ABOUT 

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NOVA INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING CENTER is a private special education day school approved by the Exceptional Student Services Department of the Arizona Department of Education. The Center provides a separate full-day program for students (k-12) who are identified as Emotionally Disabled (ED), Emotionally Disabled-Private (EDP), Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Speech and Language Impaired (SLI), Mild Intellectual Disability (MIID), Other Health Impaired (OHI) and Cross-Categorical to include mild Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
It is the goal of the Center to educate and empower our students to become well-functioning individuals and be integrated back into their home schools as quickly as possible. Nova’s mission is to unlock the strengths and talents in each student, develop a sense of worth, and create confident learners who go on to lead happy, productive lives. We are committed to helping each student “Reach For The Stars”.
NOVA offers very reasonable pricing which includes all ancillary services (counseling, therapy, speech and OT). With over 17 years of previous successful experience as a state approved private special education day school our program is proudly based on developing the positives of each student.

 

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STAFF

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Trish Loban-Vargas, MA

Director

 

Trish was the founder, owner and director of Phoenix Center for Education from 1987-2003. Phoenix Center for Education was a very successful state approved private special education day school serving K-12 students from 21 different valley school districts.

Phoenix Center for Education had a very high percentage of their students return successfully to their home schools, graduate from high school, with some even going on to graduate from college. Many of these students still stay in touch and it is a JOY to know they are living happy, successful lives!

Since 2003, Trish has been doing educational consulting, but always with the goal of starting another special education day school. Trish believes that all children can succeed in a supportive and positive environment, with the most important outcome being the creation of confident learners with healthy and successful social behaviors.

Trish has a Masters degree in Psychology and maintains the following certifications: Arizona Standard Special Education Certificate (with approved areas in Emotional Disability and Specific Learning Disability) and Arizona Standard Elementary K-8 Teaching Certificate. One of her biggest honors was having a former student write and have her listed in “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers”!

 

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Cindy K. Guillaume, EdD

Co-Director

 

Dr. Cindy Guillaume most recently held the position of the Dean of Northcentral University’s School of Education, which was created in 2004. Prior to being named Dean, Dr. Guillaume was the Dean of the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. She has held senior level academic positions in the College of Education at University of Phoenix, and has worked in public and private K-12 school systems, primarily in special education to include the Phoenix Center for Education as Assistant Director and Teacher. 

Dr. Guillaume stepped away from higher education in 2011 to accept a role as vice president, special projects and prevention education for Childhelp, Inc. In her role with the charity, which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children, Dr. Guillaume was responsible for overall management and execution of prevention education initiatives. 

Dr. Guillaume maintains the following professional certifications, which are valid through 2016: Arizona Standard Special Education Certificate (approved areas include: emotional disability, learning disability and mental retardation), Arizona Principal Certificate, Arizona Supervisor, and Arizona Standard Elementary K-8 Teaching Certificate.

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Trevor Guerra

Lead Teacher

Trevor has experience in both general education and special education. He has most recently worked with students with Emotional and other Disabilities in Private Day Schools throughout the Phoenix Metro area that specialize in teaching students with severe Emotional Disabilities. Prior to this, he worked as a teacher and an administrator in a K-8 general education setting. Having had experience with children of all ages and grade levels, his professional philosophy is that “all students can succeed when they are truly treated as individuals”.

Trevor graduated with his Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix before completing an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University.

Trevor is a licensed/certified teacher in both Arizona and California and holds a Cross-Categorical, Special Education, K-12 Certificate. Trevor’s number one hobby is creative writing, and he also enjoys playing the guitar and the piano. His favorite pastime is watching movies of all genres.