Meet Our Staff
Mesquite’s Chinese Immersion Program features a team of professionals, brought together in collaboration with Vail. Each one of them is a dedicated and effective educator.
Hui Lian and Billie Buntin
1st Grade Team
Junli Ma and Elba Herd
2nd Grade Team
Junli Ma and Elba Herd
3rd Grade Team
Jiangbin Liu and Faith Alva
4th Grade Team
Shao Xiao-Castillo and Helen Lai
5th Grade Team
Third Grade Immersion Teacher
My name is Faith Alva, this will be my 14th year in education. I was born and raised right here in Tucson, Arizona and grew up attending school in the Vail School District. I taught first grade at Sycamore Elementary for 3 years then I left the district to run and teach at a preschool program for eight years. This will be my third year teaching 3rd grade.
I have my bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a masters degree in Educational Leadership. I’ve been married for eleven years and have three children. My step-daughter Domonique is a sophomore at Pima Community College, my daughter Alana is in 4th grade, and my son Joseph is in second grade.
I am thrilled to be working with your child this year and helping him/her to accomplish great things! You are the most important person in your child’s life, and I know if we work together your child will have a phenomenal year. I strongly believe in the partnership between parents, students, and teachers. Together we can do amazing things!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at any time. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 879-2126. I’m looking forward to a great year!
Kindergarten Immersion Teacher and Instructional Team Leader
Mrs. Buntin was born in Phoenix, raised in Arizona and California, and has lived in Tucson since 2000. She earned her Master of Education – Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She has taught First and Second grade and is currently a Kindergarten English Teacher in the Mesquite Chinese Immersion Program.
Mrs. Buntin says, “I am thrilled to teach in the Mesquite Chinese Immersion Program! It has been wonderful to witness and be a part of the students’ academic growth, to see them learning math and science in Chinese, and to hear them communicating in Chinese.”