Megan Fitzsimons started with the Arizona Leadership Foundation in June of 2014 working on the disabled and displaced student applications. In 2016 her role expanded to include development for the Foundation as well. Prior to joining ALF, Megan was a special education teacher in the public-school system for eight years. Over the years she taught a range of abilities from low functioning autism, to moderate intellectual disabilities, to mild learning disabilities, in classrooms that ranged from self-contained to resource/inclusion. She obtained the skills needed to precisely write IEP’s (Individual Education Plans), appropriately run annual IEP meetings, and engage with other special education teachers, regular education teachers, parents and administration on a regular basis. Having this background enables Megan to read IEP’s/MET with the expertise needed to quickly and accurately evaluate the paperwork for qualification to the Disabled/Displaced scholarship program. In her position she has been able to refine the application process by enlightening schools and parents about the requirements, resulting in fewer declined applicants. In addition, she continues to appraise schools (specializing in special needs students) on their behavioral procedures/protocols, and assess the curriculum. Megan also investigates and evaluates new schools who are wishing to obtain a partnership with Arizona Leadership Foundation based on a variety of criteria.
In her development role for the Foundation Megan has helped identify potential target donors and target key stakeholders within identified corporations. She continues donor engagement and following the contribution she works to establish a platform for long term relationships with our corporate partners.
Megan moved to Arizona in 1998 with her family and then went on to attend the University of Arizona where she received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She is married with two children and lives in Fountain Hills. She is an avid skier and loves to spend time with her family in Park City, UT.
Meet Abril, a first-grade student at Immaculate Conception School in Yuma, AZ. She loves swimming and making new friends at the park. Abril enjoys gymnastics, dance classes and performing on-stage. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher. Abril is pictured with her mom, Lorenia. Lorenia, works at the Hospice of Yuma as […]Read More
Let us introduce Ethan Saenz, who graduated last May from Dream City Christian School with a 4.5 GPA. Ethan is currently attending Grand Canyon University (GCU). Ethan received scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation from Kindergarten through his senior year of high school. We at ALF are so proud that he has translated that support […]Read More
Meet the Burke Family, Kadence is in 9th grade and Jakob is in 8th grade at The Jones-Gordon School. Amanda, their mom is also a teacher at the school where she teaches the Wilson Reading System to dyslexic students and also middle school math. Their dad, Jake Sr., is a City of Phoenix Police Officer who […]Read More
Meet the Conner-Townsend Family. Robert and Dolores Conner adopted their six grandchildren so they could provide them with a fresh start and the greatest chance for success. They moved their grandchildren from Pinetop to Tucson, where the Conner’s live, so they could lead a normal life with a quality education, in a faith-based environment. The Conners, who are Catholic, wanted […]Read More
Meet Waylon, who is in first grade at the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC). Waylon has a very rare chromosome abnormality that has caused multiple disabilities including cortical visual impairment. Waylon started receiving visual therapy services from FBC when he was around a year old. When it was time to choose a preschool, the family […]Read More
Over a decade ago, Luis Jimenez played in a grade school Mariachi Band at the Arizona Leadership Foundation Scholarship Fair. Luis played the violin and sang as part of the group, he has had the quite the journey since that sunny day in Tucson. Meet our latest “Where Are They Now” Spotlight Story, Luis Jimenez […]Read More
Every year, The Arizona Leadership Foundation hosts our donors for a breakfast event in May to celebrate our Corporate Champion’s contributions to education across Arizona. This year for our 10th Anniversary, we were excited to have our event at St. Mary’s and bring ALF home to where it started. In addition to serving as our […]Read More
Meet Dani Raymond who just recently graduated from Yuma Catholic High School with an unweighted 3.96 GPA. She comes from a family of seven and is the middle child of the five siblings. Dani has been attending private school since she was in second grade with the help of scholarships from the Arizona Leadership Foundation. […]Read More
Meet the Baker family from St. Augustine Catholic High School in Tucson. Kevin Luke is currently a freshman and Olivia is finishing up her sophomore year. Originally the mom, Andrea Neale, was living in Baton Rouge, LA. Unfortunately, she was displaced during Hurricane Katrina. She decided to move to Tucson, where she had family. A […]Read More
Meet the Hann Family from West Valley Christian School (WVCS) in Goodyear, Arizona. Bryson, age 9 is in 3rd grade Emerson, age 7, is in 1st grade Grayson, age 6 is in kindergarten N. H., age 6, is in kindergarten L.H., age 3, is in preschool From their mom, Amber Hann, “We chose to walk […]Read More
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