Our Kindergarten Team

Meet our Kindergarten Team
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    • Christina Crannell
      Senior Kindergarten Teacher

      Christina Crannell

      Senior Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 9
      Years at DKH Academy: 5
      Education: B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Texas Tech University.
      Experience: Mrs’ Crannell worked at another private school teaching 3’s and kindergarten. She fell in love with DKH when she sent her son for his first preschool experience in the 2’s program. Her daughter also attended beginning in the 2’s. She has taught KidFit and Nature Explore for two years and then Junior Kindergarten for two years.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Crannell is married and has two children. Her son Alex is in 4th grade and an avid soccer player. Her daughter Annabelle is in 2nd grade and loves gymnastics. She enjoys running, staying active, being out on the lake and traveling.

      Favorite Quote: Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! – Dr. Seuss

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I really believe in the power of positivity!! I try to bring excitement and joy into the classroom, with songs, silly voices, dancing, and lots and lots of smiles!!

      Email: crannell@dkhacademy.org

    • Sheryl Edwards
      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Sheryl Edwards

      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 32
      Years at DKH Academy: 18
      Education: BS in Education from Concordia College in NY, Certified K-8th
      Experience: Mrs. Edwards taught in a private school in New York for 12 years before coming to DKH Academy.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Edwards is married and has two grown daughters. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, animals and spending time with her 5 grand babies.

      Favorite Quote: “A love of learning is a lifetime of knowledge.”

      Email: edwards@dkhacademy.org

    • Brittany Ford
      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Brittany Ford

      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 7
      Years at DKH Academy: 1
      Education: B.A. in Psychology and Child Development, B.S. in Elementary Ed/Special Ed from Penn State University, Certified to teach K-6th grade and Middle School Mathematics in PA, SC, GA, and TX
      Experience: Kindergarten Teacher for Knowledge Learning Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA from 2009-2011
      Kindergarten/Autistic Support Teacher for Rowan Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA 2012-2013
      Kindergarten Teacher for First Baptist of North Augusta, SC from 2015-2017

      Hobbies and Family: When Mrs. Ford is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband Justin for 8 years and have 3 wonderful children together: Jameson (6), Addison (4), and Mason (2). Plus 1 fur baby, Baxter who is a rescue German Shepherd. Mrs. Ford loves fall and all of the festivities that come along with it. Cheering on Penn State football, watching the leaves change colors, and enjoying the cooler weather are some of my favorite things. She also enjoys going to watch Broadway show and going to the ballet with her daughter. Cooking for family and friends brings her so much joy and she loves spending quality time with the ones she loves most!

      Favorite Quote: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!”- Marilyn Monroe

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: Growing up performing on stage, I love bringing as much music and movement into my classroom. as possible. Music helps to focus concentration, increase attention, and improve memory. When paired with reading, it helps to support a deeper understanding of content. But above all, music creates a positive learning environment that inspires and motivates. I love to have my students on their feet, clapping their hands, and fostering a love for music and learning!

      Email: ford@dkhacademy.org

    • Linda Greene
      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Linda Greene

      Junior Kindergarten Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 30
      Years at DKH Academy: 6
      Education: BS Education Elem and Early Childhood with Kindergarten Endorsement
      Experience: Kindergarten, first, second, third grade teacher, reading specialist and teacher mentor, Jr. Kindergarten

      Hobbies and Family: Spending time with her husband of almost 26 years, her children Maddie 21 and Logan 18. Mrs. Greene loves to do yoga, garden and spend time in the mountains

      Favorite Quote: “The world is but a canvas to our imagination”

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: I strive to promote an empowering environment where children feel safe and excited about their learning. My classroom gives daily opportunities for free choice and problem solving with a focus on hands-on and sensory learning. I facilitate a joyful learning environment that encourages kids to ask questions, think deeply and to be creative.

      Email:greene@dkhacademy.org.

    • Deidre Hutton
      Guided Reading Teacher

      Deidre Hutton

      Guided Reading Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 19
      Years at DKH Academy: 16
      Education: BS degree in English from California State Fullerton, Certified Kindergarten-12th Grade
      Experience: Mrs. Hutton taught high school English and junior high school Reading before coming to DKH Academy. She was the Kindergarten teacher for 4 years before stepping into the role of Guided Reading teacher.

      Hobbies and Family: Mrs. Hutton is married and has two sons. She enjoys a variety of activities including gardening, hiking, playing the piano and reading.

      Favorite Quote: “Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

      Email: hutton@dkhacademy.org

    • Pat Lee
      Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

      Pat Lee

      Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

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

       

    • Erica McNutt
      4's Teacher Assistant / Kindergarten Art Teacher

      Erica McNutt

      4's Teacher Assistant / Kindergarten Art Teacher

      Years in Education/Early Childhood: 15
      Years at DKH Academy: 6
      Education: BA degree in Art Therapy and Design from the University of Cincinnati.
      Experience: DKH Academy, Boys & Girls Club and School age program at Sheppard Air Force Base

      Hobbies and Family: Spending time with family, swimming, boating, we love the beach & reading. Married with 2 fast growing boys that both attended DKH Academy!

      Favorite Quote: “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn “

      Teaching Style/Unique Quality: We learn together by doing it together!!