Teachers & Administration
Rosetta Hicks Ed.S., Campus Director
Ms. Hicks is the Campus Director at responsible for facilitating the academic success and emotional well-being of every student. Her team also seeks to provide appropriate extra-curricular activities that complement Science Prep Academy's program and reflects a wide variety of STEM interests.
Ms. Hicks believes in the mission of Science Prep Academy and wants to support the Autistic workforce and their transition into adulthood. She provides thoughtful leadership and tools to teachers and communicates with parents to form cooperative relationships. Ms Hicks is fully invested in helping students reach their individual goals. Driven to meet the special needs of students in the community,
Ms. Hicks became a founding member of the first charter school in Arizona that focuses on the educational needs of children with autism and has over six years of school administration experience. She is a certified Arizona speech therapist and has earned an Educational Specialist degree from Grand Canyon University, master’s degree in Rehabilitation Administration and Services and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University.
Jessica Strouth, Lead Teacher & STEM Curriculum Chair
Mrs. Strouth teaches Science, Math and STEM Club and is the Chair of 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 six years of teaching experience and has worked primarily with students with special needs. She completed her Master’s in Education Technology in 2018, and 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).