Carden Faculty

Mrs. Harris

Kindergarten | 1st Grade 

Mrs. Harris came to Carden, first, as a parent in 2013. Two of her boys are currently enrolled, while her oldest has graduated from Carden and moved onto high school. She joined the Carden staff in 2016 as the playground monitor and Office aide and is excited to move into the position of the Kindergarten Teacher. Mrs. Harris holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in family studies and has her Early Childhood Certification.

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Ms. Nichols

Second Grade | Third Grade

Ms. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, K-12 Teaching Certification from University of Arizona. She joined Carden of Tucson Staff in 1999 as the Health Science, Physical Education, Art Teacher, and PTO member. In 2003, Ms. Nichols began an extensive journey in Health Sciences, Therapeutic Massage Certification, Language Arts, and Structured English Immersion Training. Returning in 2010 to Carden as Kindergarten Assistant and Substitute Teacher K-8. She is in her 9th year as a Primary Teacher. Currently Ms. Nichols is teaching a 2nd and 3rd grade combination class. She thrives in teaching Math and Language Arts. Her gift is motivating others to pursue their dreams!

Ms. Stoner

Fourth Grade | Fifth Grade

Ms Stoner holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She joined the Carden Faculty in 1994 as the fifth grade teacher. She loves sports (especially baseball and hockey). She is a member of the Jane Austen Society and loves English literature. She loves to travel and has visited Canada and the most of the United States.

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Ms. Bennon

Sixth Grade

Stacy Bennon was born and raised here in Tucson, Arizona and truly loves the Sonoran Desert. She attended school at the University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, has certification for middle school science, and holds a provisional endorsement for gifted education. She has enjoyed teaching for 16 years. Her passions include: traveling, reading, theater, hiking, and all things involving her family.

Ms. Chilton

Seventh & Eighth Grade

Ms. Chilton joined the Carden Faculty in 2004 after working ten years in all aspects of the computer industry. She holds Masters Degrees in Anthropology from USA. Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and School Administration from GCU. She holds Middle School endorsements in middle school mathematics and language arts. Ms. Chilton is the eighth grade homeroom teacher and teaches middle school social studies and pre-algebra. Ms. Chilton has a love of literature, history and religion. She is a great fan of the outdoors and hiking.

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Mr. Claridge

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Mr. Claridge


Mr. Claridge grew up in Tucson, AZ and graduated from Flowing Wells High School. After serving a 2 year church mission in Italy, he attended Brigham Young University where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in dance. While at BYU, he performed and toured with BYU's Ballroom Dance Company, Dancers' Company and Theater Ballet.

After graduation, Mr. Claridge became the director of the modern dance program at Rick's College (BYU Idaho). He was the director and choreographer for the school of Contemporary Dance Theater and Extravadance touring company (10 years).

Mr. Claridge also taught dance at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky (4 years), and directed the jazz dance and modern dance program at the University of Wyoming (5 years).
Music has been an important part of Mr. Claridge's whole life. He began learning to play the piano when he was 6 years old and eventually studied piano with a visiting professor from Hungary at the University of Arizona. He also loves to direct choirs and put together musical productions of all kinds.

Mrs. Carns

Special Education

Mrs. Carns spent over 20+ years in the USAF and retired from active service in 2008. She has been to Germany, Luke AFB, Korea, deployed to the Middle East, and drove up the
Alaska/Canadian (ALCAN) Highway when reassigned to Elmendorf AFB in Alaska. Mrs. Carns was reassigned to Davis-Monthan AFB in 2001 to be closer to ailing family members. She volunteered with the Reading Seed Program during her time in the Air Force, assisting first through third grade students to read. She has worked in Behavioral Health profession and has been a caregiver for family members as she worked to complete her Bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Carns was able to complete the required observations as well as her student teaching at Carden in the Spring of 2014. She graduated in May 2014 with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education and currently holds a highly qualified certification in both areas. Mrs. Carns has taught third though eighth grade for the past 4 + years. She enjoys walking, hiking, watching sunsets, spending time with family, cooking, baking, reading nonfiction books, especially in the areas of history, literature, and forensic science.

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Coach Zagrodzki

PE / Health K-8

"Coach Z" grew up on the East coast in a small town in New York. She attended college there while on a soccer scholarship and got her degree in Sports Management. She moved to Tucson six years ago and has been the Sports Coordinator at the Northwest YMCA for the last three years, where she runs all youth and adult sports programs. Coach Z joined the Carden family in January of 2019. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching PE and Health for grades K-8th and cannot wait to get a Full- Year of teaching under her belt. Coach Z still plays soccer in the Adult Soccer League here in Tucson as well as teaches yoga in the community. Coach Z really enjoys reading, running, volunteering, and just being outside in nature. Sports has been a part of Coach Z's life since the age of 5 and has shaped her into the person she is today. She hopes that she can help the youth of Carden to be positively impacted by sport as well!

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Mrs. Korth

Sixth Grade | Sixth Grade Blog

Mrs. Korth is originally from Southern California, but has lived in Arizona for the past 24 years. She has had many interesting jobs throughout her life. For example, she has worked in the defense industry doing computer aided design, three dimensional design and printed circuit board design. Her principal focus has been music and she has taught music for the past 35 years. Her main instrument is the piano, but she also plays the organ, guitar, and flute. She has been on the board of the Arizona Music Teachers Association and the Tucson Music Teachers Association. She taught music at Carden for 2 years, kindergarten for 2 years, and she taught French, Health Science, Algebra I and Algebra II, and Band one year. Her hobbies include writing music, gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting, painting folk art, and doing genealogy.