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a few of our teachers' favorite things

Want to gift your child’s teacher a special gift for a holiday, a birthday or just to show your appreciation! The RMRE PTC asked our teachers to tell us a few of their favorite things to take out some of the guesswork for you. If your child’s teacher answered our survey, you’ll find his or her answers below! 

kindergarten

Lisa Hebting

Birthday: March 1
Favorite Sweet Treat: Cookies
Favorite Drink: Mt. Dew or water
Favorite Food: Pizza, sandwiches, Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Anything
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: (to watch) Baseball
Favorite Store: Amazon, Target, Home Goods
Favorite Restaurant: Italian or Mexican
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: I don’t drink coffee
Favorite Color: Black, lime green, navy
Favorite Snack: Something nutty
Favorite Flower: Gebera daisy
Favorite Fruit: Any
Favorite Candy: Reese’s, Twix (dark chocolate, caramel)
How I Like to Relax: 85212

Nicole McBrien

Birthday: April 14
Favorite Drink: Tea, water or anything from Dutch Bros.
Favorite Food: Mexican or pizza
Favorite Dessert: Brownies, cookies, gelato
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Sports Team: Arizona Cardinals
Favorite Store: Amazon, Target
Favorite Restaurant: Oregano’s, Raising Cane’s, Crumbl Cookies
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Mocha or chai tea latte
Favorite Color: Purple, pink
Favorite Hobby: Reading, baking
Favorite Snack: Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Kind Bars
Favorite Flower: Any!
Favorite Fruit: Watermelon, pineapple, strawberries
Favorite Candy: Reese’s, Twix
How I Like to Relax: Watching movies, getting nails done, working out

Gretchen Rodeffer

Birthday: March 12
Favorite Sweet Treat: Crumbl Cookies
Favorite Drink: Dutch Bros coffee, Dr. Pepper
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Cupcakes
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Sports Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Favorite Store: Amazon, Target
Favorite Restaurant: Red, White & Brew: Nello’s, Jalapeno Buck’s
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Iced white mocha
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Hobby: Scrapbooking, knitting
Favorite Snack: Pretzels, Chex mix
Favorite Candy: Hot Tamales, Peanut M&Ms
How I Like to Relax: Reading, watching movies

first grade

Kim Balanoff

Birthday: August 21
Favorite Sweet Treat: Fruit
Favorite Drink: Coffee and sparkling water
Favorite Food: Salad
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears
Favorite Store: Target, Macy’s and Ulta
Favorite Restaurant: Oregano’s, Postino, Wilderness Brewery
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Iced coffee with milk
Favorite Color: Emerald green and royal blue
Favorite Hobby: Traveling, cooking and exercising
Favorite Snack: Peanut butter crackers or snack bars
Favorite Flower: I can’t keep flowers alive, so I prefer not to have them
Favorite Author: I like to read comedian memoirs
Favorite Fruit: All the fruits!
Favorite Candy: I try to avoid candy and sweets
How I Like to Relax: Netflix, podcasts and reading

Lindy Nice

Birthday: January 8
Favorite Drink: Latte
Favorite Food: Trail mix
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Salad and Go
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Latte
Favorite Hobby: Camping
Favorite Snack: Protein bars
Favorite Author: I like memoirs
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
How I Like to Relax: Read

Janet Smolka

Birthday: July 21
Favorite Sweet Treat: Red Vines
Favorite Drink: Diet Coke
Favorite Food: Salsa
Favorite Dessert: Tiramisu
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Sports Team: Diamondbacks
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Chipotle
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Starbucks
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
Favorite Snack: Chips and salsa
Favorite Author: Historical fiction
Favorite Fruit: Apples
Favorite Candy: Payday
How I Like to Relax: Watching Netflix

second grade

Krista Fox

Birthday: October 20
Favorite Sweet Treat: Reese’s
Favorite Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Store: Kohl’s
Favorite Restaurant: Pei Wei
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Hot mocha (no whip)
Favorite Color: Burgundy
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Snack: Sweet/salty trail mix
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Fruit: Strawberry
Favorite Candy: Reese’s
How I Like to Relax: Reading a good book

Wendy Hall

Birthday: October 22
Favorite Sweet Treat: Cookies
Favorite Drink: AZ Green Tea, Classic Coke
Favorite Food: French fries
Favorite Dessert: CC Cookies, brownies
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Store: Kohl’s, Target. Walmart, Hallmark
Favorite Restaurant: Serrano’s
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Iced tea
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Hobby: Running, swimming
Favorite Fruit: I love all fruit.
Favorite Snack: Dark Chocolate Mounds, Peanut M&Ms
How I Like to Relax: Watch TV, run, swim
Something Else to Share: I love dogs, especially Boston terriers

third grade

Kelly Argos

Birthday: July 15
Favorite Sweet Treat: Trail mix
Favorite Drink: Water
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Cookies
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Nando’s
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Latte with almond milk, one Splenda
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
Favorite Snack: Trail mix
Favorite Flower: Any flower is beautiful!
Favorite Author: Anything Arizona Highways
Favorite Candy: Spice drops
How I Like to Relax: Walking my dog or taking a bath

Lora Hogan

Birthday: October
Favorite Sweet Treat: Dark chocolate
Favorite Drink: Water Life or Dasani
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Mod Pizza
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Frozen caramel definitely leche
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Snack: Chex mix bold
Favorite Flower: Sunflower or daisy
Favorite Fruit: Peach
Favorite Candy: Gobstopper

Tina Wylie

Birthday: August 9
Favorite Sweet Treat: Apples or Cutie oranges
Favorite Drink: Water, peach tea
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Ice Cream: Peppermint
Favorite Sport: Binge watching
Favorite Sports Team: Dbacks
Favorite Store: Amazon
Favorite Restaurant: Nando’s, Senor Taco
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Chai tea latte
Favorite Hobby: Baking
Favorite Snack: Popcorn
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Author: Diana Gabaldon
Favorite Fruit: Blueberries
Favorite Candy: Toffiffay
How I Like to Relax: Binge watch shows, read a book

fourth grade

Jennifer Bagnasco

Birthday: February 1
Favorite Sweet Treat: Dark chocolate
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Favorite Store: Nordstroms, Target
Favorite Color: ALL
Favorite Hobby: Hiking
How I Like to Relax: Spa

Melissa Mashore

Birthday: May 1
Favorite Sweet Treat: Peanut or almond M&Ms
Favorite Drink: Vanilla latte
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Cookies
Favorite Ice Cream: Not an ice cream fan
Favorite Store: Anthropologie
Favorite Restaurant: Boca
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Vanilla latte
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Hobby: Sleeping
Favorite Flower: Tulips
Favorite Author: Shel Silverstein
Favorite Fruit: Apples

Teresa Nowicki

Birthday: February 23
Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate, especially with nuts
Favorite Drink: Starbucks black/white mocha frappucino, Coke
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Just about everything – cakes with whipped cream, fruit tarts
Favorite Ice Cream: Almond chocolate
Favorite Sport: Football and hockey
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bears and Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite Store: Dollar Tree, Walmart
Favorite Restaurant: Pita Jungle, Salernos, Postino
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Black and white mocha frappucino
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Hobby: Golf, bowling
Favorite Snack: Caramel corn, pretzels
Favorite Author: Stuart Woods, John Sanford, Catherine Coulter
Favorite Candy: Chocolate with nuts, Chunky, Oh Henry, Almond Joy, Mounds
How I Like to Relax: Read a book

fifth grade

Carol Bean

Birthday: June 6
Favorite Sweet Treat: Zero bar
Favorite Drink: Coke
Favorite Food: Nachos
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Ice Cream: Frozen yogurt
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Sports Team: Miami Dolphins
Favorite Store: Walmart
Favorite Restaurant: Zipp’s
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Hobby: Cleaning
Favorite Snack: Tortilla chips
Favorite Flower: Gardenia
Favorite Fruit: Mango
Favorite Candy: Zero bar
How I Like to Relax: Driving

Jennifer Monteleone

Birthday: October 30
Favorite Sweet Treat: Candy, cookies
Favorite Drink: Coffee, water
Favorite Food: Anything!
Favorite Dessert: Anything!
Favorite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favorite Sport: Horseback riding..?
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Postino
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Latte with almond milk
Favorite Color: Black, grey, blue, purple
Favorite Hobby: Horseback riding, art
Favorite Flower: I’m allergic to most flowers.
Favorite Author: JK Rowling
Favorite Fruit: I love all fruits!
Favorite Candy: Twix, Reese’s
How I Like to Relax: Art, Netflix, hanging out with my dogs or horses
Something Else to Share: I spoil my pets like crazy. I travel a lot. I love art supplies and I drink a lot of coffee.

sixth grade

Adrienne Gardner

Birthday: January 21
Favorite Sweet Treat: Donuts
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla
Favorite Store: Michael’s
Favorite Restaurant: Snooze
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Starbucks
Favorite Color: Orange and blue
Favorite Flower: Daisy
Favorite Fruit: Strawberry
Favorite Candy: Chocolate
How I Like to Relax: Reading

special education

Kelly Downey

Birthday: March 3
Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate caramels
Favorite Drink: Peach tea
Favorite Food: Japanese, Italian, Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Favorite Sports Team: New York Yankees
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Alessia’s
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Caramel macchiato
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Hobby: Reading, going to movies
Favorite Snack: Trail mix
Favorite Flower: Gardenia
Favorite Author: Too many
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Candy: Twix
How I Like to Relax: Reading

Kimberlee Gibson

Birthday: January 29
Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate covered pretzels, Luna bars
Favorite Drink: Coffee, iced tea
Favorite Food: Mexican, Italian, Salad
Favorite Dessert: Cupcakes, brownies, cookies
Favorite Ice Cream: Daquiri ice, coffee,strawberry
Favorite Sport: All
Favorite Sports Team: TCU
Favorite Store: Bath & Body Works, TJ Maxx, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Express, Hollister, Dillard’s
Favorite Restaurant: DeFalco’s; Red, White & Brew; Olive and Ivy; Culinary Drop Out, Thirsty Lion, Lucille’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Wildflower Bread Co., Barrio Queen
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Mocha, latte, frappucino, caramel macchiato
Favorite Color: Black, silver, gold
Favorite Hobby: Baking, working out, collecting recipes
Favorite Snack: Nuts, trail mix, cheese and crackers
Favorite Flower: Tulip
Favorite Fruit: All fruit
Favorite Candy: Hot Tamales
How I Like to Relax: Floating in the pool, reading, watching HGTV, shopping, cooking, hiking

Candace Martinson

Birthday: December
Favorite Sweet Treat: Chocolate chip cookies
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Brownies
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate cake
Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate/brownie
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Kneader’s
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Mocha
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Snack: M&Ms or cookies
Favorite Flower: All
Favorite Candy: M&Ms
How I Like to Relax: Reading

Art, Music, Programs

Karla Harris (Music)

Birthday: September 15
Favorite Sweet Treat: Caramel
Favorite Drink: Tea, coffee
Favorite Food: Fruit
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Chipotle
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Hot green tea
Favorite Color: Purple, green, blue, pink

Melissa Mell (Music)

Birthday: January 14
Favorite Sweet Treat: Caramel
Favorite Drink: Lemonade, sweet green tea
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Dessert: Anything with caramel
Favorite Ice Cream: Turtle
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Sports Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Red Robin
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Caramel macchiato (hot), green tea (cold)
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Hobby: Music, swimming
Favorite Snack: Caramel popcorn
Favorite Flower: Carnation
Favorite Author: Any modern mysteries
Favorite Fruit: Pineapple
Favorite Candy: Lemon fruit wedges
How I Like to Relax: Jigsaw puzzles or playing music

Margaret Wolf (Programs)

Birthday: January 21
Favorite Sweet Treat: Donuts
Favorite Drink: Coffee
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Dessert: Ice cream
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla
Favorite Store: Michael’s
Favorite Restaurant: Snooze
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Starbucks
Favorite Color: Orange and blue
Favorite Flower: Daisy
Favorite Fruit: Strawberry
Favorite Candy: Chocolate
How I Like to Relax: Reading

Administration

Jennifer Heckel

Birthday: December 16
Favorite Sweet Treat: Anything Sweet Tooth Fairy
Favorite Drink: Snapple peach tea
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Ice Cream: Cake batter
Favorite Sport: Hockey
Favorite Sports Team: Arizona Coyotes
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Restaurant: Pei Wei
Favorite Coffeehouse Drink: Praline chesnut latte
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Hobby: Gammage musicals
Favorite Snack: Chips
Favorite Flower: Sunflower
Favorite Author: Stephanie Meyer
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries
Favorite Candy: Skittles
How I Like to Relax: Watch movies/shows
Something Else to Share: I love Disney!