We have a vision that education should and can be fun, individualized, and relevant for all children in grades K-12.
We believe that all children are born with special gifts and talents. It is the privilege and responsibility of families and schools to work together to help children fully realize their gifts and potential. When individuals understand their unique value, they are better positioned to know how to use their gifts to serve their families, communities, and the world. Great leaders have great self-worth. Great leaders recognize the worth and potential in others. We seek to cultivate and nurture great leaders.
Our goal is to provide a safe learning environment that builds self-esteem by giving children ownership over their learning while developing key leadership skills.
We assist parents in making choices regarding what and how their children learn, while providing learning coaches to assist students in goal setting and achievement.
We provide an environment where character building is the foundation of our learning. Academics spring from this foundation, developing the whole student intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
We would love to meet with your family to determine if our school is the right place for you!
The Valley Leadership Academy Founders
Meet Our Staff
Laura loves learning, and she loves kids! Trained as a medical doctor with board specialization in Emergency Medicine, she currently works part-time as an emergency physician in the pediatric emergency department. After completing 20+ years of schooling and training, she just could not get enough school, so she decided to homeschool her (now 4) children. She has been homeschooling for the past 10 years and has loved (almost) every minute of it. Before medical school, Laura earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and she has a fascination with the field of positive psychology. She finds tremendous joy and satisfaction in her volunteer position as administrator at VLA, and feels honored to be a part of such a special and unique school.
Rachel heartily endorses the pledge of Valley Leadership Academy: “We are people of purpose, power and potential. We speak life, love and light to everyone we meet.” She believes that children learn what they live and enjoys watching them thrive in a healthy, safe, fun environment. She has been a homeschool mom for 13 years, since her oldest daughter started Kindergarten. She has three children: Katie (17), who is a senior and plans to attend Auburn University in the fall, Isaiah (14), who is an 8th grader, and Ethan (10), who is in 5th grade. Her degree is in early childhood education from Auburn University, where she had the opportunity to learn the constructive theory of education. She taught preschool and kindergarten for four years in Michigan before staying home to raise her own children. She is passionate about helping the students at VLA learn and grow each day!
Rachel Grice--Music Appreciation/Choir
Natasha Nashadka--Art Instructor