English Department Chair
Q: What unique characteristic do you bring to Red Mountain?
Cupryk: I am an Arizona-born native who was raised in a small town public school system, yet I have traveled extensively. I understand both the value and ability for students in any area to grow and expand their perspective and identity.
Q: What made you decide to be a teacher?
Cupryk: Since fifth grade I have known that I enjoy helping others, especially when it comes to helping them better understand how or why something is done. Ultimately it is the spark of understanding that lights a student’s eyes that motivates me to keep teaching.
CTE Agriculture Science
Q: Why did you choose Red Mountain?
Hicks: I’ve worked at Red Mountain for five years. I first started as a student teacher with farming and ranching experience. I then replaced the old agricultural teacher who decided to pursue his doctorate degree.
Q: What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Hicks: I love teaching the youth, and I have a passion for agriculture. My favorite thing is the ‘light bulb’ effect, the learning experience, when a student’s ‘gets it’ and finds out the answer.
Q: What is your position at Red Mountain? What do you do on a day to day basis?
Gallardo: I’ve worked for Red Mountain for five wonderful years as the Auditorium Stage Manager for the Performing Arts Department. On a day to day basis I track and set up for all events from campus and district activities as well as rentals. I set up and produce performance rental events with special lighting and sound needs.
Q: What unique characteristics do you bring to Red Mountain?
Gallardo: I have brought the presentation of our activities/events to another level as I want to create an experience that is truly memorable. I brought a true visual and sound experience that no other school presents. My goal was to reinvent the Venue.