Academy Leadership

Toyin Atolagbe, Headmaster

Toyin was part of the founding faculty of Archway Classical Academy Trivium and Archway Classical Academy Arete. She has been in the educational field for fifteen years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and administrator. She received a BA degree in English Language and Literature from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Then, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Lethbridge, Canada. In her spare time, she loves cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.


Kara Marzulo, Assistant Headmaster

Kara earned her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined Great Hearts in 2011 and taught fifth-grade at Archway Chandler for four years. During that time, she also served in an administrative role in which she oversaw implementation of the Singapore Math curriculum, observed and coached faculty, and endeavored to boost student achievement. She also worked as a Great Hearts Network Instructional Coach to support teachers across the network in their professional development. In her spare time, Mrs. Marzulo enjoys performing in theater and dance, and spending time with her family and puppies.

Erin Stecker, Dean of Academics

Erin Stecker is excited to continue her classical education experience with Great Hearts.   Mrs. Stecker and her family moved from Texas and began her Great Hearts career with the opening of Lincoln in 2015. Mrs. Stecker is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is certified in Mathematics thru 8th grade and Reading thru 6th grade. She also holds an ESL certificate and Gifted and Talented Endorsement. Prior to arriving in Arizona, Mrs. Stecker has taught in 3rd grade, 2nd grade, served as a Math Interventionist (grades 3-5), and taught Pre-K part time while her children were young. This year Mrs. Stecker will be transitioning into the role of Dean of Academics. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Stecker enjoys spending time escaping to the beach or exploring Arizona with her husband and three children.

Dale Cook, Dean of Students

Dale Cook has lived in the valley since 2004, living in Mesa, and graduating from ASU. At ASU, Coach Cook studied Kinesiology, and worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley. He has worked with kids in athletic programs for over a decade, coaching and mentoring student-athletes as they learn how to live an active and healthy life. In his spare time, Coach Cook enjoys playing soccer, cooking and exercising with his wife, and spending time outdoors with his big black dog, Chief.