AKTIV Learning was founded in 2005, as a need to accommodate learning differences of students within the autism spectrum disorder and similar disabilities. Maribel Alvarez, founder and school director, has 16 years of hands-on teaching experience, a Masters degree in Exceptional Education with Autism endorsement, a Masters degree in Reading and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with ESOL endorsement from Barry University.
She is "teacher certified" and is trained in: behavioral modification, discrete trial methods, sensory integration, Picture Exchange Communication System, Handwriting Without Tears, Touch Math and computer language development programs. She is passionate about teaching and is involved in developing new interactive teaching methods. She believes learning is about quality over quantity and the best road to success is high expectations and persistence.