Our Extended Day Team

Meet our Extended Day Team!
    • Gaby Cardenas
      Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Gaby Cardenas

      Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 5
      Years at DKH Academy: 4
      Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
      Experience: Mrs. Cardenas has taught as an assistant for two years with toddlers, and now teaches our Spanish Immersion classes here at DKH.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Cardenas has 3 children, including a set of twins, and she enjoys cooking, traveling and the beach.

      Email: cardenas@dkhacademy.org

    • Andrea Briggs
      LEAP 4's Teacher

      Andrea Briggs

      LEAP 4's Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 3
      Years at DKH Academy: 3
      Education: BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Women’s University, Certified EC-6th Grade
      Experience: Mrs. Briggs worked for the federal government before becoming a stay-at-home mom. During that time, Mrs. Briggs volunteered for many positions in her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Briggs is married and has a daughter in college and a teenage son. She enjoys decorating, sporting events, gardening and time spent with family and friends.

      Email: briggs@dkhacademy.org

    • Tamara Lisby
      3's Teacher/ Leap Teacher

      Tamara Lisby

      3's Teacher/ Leap Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 2
      Years at DKH: 1
      Education: Bachelors of Science in Special Education from the University of Arkansas and Masters in Counseling Education from the University of North Texas graduating with honors.  She also has a certification in business from SMU.
      Experience: Mrs. Lisby worked in several different education facilities during her education helping children of all different learning levels gain success.  She became experienced helping children work from lower levels of aptitude to gain achievement in several different areas.   Mrs. Lisby loves to work with children of all levels and ages and is excited about her years ahead.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Lisby is married and has two children, Fox (10) and Fawn (4).  She enjoys anything that has to do with spending time with her family.  She also enjoys anything with animals.  She currently has three 4-legged babies at home.  Her favorite hobbies are sports (kids and professional), traveling all she can, and movie days with her family!

      Email: lisby@dkhacademy.org

    • Michelle Holmgren
      Toddler's Teacher Assistant/Leap Assistant

      Michelle Holmgren

      Toddler's Teacher Assistant/Leap Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 2
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      Education: Focus on special education and child development
      Experience: Mrs. Holmgren was a stay at home mom for 10 years and spent years volunteering at her children’s school and working in their classroom.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Holmgren is married and has a son and a daughter. She loves to be outdoors, travel, and spend time with her family.

       

    • Pat Lee
      Fapp Teacher

      Pat Lee

      Fapp Teacher

      Years of Experience in Education/Early Childhood: 30
      Years at DKH Academy: 1
      Education: Mrs. Lee attended college and studied Early Childhood Education.  She has a Director’s License and she obtained Rising Star accreditation at the last school that she directed.
      Experience: Mrs. Lee worked for many years as a preschool teacher and teacher assistant. She worked for 25 years as Director of Preschools in Lewisville and Flower Mound.
      Hobbies and Family:  Art, Reading and spending time with our grown children and our ten grandkids. I love watching them all play various sports.  Our oldest daughter was one of the first year students of DKH when it was known as Das Kinder Haus.  I have always loved the program at DKH.

       

    • Diana Carrete-Montes
      Leap Assistant

      Diana Carrete-Montes

      Leap Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 6
      Years at DKH Academy: 1
      Education: Accounting degree from Universidad Iberoamericana at Torreon, Mexico
      Experience: Private English teacher to small groups of kids ages 2-10 in Mexico
      Hobbies and Family: Family is made up by my husband Manuel, and 4 sweet playful girls Camila who’s 8, Isabella is 5, Daniela is 2 and Gabriela 1 and a half. Hobbies I like Exercise, watch movies, going to our girls’ soccer games, hanging out with friends, visit our family.

       

    • Caren Bornstein
      4's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher Assistant

      Caren Bornstein

      4's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 34
      Years at DKH Academy: 21
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Education. Certified K-8, Spanish and Deaf Education
      Experience: Mrs. Bornstein taught Deaf Education for 10 years and Preschool for 3 years before coming to DKH Academy.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Bornstein is married and has a grown son and daughter who both attended DKH Academy. She loves to travel, cook, work out and spend time on the lake.

      Email: bornstein@dkhacademy.org

    • Elissa Brown
      2's Teacher / LEAP Assistant

      Elissa Brown

      2's Teacher / LEAP Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 10
      Years at DKH Academy: 8
      Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development.
      Experience: Mrs. Brown taught at a private school before coming to DKH Academy. Her mother taught at DKH Academy for many years while Mrs. Brown was a young child.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Brown is married and has three young children who all attend or have attended DKH Academy. She enjoys baking and decorating cakes.

      Email: brown@dkhacademy.org

    • Noelle Griffith
      2's Teacher/ 2's & 3's Leap Teacher

      Noelle Griffith

      2's Teacher/ 2's & 3's Leap Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 24
      Years at DKH Academy: 12
      Education: BS in Early Childhood Education from Kent State, Certified EC-6th
      Experience: Mrs. Griffith taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades in both public schools and a private Catholic school in Ohio before becoming involved in the Curriculum and Development of a Multi-age Program. She went on to be one of the first teachers in the district to instruct students in a 1st/2nd grade classroom.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Griffith is married and has two grown sons and a daughter who attended DKH Academy. When she toured DKH as a prospective pre-school for her daughter, she knew it felt like home from the moment she stepped through the doors. Mrs. Griffith enjoys running, reading, and spending time watching her children participate in their respective sports.

      Email: griffith@dkhacademy.org

    • Elizabeth Nowell
      3's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher

      Elizabeth Nowell

      3's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 9
      Years at DKH Academy: 3
      Education: Bachelor of Music with a Teacher Certification from Midwestern State University
      Experience: Mrs. Nowell taught at Coppell Child Development Center as a 2’s teacher. She has been teaching theater at Studio B Performing Arts for the past 5 years.
      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Nowell enjoys theater, singing and cooking. Mrs. Nowell is from Nocona, Texas.
      Email: nowell@dkhacademy.org