Meet Your Middle School Team

Meet Ms. Ruth Heaton


Ruth Heaton first came to Tucson Country Day School in 2005 as a middle school Science teacher after working in Leukemia research for 12 years. She stayed at TCDS for three year, then moved on to teach at Tanque Verde High School for three years. Ruth then returned to research, this time in Lymphoma, for the next five years. Realizing her passion is teaching, Ruth returned to TCDS in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Arizona, a Master of Science degree in Teacher Leadership and a Master of Legal Studies degree with a Certificate of Legal Compliance and Risk Management.

Ruth is an avid Harry Potter fan and enjoys everything written by J.K. Rowling. Ruth also enjoys spending time traveling, playing and/or attending sporting events and learning to play the mandolin.


Meet Mrs. Tammy Hutchings

Tammy Hutchings has been teaching since December 2010 after graduating from Northern Arizona University. She is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a projected graduation date of
December 2017. Tammy has only taught in Tucson, preferring to teach middle school science where she is certified and highly qualified.

Other than teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, sewing, and reading.


Meet Ms. Linda St. Louis

Ms Linda St Louis

Linda St. Louis has not met a math problem that she cannot solve and has been a middle school math teacher for 16 years. She teaches seventh and eighth grade math and one section of Algebra 1 for high school credit. She has spent more than 20 years in the classroom, inspiring individuals and helping them not only learn how to do math, but learn why those skills are critical in life. Linda taught at Tucson Country Day School from 2006-2008 and returned in 2015. She practices project-based learning in her classroom. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Education with a highly-qualified certificate from the state of Arizona to teacher mathematics. Linda is also renowned among students for her brownies, attends most school sporting events and runs the after-school Garden Club with Ruth Heaton.

Linda was born and raised in upstate New York ad has two children. In her spare time, Linda loves to ride her bike and garden.


Meet Mr. Liem Le

022 Liem Le

  • Teaching Position: Middle School Math
  • Favorite book: Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison
  • My favorite part about teaching students: Being with young people willing to work hard and be real
  • If I could eat only one food for the rest of my life, I would choose Pho Noodle Soup.
  • Most rewarding moment in my life thus far: Not sure yet but I’m still looking!


Meet Mrs. Courtney Dodge

063 Courtney Dodge

Courtney Dodge teaches sixth and seventh grade Language Arts and has taught at Tucson Country Day School since 2004 (save for a few years where she worked as a technical writer for a destination marketing company). After coming to the realization that teaching is her true passion and that there’s no better team than her TCDS family, Courtney returned to the school in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Humanities (English Literature) from the University of Arizona, and she recently renewed her education certification. In addition to her work in the classroom, Courtney serves as Co-Advisor of the school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter.


 Meet Ms. Lynda Edoff

Lynda Edoff graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Psychology and Art History as well as from Temple University with a
Masters Degree in Education. She is also a certified, highly-qualified Language Arts teacher.

Lynda has been teaching for 24 years. She has worked in the Philadelphia public school system as well as Amphitheater School district. Lynda’s hobbies are cycling, reading and cooking.


 Meet Mrs. Stacy Barney

Mrs Stacy Barney

Stacy Barney has been a teacher at Tucson Country Day School for 12 years. She started her career here as a third grade and fourth grade teacher and then moved into middle school math. She has taught math for five years, then ELA (English Language Arts) for three years and just finished her first year as a Social Studies teacher. Stacy loves teaching and learning so she feels TCDS is the perfect place for her!

Stacy has three amazing boys – Matthew (20,) Jesse (9) and Cody (7). She has been married to her husband Robert for 14 ½ years. Stacy has a dog named Tyrion Lannister Barney (for GOT fans you know who he is named after!). She loves to crochet in her free time, and she also enjoys reading and watching Hulu and Netflix. She sings in her church choir and absolutely loves to sing on a daily basis. People can often catch her singing to her classes to get their attention or even just for fun. Stacy also co-directs the choir and Singers after school with Ariella Bell. Stacy likes to smile and say hello to everyone she sees. Stop by, and say hello some time!


Meet Mr. Steve Sarappo

065 Stephen Sarappo

Stephen Sarrapo had a great time teaching this past school year, and he looks forward to teaching middle school Social Studies this year. He has two children – Renee and Brooke. 

This summer, Stephen visited Philadelphia for two weeks, and his children got to stay there for a month with family while Stephen worked on his horse fences back in Tucson and visited more of Arizona as he had previously not been north of Phoenix. Favorite vacation destinations for Stephen are St. Thomas Virgin Islands because of the great water and the Jersey shore because of memories he had with his dad as well as the memories he made there with his children.


Meet Mr. Isaiah Kirk

Mr Isaiah Kirk

Isaiah Kirk has been teaching Social Studies at Tucson Country Day School since 2014. He is originally from upstate New York. Isaiah has several college degrees and a long history in Academia. When not at TCDS, Isaiah can be found spending quality family time with his wife Veronica and his children Cruz and Liam.



Meet Mr. Steve Hubble

Mr Steve Hubble

Steve Hubble is currently the middle school Technology teacher and the American Sign Language teacher at Tucson Country Day School. In his six years at TCDS, he has also served as both a long and short-term substitute as well as a paraprofessional. Steve earned his Education degree at the University of Arizona.


Meet Senora Lindsay McDonald

Ms Lindsay McDonald

Lindsay McDonald has been teaching middle school Spanish at Tucson Country Day School since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a minor in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. Lindsay loves traveling, being outdoors, exploring and roller derby! Can you guess what her “true color” is? You got it – orange! Lindsay is always ready for the next adventure.