Meet Our Staff



Mrs. Galarza was born in Mexico and came to the United States when she was seven years old. She graduated from Holy Redeemer High School (a parochial school in Southwest Detroit) in 2001. That same year, she married her husband, Hector. In 2010, her husband became the pastor at her church. So aside from her commitment to the education of children, she is very involved at her church and her community.

Mrs. Galarza obtained both her Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Wayne State University.  She began her career as an educator at Hope of Detroit Academy in August of 2004.  At Hope of Detroit Academy, she taught grades kindergarten through second grade.  Eight years later, she became the instructional coach and coordinated the curriculum, instruction, and assessments across kindergarten through eighth grade. Following her position as the Instructional Coach for four years, she became the Assistant School Leader for three years.  

Currently, Mrs. Galarza is the school leader at the Academy for Business & Technology Elementary.  ABTE is located in Dearborn, Michigan and serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  ABTE has been in existence for over seventeen years.  Mrs. Galarza has been involved in and has chaired several committees throughout her career.  She served in various lead roles such as Ferris State University’s Contract Review, District and School Improvement Process, and AdvancEd Accreditation Process.  She also held an important role in the Middle/High School Expansion Project, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team, Multi-Tier Systems of Support (MTSS) team, and Data Teams Process. 


Alberta Galarza, School Leader email

Silvia Vargas, Instructional Coach for K-2 email

Pamela Shaffer, Instructional Coach for 3-5 email

Office Staff

Wendy Cronce, Office Manager  email

Melanie Burgos, Office Assistant  ​email

Specialist Support

Laura Bliss, Special Education email

Chelsea Zajac, Social Worker email

Instructional Support

Florencia Paden, Section 31a Teacher email

Lina Al-Shamsi, ELL support email

Epstein Roy, Title I Paraeducator email 

Operational Support

Greg Anderson, Bus Driver email

Herman Williams, Bus Driver

Vanessa Lara, Lunch Room/Enrichment Coordinator email

Michelle Foley, Lunch Aide

Alejandra Barajas, Lunch Aide

Instructional Support


​Iman Ilayian  email
Briandra Turner email


Suzanne Rocca, Kindergarten email
Katie Banas, Kindergarten email

Jessica Colasinski, Grade 1 email
Christine Diskin, Grade 1 email

Elizabeth Hooten, Grade 2  email
Cynthia King, Grade 2 email
Heather McHugh, Grade 3 
​Lalanie Mendez, Grade 3 email
Carolyn Tola, Grade 4 email
Pamela Shaffer, Grade 4 email
Ekaete Udoroh, Grade 5 email
Micah Davis, Grade 5 email


According to our 2015-16 survey results, over 96% of families believe that their child is getting a good education at ABTE. Join the family. Enroll your child today!


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