Meet Our Administrators



Mark Phillips | Jeremy Topp | Jeanette Big





Mark Phillips - Director/Administrator
A native Arizonan, Mark had an interest in music from an early age. He grew up performing in a variety of ensembles and continues to play professionally when his busy schedule allows. He received a full scholarship from Eastern Arizona College and majored in Music Performance both there and at Mesa Community College. Mark directs our award-winning Jazz Ensemble as well as teaching beginning and advanced band and designing the curriculum for our elementary music program. In addition to driving the school’s bus, he is also a certified streetcar operator. He has been with GEA since its inception in 1999.






Jeremy Topp - Principal/Administrator
Jeremy received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in 2001 at the University of Arizona, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2007, and a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University in 2013. He enjoys music and art of every genre and has been at GEA for 16 years.








Jeanette Big - Business Manager/Administrator
Jeanette was born and raised in California and moved to Sahuarita in 2005 with her husband Jay and daughter Jillian. She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Her previous work history includes being a top executive with a major importing firm in California. She enjoys reading and hanging out by the pool in her spare time. This will be her 9th year working at Great Expectations.