Our Extended Day Team

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

      Gaby Cardenas

      Spanish Immersion Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 4
      Years at DKH Academy: 3
      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: 2
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      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

    • Caren Bornstein
      4's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher Assistant

      Caren Bornstein

      4's Teacher/ FAPP Teacher Assistant

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 33
      Years at DKH Academy: 20
      Education: BS degree 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: 9
      Years at DKH Academy: 7
      Education: BS degree 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: 23
      Years at DKH Academy: 11
      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: 8
      Years at DKH Academy: 2
      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

    • Jennifer Beman
      3's Teacher Assistant/ LEAP Assistant

      Jennifer Beman

      3's Teacher Assistant/ LEAP Assistant

      Bio Coming Soon…

    • Lily Colemen
      Toddler's Teacher/ Leap Assistant

      Lily Colemen

      Toddler's Teacher/ Leap Assistant

      Bio coming Soon…

    • Ashley Turner
      2's Teacher/ 4's Leap Teacher

      Ashley Turner

      2's Teacher/ 4's Leap Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 8
      Years at DKH: 1
      Education:
      Bachelor of Science in Education from TWU
      Certified teacher in early childhood (6th grade)
      Experience:
      Mrs. Turner student taught at Liberty Elementary 1st grade and has worked at several preschools and truly feels that early childhood education is her passion.
      She also home-schools her children.
      Hobbies/Family info:
      Mrs. Turner is married and has 3 children who currently attend DKH.
      She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, playing the guitar, and spending time with her family.