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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.


Mrs. Neal 


Mrs. Neal has a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. She has spent the past 18 years teaching Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist and also holds an Arizona Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and ESL endorsement. 


Mrs. Bradley 

PreK Teacher

Mrs. Bradley has 17 years of teaching experience with a specialization in early childhood education. She has her Masters in School Counseling. She has taught Preschool through Third Grade. She is a state-certified Reading Specialist and Spalding Certified Teacher.


Mrs. Zellers

PreK Teacher

Mrs. Zellers has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from NAU. She has over 17 years teaching experience with specializations in special education and early childhood education. Mrs. Zellers has taught: Resource, Preschool, PreK, First and Second Grade. 


Mrs. Kucenski 

PreK Teacher

Heather Kucenski began her teaching career five years ago teaching English online. The last few years Mrs. Kucenski taught PreK and gained her Elementary teaching certification. Prior to joining the Strong Foundations team, she was a substitute teacher in the Chandler district.


Mrs. Green

PreK Teacher

Mrs. Green has 6 years of teaching experience focused in early childhood education. She has worked as an Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher. Mrs. Green has her degree in Family and Human Development from ASU (Go Devils!).


Mrs. Gillespie

PreK Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Gillespie has 18 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. Connelly 

PreK Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Connelly attended University of Arizona. She has been a stay-at-home mom to two awesome boys for the last 17 years and taught Art Masterpiece for 5 years. She loves being part of helping our Strong Foundations PreK students grow and learn. 


Mrs. Lesko

Preschool Teacher 

Mrs. Lesko has a Masters Degree in Special Education with a dual certification in General Education from Arizona State University. She has 5 years teaching experience that includes high school and elementary school special education, and preschool. Prior to teaching she worked as a board-certified music therapist working with children with special needs. 


Mrs. Rathjen

Preschool Teacher 

Victoria Rathjen is a licensed educator with more than 14 years of experience teaching in both the classroom and online. As a native of Columbia, South Carolina, Victoria obtained her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Clemson University (Go Tigers!). She then made the trek out west to Arizona where she taught first grade in Phoenix’s Cartwright School District for five years. Concurrently, Victoria attended Arizona State University where she obtained her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: ESL (English as a second language). She also holds an Arizona Early Childhood Teaching Certificate and ESL endorsement. 


Mrs. Pal

Preschool Teacher Assistant

Mrs. Pal has a Masters Degree from the University of Pune in Geoinformatics. After pursuing a career in corporate world for more than five years she has decided to become an assistant teacher. She is an accommodating and versatile individual who is ready to help young minds develop and achieve their best capabilities and inspire them to be successful. 

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