Parent Huddle

Parent Led Academy

Join us for a Parent Huddle!

Parent Huddles are a chance to connect and share any of your insights, thoughts, feelings on topics such as child health, school safety, and more with other parents and caregivers across the state.

Come and learn what you can do as parents, caregivers and/or educators to overcome whatever challenges you may be facing and knowing where to go for help!


This Month's Topic:

Teaching Your Kids To Be Independent

As parents, we want our children to be independent. But it’s not always easy for them to become more self-sufficient and responsible.

Some of this is because our instinct as parents is often to make things easier for them, rescue them from their mistakes, and limit their experiences with struggle or (gasp) failure.

It takes time and effort to make your child more independent, but the rewards are well worth it.

Learn what you can do to help your child become more independent.

man carrying to girls on field of red petaled flower


Wednesday, May 25



7pm-8pm AZ Time


Zoom Video Call

Engagement Host

Sandi Cimino, a Coach with Parent Led Academy, serves families by supporting them in identifying and building on their strengths to flourish in the face of challenges and adversity where she serves as a coach for Parent Led Academy. Sandi has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, with a concentration in Family Sociology.  She has worked in the social services field for over 30 years with educators and service providers primarily in the areas of child welfare, early childhood and K-12 education.  She has a passion for assisting parents in experiencing less stress and more joy in their families. Sandi lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband, two children, and one furry family member.

Engagement Host | Dad Perspective

Ramiro “Ray” Villa, a Coach with Parent Led Academy, was the former Executive Director for the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) in Apache Junction. CAAFA supported survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence through comprehensive serves. 

Ray is also a retired Police Lieutenant for the City of Chandler Police Department where he served for 21 years. He was a crisis negotiator for the SWAT Team for 18 yrs. and served most of his career in criminal investigations.  Ray speaks fluent Spanish.

Resources for Parents & Teachers

Four Areas of Transformation


Parents will have the opportunity to share what’s on their mind regarding each topic below during virtual breakout rooms where they can feel safe to share.

Come with your tough questions and we’ll offer you solutions and resources to help you on your journey.


Let’s Huddle!

The Arizona School Health & Wellness Coalition and the Parent Led Academy hope to see you then!

For any questions, please contact Marissa Leinart at [email protected] or Scott Turner at [email protected]

Recording of Past Huddle