Amanda Dusseau, School Director
Welcome to Phoenix Children’s Academy! My name is Amanda Dusseau and I am the School Director here at our Happy Valley location. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education 12 years ago and made the switch over to Early Childhood 9 years ago. I absolutely love what I do and would not change it for the world. Between the management team and all of our wonderful certified preschool and child care teachers, we have over 80 years of experience. At Phoenix Children’s Academy we strongly believe in family involvement and we want to make sure you feel at home. We believe that helping your child develop is a partnership and we make sure you are always in the know on what your child is doing. You will receive a daily individual or class report each day when you pick up your child. Our school hosts fun family events including: Trunk-or-Treat, Winter Wonderland, Parents Night Out, Egg-stravaganza in the Spring, and many more. Our playgrounds are an amazing place for children to explore and extend their daily learning. They absolutely love the splash pad that keeps them cool and splashing around in the Arizona heat. Our children also get the opportunity to use our technology lab with computers and a SMARTBoard daily. We look forward to having you and your families come visit our school and meet our wonderful Phoenix Children’s Academy family.
Ashley Harbaugh, Assistant Director
I have been with Phoenix Children’s Academy since 2013. Education has always been a passion of mine. I attended Northern Arizona University for Primary Education and Special Education. I am also currently working on my Child Development Associates. I have gone through our Leadership Training Program. In my spare time, I love to spend all my time with my son, crafting, antique shopping, or taking trips.
Tammy Lopez, Teacher
I have worked in early education for over 15 years, 3 of which has been at PCA. I have enjoyed working with all ages over the years but toddlers have always had my heart. I spend my spare time going to soccer games with my son. I am married to my husband of 33 years and we have 3 children and 2 grandbabies.
Cindy Combe, Potty Training Guru
I am a Two’s teacher and I have been with the school pretty much since it opened. I have been in early childhood education for over 24 years. I enjoy spending my days with my kiddos and watching them grow into big preschoolers. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog Ozzie. I am also excited to be a new grandma.
Laura Mattheis, Baby Whisperer
I have worked in early childhood education for over 8 years and have found my calling in the infant room. I am working toward my degree in Educational Studies. When I am not at PCA, I enjoy spending time with my son, daughter, and granddaughter. My favorite childhood memory is climbing trees in my backyard and going four wheeling in the desert with my parents.