Teachers VITAs are located in the front office.
Margarita Adaro | Spanish Teacher
Me llamo Margarita Adaro and I am from Mexicali Baja California (Cachanilla). I received a B. A in Liberal Arts, Spanish from San Diego State University (2000). I taught at South Mountain Community College (2003-2010); Spanish I,II, 201,202, Spanish for Medical Terminology, and Speedy Spanish I, II, III for traveling. I also taught at North Point Preparatory (2004-2007); Spanish I, II and Spanish for Conversation.
A strong advocate of hands on, inquiry based learning, I involve my students in a variety of community service, and problem solving and technology infused activities that provide them with opportunities to use their Spanish to help others. Language is the great love of my life, and computers are in my blood, so the two together are the perfect match. In my free time I love spend time with my 3 girls; Kimberly, Isabella and Valentina. In my own time I love traveling, trying new restaurants, hiking, movies, and reading – especially.
Ashley Bodden | Social Studies/PE Teacher
Ashley Bodden was born and raised in South Dakota. She attended the University of South Dakota, where she received a Bachelors in Education with an emphasis in History and Physical Education. For the last three years she has been teaching at a charter high school. During her teaching experience she has taught a variety of subjects including: Social Studies, English, Math and Special Education. Ms. Bodden is passionate about student learning and student success both in and outside the classroom.
Outside of the classroom you will find Ms. Bodden spending time with her family. She enjoys sports of all kinds and participates in many intramural sports. When not playing sports she enjoys reading, shopping and traveling. Ms. Bodden is excited about the opportunity to teach at International Charter School of Arizona and can’t wait to meet all the students, parents, and staff.
Alexandra Ditchey | Language Arts and Math
Born in Arizona, Alexandra Ditchey attended Northern Arizona State University for a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Arizona State University for a Masters in Elementary Education. After receiving her degree she moved to Washington D.C. to teach at the Washington International School. Gaining a higher intelligence and acquisition of refined respect, passion, and leadership for education and being a global citizen she has taught in International Schools in Shanghai, China and Hanoi, Vietnam. Returning to Arizona after two years of teaching in Asia she is excited to join the International Charter School of Arizona and bring home all of learned global experiences and values.
In her free time, Alexandra spends time outside with family and friends; swimming, hiking, camping, and boating. She is also interested in the art and likes to paint, draw, learn the guitar, and write. With a passion for teaching and learning, she is excited to implement International standards and values, to apply student-centered and hands on learning, and guide a safe community of life long learners.
Andrea Koutsky | Science Teacher
Andrea Koutsky was born and raised in the beautiful state of Alaska, before moving to Arizona to attend Arizona State University in 2003. She graduated from ASU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. For the last four years, Ms. Koutsky has been teaching middle and high school science at a local charter school. She’s taught a wide range of classes, including Math, Chemistry, Physical Science, Forensics, Biology, Chemistry, and Into to Kinesiology. She received IB training for high school science, and is excited to learn more about the middle years IB program. Ms. Koutsky is passionate about health and exercise, and incorporates these into her teaching whenever possible. She works hard to challenge her students and to make learning exciting and relevant to students’ lives.
For fun, Ms. Koutsky loves music, travel, exercise, and the outdoors. She’s enjoyed many trips with her family throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and has also traveled to Mexico, Fiji, and Australia, where her family spent a year when her dad was participating in an international teaching exchange.
These days, when Ms. Koutsky isn’t teaching, you will likely find her studying. She recently started a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program through Nova Southeastern University, which will keep her very busy, but definitely current in her science studies. Ms. Koutsky is excited about being a part of this new school, and looks forward to meeting and working with all the staff, students and parents.
Bridget Yonke | Art/Technology Teacher
Bridget Yonke grew up in Northwest Indiana, approximately 45 minutes from Chicago, Illinois. In 2006, Ms.Yonke graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts Education and is certified to teach grades K-12.
After graduating from Purdue, Ms. Yonke taught at a private school in southern Indiana. It was there that Ms. Yonke realized the importance of teamwork and support within a school community, as well as her passion for teaching. Ms. Yonke spent three years challenging students in Indiana before she moved cross-country to begin a life with her fiancé in Scottsdale, Arizona. Upon relocating, she became an Art instructor at a public school in Avondale, Arizona. When Ms.Yonke sought out an Art position that would better align with her passion and appreciation for the Arts, she found ICSAZ. Ms. Yonke is excited to work with a team of professionals as enthusiastic as she is about stretching creative minds.
In her spare time, Ms.Yonke can be found going to concerts of all kinds, researching her ancestry, reading a few good books or trying new ways to create art. Currently, she has been planning for her wedding in early October. Ms. Yonke is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the International Charter School of Arizona this school year and looks forward to meeting new students, families and colleagues.