Tadeo Pfister

I was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona along the US/Mexico border and learned to speak Spanish at a very early age. I spent much of my youth working at my dad’s animal hospital and visiting Nogales, Sonora with my Nana. I moved to Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico in 1991 where I spent the… Read more »

Marcus Whitaker

I have been working on projects with young people since graduating with a degree in sociology from Manchester Met University in England in 1997. After a year working on environmental education in Malawi I started my formal teaching career in London in 2004 where I taught in a large urban high school.  In 2009 I… Read more »

Steve Beall

This is my third year at PFFS, and I am happy to be returning to this wonderful community. Before teaching here, I was employed at one of the first charter high schools in Tucson where I taught science courses, developed an early college program, oversaw a Biosphere 2 student research partnership, and managed the school… Read more »

Gabriella (Gaby) Gutierrez

Hello there! My name is Gaby Gutierrez and I teach 6/7 Humanities at PFFS. I am excited to be back for another great year. I have lived in Tucson for most of my life and have grown to really like it here, especially during monsoon season. I am a University of Arizona alumna and long… Read more »

Carman Ryken

My name is Carman Ryken,  and I have always had so many passions in life that it is hard to name them all. I love to eat and cook new foods, travel to new places, and especially learn new things!  A few of the fun things I have learned in my life include dancing, sewing,… Read more »

Mallory Reed

It seems like I am destined to belong to places that begin with the letter “P.”  I was born and raised in a tiny town called Potsdam, New York, which is about an 8-hour drive north of New York City and about 30 minutes south of the Canadian border.  Sometimes it is too cold to… Read more »

Ariane Mohr-Felsen

  Hey all! I’m Ariane and I run our Expedition program (our weekly field trips throughout Tucson!) and our AfterSchool program. I’ve been working at PFFS since 2013 and couldn’t be happier. I feel lucky to come to work every day…in fact, it doesn’t really feel like work to me, instead it feels like coming… Read more »

Sherry Mulholland

  I started part time at Paulo Freire in January of 2006 and have been hooked ever since. I have the wonderful job of helping students whenever they may need extra help or an extra challenge. When I tell people I meet about the students, staff, and mission of the school, they are in disbelief… Read more »