L.I.F.E. Academy

serves students with disabilities ages 3-21 years old

We currently have multiple classrooms that support students with a wide array of cognitive, physical, and emotional needs. Our classrooms utilize research-based curriculum and our teachers are supported by our L.I.F.E. Academy Resource Team. Many of our students receive on-site therapy and behavior support. We also hold consult meetings between teachers, therapists, behavior specialists, and administrators to discuss classroom needs and collaborate on how to best serve each student in the classroom. Finally, we have many amenities on our campus to truly make education fun and engaging!

Why choose the L.I.F.E. Academy?

The academy is supported by multiple scholarship programs keeping out-of-pocket costs little to none for families.

School Calendar & Hours

Business Hours
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

All classes begin
at 8:30 a.m.

Specific student’s end times vary by classroom
and participation in other L.I.F.E. programs

Enhancements

Music Therapy group sessions are provided to all the classrooms. Music Therapy is the use of music and music interventions by a Board-Certified Music Therapist to address goals in multiple areas of functioning.
Physical Education is provided to all our classrooms by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). She provides appropriate and fun gross motor activities for each unique classroom.
Art lessons are provided once a month to all our classrooms by an experienced art teacher. These lessons provide the students with an opportunity to explore different mediums of art.
Karate lessons are provided once a month to all our classrooms. Master Walter, instructs the students on stranger danger, hand eye coordination, foot movement and balance, and the discipline and respect that goes along with the martial arts.
All our students regardless of use of a wheelchair or physical impairments have appropriate recess activities available. The program is facilitated and supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Students have the opportunity to participate in The Listening Program by Advanced Brain Technology.

Students have the opportunity to utilize our state-of-the-art interactive projected video screen that allows all students to play together regardless of limitations.
We have flexible seating and alternative positioning equipment for all our classrooms.
We have a Sensory Gym with multiple swings, jump-a-roo, climbing wall, deep pressure roller, LEGO wall and more.
We have a calming dark sensory room with a switch activated color change bubbly tube, fiberoptic lights with color change ability, lava tiles, and star projection device.

After-School Program (DTT)

Our Day Treatment and Training (DTT) program provided through DDD funding, is currently offered to a variety of age groups here at L.I.F.E. Our programs focus on building social skills through a fun environment. All the activities such as social games, crafts, and events, during the week are centered around a specific theme.

If you are interested in this DDD service, please contact Ashley Watzke for further detailed information.

ASHLEY WATZKE
ASHLEY WATZKEManager of Day Treatment and Training- DTA, DTT, DTS
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Summer Program (DTS)

Our Summer Program (DTS) here at L.I.F.E. is a carefully planned multi-week camp that features fun themes and activities for children with disabilities and typically developing peers.

Funding:
The program is funded through the Arizona Division of Development Disabilities (DDD).

Hours:
DDD funds 3-4 hours per day during the summer.

Program Details:

  • Small class sizes
  • Classes include children with disabilities and typically developing peers
  • Functional outcomes for program participants are set by guardians and addressed through program activities throughout the summer
  • Weekly activities are based on fun themes (i.e. super heroes, animals, magic etc.)
    • Activities include: art projects, games, and more
    • Visiting guests may include: Karate instructor, reptile lady, magician, and more
  • Water play with pool and splash pad (age and classroom determined)

ACADEMY MANAGEMENT

LORI KLEINMAN
LORI KLEINMANDirector of Academic Services and Administration
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JAMIE NOE
JAMIE NOEDirector of Student Services
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ACADEMY TEACHERS

We have wonderful caring teachers at L.I.F.E. They work diligently to support all students in their classrooms and continue to advance their skills through our regular Professional Learning Communities. We also ensure our teachers maintain their commitment to excellence through regular fidelity reviews and our supported by our resource team.

KIM BETHANCOURT, (MS-OTR/L)
KIM BETHANCOURT, (MS-OTR/L)Lead Facilitator of Transition Program
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JAMIE BEZDANY
JAMIE BEZDANYLead Teacher
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BRITTNEY BUCK
BRITTNEY BUCKLead Teacher
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SARA COOMBS (RBT)
SARA COOMBS (RBT)Lead Teacher
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SASHA HOUTS (M.Ed.)
SASHA HOUTS (M.Ed.)Lead Teacher
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DANIEL KLEINMAN
DANIEL KLEINMANLead Teacher
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NAVI RANDHAWA (M.D.)
NAVI RANDHAWA (M.D.)Lead Teacher
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JULIE ROTH
JULIE ROTHLead Teacher
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DIANA SARGENT
DIANA SARGENTLead Teacher
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SAVANNA YARN
SAVANNA YARNLead Teacher
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ACADEMY RESOURCE TEAM

The Academy Resource Team assists students with medical, behavioral or communication needs and provides physical education and music therapy classes. Additionally, the resource team provides support to teachers with curriculum, professional development, daily classroom needs, and communication with families.

JULIA ALLEN, (M.Ed.)
JULIA ALLEN, (M.Ed.)Lead Teacher & Administrator of Curriculum and Professional Development
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SARA BRIGHT, (CTRS)
SARA BRIGHT, (CTRS)Adaptive Fitness and Recreation Specialist
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APRIL CHAIRES, (M.Ed. BCBA/LBA)
APRIL CHAIRES, (M.Ed. BCBA/LBA)Interdepartmental Manager of Clinical Programming- Academy Support
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TAYLOR D'ELISO
TAYLOR D'ELISOMedical Professional
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Sabrina Deutsch, (MT-BC, NMT)
Sabrina Deutsch, (MT-BC, NMT)Music Therapist
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ZACHARY PRICE
ZACHARY PRICESpeech-Language Pathology Assistant, (SLP-A) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Support
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Contact Us for More Information About L.I.F.E.

call us at 480-621-8361 EXT 127 or complete this form

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