Academy Leadership

Yvette Cooper, Headmaster

Yvette Cooper is an experienced educator with a deep commitment to elementary education. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. With over 12 years of teaching experience across multiple grade levels (1st through 5th), Yvette brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the classroom.

In 2022, Mrs. Cooper became a valued member of the Great Hearts family, where she dedicated her expertise to teaching 5th-grade math and science. Beyond the classroom, she actively engages in her community, balancing her commitment to education with a strong sense of social responsibility.

In her leisure time, Mrs. Cooper enjoys exploring new destinations through travel, cherishing moments with her family, and actively participating in community service initiatives. Her multifaceted interests and dedication to both education and community make her a dynamic and well-rounded professional.

Kara Marzulo, Assistant Headmaster

Kara Marzulo 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. She 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.

When she is not teaching, Mrs. Stecker enjoys spending time escaping to the beach or exploring Arizona with her husband and three children.

Glory Pabon, Dean of Students