The core of Strong Foundations is the belief in hiring high quality educators with extensive classroom experience. Our teachers are state certified to teach elementary school. To ensure your child receives the best reading foundation instruction, your child will meet with a certified Reading Specialist daily.


Mrs. Neal 

Owner/Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Neal has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. She has spent the past 16 years teaching kindergarten and first grade. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist.


Mrs. McCleary 

Owner/PreK Teacher

Mrs. McCleary is a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy with 10 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. Bradley 

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Bradley has 16 years of teaching experience with a specialization in early childhood education. She is currently pursuing her Masters in School Counseling. She has taught Preschool through 3rd grade.

She is a state-certified Reading Specialist and Spalding Certified Teacher.


Mrs. Alger 

PreK Teacher

Mrs. Alger has over 25 years of teaching experience with an endorsement in early childhood education. 

She has a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in early literacy.  She has taught first through fourth grades.


Mrs. Zellers

Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Zellers has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. She has over 15 years teaching experience with specializations in special education and early childhood education. Mrs. Zellers has taught resource, preschool, PreK, first and second grade. 


Mrs. Gillespie

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Gillespie has 16 years experience as an aide and instructor. She has extensive experience and training working with special needs children. Mrs. Gillespie has worked with children on a one-on-one basis as well as small group and whole classroom instruction.


Mrs. Power

Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Powers has worked in elementary education for over 15 years teaching both 2nd and 3rd grades (including 7 years at CTA Independence).