Flex It Academy Learning Centers focuses on education and behavioral skills. We take pride in assisting our students in achieving their goals and aspirations. Here at Flex It Academy, we provide a unique learning environment and an exciting curriculum. We believe that all children are inquisitive and enjoy learning. It is our job to give them the right tools to achieve their goals. Creating a learning plan that is flexible to their needs, enables them to feel confident, enjoy learning and succeed.
Our Services include attending one of our campuses, online or hybrid enrollment, and speech therapy. We guide each student, according to their interests, needs and strengths. Our individualized learning programs are formative and anxiety free. Applied Behavioral Analysis focuses on the principles that indicate and explain how learning takes place. We apply these techniques to encourage constructive learning and positive behavior. Children with Autism, educational, behavioral and/or social challenges will benefit from our individually based learning programs. Applied Behavior Analysis has also given us some insight that can help children develop social skills and understand the norms of society.
Flex It Academy Learning Center's curriculum is adaptive and differentiated. Our teachers are available in person and online. We offer incentives and rewards. We believe that positive reinforcements motivate and stimulate our students to meet and exceed their educational goals. We are very passionate about not only working with our students, but also with parents. Flex It Academy, provides training for Parents to help their students flourish. We strive to close the gaps in their learning and to teach effective coping skills, so they are no longer anxious about school and instead find learning a joyful experience. We are grateful for the opportunity to teach, encourage and support our families.
Wendy was raised in the heart of Texas and moved to Arizona 21 years ago. She has three children, who all live here in the valley, and four grandchildren. After attending college for a business degree, she got married, started a family and opened a moving company for the DOD. She returned to college at 36 to earn her Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology at Tarleton State University. She planned to complete her Masters to do private counseling for teenagers. However, after negative experiences for her son in Kindergarten, she changed her degree plan and did her graduate coursework in education and began teaching in 2003; determined to make sure every child left her class every day feeling successful and joyful! She took to it like a fish to water and never doubted teaching was exactly what she was meant to do. She went on to consult at a district level on best practices, work on quality school initiatives and conducted professional developments for teachers and staff; to include the Love and Logic program. Ms. Henderson became a certified facilitator of both the Parenting and Teaching with Love and Logic programs that she shared and taught to both colleagues and parents. During her educational career as a teacher and administrator, she also completed the Cognitive Coaching and ACES training along with 60+ hours of Conscious Discipline. Wendy states, “. . . even on the days I wake up tired, I love coming to school and learning with my students! When I’m asked, ‘what is my dream job’; I get to answer that I’m living it”.
After 20 years in education, Wendy left the traditional classroom with a plan to do part time consulting with some local schools, volunteer at her church, and spend more time with her granddaughter. She started with Flex It Academy as a trainer and consultant. Upon meeting the staff and students of Flex It, she fell in love! Her commitment is to continue the mission of its founder and provide a nurturing environment for students to grow and thrive. Wendy believes in a joyful learning environment that promotes a passion for lifelong learning, full of curiosity and discovery, for students AND staff.
Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning
~ Robert John Meehan
Brittany Marotti is an Arizona native. She attended Mesa Community College before transferring to Ottawa University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Brittany became intrigued with special education while taking a special education law class. She changed her focus to special education and sought out opportunities to better educate the special population. Brittany continued to her doctoral degree from Northcentral University where she has become a doctoral candidate. Brittany joined Flex It Academy in August of 2021 as our online high school teacher. Brittany has moved up and is now our Director of Education.
Heather Acosta is a Behavior Analyst with a heavy background in Special Education. She has over 12 years experience working with children and adults with special needs. She received a Masters of Special Education and another Masters in Autism at Grand Canyon University. She decided to further her education and graduated with a Certificate in Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies from Northern Arizona University in which she is now sitting for her BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analysis). She has taught special education for several school districts in the areas of cross categorical education; however, she fell in love with emotional disabilities and behaviors. Heather then became a Behavior Specialist and Zones of Regulations trainer for several years then jumped into a leadership role as a Director and CPI trainer. Not only does she have experience working with students but she also has provided parenting courses to help parents understand social emotional and behavior strategies. Heather is excited to use her skill set to help students, parents and staff have a successful year at Flex It Academy Learning Centers.
My name is Debra Coleman. I was born and raised in the "Windy City", better known as Chicago. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education, a M.A. in Curriculum Instruction and a Certificate in Educational Leadership. While living in Chicago, I taught 20+ years in all subject areas for grades Kindergarten - 2nd grade. Through that experience I have enjoyed building a learning community with so many families that I’m grateful still keep in touch. In the summer of 2003, my husband and I, relocated to the beautiful scenic landscapes of Arizona with our two sons.
I have dedicated the last 15 years as an Educator and Elementary School Leader in Chandler, AZ where I was able to help cultivate a positive school climate, foster effective and dynamic learning programs and maintain family relationships that enhanced students' educational journeys. I retired as a school leader in May of 2022. In November of 2023, I started volunteering with Flex It and after meeting our students, I forgot about retirement. I am excited and honored to be a part of the Flex It Academy family and look forward to building many new connections with staff, students and parents.
Beyond my professional endeavors, I enjoy spending time with my family and granddaughter. Arts and crafts, decorating, and thrift shopping are my hobbies. These hobbies not only provide moments of relaxation but inspiration for me to be creative in my career. From the bottom of my heart, I believe all children possess the potential to learn and succeed in life. Especially when they are armed with the proper educational tools and support from home, school, and community.
As Events Coordinator, I hope to meet many of our families soon and hear your ideas for future events and new ways to increase community involvement for our Flex It family.
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