L.I.F.E. Academy

serves students with disabilities ages 3-21 years old

We have multiple classrooms that support students with a wide array of cognitive, physical, and emotional needs. We believe in tailoring education to a student. We develop individualized learning plans and use research supported curriculum.  Many of our students receive on-site therapy and behavior support and all our departments work together in a transdisciplanary approach. We are also fortunate to have a beautiful campus with many  fun and engaging environments and programs.

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

Calendar for 2020-2021
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LIFE Academy

Individualized Education

Our L.I.F.E. Academy develops an individualized learning plan for each student and utilizes multiple well-established curriculum designed to help all our students progress in their academic skills.

Enhancements

We are fortunate to be able to provide multiple enhancements to our L.I.F.E. Academy and campus.

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).

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.

We have a dedicated teen room designed by our own students! It has air hockey, foosball, video game systems and more!

We have flexible seating and alternative positioning equipment for all our classrooms which is overseen by a PT and AT specialist.

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.

Academy Leadership

LORI KLEINMAN
LORI KLEINMANDirector of Academy Administration
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JAMIE NOE
JAMIE NOEDirector of Academy Student Services
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Academy Teachers

We have wonderful caring teachers at L.I.F.E. that work hard to support all students in their classrooms. Our teachers strive for excellence by participating in regular Professional Learning Communities and performance reviews. They are supported by our resource team.

KIM BETANCOURT, (MS-OTR/L)
KIM BETANCOURT, (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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AMY ISLAT
AMY ISLATLead Teacher
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DANIEL KLEINMAN
DANIEL KLEINMANLead Teacher
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LAUREN LANNIGAN, (RBT)
LAUREN LANNIGAN, (RBT)Lead Teacher
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JULIE ROTH
JULIE ROTHLead Teacher
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DIANA SARGENT
DIANA SARGENTLead Teacher
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KELLY SORENSEN, (M.Ed.)
KELLY SORENSEN, (M.Ed.)Lead 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 and behavioral support 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.)Administrator of Curriculum and Professional Development
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SARA BRIGHT, (CTRS)
SARA BRIGHT, (CTRS)Recreational Therapist
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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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Transition Program

The L.I.F.E. Transition Program is for students 14-21 years. We currently have two program options: Quality Living and Functional Living.

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Day Treatment and Training (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. The program is centered around individualized DTT goals which are addressed through various fun activities and in our multiple treatment environments.

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

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

L.I.F.E. holds a fun summer program every year.

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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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