About

Parent Led Academy

Why We Care

Hi! We’re Bill & Marissa Leinart, Founder & Co-Founder of Parent Led Academy and parents just like you, trying hard to do our very best to to raise our kids to be responsible, make good decisions and to be kind to others.

Ideally, kids should learn these social-emotional life skills at home where most learning begins. But many parents lack these skills such as identifying and managing their behavior, showing empathy and having healthy relationships since they too never learned it from their parents.  That was the case for both of us.

And that’s why our nonprofit Parent Led Academy exists…to strengthen and equip parents with social-emotional life skills so they can model healthy behaviors for their kids.

Together, we have more than 20 years of teaching experience at the high school & university levels.

Bill was a former high school teacher and basketball coach for 12 years and 4 years at a community college. He currently manages solar projects for a large utility company.

Marissa, a former 2 time Emmy Award Winning TV news anchor/reporter was a former adjunct professor at Arizona State University for 5 years before homeschooling their 2 kids for 17 years. She’s currently the Founder/Executive Director.

Meet Our Coaches

Passionate and experienced with more than 90 years of teaching experience combined.

Misty Falkner

Gallup Certified Strengths-Based Educator

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“Once upon a time in Nashville, a few songs off my album made an unsigned-artist radio show. I still love to sing but love coaching people so much more than performing for them!”

Krissi Fleming

SEL Educator

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“I changed schools every single year with the exception of 2 while growing up.”

Holly Smith

Trauma Informed Care

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“I throw fruit randomly at my kids for fun!”

Joahna Tupas

Learning From Home Educator

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

My answer as a kid to the what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up question always was:

“A MERMAID!”

I wholeheartedly believe that impossible is actually read correctly as I[AM]POSSIBLE, and fully support the pursuit of all dreams! With faith and courage, we can make yours happen!

Shirley Kredit

Early Childhood Educator

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“The only sport I ever excelled in was standing on my head!”

 

Fran Bauman

Self & Spiritual Care

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“I worked at an amusement park and met my husband there.”

Kathie Bopp

Leadership Coach

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

I completed a half marathon with my daughter as a challenge to our non-athletic selves to do something totally out of our comfort zones.

Sandi Cimino

Parenting Teens

WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME

“I am known to randomly break out in song or sing the things I want to say.” 

 

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