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Betsey Laperriere, School Director
Betsey Laperriere, School Director

Hello! My name is Betsey and I am the Director here at Phoenix Children's Academy. I have a degree in early childhood education and have been in the education field for over 15 years now. Both my parents were educators, and I knew from an early age that was the field for me!

In my spare time, I enjoy family activities with my sons, Bryan and Mitchell. We like off-roading in our Jeep, hiking, fishing, and amateur rock collecting. We also like to travel and spend a few weeks every summer at our lakeside cottage in New Hampshire. In my spare time, I also love to read - I am a real bookworm.

I am very excited to be able to continue my career with PCA here at the Higley and Chandler Heights location, and am looking forward to many years of working with all of our outstanding families.

Sara Negrete, Assistant Director
Sara Negrete, Assistant Director

Hello! My name is Sara and I am the Assistant Director here at PCA Chandler Heights. I have been with Phoenix Children’s Academy since 2012. I joined PCA as an Infant/Toddler Teacher and worked in the classroom getting to know all the children and families here at our school. In 2017, I became the Assistant Director. I am currently finishing my Associate Degree in Child Development and I completed Phoenix Children’s Academy’s Leadership Training Program in 2014. I have been working with children since 1994 and I absolutely love it!

Lidia Johnson, Teacher
Lidia Johnson, Teacher

Hello, my name is Lidia and I was born and raised in California. I am the fourth child in a family of seven brothers and sisters. I moved to Arizona four years ago and I love it out here. I have been working in early childhood education for over eight years now and I love every minute. I enjoy helping little minds grow, and creating great adventures/experiences with them gives me great joy! Children look up to their teachers and I want to be a great role model for them. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, watching movies, and traveling.

Moira Gentzel, Teacher
Moira Gentzel, Teacher

Hi! My name is Moira McCaskey and I am the lead teacher in the Preschool B classroom. I've been with Phoenix Children's Academy since November 2011. I have been teaching in the preschool setting for almost seven years! I was born and raised in Arizona, but moved to Ohio where I received my Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Miami University. I really enjoy working with this age because it is so much fun to see their personalities and interests develop and grow.


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Address & Directions

6288 S Higley Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85298



Monday - Friday
6:00am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Chandler Heights, Gilbert, AZ