Nate Palma, President
Mr. Palma is our President here at PSAE. Mr. Palma has worked in multiple departments including teaching, coaching, advising and front office administration, before becoming our President here at PSAE. Prior to becoming the President of PSAE, Mr. Palma has worked in Law Enforcement and Administration at Bless This Child Learning Center.
Favorite quote: "Don't cry because it's over smile because it happened." -Dr. Seuss
Julie Palma, Principal/Director
Mrs. Palma is the Director of PSAE [The Learning Institute] and Royalty Learning Center. She has been apart of our team for 12 years. Mrs. Palma was born in Arizona and raised in Buckeye. Her hobbies are spending time with her family and gardening. Her time spent here at The Learning Institute has opened her eyes to see the need to help our youth reach their full potential and serve their purpose.
Favorite quote: "Always be honest, be kind, keep your promises, smile, be grateful, laugh, share, do your best, work hard, forgive and forget, love, be happy, say your prayers, show grace, speak the truth." -Uknown
Mr. Jordan is our Business Administrator at PSAE. He has been apart of our team for 6 years. Mr. Jordan graduated from PSAE/TLI in 2011. Mr. Jordan was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and enjoys camping and baseball.
Jose Luis Orbe
Science Department Instructor
I was born in Acapulco, Guerrero and fluent in Both Spanish and English. In 2015 I enrolled in Rio Salado College to be certified in Mathematics. From 2015-2016 I was employed at Casa Academy as a Paraprofessional/ Teacher. I received an opportunity to be a part of the PSAE team as a Science Instructor. I feel very passionate about demonstrating to those of low-income students that there are many opportunities out in the world. Looking further into the future I'm wanting to increase my level of education and sharing the gained knowledge from the PSAE with others.
Favorite quote: “ Live simply so that others may simply live”. -Gandhi
Assistant Campus Director
Ms. Caitlin is our Elective Coordinator, and Assistant Director at our campus Child Care Center at PSAE/Royalty Learning Center. She has been a part of our team for four years. Ms.Caitlin is a graduate of PSAE, and is also pursuing her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.
Favorite quote: "May the best of your today's be the worst of your tomorrow's."
English Department Instructor
Ms. Widmer is our English Language Arts instructor at PSAE. She has been a part of our team for four years. Ms. Widmer is an ASU graduate with a Master’s degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Widmer enjoys fine art and painting and was a professional painter before becoming an educator
Favorite quote: “Deeds not Words Shall Speak to me.” -John Fletcher
English Language Arts instructor at PSAE
Mrs. Ibarra (Mrs. B.) is the English Language Arts instructor at PSAE. Mrs.B is a University of Phoenix graduate with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and bachelors in psychology from Northern Arizona University . Mrs. B. is a licensed professional counselor with the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health. After six years in the behavioral health field as a clinical therapist, Mrs. B. was provided with the opportunity to work at PSAE and continue to help support youths’ with their educational and personal goals. Mrs. B enjoys spending time with her family, watching football, and hiking.
Math Department Instructor
Mr. Rubin is our Math Instructor at PSAE. This is his 2nd year with us. He graduated from PSAE in 2015. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he enjoys playing video games with his friends as well as playing outside with his dog, Dawn. If he could have one, his preferential super power would be teleportation so he wouldn't have to spend time or money on traveling, which he would love to do if he could. He is often heard singing his favorite quote/lyrics from one of his favorite bands We Came as Romans, "I always knew I'd never reach perfection, and if I ever did, then I wasn't trying hard enough, 'cause there is always something more to reach for!"
Ms.Torres is our Registrar at PSAE/Royalty Learning Center. She has been apart of our team for almost three years. Ms. Torres was born in Washington State and can speak Spanish fluently. Ms. Torres attended PSAE in 2011. "If I could have one super power it would be the ability to fly because gas is expensive."
Favorite quote: "We were born to be real, not perfect."
Student Support/ On-Site Liaison
Mr. Frank is our Transportation, and On-site Liaison. He has been apart of our team for 1 year at PSAE. Mr. Frank graduated from Carson High School In California. My Hobbies are cooking, baking and fishing. If I could have one super power it would be to freeze time so I could spend more time with my family on weekends and have more time to spend with the students during the week.
Favorite quote: "Nothing is impossible when you let God take control.
Fun Fact: 70% of our staff members are our very own graduates!
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