Strong Foundations


Certified Excellence

Kids in Preschool


At Strong Foundations Academy, our mission is to provide our young learners with the foundation skills they will use throughout their educational career. Our balanced curriculum teaches children the academic skills necessary to be successful in school and also the emotional skills necessary to succeed in life.

The curriculum at Strong Foundations Academy has been created with our children’s needs in mind: to mature and develop in a safe yet stimulating environment. Our recipe of Spalding, Accelerated Math and STEM combined with Spanish, Art, Music and PLAY ensures we reach and engage all young learners.
Take a look below to learn more about our curriculum.

Cute little girl doing homework, reading


Our mission is to increase literacy for our students by using The Spalding Method to develop skilled readers, critical listeners, and accomplished writers and spellers.
We also implement daily small-group reading instruction with a state certified reading specialist.


The core of Strong Foundations is the belief in hiring high quality educators with extensive classroom experience. All Strong Foundations Academy teachers are state certified to teach elementary school. To ensure your child receives the best reading foundation instruction, SFA teachers also hold Reading Specialist endorsements.


Mrs. McCleary 

Director/PreK Teacher

Mrs. McCleary is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy with 9 years of teaching experience. She has two Masters Degrees in Education, one of which is in Educational Leadership. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist.


Mrs. Neal 

Director/Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Neal has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. She has spent the past 15 years teaching kindergarten and first grade. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist.


Mrs. Bradley 

PreK Teacher

Mrs. Bradley has over 15 years teaching experience with a specialization in early childhood education. She is currently pursuing her masters in school counseling. She has taught preschool through third grade. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist. 


Mrs. Zellers

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Zellers has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. She has over 14 years teaching experience with specializations in special education and early childhood education. Mrs. Zellers has taught resource, preschool, first and second grade. 


Ms. Labin

Preschool Teacher

Ms. Labin has been working in childcare for the past 3 years. She has taught ages infant through Pre-K.

Ms. Labin has her child development associate and is currently pursuing her bachelors in elementary education.

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