Meet the Civano Staff

This is Kelly’s first year working with Civano as our district administrator. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns and can be reached at 879-2095 or

Kelly has been working in Vail for 19 years.  She’s taught 1st-4th grade, was a Student Achievement Teacher for 5 years and then has done curriculum work for the last 9 years.  She has been working with the Vail Innovation Center for 5 years. 

On a personal note, she and her husband have two boys.  She enjoys doing crossfit and vacationing in Mexico. 

  • Lydia Crain
  • School Coordinator

Lydia Crain has been teaching, leading, and involved as a parent in the Vail School District since 1995. She received a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification in History and Physical Education from ASU and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from NAU. Lydia has worked worked as an elementary and physical education teacher in Vail, an adjunct instructor at the University of Arizona (2003-2008), and as the Principal at Rincon Vista Middle School (2009-2015). Lydia has two children Trevor (20) and Danielle (17) — both Civano alums. Lydia and her family enjoy being outdoors, hiking mountains, visiting far-flung friends and family, cooking, and physical training.

Lydia Crain
Civano Community School Coordinator

Contact :

p: 879-1718

Nicole Collins – Administrative Assistant
If you have a question call me, at 520-879-1702, or come by any time!

BJ Madsen:

This is my 18th year teaching here in the Vail School District and my 4th here at Civano. During this time, I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 6th/7th grade and served as a Reading Specialist for 6 years. I have a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Language, Reading, and Culture, both from the U of A. I also have a reading specialist certification and a special education endorsement. I am married and have 3 young boys and we live right here in the Civano neighborhood. In my spare time (ha!) I enjoy reading, singing, watching movies, riding my bike and I’m learning how to play the guitar!

Reanna Hawk:

I earned a B.S. in Library Sciences with an emphasis in children’s literature and school libraries. I also hold a certificate in Montessori teaching for preschool age children. I have spent 17 years caring for the next generation- from assisting at a Montessori school to teaching at several elementary school’s before-and-after school programs and eventually running and teaching at my own in-home preschool.

               I’m married with 2 amazing daughters and I am blessed with an awesome step daughter and two great, energetic step sons. I live in Sierra Morado and love working in the neighborhood.

               In my spare time I love reading, creative writing and walking my Great Dane. I am so excited to be a part of Civano Community School.

My passion for teaching and learning began as a child and is still the guiding factor in my life. I was raised here in Tucson and just love the desert. I’m an Arizona Wildcat, completing two degrees at the University of Arizona. My first degree is in Anthropology because I have always been curious about human societies, their cultures and development. While studying Anthropology, I was an intern at the Arizona State Museum and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. My experience in those two museums inspired me toward my second degree, Elementary Education. I absolutely loved teaching children in these two amazing museums. My quest for a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction is ongoing through Grand Canyon University, I expected to graduate at the end of August 2017!

For eleven years, I lived and taught on a small island in the Western Pacific called Saipan (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Teaching in this culturally diverse population of people was the experience of a lifetime. My time there allowed me to travel to many different countries and gave me a unique perspective on the world. What better way to combine my passion for teaching, learning, and curiosity about other cultures!

I have two wonderful children, my son just began his college career at the U of A, and my daughter is a Junior in high school.  I just got engaged at Thanksgiving, we are planning a spring wedding. My family and I enjoy hiking, camping, watching movies, traveling and just being silly together. In my free time I love reading, drawing, and doing just about anything outside.

Please feel free to contact me at:

I was born and raised, in Omaha Nebraska, spending many weekends on my Grandparent’s Farm. Around my house, I enjoyed playing in the snow, catching lightening bugs, playing sports, making forts, and playing pranks on the adults, with friends. This November, 2017, marks 18 years with the Vail School District, and Civano. My original plan, was to get a job with the District, so I could be on the same schedule as my children. Stephanie is 27, and Taylor, is 26. I soon realized, I loved working with children, and seeing them laugh, and actually, enjoying school. I never really enjoyed school, being the “class clown,” I was always getting into trouble with the Nuns, for my practical jokes. As I entered high school, it was more accepted, and appreciated, by teachers and my peers. Since I was 15, I’ve always had a job, only taking a few years off, after my children were born. My first, Mcdonalds. After 13 plus years, as a manager, I then became a Co-owner/operator of a Wienerschnitzel Franchise. I had many responsibilities, and tried to make the work place, fun. I believe there’s a time for work, and play. My hobbies are, watching crime shows, reading, relaxing, singing Karaoke, and cooking.

I was the second teacher hired at Civano Community School after founder Pam Bateman. I taught at the school back in the day when it was housed in a model home in the neighborhood, and was involved in the planning and construction of the ‘new’ building. I got to teach at the new location for a year, then relocated to the Chicago area for 13 years. I have a BA in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Summer 2016 I returned to the desert. I live in the neighborhood with my husband, Ted, and my ancient cat. I love writing, reading, music, yoga and learning. It feels good to to be back in Civano and I’m glad to be teaching at the school again!

Emily Chandler teaches Math and can be contacted at 


Donald Reese teaches Science and can be contacts at

Mrs. Crain teaches PE for the school and can be contacted at:

This is my first year at Civano, and I am excited to be here! I travelled all the way from Pittsburgh, PA to become part of this wonderful community. I previously lived in Tucson for 7 years, and am overjoyed to move back to the place I truly feel is my home. Currently, I am enrolled a Masters of Education of Applied Behavioral Analysis program. Upon graduation in 2018, I will be able to sit for the BCBA exam. I graduated with a BA in 2016, where I majored in Communication Disorders and minored in Developmental Psychology. I enjoy working with children, listening to music, refurbishing old furniture, and going on nature hikes with my daughter.

I am privileged to be Civano’s Speech-Language Pathologist. I hold ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence and am licensed in speech-language pathology in Arizona. I moved to Tucson in 2014 after working for thirty-three years as a speech-language pathologist, special education teacher, and general education teacher in El Paso. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. I am also a certified general education teacher for grades 1-8 and all areas of special education.

In the public school setting, I have provided speech therapy to students ages three through twenty-one. I have extensive experience working with students of all ages with disabilities including autism, language based learning disabilities, early language delay, stuttering, and phonological/articulation disorders. I also have experience as a self-contained special education teacher working with students with autism, intellectual disabilities, and physical disabilities.

As a new Tucsonan, I enjoy hiking and birding in the nearby national parks, watching independent movies at the Loft cinema, and bike riding in my neighborhood.

I am confident that as an experienced speech-language pathologist I can make a positive contribution to the students and families in the Civano community.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with me at any time, I may be reached at (520) 879-1702 or

Erik Plank has extensive kitchen experience and can be contacted at: