Breakthrough Academy 


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​

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

Founder/CEO & Director

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Stephanie Guymon, M.Ed. Autism, BCBA, LBA

Head of School

​Ms. Stephanie is a certified special education teacher experienced in providing Applied Behavior Analysis, independent living/adaptive living skills, and teaching all subject areas. She is a dedicated and thorough administrator. Stephanie is the mother of four children, two of whom have disabilities.

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. Carmen, Digital Management & IT Support

Mrs. Carmen keeps our technology running and provides guidance to staff and students to utilize critical 21st Century tools and skills! She has completed her training to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT).

Mrs. Bekki, Assessment Coordinator, Certified Teacher

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. 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). Ms. Rosanne loves working with our students and our school!  

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 implements the "Social Thinking" and "ACT for Children" 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!

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



  • Wellington-Alexander provides the Lindamood-Bell LiPS reading program

  • AZOT4Kids provides Occupational Therapy

  • Kaleidoscopes and Brainology provides Speech Therapy

  • The HEART Center provides Equine Therapy

  • AZ on the Rocks provides Yoga and Rock Climbing

  • Dr. Gordan provides psychotherapy

  • Blue Sky Counseling provides group therapy

  • Blossom Park provides fluency training through Precision Teaching