Bethany Becker, Academic Director

Bethany has earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and her Bachelor of Art in Spanish at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. 

Bethany has been teaching for 11 years. At SSA, she teaches Spanish and Health. Bethany enjoys witnessing the moment when students understand a concept that they have been struggling with and seeing the growth and change in our students.

Bethany believes that learning does not just take place in the classroom. In class, Bethany uses a variety of supplemental resources; movies, field trips, Internet, and smart board activities. 

In her free time Bethany enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, scrap-booking, painting, running, hiking, reading, and baking.

Bethany likes to quote � Ralph Waldo Emerson- “When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.” 


Sarah Kirwan, English Teacher

Ms. Kirwan is a native of Gilbert, Arizona. She started riding horses at age 8, competed in hunter/jumper schooling shows locally, and was given her first horse, Megan, (a Thoroughbred) at age sixteen. Since she always enjoyed reading and writing, she decided after two years at Mesa Community College to pursue a degree in English Literature at Arizona State University in the hopes of becoming a teacher. She made the Dean’s list in 2008 while taking several courses on teaching English.

While in college, she was a habilitation and respite provider for children with autism. This work was very close to her heart because she grew up with a brother with autism.
In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from ASU and began teaching first at a credit recovery school for at-risk youth and then at the renowned charter school BASIS Phoenix.
Over the course of five years teaching sixth grade, she refined her craft and gained very valuable experience teaching gifted children a rigorous curriculum. She was an active member of the school community by putting on the annual talent show in collaboration with the music department, hosting multiple after-school tutoring hours, and sending out weekly newsletters to parents.
When Ms. Kirwan saw a teaching opportunity at a therapeutic boarding school with a horsemanship program in beautiful Rimrock, AZ, she jumped at the opportunity. She loves supporting the girls in their education and personal lives and is so glad to be a part of the Sedona Sky Academy family.


Kathleen McCabe, Science Teacher

Kathleen is passionate about Science and the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s in Education Leadership both from Northern Arizona University. She is certified to teach high school Science and English and teaches a variety of other courses including sewing, business, ceramics and agriculture.


Ms. McCabe has been teaching for 26 years and feels it is important to build a relationship with a student and then provide experiential learning opportunities that connect to their personal lives. She believes it is more important for students to be able to research and find valid information than it is to memorize facts. This will enable them to make important life decisions based on self-acquired knowledge.
She asks them to, “Rise above low expectations and do difficult things.” In her free time, Kathleen loves to cook, ride her horses, grow her own vegetables, kayak, dance and quilt. She feels it is very important to stay active and eat quality food.

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