, MA University of Phoenix) teaches History to our 7th and 8th graders. With thirteen years of teaching experience in public schools, Iesha is thrilled to devote herself to the intimate setting that Imago Dei offers.