Staff Qualifications

A listing of Staff Qualifications is available at each campus upon request.


Kaylee Smith


My name is Kaylee Smith and I am honored to be serving as the Principal here at Cambridge Academy East – Queen Creek Campus.  When you walk in our doors you will immediately feel at home.  Our school has a dedicated and involved group of staff members who are committed to ensuring all of our students have a safe, nurturing and fulfilling educational experience here at Cambridge.  The staff here is committed to providing your children with a challenging and rigorous curriculum that will facilitate the learning of each individual student’s needs.  Our school provides STEM Focused Learning, through targeted electives, specials, and project-based learning.  This provides our students with a great balance in instruction and learning in their classrooms.

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Julia DeRose


Hi!  I’m starting my 3rd year at Cambridge Academy.  This will be my 15th year teaching and Kindergarten is the BEST and we love to read stories!  At home I enjoy time with my 2 lovely children, Keira (5) & Anya (10).  I also enjoying reading and watching movies!


Josh Williams

1st Grade

Hello everyone, my name is Mr. Williams. I am a first year first grade teacher full of excitement. I graduated High School in 2009 from Gilbert High School and I received my BS from ASU in December of 2012. Although I am new to this classroom, I have had plenty of adventures teaching. In the past, I taught aspiring Audio Engineers at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.  Over the last few years, I have worked closely with The Wild Things Bus and Project Exploration traveling and teaching all about this beautiful state and many of the living creatures in it. During this time, I have also worked with dogs at a daycare and boarding facility called Happy Pets Palace and Playground. My dog, Mac, is my best friend and he is used to coming to work with me almost every day so this is going to be a huge change for the little guy.

I am very close with my family and love spending time with them. We are a very tight knit group and they have helped shape the man I have become today. I love my parents, sisters and nephews dearly. They are always there for me and I can proudly say my parents raised me the proper way. I was born in Stuttgart, Germany but have spent most of my life in Colorado and Arizona. I proudly call Arizona home now. We have one of the most beautiful states in the country and there are so many hidden treasures throughout.

In my free time I enjoy listening to music, cooking, playing games (both tabletop and PC), drawing, painting, listening to podcasts, watching movies and reading. I like to stay busy but that just helps me enjoy my lazy time that much more. I also love traveling all over and trying new cuisine. I truly will try pretty much ANYTHING once. Life is full of awesome new things and I don’t want to miss out!


Meredith Bianco

2nd Grade

I am Meredith Bianco and this is my 23rd year in education.  I joined the Cambridge team this past year as the 2nd grade teacher and I love it here!  I have taught everything from preschool to 4th grade and even subbed in high school!  I was also a special education paraprofessional and I have a special place in my heart for those special kiddos.  I am originally from Colorado and I have been married for 14 years now to my husband Aaron.  I have 2 kiddos attending Cambridge, Ellis will be in third grade and Ella will be in 5th this coming school year.  I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, shopping, playing games and going to the movies.  I believe all kids can learn and learning happens in a variety of ways.


Barb Cajowski

3rd Grade

I am the Third Grade Teacher and have called Cambridge Academy my work home for three years!  I have taught for 17 years.  I have also been a Special Education paraprofessional. I am from New York and moved here with my husband and two children in 2005.  When I am not teaching, I love doing crafts like card making and painting. I am also learning American Sign Language.  I love helping to shape the future with the children I teach.


Laura Clauson

4th Grade

Hello, my name is Laura Clauson. I am extremely excited to be teaching 4th grade. I have a degree in education with an emphasis in science from the University of Central Missouri. I have lived in Arizona for about 6 years and am originally from Washington state. I have one son he will be in kindergarten at Cambridge Academy this coming school year. I am a lifetime learner and want all students to find ways they learn best and have some fun doing it.


Pam Virtue

Middle School ELA

Hi! My name is Pam Virtue and I have been teaching for 19 years.  I love what I do, especially creating interesting and stimulating lessons for our students. I am an Arizona native. I attended Arizona State University and earned my Masters Degree from Northern Arizona University. My favorite things to do are camping, riding, travelling, and going to the movies with my husband and friends.  I do love Arizona and all its beauty.  I have three grown children who all attended Cambridge Academy East.


Jessica Vasquez

Middle School Science

Hello and hola! I am so excited to join Cambridge as a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. While in college, I spent two summers in Panama teaching English to rural communities and served as a Spanish Instructor in Oakland, California working with middle school students. Post college, I’ve spent the last year working as a 5th grade teacher in South Mountain. As a first-generation college student, I believe in and have experienced how the power of education promotes change and hope for students, their families and their communities. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, I value hard-work and the importance of diverse cultures, languages, and backgrounds. I am looking forward to joining such an incredible team this year, and have the ultimate goal of pushing students to their full potential through an emphasis on empathy, growth and strong parent-teacher relationships.


Annie Brumbaugh

Math teacher

Hello, my name is Sally Brumbaugh, but please call me Annie.  I am excited to return home after 30 years to Arizona and join the Cambridge family.  This will be my 8th year as a teacher.  I have taught 4th grade and Middle School Math and Science in California.  I graduated from National University with my Bachelor’s degree in 2014, and am currently only two chapters away from completing my Master’s degree in Educational Administration.  When I am not in the classroom, I am running from ball game to ball game cheering for my boys.  


Lashon Placencia

Special Education Teacher

Hi, I am Lashon Placencia, I am the Special Education Teacher at Cambridge Academy. This will be my 3rd year teaching at the school. I grew up in Provo, Utah and moved to Arizona in 2009. I attended Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University where I received a Master of Education degree in Special Education. I have a true passion for working with our young learners and helping each student progress in all areas of their development and academic growth. I strive to create a community of learners that nurture growth in a positive and fun environment. I am excited and looking forward to the upcoming school year!


Cassidy Carrasco

PE / Music

We are fortunate to have Cassidy Carrasco as our P.E. and Music teacher here at Cambridge QC.  Mrs. Carrasco has been teaching young learners for the past 4 years. She combines her years cheering for QCHS, dancing, and playing sports with her experience as a preschool teacher and cheer/dance coach to be the perfect fit as our P.E. and Music instructor.


Mrs. Carrasco enjoys spending time with her husband, Kade, and their son, Maverick.  Both her and Kade are Cambridge QC alumni.  They met in 6th grade, and the rest is history!


Meagan Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Hello! My name is Meagan Lopez. I am married and live in San Tan Valley, AZ . I have lived here for about 10 years now and am originally from Washington. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 8 years raising my 2 daughters(7 and 3). I love to go camping and having lots of family time. I have substituted here and there for Cambridge and was an aide for part of last year. I am now the office administrator assistant and I absolutely love it!


Cindi Wilson

Preschool Teacher

Hi!  My name is Cindi Wilson.  This is my 21st year in education and my 6th year as teacher and director of Cambridge Cubs preschool at Cambridge Academy QC.  I have lived in Arizona since I was 5 years old, so I consider myself a native and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live!  I have been married for 36 years, have raised 3 incredible “kids”, and am blessed with 2 amazing grandchildren.  My husband and I are “empty nesters” except for our sweet cat, Benny.  Teaching  preschool at Cambridge Academy is one of the greatest joys of my life.  Teaching children to be excited about school and learning is my daily goal.  In my free time, I love to spend time with my family, cook, and read.  I am a huge Disneyland fan, lover of Peanuts (Charlie Brown & Snoopy) and I am a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Cambridge Academy family, there is no place I would rather be!


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