Head of Lower School
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).
Head of Middle School
Roni has over 20 years of classroom experience in private Christian education, 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 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. She also holds certifications in Dyscalculia and ESL. She loves teaching and helping kids to realize that math can be understood and loved.
Dean of Students
Kelly has over 21 years experience in education in a variety of settings. For 7 years, she served as the Head of School at Heritage School of Texas. She is excited to serve as the Dean of Students shepherding families through the admission’s process. Kelly graduated from Trinity University with a BA in Theatre Arts. She also worked as a Creative Drama Specialist at the Dallas Children’s Theatre 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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CCC/SLP - Teacher
Ashley is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She has over 18 years experience as a language therapist in both school and private settings. She graduated from Baylor University in 2000 with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Ashley started her career serving children in the Bronx, New York and developed a love for working with learning different students. Upon returning to Dallas, she began extensive training in language-learning disabilities while employed full and part time at The Shelton School. During her time there, she provided group language and speech therapy and developed in-class methods for improved listening comprehension and writing structure for middle-schoolers. After starting a private practice, Ashley has enjoyed exploring a wide variety of curricula, behavior management and assessment to benefit her students.
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.
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 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.
Middle School Science Teacher
Teri has over 20 years of experience in Christian education. She has taught middle school science and Bible at a private Christian school in the area, where she most recently served as the Middle School Science Department head. She holds a BS degree from Baylor University in Elementary Education with a minor in Music. She holds a Texas teaching certification in General Education for grades 1-8. She also holds a Music Education certification for grades 1-8. Teri has a special love for middle schoolers. Her primary goals are to help each student develop a love for science as well as to help them develop and grow in their relationship with the Lord.
CALT, Teacher & Reading Specialist
Mikki is a Certified Academic Language Therapist with 28 years of teaching experience. Nineteen years were in Plano ISD where she served as a Reading and Instructional Specialist. She is Texas Teacher Certified in grades 1-8 and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Science. Graduate studies were at Wright State University and Texas Women’s University where she completed her certification in Reading Recovery. She received her Take Flight Dyslexia Therapist training at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Mikki has served her Plano ISD campus as the dyslexia and reading interventionist, as well as the Team Lead for the Academic Specialists. She loves teaching children and finds great fulfillment in seeing them learn.
Emily graduated from University of California San Diego in 1993 majoring in Political Science with a minor in Communications. After moving to Dallas in 1994, Emily worked in her family’s business and was a stay-at-home mom for her four children. During that time she volunteered at her children’s school, actively participated in Bible Study Fellowship, coordinated her church nursery program, and served on many committees involving children. It was while substitute teaching at various private schools in Dallas that Emily decided to pursue a career in teaching. As Emily says, she finally found her passion through helping children learn and being their biggest cheerleader. In 2014, she began her employment at Heritage School of Texas as a full-time substitute and teacher’s aide while working on fulfilling the requirements for her Alternative Teaching Certification in Texas. After completing her certification requirements of student teaching at Preston Hollow Presbyterian School and George Herbert Walker Bush Elementary, she has now returned to Heritage in a teaching role to serve the learning different population.
Rachel has worked in Christian elementary education for 18 years. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She is also Texas State Certified in Elementary Education. Rachel has served as a grade-level team leader, a peer mentor, and on a school recertification team. During the summers, Rachel works at a family-owned outdoor girls camp. She has worked at Heritage School of Texas for 5 years.
Cerene has over 20 years working in education from pre-kindergarten students to adult-age college students. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Christian Education. She enjoys working with students of all ages and loves seeing their faces when challenging topics come together for them.
Mary (Missy) Payne
CALT & Remediation Specialist
Missy is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has over 20 years of experience as a therapist in both school and private settings. Missy attended Michigan State University for her B.A., Southern Methodist University for her Academic Language Therapy Certification and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for her Take Flight Dyslexia Therapist training. For 10 years, Missy served on the educational leadership team at a local LD school as Lead Therapist. She has been a member of the Heritage family since 2014. Missy has a passion for working with students of all ages who struggle with reading.
Stefani’s love of music began at an early age through choir, piano, and musicals. Stefani’s instructional career began in 2000. Before coming to Heritage in 2014, she taught at Park Cities Presbyterian Church, The da Vinci School, Westminster Presbyterian, and Notre Dame School of Dallas. She is a certified Musikgarten instructor. Stefani believes that music can help to channel energy, establish good listening habits, stimulate the brain, and foster coordination. Stefani’s alma mater is Vanderbilt University.
Joy has 29 years of teaching experience in various roles. She has served as a Speech Therapist, Special Education Teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, Campus Instructional Specialist and Dyslexia Therapist.
Joy attended Louisiana State University of Shreveport where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She later received a Masters of Education from University of North Texas. She received training at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor. Joy is a Texas Certified Teacher in areas of Elementary Self-Contained, Special Education, and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Joy has been a recipient of the Lifetime Membership PTA Award and has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at her previous campus.
She loves teaching children and helping them realize their potential as readers and writers.
Reading and Language Teacher
Adrienne has over 15 years of classroom teaching experience in several different settings; including private, public, and virtual. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in Elementary Education and an emphasis in Mathematics. Her first five years of teaching were in the fourth and fifth grades, respectively. After spending time at home raising her children, she returned to the classroom to teach Middle School Math. She most recently taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math for Carrollton Farmers Branch in a Special Education setting. She holds several teaching certificates: Self-Contained 1-8, Mathematics 1-8, Special Education EC-12, English as a Second Language EC-12, and a Virtual Teaching Endorsement.
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