Addie Edwards

Volunteer and Class Mom

Sarah Davis M.A.Ed

Owner, Advocate and Special Education Teacher

I have had a dream since I was 11 to own and operate a facility that would encourage individuals with disabilities to be the very best version of themselves.  On my path to fulfilling this dream, I went to Albright College in Reading, PA and graduated with a degree in Special Education.  I moved to Scottsdale, AZ to be closer to my family and I began working at a private school for special needs children.  I went on to get my masters in special education from the University of Phoenix and then began teaching in the public schools.  

I knew in my dream I wanted to eventually have a cafe, so I enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale, AZ.  I continued to utilize my culinary skills in my classrooms as well as my current day to day operations of Believe I Can Academy.  

I believe every child has the ability to learn and be successful not only in their school environment, but their community as well.  My husband, Terrence Davis and I have rooted ourselves here in Tempe, AZ because we believe in our organization and our community.  I love what I do and I look forward to changing the view of disabilities.  Anything is possible!

Gloria Manakaja

Volunteer and Native American Liaison 

I am a mother of 18 children, most of which I have fostered.  I heave a heart for serving and supporting others.  I work a lot with my tribe, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.  I enjoy volunteering my time at Believe I Can Academy.

I was with Sarah when it was just a home school she ran out of her condo in Scottsdale.  My son Jonathan has grown so much in the time we have been with Sarah.  I am so excited to see what the future will bring.  Each year is more and more fun than the last!


Believe I Can Academy

Advocate - Enrich - Educate

Tricia Simpson

Volunteer and Lead Educational Support

Terrence Davis 

Volunteer and Behavior Support Specialist

I have been working with children as long as I can remember.  I played football, basketball, baseball, threw shot put and tried just about every other sport to stay busy as a kid.  I currently work in the Tempe High School District in the Athletic Department, I enjoy working with athletes at every ability level.  

I have worked with at risk youth in low socio-economic areas helping them rebuild their social skills and create personal goals.  I have also worked in private and public schools in many special education classes supporting the students and teachers with behavior management.  I enjoy watching children grow, especially when they begin to utilize the coping strategies and tools we have worked so hard on.