Faculty & Staff Anne Frank Inspire Academy

Our team of educators is completely committed to guiding our students toward success. Our teachers believe in a bright future for every student here at Anne Frank, and they work tirelessly to help unlock that future. Please take a moment to become more acquainted with our talented faculty and staff, and be sure to contact them with your questions or concerns.

AFIA Administration

Dr. Nino Etienne
Head of School
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Dr. Timothy Vaughn, Jr.
Associate Head of School
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Mary Brett
Receptionist
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Gabrielle Roberts
Receptionist
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Gabrielle Roberts

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Grace Casarez
Registrar
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Veronica Leckie
LSSP
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Rachel Salinas
Facilitator (SPED)
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Hello! My name is Rachel Salinas. I am the Special Education Facilitator for the elementary, middle, and high school at Anne Frank Inspire Academy. I have been teaching since 2002. I am EC-12th grade special education certified and EC-4th grade bilingual generalist certified. I graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos. I am married and have one son. I enjoy acting, cooking, and traveling with my family. I look forward to working with the students and my team here at AFIA.
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Stephan Tucker
Facilitator (PE)
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Oscar Joens
Instructional Assistant
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Elementary Grades K-5

Brandi Conover
Facilitator (Upper School)
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Hi, My name is Brandi Conover, and this is my first year teaching at Anne Franke Inspire Academy, and my 10th year of teaching in the elementary classroom. I am the 3rd-5th Grade Math teacher, 5th Grade Science teacher, and 3rd Grade advisory. I graduated from U.T.S.A. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, and earned an alternative teaching certificate from ESC Region 20 T.O.P.P. program. I am certified as an EC-4 Generalist teacher, 4-8 Generalist teacher, and am ESL & GT certified. I am married and we have two children, and a dog named Ace. I love to golf, fish, hunt and garden in my free time. I am very excited to have joined the team in upper elementary and enjoying getting to you know your child.
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Brenda Cordero
Instructional Assistant
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Greetings, My name is Brenda Cordero. This is my second year working at Anne Frank Academy. I'm the Teacher Assistant for lower school. I teach Online Learning for K-2nd grade. Also Spanish Class for Kinder to 5th grade. I am married and we have 2 children. We have 3 cats and 2 dogs. On my free time I love going to the movies and spending time with my family.
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Giani Crow
Facilitator (Upper School)
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I am proud to be teaching my 3rd year here at AFIA and enjoy sharing my love of reading and thinking with so many students. I am currently 4th grade adviser, 3-5 reading and writing facilitator, and 4th grade science facilitator. I have just completed in December my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a reading specialization from the University of Texas at Arlington. I hope to become a reading specialist and master reading teacher this year. I also attended the University of Texas at Austin where I received my Bachelor's in Applied Learning and Development.
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Christine Davis
Facilitator (Lower School)
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Kimberly Linkenhoker
Facilitator (Lower School)
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Greetings, My name is Kimberly Linkenhoker. This is my 10th year teaching elementary with 5 years experience teaching kinder and 5 years teaching 1st grade. I was born and raised here in San Antonio. I am graduate of UTSA with a degree in teaching and masters in Early Childhood. Every year I look forward to a successful school year. I have high expectations for each child and I will do my part to help students achieve success. The students here at AFIA are full of knowledge and personality. All the students are eager to learn and I will continue this positive motivation.
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Nia Sterling
Facilitator (Lower School)
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Sally Volgamore
Facilitator (Upper School)
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Welcome ! This is my 3rd year @ AFIA. I teach kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Music, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade Social Studies, 3rd grade Science, and 5th grade Advisory. I have a BA from Cornell College with Texas certification in Music and General Education. My two children are grown and I have one granddaughter. I also have a great dane named Debbie. I play guitar, piano and harp on the worship team @ Oak Hills Church. This year I received a grant from TMEA and purchased a large cajon drum that seats 8 kids !
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Middle School Grades 6-8

Mallorie Alvarez
Facilitator (ELAR)
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I teach ELAR at the middle school. I have been teaching for 8 years and have live in San Antonio all my life.
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Roderick Cox
Facilitator (Math)
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Sandra Faires
Instructional Assistant
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Hi! Welcome to Anne Frank Inspire Academy. This is my second year as an Instructional Assistant at the Middle School. My other roles include 7th grade adviser and gaming instructor. I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and moved to San Antonio in 2015.
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Maria Harwood
Facilitator (Art)
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Claudia Moreno
Facilitator (Spanish)
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Connie Reyes
Facilitator (SS)
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6th Grade: Unit 3 Latin America 7th Grade: Unit 4 Revolt and Unrest in Texas 8th Grade: Unit 4 The Constitution

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Resources, Class Notes, and Assignments can be found on https://afia.itslearning.com

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It’s my 14th year as an educator. I started teaching ESL in Prague, Czech Republic and Linz, Austria in 2003. Then I moved to teach in South Korea in 2004. I returned to San Antonio and spent 5 years as a middle school history teacher at a private school in Alamo Heights. My last position was as the Coordinator and Elective Teacher for the AVID program at Southside ISD.
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Michelle Rosario
Instructional Assistant
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Welcome to A.F.I.A. I graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my 15th year in education, and my first year as an IA working in middle school. I am also a 7th grade advisor and assist with art classes. I am happy to be part of the A.F.I.A. family.
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Terri Signorotti
Facilitator (Science)
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Bertha Velasquez
Instructional Assistant
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High School - Grades 9–11

Megan Amos
Facilitator (Science)
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Steve Calamars
Facilitator (English)
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Born and raised in San Antonio. Attended UT-San Antonio and earned a B.A in Philosophy. I have taught ELAR for 4 years now, primarily with 12th and 9th Grade Levels. I'm really excited to be transitioning from the traditional teaching model, to the more innovative, experimental model offered here at AFIA!
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Austin Gilliam
Instructional Assistant
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I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a concentration in health and physical education.
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Jeff Marsalis
Facilitator (Social Studies)
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Mary Sarli
Facilitator (Math)
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The second semester is quickly coming upon us and I look forward to working with all the students to help them be successful in AFIA.

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Ms. Sarli is an education specialist with over 30 years experience in schools and has been a facilitator for AFIA since the school opened. Ms. Sarli is married with one daughter, three sons, and two granddaughters. Ms. Sarli enjoys traveling around the world and has recently been to Sweden and Norway to see her daughter and her grandchildren.
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