Calibre Academy of Yuma

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In the Yuma area, more and more families are exploring school options beyond their designated district schools. As interest in non-traditional and virtual schools surges, Calibre Academy has emerged as a leading choice for students not just in Yuma but across Arizona. This free online and hybrid K-8 school offers an accessible route to attending school online, without the financial burden often associated with online education. With a committed team of educators, Calibre ensures that your child receives a comprehensive education, complemented by the option of summer school classes, as needed.

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Meet Our Educators

Rebeca Venegas

Rebeca Venegas

Principal at Calibre for 24 years

My name is Rebeca Venegas and I am the Principal at Calibre Academy. I was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Arizona in the summer of 1996.

I have a teacher Diploma from Colegio Guadalupe and undergraduate degree in Accounting from Universidad la Salle. I have also taken several online courses through Rio Salado. Taking online courses allowed me to take several classes at the same time and the flexibility to work at my own pace.

I began working for Learning Matters Educational group in 1999. I taught Spanish and Global Government to middle school and high school students. Later on, I was given the opportunity to teach Math to the same group of students.

In 2008 I became the Principal for Calibre Academy Glendale and in 2015 I was offered the position of Principal at Calibre Academy Surprise.

I have been married for 27 years and have two sons. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

Mrs. Lee Ann Ballinger

K-3rd Grade Teacher

With over three decades of experience working with children, I bring a wealth of expertise to my role as a K-3rd grade teacher. My journey began in behavioral health settings, where I honed my skills in understanding and supporting children’s emotional well-being. Three years ago, I embarked on a new chapter in my career, pursuing my passion for education and becoming a teacher.

Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Business, my transition into education was fueled by my deep-seated commitment to empowering students and nurturing their self-worth. Drawing upon my extensive experience, I am dedicated to not only imparting knowledge but also fostering a love for learning in my young students.

I believe in the importance of addressing each child’s unique needs, both academically and emotionally. I am dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive classroom environment where every student feels valued and encouraged to reach their full potential. Rooted in empathy, patience, and a genuine desire to make a positive impact, my approach to teaching is focused on building strong relationships with my students and guiding them on their educational journey.

Ingrid Scarpitta

K-8 Teacher

I have been teaching grades 4-8 since 2001.  I retired from the Crane Elementary School District in Yuma, AZ, where I taught math, science, engineering and coding, and special education.  I have been a reading and math interventionist and I have taught 4/5/6 combo classes (ESL and non ESL).  I taught math in a 4-6 gifted program, where I took 90 students camping in the Grand Canyon National Park.  (It snowed on us mid-March!)  I’m clumsy, so they won’t let me teach PE.

I am currently working on completing my Master’s in Special Education from the University of Phoenix.

I have two adult daughters and three granddaughters.  In my free time, I like to play Pokemon GO with my family.  I own two rescue pugs, so I  am always covered in fur.

Brooke Wakeham

Brooke Wakeham/Online Teacher

Suzanne Wiser/Online Teacher