Kelly Morris — Head of School
Kelly has over 15 years experience in education in a variety of settings. For the past 6 years, she broadened her training in Learning Differences and developed a passionate interest in differentiating instruction to promote mathematical excellence. She taught math, fluency, and drama to learning different children. Kelly graduated from Trinity University with a BA in Theatre Arts. She worked as a Creative Drama Specialist at the Dallas Children’s Theatre for several years before entering the formal classroom. She taught Honors English and Literature at an area private school and served on the Fine Arts Cultural Committee for several years. In 2005, she graduated on The Chancellor’s List for Academic Excellence from the University of Texas-Dallas with a Masters of Arts in Humanities. She is a Texas Certified Teacher in Math, Language Arts, and Theatre Arts. Kelly is thrilled to be serving at Heritage to engage the hearts and minds of children in a Christ-centered environment.
Annette Stanislav — CCC/SLP, CALT - QI - Dean of Instruction
Annette is a licensed speech-language pathologist and is licensed as a dyslexia therapist. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Texas Provisional Teaching Certificate in Speech and Hearing Therapy. She earned her Master's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of North Texas in 1987. Annette has experience in private practice, and public and private school settings. She developed and coordinated the DuBard Association Method at the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas for 15 years. Additionally, Annette developed and coordinated The Language Intervention Program at Shelton for six years. She has extensive training in remediation of language-learning disabilities. Annette is a qualified instructor in the DuBard Association Method. She has also presented locally and nationally on the topics of oral and written language communication disorders.
Maegan Marshall — School Administrator
Maegan graduated from Dallas Baptist University in December of 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis on English, Language Arts, and Reading in grades 4-8. Maegan’s first teaching job was at a private Christian school in Sendai, Japan where she taught 2nd grade students English. Upon returning home to Texas, Maegan worked for one year as a 6th grade Reading teacher in Alvarado, Texas. After moving to Dallas, Maegan started teaching 3rd grade in the Irving Independent School District where she served as a gifted and talented teacher, campus writing liaison, and a district-wide assessment and curriculum writer. Maeagn is also credentialed to teach PreK-6, English as a Second Language, and Gifted and Talented.
Scott Abbott — Director of Student Activities
Scott graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance. He played on the S.M.U. golf team and served on the ministry leadership group of Reformed University Fellowship for four years. Scott continued his passion for golf by playing professionally for six years. In 2010, Scott responded to his call to education, and began his 5 year service as an assistant teacher and physical education coach at a reputable school in Dallas for children with learning differences. Scott has his teacher certification as an EC-6 Generalist.
Pat Antoniou — CALT, Teacher & Reading Specialist
Pat has been an educator for 37 years. Her experience has spanned Kindergarten through tenth grades in various settings – public, private, and clinical settings. She has also provided private tutoring. Pat attended Baylor University for her B.A., Southern Methodist University for her M. Ed. with a Reading Specialization, TWU for her Reading Recovery training, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for Take Flight training as a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has been serving as an Instructional Specialist at Mathews Elementary in Plano ISD most recently. Pat provides intervention for struggling readers for both those who have Dyslexia and those who do not. It is her belief that building confidence as well as skills is the best way to improve reading ability.
Cyndy Baltzley — CALT & Teacher
Cyndy has recently retired as a Texas Public Educator from Bettye Haun Elementary in Plano, Texas after completing 32 years of teaching, 4 years in Dallas Independent School District and 28 years in the Plano Independent School District. Cyndy is a certified Texas teacher, grades 1-8 Generalist, and English. She is also a certified ESL teacher. Cyndy attended The University of North Texas for her B.S. in Elementary Education 1980, and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2009. She received her CALT training from Texas Scottish Rite and is a licensed Language Therapist. Cyndy was a classroom teacher until 2003 and then became an Instructional Specialist working with students with dyslexia and reading difficulties and disabilities.
Richard Bill — Teacher
Richard has 36 years experience in education. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a double major in science and psychology. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree he then attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School receiving a Master of Religion. That was followed by a Master of Science from The University of Texas at Dallas and lastly by a Master in Public School Administration from The University of North Texas. His educational career began with his teaching four years at Trinity Christian Academy. Richard then taught science at Newman Smith High School. A year later Richardson Independent School District recruited him to become part of Lake Highlands High School faculty. He accepted their invitation and taught Biology, Honors Chemistry and Physical Science. His last 17 years of education were spent as Assistant principal of Apollo Junior High in Richardson. During his tenure at Lake Highlands High School, Richard was awarded, on two separate occasions, the Most Influential Teacher Award. While at Apollo Junior High Richard was the supervisor for the Science and Social Studies departments, as well as AVID campus coordinator.
Robin Boersen — Teacher
Robin is a Texas certified teacher with over 12 years of experience in Christian education. She has a true passion for teaching students with learning differences. Robin received her BBA in Marketing and Management from Baylor University and her MHA in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine. Before finding her calling in Christian education, Robin worked in the health care field for 8 years in human resources, marketing and administration. She also volunteered as a Sunday School Teacher and a Vacation Bible School Teacher in the Children’s Ministry at Highland Park United Methodist Church.
Jennie Coleman — Teacher
Jennie is experienced working with children as a teacher and ministry director. She graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is certified in Early Childhood through 6th grade. Over the years, Jennie worked as a learning different educator, children’s ministry director, governess as well as a leader in overseas missions.
Diane Colonnese — CALT & Teacher
Diane graduated from the Southern Methodist University Academic Language Therapist Certification Program and trained in the Take Flight program at Scottish Rite. She spent the last 2 years as a private dyslexia therapist, along with substituting at Providence Christian School of Texas. Diane graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Communications in 1991. Originally from Colorado, Diane went back home to Colorado to continue her schooling at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she became a licensed teacher for grades K-6. During her teaching career, Diane taught at a private school, utilizing Mel Levine’s ‘All Kinds of Minds’ method. She also trained with the National Institute for Learning Development, Brain Gym, and the Masgutova Method. Diane is Texas Certificate Teacher with experience teaching in public, private, and homeschool settings.
Kimberly Ellsworth — Teacher
Kim has over 13 years of experience in education in both private and public school settings. She loves adapting her teaching techniques and has taught students with varied learning differences as well as students in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs. She has served as a grade-level team leader, peer mentor, faculty advisor to the student council, and campus liaison to the school board. She received her Bachelor's Degree at California State University and is certified in Elementary Education (grades PK - 8).
Ashley Goode — Art Teacher
Ashley has been teaching elementary art for over a decade. She enjoys implementing art history and classical methods in teaching. She believes that a foundation in classical art will build strength in other subjects, as well as confidence in students. By taking a step-by-step approach in creating artwork, students are able to conceive surprising works, while building skills in a variety of media. Ashley has a BFA from Southern Methodist University. She paints portraits by commission, has exhibited work locally, and recently illustrated a children's book. She has also written art curriculum for several private schools.
Lindsey Harris — Teacher
Lindsey is a certified teacher and a licensed physical therapist. She graduated with a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She most recently taught AP and general biology in Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch ISD, where she was honored as teacher of the year. In addition, she co-authored the district’s life science curriculum. After deciding to stay at home with her young children, she was recruited by CFB ISD to return part time to mentor new teachers. Prior to moving to Texas, she taught biology in a public high school near Washington, D.C., and participated in an interdisciplinary grant program where she taught science to disadvantaged students.
Emily Hobart — Teacher's Aide
Emily graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BS in Political Science with a minor in Communications. Upon graduation, Emily joined the family business as Director of Operations. After the birth of her 1st of 4 children she became a stay-at-home mom. Over the next 9 years, Emily continued to work intermittently at the family business in addition to holding leadership roles in her church, Bible Study Fellowship, and at her children's schools. The last 2 1/2 years she has been a substitute teacher for all grade levels at The Covenant School in Dallas.
Rachel Hodges — Teacher
Rachel has worked in Christian elementary education since 2002. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also Texas State Certified in Early Childhood through 4th grade. She has served as a teacher team leader and a mentor. In addition, she has also served on a private school recertification team.
Gail Holman — CALT, Teacher & Reading Specialist
Gail has 30 years of teaching experience, 25 of which were spent serving the Plano Independent School District. Texas Teacher Certified in grades 1-8, she is a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist). She received her Take Flight Dyslexia Therapist training at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Gail is ESL (English Second Language) certified. Gail attended William Jewell College, Liberty Missouri, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Graduate studies were at University of North Texas and Texas Wesleyan University. Recently retired from Plano ISD, Barksdale Elementary, Gail served as the campus Instructional Specialist. Having extensive knowledge of dyslexia assessments, identification, and intervention implementation, she served her previous campus as the dyslexia and reading difficulties interventionist. Gail is the recipient of the Phoebe Apperson Heart Outstanding Educator Award which celebrates achievement in building effective family-school partnerships. Other recognitions include: PTA Lifetime Membership Award, Plano ISD Barksdale Teacher of the Year, and through instructional leadership supported the campus in being recognized as a “High Performance School” by “Just for the Kids” (NCEA National Center for Educational Achievement).
Marta Ippolito — Speech and Language Pathologist
Marta completed her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Communication Studies at the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she had the opportunity to assist clients, ranging in age from infancy to geriatric, with a variety of communication disorders.
Roni Jackson — Teacher
Roni has 19 years of classroom experience, during which she has taught and or coached students from grades K through 12. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Baylor University in Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction, respectively. She loves teaching and helping kids to realize that math can be understood and loved. She holds a Texas teaching Certification in General Education for grades K-8, a Special Education Certification for grades K-12, an Early Childhood Certification for Pre-Kindergarten–Kindergarten, and her ESL certification.
Mary (Missy) Payne — CALT & Remediation Specialist
Missy is a registered CALT and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist. She has over 15 years experience as an Academic Language Therapist in both school and private settings. In 2001, Missy graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Academic Language Therapist Certificate Program. She began her ALT experience in private practice in 1998. For 10 years, Missy served the educational leadership team at reputable LD school as Lead Therapist. She coordinated, organized, and ordered all materials pertaining to the school’s ALT curriculum. She was instrumental in establishing the success of the ALT program though ongoing collaboration with students, parents, teachers and administrators, to determine students’ specific needs and methods of assessment.
Stefani Rea — Music
Stefani graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in Human and Organizational Development. She is a certified, licensed Musikgarten instructor with 13 years experience in church, preschool, and private school settings. Her love of music began at an early age through choir and piano. Stefani believes that music can help to channel energy, establish good listening habits, stimulate the brain, and foster coordination.
Betty Vaughan — CALT & Remediation Specialist
Betty is an experienced educator, CALT, and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist with over 35 years education experience. For 13 years, she served as the Primer Teacher at a reputable private school. Her responsibilities included differentiating reading and math instruction for students with learning differences. For 10 years, Betty served as a Counseling and Evaluation Associate, where she conducted clinical assessments, planned appropriate intervention, and developed and monitored individualized plans for students. In addition, Betty worked with The Dean Learning Center and the DISD Department of Research and Evaluation where she collaborated in the development and enrichment of curriculum in core academic subjects. Betty is Texas Teacher Certified in all elementary subjects including Special Education and has a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Texas – Dallas.
Kristi Wilson — Teacher's Aid
Kristi has 25 years of experience in Childhood Education and Ministry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Religious Education and a Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kristi served as the Minister of Childhood Education at Parkway Hills Baptist Church in Plano and First Baptist Church of Carrollton before having children of her own. She has served the last eight years as a substitute teacher at Trinity Christian Academy.