Becky Jones is the Elementary School Director at Empower College Prep Elementary School (Grades K-8). She started at Empower in 2016 and hopes to remain with Empower for many years to come. She is part of the team that moved our Elementary School from a D to a B on the Arizona accountability report card. She is originally from Texas and graduated with a BA from Texas Lutheran University. She moved to Phoenix in 2006 and obtained her MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working on her doctoral degree. Becky was the Teacher of the Year at Imagine Camelback where she taught 2nd grade in 2010-11. She has taught all grades K-6th except 4th and has coached cheerleading, volleyball, and baseball. She has also taught in Massachusetts and Ohio. She loves Arizona the best! Becky is a proven leader and manager and she looks forward to taking the elementary school to the next level.
Assistant Principal of Scholar Development
Kimberly Ward is the Assistant Principal of Scholar Development at Empower College Prep (Grades K-12). She has worked in education for over 20 years in the Phoenix area. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. Her classroom experience includes Math Instruction (7th, 8th, and Honors Algebra), English Language Arts Instruction (2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th ELA), and Instructional Coach. As the Assistant Principal of Scholar Development, she partners with all departments to provide a safe space for all scholars and families to learn and develop their gifts and interests.
Shannon Sarmento attended East Carolina University where she studied Elementary Education. She received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education K-6 and a Masters in School Administration. Shannon obtained a certification in Reading K-12. Shannon has worked in education for 30 years. Her classroom experience consists of Elementary instruction (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th), and served as an Instructional Coach for elementary, middle, and high school.
Shannon is honored to take on the role of an Instructional Coach at Empower Prep. She aims to work as a colleague with classroom teachers to guide and support their professional learning and growth.