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

Founder/CEO & Director

kristina@azbreakthroughacademy.org

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Mr. Adam, Director of Program Integrity

Mr. Adam is a Doctoral Candidate at The Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education under Rick Kubina. Mr. Adam is a skilled Precision Teacher who worked at Morningside Academy and Haugland Learning Center, two precision teaching schools. He provides supervision, coaching, and mentoring to implement our programs with fidelity and integrity. Mr. Adam works part-time and virtually at this time until he completes his Ph.D. studies.


Mrs. Amy, Lead Behavior Specialist 
amy@azbreakthroughacademy.org
Mrs. Amy has a Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis and training in ACT and social cognition. In addition to providing direct service and writing behavior plans, she has also led social behavior groups for children with ASD. She is very close to completing her supervision hours to become a BCBA and expects to take the board exam in May 2019.


Mrs. Trinity, Administrative Assistant, RBT
trinity@azbreakthroughacademy.org

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

leighann@azbreakthroughacademy.org

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

bekki@azbreakthroughacademy.org 

Bekki has over 30 years as a general education teacher and Reading Specialist. She uses her knowledge to manage the intake assessment and ongoing progress monitoring.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:


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 general and special education as a parent and as an advocate.  



- Kristina Blackledge, MS, MFT, PBIS-C, SLT
Founder/CEO & Director
kristina@azbreakthroughacademy.org​

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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

INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF

Breakthrough Academy 

Contractors: ​​


  • Brainology provides Speech Therapy
  • Percussion
  • 3G Archery
  • AZ on the Rocks provides Yoga and Rock Climbing




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

susan@azbreakthroughacademy.org

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 received training in Wilson Reading programs and Handwriting without Tears. She has a profound commitment to ensuring that every student masters content and develop a love of literature. 


Mrs. Pam, Certified General Education Teacher, Mathematics Teacher

pam@azbreakthroughacademy.org

Mrs. Pam is our Mathematics expert! She has over 20 years experience in Singapore Math (our math curriculum) and 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, Certified Special Education Teacher and Reading Specialist

natasha@azbreakthroughacademy.org

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, Behavior Specialist, and RBT

autumn@azbreakthroughacademy.org

Miss Autumn is completing her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been trained in the implementation of 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, Behavior Specialist and RBT 
rosanne@azbreakthroughacademy.org

Ms. Rosanne has a Master's degree and completed her education in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has nearly completed her supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and will take the board exam in May 2019. Ms. Rosanne 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. Cristina,Interventionist/Learning Facilitator

cristina@azbreakthroughacademy.org

Ms. Cristina has completed her training to become an RBT and also has received training 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!


Ms. Mumbi ("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. Jessica, RBT

Mrs. Jessica has a knack for getting to know our learners and builds rapport (or "pairs") with our learners in record time. The level of her commitment and dedication to deliver high quality ABA is impressive.

Ms. Alexis, RBT

Ms. Alexis has a warm heart and soft disposition. She exudes a loving nature and the learners instantly feel cared for and supported. Ms. Alexis is eager to expand her training in ACT and PEAK to serve our learners as an Interventionist. 


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.


Mrs. Carmen, Paraprofessional and Interventionist

Mrs. Carmen has worked in several capacities at Breakthrough Academy over the past three years. She assists where needed including fluency training and tech support. Mrs. Carmen also owns 3G Archery and provides Archery instruction on Fridays during certain quarters in the school year.