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Meet the Alma Fuerte Team

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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. 

Our Amazing Teachers and Associate Teachers

All Alma Fuerte teachers are credentialed.

Kinder and TK Team

Teacher: Mr. Gabelman

Associate Teacher: Mr. Michael

Kinder Team

Teacher: Ms. Vivirito 

Associate Teacher: Ms. Montse

1st Grade Team

Teacher: Mrs. Pallett

Assoc. Teacher: Mrs. Tawfiek

2nd Grade Team

Teacher: Ms. Gonzalez

Assoc. Teacher: Ms. Ortiz

3rd Grade Team

Teacher: Ms. Robles

Assoc. Teacher: Mr. Kam

4th Grade Team

Mr. Youn, Teacher

5th Grade Team


Assoc. Teacher: 

Meet Our Amazing Operations Team

These are the faces that will greet you at the front desk and all over school!
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Adriani León
Operations Manager
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Kamerin Harrell
Office Assistant


Jesus Galan


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