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School highlight: Family of Christ Learning Center

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Posted: Sunday, March 9, 2014 7:45 am | Updated: 5:15 pm, Thu Mar 13, 2014.

Family of Christ Learning Center has been part of the Ahwatukee community for more than 20 years, keeping students its focal point.

Enrollment is open to children from 2 years old to kindergarten, and the school currently houses nearly 142 students.

Director Sue Nelson has been with the school for more than 10 years and said the center has created an atmosphere geared toward “love for learning.”

“We incorporate a lot of fun in the learning aspect,” Nelson said. “People say to me that there’s something different here, and it’s because of the love we have for the kids.”

The longevity of the teaching staff also speaks volumes for the school, she added.

There are currently 21 teachers working at the school.

For more information about Family of Christ 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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