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Theresa Albright, School Director
Theresa Albright, School Director

My name is Theresa Albright and I am the school Director at Phoenix Children’s Academy Private Preschool located in Surprise. I have been with the company since 2004. I have been working with children since 1995. I have experience in each age group. I have been a preschool teacher, assistant Director and Director. I have also received my CDA in 2003. Our teachers are very highly trained and take the extra step each year to further their education in early child care. Each teacher takes 24 hours per year in early education courses and trainings. Between management and all the teachers we have over 75 years experience. At Phoenix Children’s Academy we strongly believe in family involvement. We want to make sure you feel like home when you drop your child off to us. Our teachers have great communication with all parents and family. Our lead teachers are here for the majority of the day so you have a chance to speak to them when you pick your child up. We also have daily reports for our infant, toddlers and twos that go home each night. Our preschool teachers also fill out a classroom report each night. We encourage all families to participate in our daily activities when they get a chance. Our school also has family dinner nights, parent’s night out, spring and summer school picnics, open house, game nights and much more. As a part of the Surprise community we think it is very important to be involved in all community events. We are a proud sponsor of the Surprise Parks and Rec. Each year we are a part of the Surprise party in December. We also sponsor a day at the ball park for spring training. This is a day for all of our families to come out and have a great day of baseball and ball park food. There are many activities for the children to do at the game, including a bounce house and face painting. This past Memorial Day our children decorated their bicycles and road in the parade. We won the Silver Surprise Sundancer’s award for our entry in the parade. Each year we are excited to join the city in their Fourth of July celebration. Phoenix Children’s Academy has state of the art equipment throughout our building. Our playground is over 10,000 square feet. We have extended our classrooms outside. The children get the opportunity to play with musical instruments, art easels and science while outside. We also have a splash pad that is used the majority of the year. The children love to use our technology lab. In our technology lab we have computers for the children along with a SmartBoard. The children used the lab each day. At our location we also have rotating classrooms for all of our preschool children. The children get the chance to go through five different rotations throughout the day. Our classrooms include Math & Science, Creative Arts and Language Arts. We are conveniently located on the North West Corner of Reems and Greenway. One mile south of Bell Road. Also located near the 303 loop. We would love to have you and your family come visit our school and meet our family.

Jay Williams, Assistant Director
Jay Williams, Assistant Director

I’ve been in early childhood education for a decade and have worked with an abundance of ages from infants through fifth grade. I have my Director’s License from CCD in Denver, Colorado. My educational philosophy is every child is different, every child is unique, and every child is deserving of the freedom to express. Building up my teachers and our children is my main goal and that's why I’ve chosen PCA as my home! Our brand promise correlates with my management objective and I believe in our brand, our teachers, and our families.

When I’m not at Phoenix Children’s Academy with your awesome children, I’m sending time with family, working out, or doing things of an active nature (hikes, running, enjoying the outdoors). As a school and educational program leader, I want to set parents up for success!

Lita Gutwein, Teacher
Lita Gutwein, Teacher

Hello, my name is Lita Gutwein. I have been working as the Kindergarten Readiness teacher here at Phoenix Children’s Academy since 2011. I have been in the teaching profession since 2006, however I have been around children and Pre-School setting for most of my life. I have been continuing my education in Early Childhood Education. I really enjoy being creative at work and at home. I currently work in our Creative Arts classroom with the four and five year olds. This is my favorite group to teach I have really enjoyed watching the children grow and get ready to move onto Kindergarten.

Joanne Scheller, Teacher
Joanne Scheller, Teacher

Hello, I am Joanne Scheller and I have been apart of the Phoenix Children’s Academy family since 2010. I started with the school as a Toddler teacher and now I am apart of the management team. I am currently taking classes to obtain my Child Development Associates and in 2013 I completed the Leadership Training Program here at Phoenix Children’s Academy. I started working with children at the age of 16. I have worked with all ages and love all of them. Most of my experience is with the toddler and two year old class. I love to watch the children grow and learn.


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15562 N Reems Rd
Surprise, AZ 85374



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

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

Surprise, AZ