San Tan Valley K-6
34696 N. Village Lane
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
P: (480) 420-2100
F: (480) 729-6003
School Hours: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Office Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Early Release: 11:30 AM
Chad McLeod Director

Chad McLeod Director


Christi Reay Assistant Director

Welcome to our San Tan Valley K-6 Campus

New Assistant Director

Dear Parents,

     As you may know, our Assistant Director is Miss Reay. She has been at this campus for all of the 6 years we have been open. You may also be aware that we are growing as an organization and as a result changes are bound to happen. Thus, we are pleased to announce that Miss Reay, our Assistant Director, has been promoted to work as the District K-2 Curriculum Specialist for next year. She will be working with K-2 teachers across all ALA schools. So, although we are sad to see her leave this campus, she will be around from time to time to assist with curriculum and instruction. We will greatly miss our outstanding friend and mentor next year, but know that her skills and talents will be a blessing to all of the students serviced by ALA.
     We think you will be pleased to know that her replacement is a very experienced and talented leader. Mrs. Cowper, one of our current 6th-grade teachers and academic coaches will be the replacement. She has already begun the transition and is doing a wonderful job of supporting Miss Reay. She is very creative, knowledgeable, loyal and admired by those who know her. She is a master teacher and coach. She already has the trust of many staff, students, and families. I hope you will join us in saying goodbye to Miss Reay and give a warm welcome to Mrs. Cowper.

Principal’s Corner – Message from Mr. McLeod

Semper Paratus!

The United States Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft, said this last year at the annual State of the Coast Guard Address:
“Today, the State of the Coast Guard remains Semper Paratus – Always Ready to guard the Homeland, protect our environment, facilitate maritime commerce, save those in peril on the sea and attack transnational organized crime networks that attempt to exploit the maritime domain. Right now Coast Guard women and men are on watch – as they have been for 225 years – serving the Nation’s interests, security and prosperity.”
The Coast Guard core values are honor, respect and devotion to duty. It makes me think how our community and world might be if everyone were to live up to such ideals. I am grateful for the men and women of the US Coast Guard who daily serve our Nation. The Guard has existed since the days of the Revolutionary War and continues today as a branch of our US Military Forces under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security.
We will be discussing the US Coast Guard the next few days and be honoring those who serve now, and have served, by flying their flag all week. May we all strive to live honorable lives, being respectful of all, and having devotion in our duty to ourselves, our families, our country, and our God, however we choose to worship.
Have a Wonderful Week Warriors!

ALA San Tan Valley Received Grant for Portable Library

2016-patterson-pledge-jp-jn-quotes-1200x300-copyOur San Tan Valley campus received a grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support our school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Our San Tan Valley campus was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants. To learn more, listen to Patterson’s exclusive interview about the critical need for school libraries on the “Scholastic Reads” podcast: James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson. Miss Christi Reay, Assistant Director, said, “We are so grateful to participate in this grant. San Tan Valley does not have a close community library. As all of our ALA families know, we do not have the capacity to have a school library. Now, due to the funding with this grant we will be able to start a portable library for our students. We are thankful to Mrs. Greenberg for the time and effort she put in when applying for this grant. We hope to have the books ordered, stocked, and inventoried for students to use in the Spring. It makes me happy to be able to provide more materials for reading for our ALA families” “We’ve just come out of the most divisive presidential election in history – and among all the issues that captivated voters, education wasn’t one of them. It was hardly discussed,” says Patterson. “Nearly half of the American population reads at or below a basic level, and we need to address that problem to foster an informed future electorate. I’ve made it my mission to underscore the vital role reading plays in children’s lives, and the need to sustain school libraries is at the heart of that mission.” “Last year’s ‘Patterson Pledge’ showed communities nationwide how important school libraries are, but also how gravely desperate they are for books to fill their shelves in the midst of steep budget cuts,” said Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club. The amazing outpouring from schools combined with the continued generosity of James Patterson helped us solidify a second year of grants to help more children have access to high-quality books and, ultimately, revive school libraries. We are proud to announce this year’s new grant recipients and thank James Patterson for his continued personal commitment to save school libraries.” In the first-ever partnership of its kind, Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. Schools entering were asked to share the story of their school library, including past efforts to make improvements and “great ideas to help create a brighter future.” Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants. Based on past winners, school libraries across the country have been using this funding to purchase new books, add bookshelves, make improvements to their catalog systems, and expand their programing The full list of grant recipients is available online at To learn more, go to and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.

Miss Reay – 2016 Transformational Leader of the Year Finalist

We are excited to announce that Miss Christi Reay, our Assistant Director, was selected as a finalist for the Arizona Charter Schools Association’s award, “2016 Charter Transformational Leader of the Year.” The Arizona Charter Schools Association honors exemplary educators annually by recognizing the top charter teacher, leader, business manager and school in Arizona. Those nominated and selected for these awards represent the best and brightest of charter organizations across the state of Arizona. Miss Reay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Christi joined the American Leadership Academy (ALA) organization in 2011 and as she put it, “Here I have found my home. I love our staff, my peers, our ALA families but mostly I love our students!”

Meet Our Campus Administration, Mr. McLeod and Miss Reay

Chad McLeod Director Chad McLeod has been a professional educator for 14 years, but an advocate of youth for his entire adult life. Chad and Crystal have five children and have lived in San Tan Valley for 9 years. He was born in the Big Sky country of Montana, but spent his teenage years in Yuma, AZ, where he was a Boy Scout, played sports, sang in the choir, and graduated from high school. His life adventures from there have taken him to the rainforests of Central America, to ice hockey rinks, to England, to marriage and parenthood, to classrooms and pulpits, and from mountain tops to desert flats with scouts. Mr. McLeod began his career in education teaching Social Studies and coaching in Morgan, UT. After a few year, he and his college sweetheart had the opportunity to travel with two small children to the United Kingdom, receiving a Master’s Degree in Organization, Planning and Management in Education from the University of Reading, about 40 miles west of London. It was a wonderful experience for the young family. Upon their return to the States, Mr. McLeod moved his family back to sunny Arizona, closer to both sets of grandparents. For 9 years, Mr. McLeod worked for Benjamin Franklin Charter Schools in the Queen Creek area. While at Franklin, he has taught Social Studies and Language Arts, coached several different sports at the junior high and high school, and served as a K-6 Elementary Principal. Mr. McLeod’s range of educational experiences also include teaching at Ottawa University in the Department of Education and assisting his wife as she created curriculum for a pre-school they have run out of their home. Mr. McLeod and his wife are active in their community and church youth groups. He has spent many years working with the Boy Scouts of America, serving in various leadership positions and spending a lot of time on outings. He believes that the youth of America are the future of this great nation and loves working with, inspiring, and being inspired by them. Chad and Crystal are excited to be a part of the American Leadership Academy family.
Christi Reay Assistant Director Christi Reay is an Arizona native. She has a a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She began teaching elementary in the inner-city of Washington DC. She eventually moved back to her home state of Arizona. Christi has worked both in Public and Charter Education. After 8 years of teaching she began work as a Title I Administrator, Christi found American Leadership Academy. Christi is currently the Assistant Director of Academics at the San Tan Valley campus. She has been at the STV campus for over 5 years. She works with staff on data-driven discussions and PLC’s, Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Evaluation, establishing policies and procedures, and training new teachers. She also is a national trainer for the Dynamic Measurement Group (DIBELS Next). In a world where people come and go, Miss Reay has stayed devoted to achieving Excellence at the San Tan Campus. On a personal level Miss Reay does not have children of her own, but often says that she has 650. She dedicates her life to the school and is grateful to be able to serve the staff, families and most importantly the students.

About American Leadership Academy

Our charter schools were designed with a vision to provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment. Are you exploring local schools or seeking a charter school K-6 or charter junior high and high school for your child? For the 2016 – 2017 school year, we will have 8 campus locations in the state of Arizona.  Our campuses are located in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South (Florence).

 Our Vision:  Our Mission:
 Learn. Lead.                   Change the World! To provide the best educational experience to as many students as possible in a moral and wholesome environment.

Our Innovative Curriculum

In grades K-8, the curriculum is structured in the Core Knowledge Sequence, which outlines the knowledge to be taught at each grade level. The curriculum is structured in a coherent, cumulative and content specific way, so students build knowledge in language arts, math, science, history, geography, and fine arts. In grades 9-12, the curriculum builds on the foundation built in the younger grades and is intended to provide students with a rich, traditional high school experience. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a charter school K-6 or charter high school for your child, additional information about our charter schools in Gilbert, Mesa, San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Anthem South, Arizona (AZ) can be found on our website. Please browse our website to read about our leadership program, curriculum, and school culture. We accept new student registrations at our charter schools or you can complete the application on our website.