Our Extended Day Team

Meet our Extended Day Team
    • Melanie Brissette
      2's Teacher, LEAP Teacher 2's & 3's

      Melanie Brissette

      2's Teacher, LEAP Teacher 2's & 3's

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 23
      Years at DKH Academy: 9
      Education: BS from Florida State, MS degree in Social Work from UTA.
      Experience: Mrs. Brissette’s began her professional career in Florida where she was a liaison between the NICU and the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) program in Jacksonville, Florida. She was also responsible for providing assessments to children birth to three and facilitating service coordination. Once in Texas, she began employment with the ECI program in Plano, TX as an Early Intervention Specialist and provided therapy to children birth to three who were identified as having developmental delays and disabilities. Clinical experience includes behavior modification, developmentally appropriate practices for 0-3, cognitive and behavioral techniques, play based early intervention methods, infant mental health, parent support, and social emotional development.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Brissette is married and has 2 children. Her youngest son attended DKH academy from 2 yrs of age through kindergarten. She enjoys a committed yoga practice and taking care of her small zoo, which includes a dog, bearded dragon and a horse!

      Favorite Quote: “I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”- Fred Rogers

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I truly believe children will thrive when loved. I want every child in my class to feel safe and secure and it is through play, routines, boundaries, respect and a learning rich environment where this can be achieved. My job is to make a child’s first school experience successful while also supporting the family through open and honest communication. I believe in developmentally appropriate practices and classroom environments that promote success for each child. School should be fun!

      Email: brissette@dkhacademy.org

    • Gabriela Cardenas
      Business Manager/Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Gabriela Cardenas

      Business Manager/Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 9
      Years at DKH Academy: 8
      Education: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
      Experience: In 2012 I started working as a 2 year old class assistant and in 2014 began teaching Spanish at DKH Academy, last year I started working as Business Manager in the office too.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Cardenas is married with 3 kids, twins Paulina and Rodrigo (15) and Mia (12). She loves spending time with them, watching them play their sports, they all love the beach and traveling. She also enjoys cooking and baking.

      Favorite Quote: Today is the day to learn something new!

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: Excitement! I get excited so my students get the same feeling.  I want everyone to feel confident and welcome to learn a new language.

      Email: cardenas@dkhacademy.org

    • Pat Lee
      3's Teacher & LEAP Teacher 2's & 3's

      Pat Lee

      3's Teacher & LEAP Teacher 2's & 3's

      Years of Experience in Education/Early Childhood: 35
      Years at DKH Academy: 4
      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.

      Email: lee@dkhacademy.org

    • Michele McCann
      Toddler's Teacher & LEAP Nappers

      Michele McCann

      Toddler's Teacher & LEAP Nappers

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: Since 2000 I took a break to raise our three daughters. Did subbing and ran a personal business from home during that time.

      Years at DKH: 2

      Education: Attended University Of Northern Colorado in pursuit of an Early Childhood Education,
      Received an Associates Degree in Computer Programing and Network Administration from San Antonio College.

      Experience: 3’s and 4’s assistant and Nappers at DKH

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. McCann enjoys reading and cooking. She also loves the outdoors.
      Mrs. McCann has been married to her best friend Brian for 22 years and they have 3 beautiful daughters. She also has 4 fur babies; Coco the dog, Nola, Mr. Blue, and Miss Green her cats.

      Favorite Quote: “Stick with me the best is yet to be “

      Teaching Style: Play based, getting on the floor at their level, being hands on, helping them feel loved and confident for the next chapters in their lives.

      Email: McCann@dkhacademy.org

    • Julie McGovern
      2's Teacher Assistant, LEAP Assistant 2's & 3's

      Julie McGovern

      2's Teacher Assistant, LEAP Assistant 2's & 3's

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 10
      Years at DKH Academy: 10
      Education: Bachelor Degree for UNT
      Experience: 2’s Teacher / Assistant

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. McGovern has been married to her husband Matt married for 19 years. They have 3 children Jack 16, Kate 13, Hank 11.

      Favorite Quote: Simple words of a child can change everything.

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: Having fun and keeping the students happy is a strong goal I have for the classroom.

    • Stephanie Ranieri
      2's Teacher Assistant, LEAP Assistant 2's & 3's

      Stephanie Ranieri

      2's Teacher Assistant, LEAP Assistant 2's & 3's

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 29
      Years at DKH Academy: 12
      Education: Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science with an emphasis on Occupational Training and Development
      Experience: After college, Stephanie worked several years as a curriculum developer, instructor and director of training.  Her curriculum has been implemented campus wide for faculty and staff at major universities as well as corporate education institutions within the DFW Metroplex.  In addition, she has held positions on accreditation teams responsible for upholding the highest standards of educational quality through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She led a training team which helped to develop and implement student software systems at Southern Methodist University.   Before becoming a wife and mother, she was the corporate director of training and development for a national restaurant business with over 130 stores.

      Hobbies and Family: Ms. Stephanie is married and has two multi-talented teenagers.  She enjoys sports, music, and outdoor activities.

      Favorite Quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: Hands down, I have the best job on the planet!  On any given day I am a dinosaur, a kitty cat, a taster of various cuisines, an auto mechanic, a builder of sky scrapers, and anything else a child can come up with.  Most importantly, I am a listener, a negotiator, a feelings validator, a communication coordinator, and a trusted friend to your children.  If they can dream it, they can be it, and I am 100% on board with them every step of the way.  You’ll find me in the school by listening for the sound of laughter because we do our fair share of that in the classroom. Allowing your child to bloom is my number one job.  I believe in meeting a child where they are, how they are, socially, emotionally, and academically.  We emphasize listening, communicating feelings and respect for not just other people, but for themselves and the world around us.

    • Molly Reynolds
      Jr. & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, LEAP 4's Teacher

      Molly Reynolds

      Jr. & Sr. Kindergarten Teacher Assistant, LEAP 4's Teacher

      Bio coming soon