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EDUCATION is not preparation for life; 

EDUCATION is life itself

It's important to find an environment that will help nurture your child’s growth, development, and set the stage for future learning.

About Us 

Our Classrooms and Curriculum

Stepping Stones Learning Center is an inclusionary program utilizing the Montessori approach to teach students with special needs, alternative learning needs such as dyslexia, ADHD and learning disabilities, and neuro-typical learners in an inclusive, co-taught classroom. Our class is co-taught with a licensed special educator and licensed, certified Montessori general educator. The Montessori curriculum is differentiated to meet the individual needs of each of our students while additionally aligned with the Arizona state standards.

Our More Intensive Classroom

In the 2024-2025 school year, we will add a classroom that provides more structure and intensive support to students with autism. This environment will incorporate materials and curriculum from the our inclusive classroom to provide a smaller, more structured environment for students. The goal is to prepare students for the inclusionary environment by teaching skills needed to be successful in the classroom. 

Our more intensive classroom will utilize principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, Visual supports and structures, and TEACCH learning models.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to provide an individualized education that empowers students' strengths and develops critical skills for success in an environment of mixed skills and abilities. Education must include understanding and working with peers of varying skills and learning to utilize these skills for the common goal of all students' ultimate expression of their greatest abilities. 

Our vision is to GUIDE students to discover, value, and become empowered by their individual strengths and demonstrate the ability to show these strengths in ways that are productive and fulfilling.

Get to Know Us


Anna Hart, MA, SLPA is the owner and Executive Director of Stepping Stones. Anna is a Special Educator with more than 25 years of teaching students with special needs. Her areas of interest and expertise are in curriculum and instruction for students with autism, interventions for students with dyslexia, and inclusive education. Anna will receive her doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University in Leadership in Special Education. Her research focuses on co-teaching and Universal Design for Learning.

Karen Wood has been teaching for over 35 years in public, private and online education. Karen holds a BA in Liberal Studies, a minor in Child Development with a K-12 teaching credential. In addition, she holds a Level 1 and 2 credential in Montessori Education. She has experience with learners ages 3 to 16. Karen has a range of experiences working with students at St. Anthony's Mission School on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico. She loves teaching Reading, Geography, Chemistry, and Botany.

Fushia Nelson is a classroom paraprofessional with 11 years experience working with students with autism. Fushia is enrolled in a program majoring in Psychology and will go on to get on to get her degree in Occupational Therapy.

Our Services

Math and Reading Tutoring utilizing the Montessori Method of teaching 

Specialized instruction in Reading for students with dyslexia using the Orton-Gilligham approach 

Speech/language therapy services

  • Elementary Montessori Curriculum
  • Highly Qualified, Certified/Licensed, and Experienced Staff
  • Small Class Environment/Open Door Policy
  • Specialized instruction in reading using research based interventions (Orton-Gillingham)
  • Implementation of Social Thinking® and Zones of Regulation® curriculums.
  • Weekly Music Therapy classes with a certified Music Therapist
  • Cooking, art, and physical education curriculum
  • Differentiated curriculum for students with special needs
  • Specialization in modification of curriculum and behavior supports for students with autism (i.e. token economies, visual schedules and supports, scaffolded materials)
  • Modifications, accommodations, and Universal Designs for Learning (UDL) to meet individual needs
  • Speech/language services
  • Tutoring services in elementary reading and math

Resources for practicing skills at home

At home reading practice is a helpful tool to help students master reading skills; however this can be challenging to navigate if your child has reading challenges. The following websites have research-based activities that are fun and increase learning.


Our daughter absolutely loves this school. Ms. Anna takes time to study each student and is attentive at planning a curriculum to the individual success of each student. Field trips, special events, and projects, planned out, broken down and executed to make learning fun and exciting. Our daughter is thriving.

Dahlia G : Parent of a Stepping Stones student


Stepping Stones has been such a blessing in our lives.

Carrie G: Parent of a Stepping Stones student

I'd like to commend Stepping Stones school . The teachers are phenomenal. My son Daniel has come along way from educational to socializing with his peers. I highly recommend this school.

Angela G: Parent of a Stepping Stones student


Coming Events

Stepping Stones Learning Center has openings in both our autism classroom and our inclusionary classroom for the 2024-2025 school year.




Contact Us

Get in touch!


19756 N Maricopa Rd

suite 104

Maricopa, AZ 85138




School hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9:00am - 2:30pm

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