Meet Your Middle School Team


Meet Ms. Ruth Heaton

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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 taught at TCDS for three years, 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

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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. Billy Russas

A recent transplant from Florida, Billy Russas is our new Middle School Math Teacher. He earned his degree in Biological Sciences with minors in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. 

After teaching for a year, Billy came to Tucson to be closer to family. His major interests include hiking, camping and exotic animals. Billy is excited to get to know our school and community.

 

Meet Mrs. Courtney Dodge

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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 Mr. Brian Kievit

Brian Kievit has been part of our Tucson Country Day School community for 11 years now – as a middle school teacher (in both Science and Social Studies), the director of the school’s Gifted Program A.C.E. (Advanced Champion Education), and now Brian is back to middle school as a Social Studies teacher once again. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University as well as various educational qualifications and endorsements.

Brian is a veteran of the U.S. Army (Airborne!). He is married to a fellow educator and enjoys spending their school breaks traveling and seeing new parts of this wonderful planet. Brian’s interests include Star Wars, Marvel comics (especially Captain America), playing guitar and playing board games. He has a “Sci-Fi” club at TCDS, and it has been a long-running lunch time haven for adventurous, like-minded middle school gamers. Finally, because she demands attentions, Brian has an amazing twin sister!

 

Meet Mr. Isaiah Kirk

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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.