All instructional staff are required to compete a 40-hour Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training



I founded Breakthrough Academy as a service, not as a business.  I did so because I witnessed, first-hand, the needs within the field of special education as a parent and as an advocate.  

- Kristina Blackledge, MS, MFT, PBIS-C, SLT
Founder & CEO/Executive Director​


Breakthrough Academy 

Contractors: ​​

  • Kaleidoscopes and Brainology provides Speech Therapy

  • The HEART Center provides Adaptive Horsemanship

  • AZ on the Rocks provides Yoga and Rock Climbing

Kristina Blackledge, MS, MFT, PBIS-C, SLT

Founder/CEO & Director

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Mrs. Trinity, Administrative Assistant, RBT

Mrs. Trinity is very talented with organization and uses her skills and 3-year experience at Breakthrough to help our school operate smoothly. She is also a creative and fun-loving RBT who is a favorite of our learners! 

Mrs. Leigh Ann, Billing Specialist

Mrs. Leigh Ann works hard on our accounts receivables and payables. She has a passion for helping families with special needs and is a mother of two children with special needs.

Mrs. Bekki, Assessment Coordinator, Certified Teacher and Reading Specialist

Mrs. Bekki has over 30 years as a Reading Specialist and uses her knowledge to perform regular student assessment. She is critical to us!

Ms. Susan,Special Education Teacher Intern, English Language Arts

Ms. Susan has many years of special education experience as a paraprofessional working with students with various disabilities and has completed training to become a RBT. Ms. Susan is currently pursuing her post-baccalaureate degree in Special Education. She has a profound commitment to ensuring that every student masters content and develop a love of literature. 

Mrs. Pam, Mathematics Teacher

Mrs. Pam is our Mathematics expert! She is absolutely passionate about her subject and has so many tools and strategies to help her students LOVE math as much as she does! She has her ADE Endorsement in Mathematics and has completed training to become a RBT. Mrs. Pam has taught students with disabilities for the past two years with a focus on mathematics and STEM. Prior to that, she taught third through fifth grade including in a "one-room school house" and as a mentor teacher. This experience lends itself to teaching our performance-based groups at Breakthrough.

Ms. Natasha, Special Education Teacher, Reading Specialist

Ms. Natasha comes to Breakthrough with several years experience working within the public school system. She has received training in the Lindamood-Bell LiPS program and provides small group instruction in that program. Ms. Natasha also case manages our publicly-placed IEPs. She is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted, supportive spirit and enjoys nothing more than seeing our students make breakthroughs!

Miss Autumn, Certified Teacher and RBT

Miss Autumn is completing her Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and implements the PEAK Relational Training program and Functional Academics curriculum for our students. She has several years experience in a school setting and specializes in working with students with interfering behaviors. She is passionate about her work and thoroughly enjoys working at Breakthrough!

Ms. Rosanne, RBT 
Ms. Rosanne has a Master's degree and completed her education in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She is receiving supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and performs FBAs and writes necessary BIPs to support our students. Ms. Rosanne loves working with our students and is eager to support their improvement!

Ms. Mumbi (called "Miss J"), RBT

Ms. Mumbi is a very kind and soft-spoken RBT who works very well with our students. She is consistent in practice and always willing to try new strategies and interventions to help our students make and keep making progress.

Ms. Cristina,Paraprofessional/Interventionist

Ms. Cristina has completed her training to become an RBT and in Acceptance and Community Therapy training. She implements the "Social Thinking", "ACT for Children", "AIM", and "Zones of Regulation" (as well as other Executive Functioning) curricula. Her focus is helping our students develop their psychological flexibility. She is a passionate provider who truly loves our learners! She brings a gentle, nurturing aspect to the learning at Breakthrough!

Mr. Gabe, Paraprofessional
Mr. Gabe is a popular figure amongst our learners! He is completing his training to become a RBT and uses his various talents and strengths to lead the lifeskill activities provided by our Special Education staff allowing the students hands-on learning to last a lifetime!

Mr. Brandon, Paraprofessional
Mr. Brandon is another popular figure at Breakthrough! He is fun-loving and compassionate. Mr. Brandon has completed his training to become a RBT and is beginning his training to help implement Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training.