Principal’s Note: Nick Schuerman

Nick Schuerman

Welcome to Leading Edge Academy San Tan, home of the KNIGHTS! Our students, staff, and community partners welcome you. We are proud of our rigorous academic and behavioural expectations for our students. We are equally proud of our commitment to being a college and career readiness preparatory school.

In addition to our new curriculum and high academic/behavioral standards for students, we’ve developed a positive and powerful Character Education program here at San Tan. It is our belief that students will be equally successful in the real world if they are a person of strong character, with undeniable morals and values. We go above and beyond just having a monthly character trait with an assembly. Teachers deliver unique and relevant character lessons on a weekly basis, many of which consist of real-time, interactive role playing. Students are also rewarded for their character via Character Cards, recognitions, and field trip incentives.

Another initiative is our 90 minute, uninterrupted instruction in all Math and Language Arts classes. This block of time, coupled with small class sizes, enables individual and small group differentiation and allows the teacher time for remediation, re-teaching, lesson extensions, etc. On top of this 90 minute block, for students still struggling, we have flexible intervention grouping twice per day for 55 minutes in the afternoon. We also offer before and after school tutoring intervention. It’s feasible, for some students who take advantage of our intervention efforts, to receive up to 2 hours of Math and/or Language Arts every day and up to 3 hours every other day.

We are a Professional Learning Community here at Leading Edge Academy San Tan. We will continue to be life-long learners and will research and implement best practices as we partner with parents and the community to serve our children to the best extent that we can. We’ve built some great momentum over the last year and a half as our test scores have sky rocketed, our students of character are shining brighter than ever and our behavior referrals have all but diminished. I have an open door policy for students, staff, and parents alike. Please don’t hesitate to come and visit should you have more questions about our great school. I’d love the opportunity to get to know you and your son/daughter and to share with you all the other positive things happening here at Leading Edge Academy San Tan.

For the Kids,

Nick Schuerman
Principal

Teacher & Staff Bios

San Tan

Leading Edge Academy San Tan Teaching Staff

Anna graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2009 with degrees in Music Education and Elementary Education. She also earned her Masters degree in Reading from Spring Arbor in 2015. Anna has been teaching since 2008. She has taught a mix of 6th & 7th grade self-contained for 4 years and 7th grade math for 1 year in Douglas, Arizona before coming to Leading Edge in 2014 to teach 6th grade self-contained, Choir, and Performing Arts. She has taught 6-12 English, Reading Lab, Performing Arts, Choir, Poetry, 6-8 Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calc, Financial Math, Math Lab, Choir and Performing Arts for Leading Edge Academy San Tan.

Anna Ingiosi

English, Math, and SS Teacher

aingiosi@leadingedgeacademy.com
Mr. Ozdoba holds a BA in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master's in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University. Mr. Ozdoba has been teaching middle school and high school for nine years. Eight of those have been at Leading Edge Academy. Among the subjects he teaches are Biology, Earth Science, Math, Weight Training and Ultimate Frisbee.

Rob Ozdoba

Science and Math Teacher

rozdoba@leadingedgeacademy.com
Art

Kelly Weaver

Art Teacher

kweaver@leadingedgeacademy.com
Mr. Micah Lipscomb is new to Leading Edge Academy this year. Prior to moving to Arizona, he taught for 15 years in Oklahoma and served as the head men's soccer coach. Micah attended the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelors degree Education in and followed that up by attending Southwest Oklahoma State University where he obtained a Masters degree in School Administration.

Micah Lipscomb

Special Education Teacher

mlipscomb@leadingedgeacademy.com