Mrs. Strait received her undergraduate degree in emergency services administration from Utah Valley University and completed her master's degree in educational technology from Arizona State University. She loves embarking on new adventures with her husband, Justin, their three children, Braddock, Kenton, and Allyse, and their two dogs, Dodger and Max. Some of her family's favorite activities include setting out on road trips, listening to music, playing the piano, and reading!
Mrs. Strait is highly regarded among staff, students, and families within her previous community, and she looks forward to working hard to earn your trust and regard at ALA Coastal. We know you have a choice for your student's education, and we appreciate you choosing us as a partner in ensuring your student receives the best education possible led by a rigorous and values-based curriculum.
Mrs. LaFave began her career in education in 2012 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. During that time, she had the pleasure of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade at a charter school. She was also given the opportunity to serve as lead teacher for two years. During this time, she completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. After five years of teaching, she decided that she wanted to pursue a leadership role. She served as Operations Coordinator and worked hand in hand with the principal. As the assistant principal, she plans to bring positivity, promote teamwork, and work to ensure staff, parents, and students feel welcomed every time they are on our campus.
Away from school Mrs. LaFave and her husband have two boys who keep them very busy. She enjoys creating memories with her boys, being outside, and shopping!
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