Staff Qualifications

A listing of Staff Qualifications is available at each campus upon request.


Amy Monarrez


My name Amy Monarrez and I am Principal for Cambridge Academy Mesa. I have been in education for over 25 years. I began at Cambridge Academy East in 2003 as a second grade teacher. After teaching a number of grades in Mesa, I earned a Master’s
Degree in Elementary Education in 2007.
I have two adult sons. Both are Cambridge Academy alumni.


Haley Jourgensen


My name is Haley Jourgensen and I am a new kindergarten teacher here at Cambridge Academy! I was born and raised in Arizona and began teaching elementary students after graduating from Grand Canyon University in 2021. I could not be more excited to begin working with the students at Cambridge Academy and look forward to making my classroom a safe and loving learning environment for all students


Jennifer Adams

1st Grade

My name is Jennifer Adams.  I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Art Education degree from Arizona State University in 2003 as well as my Elementary Education Certification for K-8 in 2005 and a Master’s in Education in 2007.  I began teaching at Cambridge Academy in 2005 and have taught several grade levels including fifth, kindergarten and first. I strive to be a guide and mentor to students as they embark on their learning journeys filled with excitement, challenges and learning opportunities.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Cambridge Academy family!

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Kristen Wiggins

2nd Grade

My name is Kristen Wiggins and I have been teaching at Cambridge Academy since 2020. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with a BA in Elementary Education. I have taught both first and second grades, which I absolutely love. I have two children of my own that attend Cambridge Academy and they absolutely love being a part of this family.


Kim Stewart

3rd Grade

My name is Kim Stewart and I have been teaching for Cambridge Academy since 2015.  I love teaching the younger grades and have been teaching in second grade for the last 6 years.  This year I am going to be in third grade and I can’t wait for this new adventure to begin!  I am married to my husband Terry, and together we have 5 daughters, 2 grand daughters and one grandson. We love to go to the beach and stay in our family cabin up in Northern Az.


Alisa Bird

Social Studies Teacher – LEVEL UP Program 4th-6th.
Hello Cambridge Academy families!  I am  the LEVEL UP Social Studies teacher. I have always had a passion for Social Studies . I believe by learning from the past, understanding cultures, and their trials and triumphs  , creates a foundation of appreciation, understanding, leadership and helps shape us into marvelous human beings.  I am excited to share my knowledge with your students . Together we will help build a successful community.

Reyce Carrasco

Science Teacher – LEVEL UP Program 4th-6th.

Malyse Evans

Math Teacher – LEVEL UP Program 4th-6th Grade

Hello! My name is Malyse Evans and I have a passion to provide an environment for students in order to support them emotionally and intellectually here at Cambridge Academy. With a bachelor’s degree in History from CSU Channel Islands, I feel that not only can I teach the state standards but bring more varied knowledge base to the classroom. My experiences through my own education journey have shown me the value of learning by doing, an ethos I will implement in my classroom. As a teacher, I respect my students as people first, and consider such an understanding foundational to the educational process. I am a lifelong learner and hope to inspire personal philosophy in each of my students.


Madison Green

Teaching Assistant

My name is Madison Green and this will be my first year at Cambridge Academy. I attended charter, public, and online schools throughout my K-12 education which gave me a deep understanding of different learning techniques and teaching styles. I am now pursuing a degree in social work at Phoenix College and my ultimate goal is to one day teach. 

I see every child as an opportunity to impact the world, whether that be positive or negative is up to us and the influence we have on them. My goal is to make sure every child that I get the chance to interact with has a beautiful takeaway from our experience together. At the end of the day, we can learn from children just as much as they can learn from us.


Samantha Gless

Office Administrative Assistant
Hello, my name is Samantha Gless and I am so excited to join the Cambridge team as the new Office Administrative Assistant. I grew up in Golden, CO but I have lived in the Gilbert/Mesa area since 2000. In my free time I’m usually with my two sons (14 & 7) and my two dogs (a Boston Terrier/Boxer and Cane Corso/Pitbull). I enjoy listening to music/podcasts, reading, watching tv/movies, hiking and exploring, tea and coffee with friends. I’m looking forward to the upcoming year and am so excited to get to know all of our Cambridge Coyotes!

Sharon Henderson

School Librarian
I am a graduate of the University of Arizona and retired after 22.5 years teaching in the Marana School District in Tucson.  I began volunteering at Cambridge when my grandchildren attended, and started the Library in 2018 after winning $6000 worth of books for the school.  I love reading and really enjoy introducing the students to new books.

Joshua Benitez

IT Administrator
My name is Mr. Benitez but students usually call me Mr. B! I am beyond excited to spend another year at Cambridge Academy. Although this will be my second year at Cambridge, this is not my first rodeo. I have taught for almost 12 years now between Arizona and California. My background stems through all grades from Pre-K to high school, as well as SPED departments. I am passionate about my work and believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn something new every day. While growing and mastering base skills at their grade level and beyond, students will become great citizens today and for their future. Here’s to another great school year!

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