Teachers & Administration
Denise Amiot, Campus Director
Ms. Amiot has an educational career that spans over 35 years teaching exceptional students, kindergarten through post high school age. She has also taught at the university level for twelve years, working with students who desire a career in teaching.
She is certified in Arizona as an Administrator and Special Needs instructor, K-12. She has been a Doctoral student at Walden University in the field of Leadership and Curriculum, completed certification work in Administration at Xavier University, and a Masters in Special Education at the University of Cincinnati. Her Bachelor’s degree in Science of Education was completed at Edgecliff College in Cincinnati as well.
Ms. Amiot is committed to working with all students in assisting them to believe in themselves, to see their fullest potential in school and beyond. Ms. Amiot encourages students to become active learners by providing opportunities to acquire skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society. Through close collaboration and a communicative partnership, she looks forward to building a positive relationship with students, families, and staff at Science Prep Academy.
Jessica Strouth, STEM Curriculum Director
Mrs. Strouth teaches STEM Courses and is the Director of STEM Curriculum. She originally began her career as an engineer. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in 2006. She moved to the valley from Minnesota in 2008. After discovering the teaching opportunities in Phoenix, she refocused her career in education. Jessica has eight years of teaching experience and has worked primarily with students with special needs. She completed her Master’s in Education Technology at Arizona State University, and her bachelor' s degree in Bioengineering from Columbia University. Jessica has made it her goal to inspire students and share her passion for science, math, and engineering. Her dream is to inspire students to seek careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Jessica lives in Chandler with her sister and her two dogs.
Kenneth Mims, M.Ed., Founder & CEO
Mr. Mims has been a professional STEM educator for over twenty years, this includes teaching courses in robotics, computer programing, and physical science. Mr. Mims founded Science Prep Academy, after connecting the dots on the characteristics of people with Autism and the characteristics of people in the physics and computer science work force. Specializing in STEM educational solutions he has traveled the world extensively promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM education and workforce development.
Mr. Mims obtained a B.S. in physics from Hampton University and completed his Master’s degree in Science Education at Georgia State University. He was elected to the Winslow Township (NJ) school board at the age of 24. Mr. Mims is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, National Hope Street Group Teacher Fellow, and 2019 Albert Einstein Fellow (DOE).