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A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

                                                                                                                                -Brad Henry

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FILM                                                       Citizen Kane (1941)

FOOD                                                    Veggie Pizza

YEAR IN SCHOOL                                Senior Year of High School

BOOK                                                    The Bible and any Scotch-Irish Histories 

PASTIME                                                Spending time with family and being outside

HISTORICAL FIGURES                         Alexander the Great, William Wallace

TEAM                                                     New England Patriots 


Math + Science

Hello, I am Mr. Daniel Bish. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and stayed there until I graduated from Corona del Sol High School. I then moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. I graduated from UA with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with minors in

Economics and in Spanish. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and rock climbing.


FILM                                                     The Shawshank Redemption

FOOD                                                  Sushi

YEAR IN SCHOOL                              Senior Year of High School

BOOK                                                  The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

PASTIME                                              Sports and rock climbing

HISTORICAL FIGURE                         Dr. Seuss

TEAM                                                   Buffalo Bills

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Hello, my name is Ryan Bravin!  

This will be my first year working with the SACA team, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to get right back into the classroom.  Serving, leading, and loving on students are some of my life’s greatest passions, and I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to do so here at SACA.


I was born and raised here in Tucson, AZ, and decided to stay local after graduating from high school to attend the University of Arizona.  After completing my degree in Communication and Creative Writing in May 2020, I joined the Teach For America corps to teach high school English

in rural North Carolina.  While the difficulties of the pandemic undoubtedly made things challenging for my students and fellow teachers alike, the relationships I built and the lessons I learned during these two years made this experience truly life-changing.  


One of the most life-changing events I experienced during the last two years was a personal one, as I married my lovely bride on January 1st, 2022!  We had met many years earlier in high school youth group here in Arizona, began dating shortly before my move to North Carolina, and

endured 1½ years of long distance before tying the knot earlier this year.  With us now expecting our first child, we decided to move back to Tucson to be closer to family.  We are excited to welcome a new baby into the family in November 2022!


In my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, reading & writing, volunteering in church ministry, and spending time with my wife.


FILM                                                     La La Land–a cinematic masterpiece and a beautiful example                                                                   of storytelling at its finest.

FOOD                                                  Anything Greek!

YEAR IN SCHOOL                              Senior year at the University of Arizona.  I had the chance to                                                                     work with some amazing organizations, learn under some                                                                       phenomenal professors, and step into the world of                                                                                   education at a critical moment for teachers and students

                                                              alike (the start of the COVID-19 pandemic).

BOOK                                                  The Bible, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and

                                                             The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton.


YOU A BETTER PERSON                   Choosing to study architecture at the University of Arizona

                                                             as a freshman.  Though I wasn’t very good at it, sticking it out                                                                  and choosing to finish the semester before changing majors                                                                    taught me about perseverance, determination, and the

                                                             power of grit.

PASTIME                                             Going for long trail runs in the beautiful terrain of North                                                                            Carolina.

HISTORICAL FIGURE                        Jesus Christ, C.S. Lewis, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

TEAM                                                  New Orleans Saints



Attendance Admin


Hi there, my name is Mandy Garnier. I am number 6 of 7 siblings. I grew up in the small town of Franklinton, Louisiana. Shortly after graduating high school, I moved to New Orleans, LA to attend Cameron Business College.

A mother of 3 young adults; 2 girls and 1 boy, plus a grandmother of 2 handsome little boys who

call me "Noni" and steal my heart daily. It was the best feeling in the whole world when I became a "Noni"/Grandmother!!! I am a survivor and a lover of myself!!!

I have been working at SACA for 3 years and find it most rewarding working with the students 

and being able to interact with them daily. If I can help one student, better yet if one student helps me to be a better person, I believe my day is well spent.



FILM                                                       The Notebook because it's such a beautiful love story.

                                                                Love is Life!!!

FOOD                                                   "Soul Food" although I love seafood and Italian food as well.

YEAR IN SCHOOL                                 Senior year

BOOK                                                     I don't have a favorite book but I love reading the Bible,                                                                       fiction and non-fiction books. I also love the writings of

                                                                Toni Morrison.


YOU A BETTER PERSON                     My favorite mistake was not a mistake at all but a lesson                                                                        learned. It taught me to evaluate my life, know my worth

                                                               and love me.

PASTIME                                               Spending time with my family because family is so

                                                               important to me.

HISTORICAL FIGURE                          Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I love that he stood for peace,

                                                              love and equality.

TEAM                                                   My favorite team "by default" is the New Orleans Saints...                                                                     but I may jump ship occasionally to Raider's Nation (LOL).

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My name is Noel Johnson, and I’m quite certain I’m the oldest teacher hired at SACA this year.  I was born in 1949 (the second to the last day of the WWII decade). I grew up in a second-generation Swedish family who migrated to America in the 1920’s. My dad fought in WWII as a US Navy intelligence officer and was a proud member of a team that broke a Japanese code leading to a US victory at the Island of Midway. My dad loved the opportunities he was given as his family’s first US citizen.  He raised my brother and sister and me to love our land and to love God. He also instilled the importance of service to the community in each one of us. 

I grew to love our history the way my father did as I studied the improbable but blessed founding of America and its up and down journey through the years to become an honorable world leader. As a result, I elected to be a US History & Government teacher as my life’s work.

I started teaching in 1972 and haven’t been able to kick the habit.  I’ve tried to retire twice.  I have taught in public and private schools.  I have taught at the community college level and in the Orange County (CA) juvenile court schools.  I consider myself to be blessed to have spent my entire life around people who were and are in the pursuit of knowledge.  My prayer these days is that God would keep my wife Beth and my family safe, and that He might allow me a few more years to be involved in our nation’s learning process. 

Beth and I have 5 children between us, 10 grandchildren, and a beautiful little Maltipoo girl puppy.  We lived in California for 50+ years, raising our families there, and moved to Arizona in March of 2020 at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.  I am pleased to be part of the SACA family, where I look forward to encouraging my students to love history as I do.


FILM                                            Ben Hur 1959, Saving Private Ryan 1998

FOOD                                         Swedish meatballs, potatiskorv, rice pilaf, and

                                                    cranberry salad.

YEAR IN SCHOOL                      Senior year in HS and Junior year of college (both good                                                         football seasons for my schools).

BOOK                                         The Bible, The Pioneers by David McCullough,

                                                    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

PASTIME                                    Walking, hiking, and being an avid fan of my college &

                                                   pro teams

HISTORICAL FIGURE                 Jesus Christ (1st and foremost), Lucius Quinctius                                                                    Cincinnatus, George Washington, and Lt. Colonel &

                                                   Gov. of Maine Joshua Chamberlain 

TEAM                                         College- USC Trojans for my whole life, Pro- LA Rams                                                            since 1959, Calif Angels since 1961




Hi my name is Jennifer Pedroza. 

I was born in Sierra Vista, Arizona, but I lived all my life in Douglas, Arizona. I graduated from

high school the year that the COVID pandemic took over our planet, 2020. As a student, it was extremely difficult and depressing, but as a teacher, that was the year that I fell in love with this profession. I started working as a teacher aide, however by the 2020-2021 academic year I was teaching Physics and Chemistry; both face-to-face and online. I loved it. By 2021, while working

as a teacher, I finished and graduated College with an Associates of Arts degree in Administration of Justice, and I am now working on my Bachelors degree in Literacy, Learning and Leadership at the University of Arizona. Recently, I received my teacher certification as a Spanish teacher as

well. I love reading books, and writing my own as well, and my biggest passion is to impact, promote and encourage engagement among the youth in our country.


FILM                                          Dear John

FOOD                                       Mashed Potatoes

YEAR IN SCHOOL                    Middle School years were the best!

BOOK                                       The Sun and her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

PASTIME                                   Driving, singing, participating in Community Club

TEAM                                        Arizona Wildcats

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Hello, I am Ms. Ruiz. I grew up in a very small town called Dudleyville, Arizona; it is located 60 miles northeast of Tucson. This is a rural community where I had a lot of space and time to enjoy the great outdoors. I have

one sister and two brothers and my parents still live in this small town. My memories living in 

Dudleyville are very sweet and simple. I was always around family and enjoyed tubing down the 

Gila River, riding ATV's, horseback riding, playing sports and tons of family gatherings.

I moved to Tucson, was married and started my beautiful family. I have two incredible sons. I was

blessed to stay home for several years to be with my children and also care for my nieces and nephews. When it was time for me to enter the workforce, I followed my passion and love for CHILDREN. It was natural for me to work in education and with children. I have spent the last 19 years working in education and have been at Southern Arizona Community Academy for the last 

2 1/2 years. I have truly enjoyed the students and staff at this wonderful school.


FILM                                        The Green Mile

FOOD                                      Mexican Food; Tacos, Tacos and Tacos.

YEAR IN SCHOOL                   Freshman year of high school

BOOK                                      The Bluest Eye


ME BETTER                             Moving away from home too soon, I realized I needed                                                               structure in my life. 

PASTIME                                 Yard work.

HISTORICAL FIGURE              Mother Theresa 

TEAM                                      San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Braves, these are my                                                                 son's favorite teams since he was a little boy. 

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Science + Math


Hey, I am Tony West. Born in the Philippines, both parents were in the Navy and stationed in Subic Bay during my birth. I am the youngest of four brothers. Moved to Tucson when I was 3. Attended Van Horne Elementary School, Magee Middle School, and graduated from Tucson Accelerated High School in 2008. Spend the next 7 years working in Market Research before going to the University of Arizona. Graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a degree in Astrophysics. Worked at BASIS as a subject expert math teacher before coming to SACA. 


FILM                                      Tremors 1990 and The Thing 1982

FOOD                                   Chinese

YEAR IN SCHOOL                My first Quantum Mechanics class at the U of A

BOOK                                   The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings

PASTIME                               Hiking, Backpacking, Stargazing

HISTORICAL FIGURE           Alexander the Great

TEAM                                    The SACA Team


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Ms. Cyndi Cubillas 

Entity Administrator

Bio Coming Shortly!


FILM                                    The Godfather Trilogy, Miracle on Ice, A League of Their Own  

                                            and all of the Marvel movies

FOOD                                 My Nana's Tamales

YEAR IN SCHOOL              Senior Year of High School 

BOOK                                 JFK: The Conspiracy of Silence

PASTIME                             Anything Softball

HISTORICAL FIGURE         The Big JC, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Jr. +

                                           Wonder Woman

TEAM                                 The University of Arizona Softball team, Los Doyers and

                                           the Patriots

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Ms. Terrie Cubillas 

Gifted Specialist


Bio coming shortly!


FILM                                   Gone with the Wind and the Lonesome Dove series

FOOD                                 Tacos Dorados and Nana's Tamales

YEAR IN SCHOOL              Senior year of high school

BOOK                                 The Bible and The Fifth Seal and The Sixth Covenant by 

                                            Bodie and Brock Thoene

PASTIME                             Gardening and traveling to the White Mountains

HISTORICAL FIGURE         Jesus Christ, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln +

                                           Ronald Reagan

TEAM                                 The Yankees, Arizona Wildcats, the Dodgers and any team Cyndi

                                           is on or coaching 

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MR. ABELARDO Cubillas, Jr. 


As the Director and Founder of SACA, Mr. Cubillas has always had a vision to help students reach their highest potential. Graduating from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Spanish and

Health, Mr. Cubillas went on to receive his M.Ed. Masters of Education at the University of

Arizona as well. Throughout his career in education, he has served as a classroom teacher, a department head, a baseball coach, a High School Dean of Students, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction as well as Principal. His love for education is combined with an entrepreneurial spirit as he also is President of Cubco, Inc., a General Construction and Roofing

Firm as well as Cubco Realty and Investments. He enjoys working outdoors, whether on his

backyard or on a construction project, as well as playing guitar, watching baseball and spending time with his family.


FILM                                   McClintock! and The Sand Lot

FOOD                                T-bone steak at Lil Abners

YEAR IN SCHOOL             Sophomore year in high school because the Dodgers won the 

                                          World Series

BOOK                                The Bible and El Corazón de Piedra Verde by Salvador de                                                            Madariaga

PASTIME                            Watching 50s and 60s Westerns and Baseball games

HISTORICAL FIGURE        Christ Jesus, the Apostle Paul, Abraham Lincoln and

                                          Albert Einstein

TEAM                                The Dodgers

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Lead Cheerleader 

Official Giver of Hugs

Hi there, my name is Ivy and I love this school. I get so excited on my way to work. I didn't always have this great of a life. When I was a baby, my brothers and sisters and I were found under the rubble of a fallen house. There was a big storm on our island, they called it Hurricane Maria

and it hit our island home of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands very hard. I owe my life to some wonderful people who found us and got us to the vet right away. Originally my sister was scheduled to fly to the America, but she got adopted on the island. So one of the nice vets

came in to visit our litter and said "who wants to go to the United States today?" and I jumped right up and ran into her arms! I was ready for adventure! So the nice lady got me a traveling

outfit and took me on three different huge, metal very noisy birds and we flew through the air,

all the way to my new life and family in Arizona. I was on TV and they call me a survivor and said there was no way I should have lived... but I did. I LOVE it here. I don't really like the heat, but I LOVE my family. I love going to my training classes and I most especially love the students at SACA. I am so lucky and blessed to be here. 


FILM                                   A tie between Lady and the Tramp and whatever my dad and                                                    mom are watching at the moment so I can be right on their lap. 

FOOD                                I'm a big fan of steak and cheese. And I really love Carrots.

YEAR IN SCHOOL             Every year. 

BOOK                                I can't read... yet but we are working on it.

PASTIME                            I LOVE to be anywhere with my dad. I love to play ball and go on 

                                          walks and road trips. 

HISTORICAL FIGURE        Snoopy and John Wayne

TEAM                                The Dodgers and the teams at the Puppy Bowl over Thanksgiving

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