All of the educators at Integrative Learning Academy are highly qualified, passionate teachers who make excellent education our top priority. Our highly trained teachers are trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Structured Word Inquiry, Project Based Learning (PBL), inquiry, and research based phonics programs including the F.A.S.T. program, Reading Triage, Orton Gillingham, and Barton Reading System. Our teachers also use techniques and exercises from programs such as Brain Gym, Integrated Reflexes, and The Regulated Classroom. We also place a heavy emphasis on explicit instruction and support with Executive Function skills.
Miss Rachel is the founder and lead teacher at Integrative Learning Academy (ILA). She is a certified teacher and has taught in both Colorado and Arizona for the past 17 years. She holds an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado with an emphasis on Bilingual Education as well as a Masters degree in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from the University of Colorado Boulder. She holds licensures for K-5 General Education, K-12 Special Education, and K-12 ESL and Bilingual Education and has experience teaching preschool through 5th grade as a bilingual teacher, ESL teacher, Spanish teacher, Reading Interventionist and Special Educator.
Her passion for teaching learners who don't fit into the box magnified when her third child was diagnosed with Autism. She is passionate about inclusive education, learner-centered education, and holistic education.
When she's not teaching she loves running, doing Crossfit, spending time with her husband Andrew, their four children, and their labradoodle Maddox. She loves Jesus and believes that it is her mission to share His love through everything she does.
Mrs. Sarah is a nurse by trade and a teacher by heart. She is passionate about empowering learners and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. She loves spending time with her husband and three boys and their new puppy, Gunnar.
Reading. Educating. Laughing. It's all in a day's work as an educator. I have been an educator for 15 years. Prior to joining the ILA family I was a reading specialist for 8 years. I have also taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in both California and Arizona. I even taught preschool for 3 years prior to that. I graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2008 with my BA in Liberal Studies and my Elementary Teaching Certificate. Then in 2014 I graduated from GCU with my Masters in Reading Instruction. I have been married for 11 years to my husband, Tim. We have two children together, James (8) and Juliana (5). We love having family fun days and keeping busy. Whether it be exploring a new park, reading books at the library, running around in an indoor playground, or exploring Arizona with a fun staycation; we love family fun days! Our favorite family tradition is spending a week on Catalina Island for a week-long Christian family camp completely unplugged. I am looking forward to a year of academic adventures with all the students at Integrative Learning Academy.