Founder and DirectorMiller Beach Montessori
Akilia is a highly accomplished speech language pathologist who has spent almost her entire career working with young people from birth through high school. Her specializations are preschool and school-aged language development.
A Gary native, Akilia earned her B.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Tennessee State University (Nashville) in 1996, and her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) in 1998.
Prior to founding the Miller Beach Montessori preschool, Akilia served on the faculty at the former University of Chicago’s Hyde Park Day School. She provided individual and group therapy focused on language comprehension, writing, pragmatic language, and building social skills. She owned and operated her own private practice in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood for five years, where she trained over a dozen therapists and brought her expertise to bear in this underserved community. And, she was the founding treasurer of Empower LD, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create an environment where all children with learning disabilities living on the south side of Chicago have access to quality services, supports and education.
Her professional memberships include the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She is a three-time recipient of ASHA’s ACE award in recognition of outstanding continued professional study. While at the helm of Phoenix Therapy Services, McCain was named Outstanding Clinical Supervisor of the Year by Governors State University in University Park, Illinois.
Akilia is married to her husband of thirteen years, Attorney Trent A. McCain, and together they have three children, ages 5, 4, and 1. They reside in the Miller Beach Community of Gary, Indiana. Her interests include classical singing, gardening and reading. She was awarded 1st place in the National Young Artist’s division of the 81st Annual Society of American Musicians Competition.