Laurilie Keay, 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 Teachers

All Alma Fuerte teachers are credentialed and several hold masters degrees. 

Amanda Hensley, Alma Fuerte Teacher
Roger Yee
Hannah Galloway
Grant Youn
Miss Kelsi, Kinder Teacher, Alma Fuerte
Kelsi Krabbendam

Physical Education


Meet Our Student Support Staff

Kamerin Harrel

Associate Teacher

Eva Tawfiek

Associate Teacher

Adriani Leon

Operations Manager

Robert Jones

Case Manager

Jesus Galan


Kameron Williams

Student Support

Welcome to Alma Fuerte Public School!  

My founding team and I created Alma Fuerte to bring to the Pasadena/Altadena area a public school where students learn not just academic skills to succeed in school, but the mindset, skills and habits to propel them to success in the 21st century workplace.


We believe in hands-on learning; instilling the mindset of an entrepreneur in every student; and social-emotional learning to bring compassion and empathy to all that we do.


We are so excited that you are here and we hope to partner together in your child's journey in becoming the next great innovator, creator, and leader!

Anne Lee,  Founder
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Tel: 626 204 5265

Fax: 626 421 7292



119 West Palm Street

Altadena, CA 91001

Alma Fuerte is Authorized by LACOE (Los Angeles County Office of Education) and Accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)