Our great staff

Superintendent
Jean Thomas

Jean Thomas joined the staff at the Academy of Building Industries as principal when the school opened in the 2004-05 school year. Holding a Masters in Educational Leadership and a Bachelors of Science in Education, with an Emphasis in Art, from Northern Arizona University. 

We are pleased to announce that Jean has become the Superintendent of the Academy of Building Industries. Jean has been the principal of AOBI for 18 years, and we’re excited to see this new transformation for AOBI.

Jean will maintain her role as the academic advisor for all staff, as well as oversee all goings-on on campus. She will continue her dedication to support the strong team of staff at AOBI, and to foster a family-like atmosphere for all staff and students. 

Vocational Director
Paula Deshaw

WIth 25+ years of teaching experience, Paula joined the team at AOBI in 2015 as the instructor in woodshop and carpentry classes. Today Paula not only oversees the woodshop courses, but is also the Vocational Director managing the entire vocational department.

SPED/ Resource
Michele Trautwein

With over 12 years of teaching experience, Michele holds a Bachelors of Science in Special Education and joined our staff in 2022.  She is our Special Education Director, special education teacher and 504 program coordinator.

Business Manager
Jeri Young

Jeri has served the Academy of Building Industries since its launch in 2004, starting as an Instructional Aide and eventually becoming the Business Manager. Since college, Jeri’s primary focus has been centered in business leading her to many opportunities throughout her  career ranging in positions from receptionist to service representative and management.

At the Academy, Jeri fulfills a wealth of duties from purchasing to Human Resources in addition to instructing two elective Business Math classes. These classes teach students the basics in business mathematics, inventory, and cash register operation.

Office Manager/Registrar
Sierra Sowder

Contact Email: sierrasowder@aobihs.com
 As a student, Sierra began as an office intern at AOBI. Due to her excellent performance, she was hired upon graduation as the office secretary.  Sierra is an invaluable asset to AOBI, taking on any job she’s given and doing an exemplary job. She has now become AOBI’s first Office Manager.

Attendance Clerk/Office Secretary
Makenzie Garcia

Contact Email: mgarcia@aobihs.com
Makenzie is the third AOBI graduate who went through the office internship program to get hired as a fulltime employee. Makenzie has taken her role as office secretary to another level due to her vast knowledge of office skills she learned as a student. She is dedicated to AOBI and a great member to our team. She is also our first ever “attendance clerk”. You can email her with all of your attendance questions or concerns. 

 

 


 

AOBI’s Excellent Teachers

ART Jean Thomas
BUSINESS MATH Jeri Young
COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING & DESIGN Glenn Jessen
DRONE PILOTING Glenn Jessen
ENGINEERING Aimee Lovelace
ENGLISH Andi Clark aclark@aobihs.com
GREENHOUSE PRODUCTION Chris Aldridge
GUITAR Rob Sturms rsturms@aobihs.com
HEALTH & WELLNESS Aimee Lovelace
MATH John Erbland
ROBOTICS Aimee Lovelace
SCIENCE Christopher Aldridge
SOCIAL STUDIES John Newell
SPECIAL EDUCATION Michele Trautwein
WELDING/METAL ART Rada Drndarski
WOODSHOP Paula Deshaw
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