Mrs. Gunn-Ader has worked in education for over 10 years, as both a teacher and academic counselor. She was part of the founding teacher staff at Copper Point School and was proud to accepted the role as Principal in 2016. Mrs. Gunn-Ader’s philosophy: “You have all the ingredients within you for success, so you just need to learn a recipe, which includes hard-work and persistence.”
As a Tucson, native she attended Marana School District for her K-12 education. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in communication, from the University of California, Davis. Mrs. Gunn-Ader begin her career in education as a Special Education Teacher in Vacaville, California. She earned a MBA in 2010, while working as an academic counselor. Mrs. Gunn continues to be certified as secondary teacher and special education teacher, in addition to being our principal.
When she is not here at our campus, Mrs. Gunn-Ader can be found with her family, two teenage sons and husband, riding quads, playing paint ball, camping, or hiking with their 4 dogs. Growing up in Tucson she is passionate about education in the community and giving back to the community. She volunteers regularly at the local fire department and tutors over the summer.
Mrs. Quintanar has lived in Tucson since 2002. She graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education and a minor in English Education. She has taught at multiple charter schools and is proud to be a part of the opening of Copper Point Schools. She enjoys reading, writing, and crafts. Mrs. Quintanar has two cats and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Ryan was educated in both Tucson Unified School District and graduated from one of the first charter schools in Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Philosophy, and German Studies and also received his M. Ed in Secondary Education in 2009. In addition, he is certified to teach Government and Economics. In the past he has coached an award winning Speech and Debate team earning 3rd Place overall in the Arizona 4A division, and several 1st place individual trophies. He was the lead counselor at an English Adventure Camp in Radolfzell, Germany. He has also led travels with students internationally. His hobbies include soccer, travel, camping, playing around with technology, and learning new things.
I grew up in Sierra Vista, Arizona and moved here to Tucson for college in 2009. I graduated from the University of Arizona with my degree in History. One of my biggest passions is the sport of Volleyball, though I don't play competitively too much anymore I have put all of my focus into coaching. I currently am the head coach of the Girls Junior Varsity team at Catalina Foothills High School, while also coaching the Men's Club Volleyball Team at the University of Arizona where we have won back to back National Championships in 2015 and 2016. Both my experiences in coaching and teaching have given me great happiness in helping students achieve their goals and I am excited to be back with such a great staff and awesome students.
Mr. McCarthy has lived in Tucson since 1977 and graduated from a local high school. He graduated magna cum laude from Saint Leo University with bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. He teaches 6th grade at Copper Point school. Mr. McCarthy believes in providing students with an engaging and interactive learning environment. When he is not teaching, Mr. McCarthy enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family.
Michael Navarro, a native Tucsonan, has been teaching for almost ten years. Mr. Navarro started as an accompanist and assistant music teacher while receiving a degree in Music, at a local Tucson high school. Later Mr. Navarro was asked to become the Director of Performing Arts at a local charter high school. Mr. Navarro went back to school to pursue a medical and law degree but ended finding a calling in Public Health receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in the subject. He currently teaches private piano, music theory and music history lessons and served on the board for Tucson Music Teachers Association. Mr. Navarro has a love for learning and is pursuing a Master’s in Business and a Master’s Health Service Administration.
Hello! My name is Laura Zindler, and I'm a teacher at Copper Point Charter School in Tucson, AZ. I grew up in New York, moved to San Jose, Costa Rica when I was nine, and received a bachelor's degree in Education from Universidad Latina. I spent three years in Chile teaching English to some of the largest multinational companies in the country. I moved to Tucson in 2013, and when I'm not doing what I love (teaching!) I'm either reading, hiking, or making new friends and meeting new people in the Tucson area.