Meet Mrs. Kala Phelps
Kala Phelps, M.Ed., has been working at TCDS since 2006. She started as a fifth grade teacher and then moved to middle school to teach social studies. She has found her favorite place to teach, and that is in art! Kala teaches art to first through eighth grade students.
Kala has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in printmaking and painting from the University of Arizona. She also has a master’s degree in education. Kala has authored and published articles about teaching art and has presented at education conferences. She is married with two children who also attend TCDS. Kala owns a desert tortoise named Flash and two poodles, Tesla and Ripley. When not teaching, she can be found creating her own art and exploring Arizona with her family. Kala loves adventure and having fun!
Meet Mrs. Ariella Bell
K-4th Grade Music & Middle School Choir Teacher
Ariella Bell has been a music teacher at Tucson Country Day School since 2014. She teaches K-5 music and the middle school 7th and 8th grade choir. Ariella also loves helping with the Singers choir and Drama Club after school, and she teaches piano in her spare time. Ariella has been leading youth and adult choirs on and off since 2002. It is her passion.
Ariella is married to a military man and has four amazing and talented kids. Ariella loves fitness and teaches a yoga and Pilates class at comes local gyms and coaches when she can.
Meet Mr. Adriel Reynolds
4th-8th Grade Music Teacher
Adriel is an Oklahoma native who now studies Music Composition at the University of Arizona. He holds degrees in Music Education, Saxophone Performance and Music Composition, and he is working on writing a handbook for beginning music composers.
In his free time, Adriel likes to read Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, play video games, run tabletop RPGs (role-playing games) and sing in choir.
Meet Mr. Tim Hall
Elementary P.E. Teacher and Athletic Director
Tim Hall has been teaching elementary physical education at Tucson Country Day School since the 2004-2005 school year. He has been the head coach of the middle school girls’ basketball team since its founding in 2006, the head coach of the middle school flag football team since 2009, and the middle school softball coach since its founding in 2009. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Education in History with a minor in Athletic Coaching from the University of Arizona.
Tim is a die-hard Arizona Wildcats fan, attending every home football game since November 2002. He is also a fan of everything Star Wars, the Harry Potter series, Disney and a wide variety of other science fiction and superhero works. Tim also enjoys escaping the heat by going to Mt. Lemmon for hikes.
Meet Mr. Steve Sarappo
Middle School P.E. Teacher
Stephen has had a great time teaching at TCDS for the past two years, most recently as a middle school Social Studies teacher. He looks forward to his new position as middle school P.E. teacher this year.
Stephen has two children – Renee and Brooke. Last 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 Senora Elsa Frederickson
Elementary Spanish Teacher
This will be Elsa Frederickson’s fifth year teaching elementary Spanish at Tucson Country Day School. She is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico and is really passionate about the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Elsa has a Law degree and has been working with children for more than 11 years.
Elsa loves coffee, chocolate and Mexican food, but what she loves most is Tucson sunsets and spending time with her family.
Meet Senora 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.