Meet the Civano Staff


This is Kelly’s 4th year working with Civano as the district administrator. She is always available to answer any questions or concerns and can be reached at 879-2095.

Kelly has been working in Vail for 22 years. She’s taught 1st-4th grade, was a Student Achievement Teacher for 5 years and then has done curriculum work for the last 12 years. She has been working with the Vail Innovation Center for 8 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
520-879-1718

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

Jennifer Porter

Jennifer started as the Civano Technology Coordinator in 2019 but has been teaching and working in Vail since 2006 and is also the Technology Coordinator for Rincon Vista Middle School. She is always happy to answer your technology questions or support with Schoology and Powerschool. You can reach her by email or phone (520.879.3207).

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her teenage daughters, reading, and weight lifting. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and loves being able to help teachers and students with technology integration.

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.  

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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. 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!

This coming year will be Donald’s second year teaching at Civano, twenty-fourth in the Vail District, and thirty-ninth overall. Please stop doing the math in your head. He earned his B.A. in elementary education at the University of Arizona, and masters from NAU. Donald is blessed with a patient wife and two amazing adult children.

When not teaching, he enjoys reading, running, bicycling, and solving the cryptoquip in the newspaper. He lives on the southeast side, close enough to occasionally bike to school. Donald is passionate about teaching science and all things scientific, but particularly enjoys insects. If you find an interesting one, dead or alive, send it his way.

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.

Debbie began serving as the School Psychologist at Civano in 2018, but has been working as a School Psychologist in Vail since 2001. Please feel free to contact Debbie via email or phone (520.879.2061) with any questions and she will gladly assist in any way possible.

When not serving in her role in Vail, Debbie enjoys spending time with her family and two boxer puppies as well as practically any outdoor activity, gardening, and reading. She is active in our community and strives to collaborate with educators, students, and families to achieve their goals.

Kayleigh has been with the Vail School District for three years, but this is her first year teaching at Civano. She previously taught special education and is excited to transition to teaching visual arts. Kayleigh has been a practicing artist for over a decade and works in film photography, illustration, and printmaking. She is also an art museum educator and have facilitated art programs at the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art – Tucson. Kayleigh is currently pursuing her PhD at the UA in Art & Visual Culture Education where much of her work involves making art museums more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. She also teaches courses at the UA in art and art education. In her spare time, she loves to read, cook, make art, and hang out with her dog, Rey, and her cat, Jetson.

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