Meet the Alma Fuerte Staff

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 Amazing Teachers

All Alma Fuerte teachers are credentialed.

Adriane Vivirito

Teacher: TK/Kinder

Amanda Hensley, Alma Fuerte Teacher

Amanda Hensley

Teacher: 2nd Grade


Grant Youn

Teacher: 4th/5th Grade

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Kelsi Krabbendam

Teacher: 1st grade

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Roger Yee

Teacher: 3rd Grade

Meet Our Amazing Student Support Staff

Alma Fuerte is a diverse community, with diverse needs! We work incredibly hard to ensure that every classroom has a full time Teacher's Assistant.
Dani Valdez
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Mr. Kam
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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


Kamerin Harrell

Office Assistant


Jesus Galan