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School Highlight: Magical Journey Learning Center

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1442 E. Chandler Blvd. Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 7:45 am | Updated: 1:38 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

Magical Journey Learning Center • 1442 E. Chandler Blvd.

Being fairly new to the preschool scene, Magical Journey Learning Center has been offering the Ahwatukee community a more intimate schooling experience with its small-classroom setting.

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The school, which is in its second year of completion, currently houses 32 students in grade levels pre-kindergarten through preschool.

Both instructors, Julie Fischer and Michelle Willis, have an immense resume when it comes to education, having more than 20 years of experience teaching at the elementary level.

Fischer believes what separates Magical Journey Learning Center apart from others is how the students work in smaller groups, which gives both instructors the ability to focus more on each of their students.

The school also encompasses community service with its “Lend a Hand” program, where each week students are involved with different community service opportunities.

“We just think that goes to developing that whole social and emotional piece that will hopefully lay a foundation for them for life,” Fischer said.

For more information about Magical Journey Learning Center, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy

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Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, principal at Ambassador Academy, poses with her students at Ambassador Academy Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

Each class has no more than 15 students, which Dr. Elba Iris Reyes, Ambassador Academy’s principal, said is what sets it apart from other charter schools.

The school’s current enrollment stands at 47 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We have academic excellence in teaching and learning, we have high expectations for our teachers and their practices, and we have high expectations for our students,” Reyes said. “We also focus on leadership and character development.”

Ambassador Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization is devising fundraising opportunities to raise money for the school’s playground facility.

For additional information about Ambassador Academy, visit

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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