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Meet the Alma Fuerte Team with Director Laurilie Keay at the Helm.

Laurilie Keay, Executive Director 

Laurilie Keay has decades of experience in school leadership and teaching roles at pre-K-12 public, charter, and private schools in Arizona and Canada.  Special areas of expertise for Ms. Keay include instructional coaching, building school-wide culture and climate, student data and assessment, and leading special education programs.

Ms. Keay managed mental health and special education services for 22 Head Start Centers for the Western Arizona Council of Governments. As the Student Conduct Director at Telesis Preparatory Academy, she managed all disciplinary matters including designing and implementing behavior intervention plans.  

Ms. Keay began her career at St. Andrews School in Alberta, Canada, where she served for two decades as a classroom teacher in various grades. She holds two Master’s Degrees – an M.S. in Education and Educational Administration and an M.A. in Special Education from Webster University. 

Meet Our Exceptional Elementary School Teachers

Our teachers create a fun, engaging, environment where students can thrive and feel supported by their peers.
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Adriane Vivirito

TK/ Kinder

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Sandra Robles

3rd Grade

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Lance Gabelman

TK/ Kinder

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Grant Youn

4th Grade

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Breanna Pallett

1st Grade

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Kaitlyn Khalaf

5th Grade

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Evelyn Gonzalez

2nd Grade

Meet Our Mighty Middle School Team

Alma Fuerte's Middle school, though small, packs a punch!
The Middle School team aims to create a culture of excellence in all aspects of student life.
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Roger Yee

Teacher

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Rodolfo Basurto

Teacher

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Josue Guillen

Teacher

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Katie Lopez

Associate Teacher

Meet Our Excellent Enrichment Team

Our enrichment team provides programming during and after school, ensuring that it is available and engaging to all ages!
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Matthew Padilla

Athletics

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Sage Johnson

Maker Space

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Laura Acuña

Spanish

Meet Our Outstanding Operations Team

These are the faces that will greet you at the front desk and all over school!
Our Operations Team ensures that our school runs smooth from ordering supplies to communicating with parents.
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Adriani Leon

Operations Director

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Eren Hernandez

Nutrition and Community Resources

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Andres Gudiño

Operations Manager

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Laura Maldonado

Custodial

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Kamerin Harrell

Office and Community

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Klenia Alvarez

Custodial

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Estela Ortiz

Office and Community

Meet Our Amazing Associate Teachers

Alma Fuerte's Associate teachers provide support to students and teachers in the classroom.
They also provide supervision and programming during recess and after school.
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Emely Gutierrez

Associate Teacher

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Brittany De Anda

Associate Teacher

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Eva Tawfiek

Associate Teacher

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Evan Witherspoon

Associate Teacher

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Monica Rosales

Associate Teacher

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Brenton Andrews

Associate Teacher

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Kameron Williams

Associate Teacher

Meet Our Spectacular Special Education (SPED) Team

The goal of our SPED team is to support our students, teachers, and parents in reaching their goals while creating a culture of inclusion and excellence.
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Shannon Sweet

Teacher

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Ladonna Cohen

Occupational Therapist

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Russell Gustafson

Teacher

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Dr. Jonathan White

Speech Pathology

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Leslie Ortiz

Interventionist and SEL Support

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Dianna Rivera

Counselor

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Robert Young

Interventionist

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