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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 


Jordan Palma

Business Administrator 

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


Caitlin Palma

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."

                       Email: mspalma@psae-edu,org

Teresa Widmer

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


Mrs. Ibarra

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.


Hunter Apley

Administrative Assistant  

Mr. Apley is our Administrative Assistant PSAE. He has been apart of our team for 2 years. Mr. Apley graduated from PSAE in 2016. He was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and some of his favorite things to do are go hiking and play video games.

Favorite quote: "I don't know where I'm going, but I know just where I've been." -Unknown


Jesse Rubin

 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!"


Angelica Torres


 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."


Frank Martinez

 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.


Here At PSAE we believe in our team members... just as much as we believe in our students. PSAE trains and qualifies our staff with the proper training and environment to fit each individual need(s) of our students. Our hope is that what we pour into our staff is what will trickle down into our students.

Fun Fact: 70% of our staff members are our very own graduates!

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