Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 School Year at SLA!

Good Day! I want to welcome our new students and staff at SLA and welcome back to our returning students and staff. The 2022-23 school year is officially here. We are excited that you have chosen SLA and are part of the RAM family. Thank you for being a part of our school and community. It is the people that make a difference in our school and I am so glad to be a part of this organization.

For those of you that do not know me my name is Mark Yockus and I am the returning Principal of SLA. In fact, I was the first Principal of SLA when SLA opened its doors to start our school in 2012-13. After ten years it is great to return. I have 22 years’ experience as a school principal within 3 districts / organizations. My principal experience is very well diversified as a public school principal, CTE school principal, homeless school principal, alternative school principal, private school principal, and charter school principal. I have served as principal for both middle and high schools.

Our faculty, staff and administration are committed to providing a quality learning experience for all students. Our focus as educators will be to continue preparing students for college and careers. If you are a SLA student your future matters! Here is what SLA has to offer:

Flexible schedules. Credit recovery. Even early graduation. We’re a high school made for you. Caring teachers and mentors meet you where you are, empowering you to redefine what’s possible for your success – in and beyond high school. We create extraordinary opportunities and outcomes for our students, our families and our community.

Best wishes for a dynamic and purposeful 2022-23 school year.

GO RAMS!

Mark A. Yockus – Principal

Mission & Vision

Southwest Leadership Academy Goals

The mission of SLA is to provide an environment where all students are empowered and inspired to exceed expectations for academic achievement and readiness for college and career.

SLA is dedicated to improving academic achievement of at-risk students by providing an alternative educational program and supportive school environment that includes rigorous academic and social skills instruction that lead to student success in school, in their lives and within their community.

Learn More About Us

Staff Directory

To send an E-mail to the desired staff, please click on their name. The educational background and experience of all educators are available for inspection by contacting Esmeralda Delgado at 602-265-2000 or by visiting the school at 4301 West Fillmore Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043 between 8 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday to Friday.

ADMINISTRATION & STUDENT SERVICES

carrington
Regional Dir. of Edu.
MS in Edu.
Mr. Mark Yockus
Principal
ED.D. In Ed.
Ms. Christae Spivey
Director of Compliance
 
Ms. Harris (2) 500x600
 Guidance Counselor
M.Ed.
Ms. Mya Johnson
Dean of Students
MSP
Ms. Pacheco 500x600
Social Worker
MSW
Rios
IT Specialist
Graphic Design Diploma
Delgado
Registrar
 
Ms. Alicia Hernandez
Front Office Specialist
 

TEACHERS

Newley
English
BA in Political Science
Jarod Pidgeon M.A.
English
M.Ed.
Thomas
Computer Lab
BS in Child Development
Fertig
Health and Fitness
M.Ed.
Mr. Ramos
Science
BS in Science
Ms. Wheeler 500x600
Barbering / Cosmetology
Arizona Licensed Instructor
Ms. Despabeladero-500x600
Mathematics
BS
Ms. Rodriguez
Reading/literacy program paraprofessional
Mr. De Torres
Mathematics
MS
Ms. Jerrilene
Literacy Grant Admin & Reading
Ed.M.
Mr. Hall
English
MA 
Ms. Sabrina Wilis
Evening & Online Classes
BA 
Ms. Desiree Henderson
SPED Teacher
 
Ms. Gomez
Tutor
 

SUPPORT STAFF

Jackson
Athletic Director / Behavior Lead
Ortega
Maintenance
 
Ms. Sylvia Alaniz
Office Manager
Yolanda Jones
Cafeteria Manager
 
Ms. Reyes
Kitchen Assistant
 
TBD
Behavior Mentor